5th Weekend Of The Fall Gardening Season

Gardening by the Moon Weekend To-Do

An idea as old as agriculture, based both folklore and superstition but there are scientific ideas to back it up.

  • Lunar Phase: 2nd Quarter Begins On Sunday, October 2
  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn: Prune and fertilize 
    • This is the last month to feed Azaleas, Camellias, and Rhododendrons with the Azalea, Camellia, and Rhododendron Fertilizer. During the winter months, they are fed 0-10-10, the winter fertilizer.
    • It is beneficial in the fall and again in the spring to add 1/4 cup Epsom Salt around the base of each rose bush. Epsom Salt is an excellent source of the trace element magnesium. Magnesium will keep the leaves a dark green color and help in the development of basal shoots. 

Later in the Week

  • Tuesday -Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn - Harvest and weed
    • Pumpkins are ripe when its skin turns a deep, solid orange color  and the stem hardens. The rind will feel hard and sound hollow when you thump the pumpkin with a finger. 
  • Thursday-Friday  Moon in the sign of Pisces - Plant seasonal color
    • It’s time to shop for spring flowering bulbs.   Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Hyacinths, Ranunculus and others are now available at your favorite garden center.  I’d wait until late October or early November to plant. 
Other Things To-do
  • It’s a good time to divide and replant perennials such as Rhubarb along with Penstemon, Shasta Daisy, Coreopsis and  others
  • Perennials divided and replanted in the fall will boom in the spring. Those divided in spring will not bloom until the following year.