Last Weekend Of The Summer 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.

  • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Taurus - Plant for root growth -
    • As long as the temperatures remain mild, under 85 degrees, divide your perennials; Bearded Iris, Penstemon, Shasta Daisy, and many others; otherwise, wait. There will be plenty of other opportunities later in the fall: Bearded Iris,

Later in the Week

  • Monday-Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Gemini- Harvest, weed, cultivate, control pests.
    • When harvesting Chili Peppers, be careful. The pepper juice can be very painful in open wounds, cuts, or scratches, and avoid touching your face.
    • Apples are maturing, so harvest them often. Also, keep those apples pick up that have fallen to the ground picked up as they attract Yellow Jackets.
    • After flowering, prune off the faded Hydrangea blooms and stems as far back as you can go into the center of the plant. Next, trim the rest of the plant to shape it. This growth will produce next year's flowers.
Other Things To-do
  • It's not too late to plant summer color. Celosia, Dwf. Dahlias, Vinca, and several different varieties of Salvias are available. They all thrive in the sun and continue to bloom until the first frost.
  •  Dump or remove the excess water often from saucers to prevent them from being a breeding ground for mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus disease.