2nd Weekend Of The Winter 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 Wednesday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Weekend)
    • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Pisces - Plant seasonal color 
      • Pansies, Violas, Iceland Poppy and others are now available for planting. Planted now, you should expected them to continue blooming until  hot weather arrives. 

Later in the Week

  • Monday-Thursday: Moon in the sign of Aries/Taurus - Harvest, cultivate, weed, control pests, plant leafy vegetables, and seasonal color.
    • This is an excellent time to plant Rhubarb and Artichokes. They’re perennial so you need a location that will not interfere with the seasonal crop rotation.
    • Control Berry mite with an application of Copper Spray or Horticultural Oil while the berry vines are dormant.
Other Things To-do
  • If you have not already done so, clean up and dispose of any of the summer vegetable plants. By now, they should be pretty ugly. Also, it's not too early to start this year's soil preparation by spreading a one to two-inch layer of animal manure over the fallow soil. Let the winter rains leach the salts out and then in March, rototill it under with the rest of your soil amendments.
  • To help prevent the spread of Camellia Petal Blight, keep the area under the plants clean from spent flowers and other debris. Camellia Petal Blight is a fungus disease that causes the center of the flowers to rot when they open. We have no chemical controls so good cultural practices are a must. The light cultivation under the plants also disrupts the spore-producing structures.