IT’S TIME AND PAST TIME TO PLANT YOUR GARDEN
I have this fascination with clocks. Well, one might call it an obsession or an addiction. Clocks of any kind, small, large, table, floor, chiming, or dinging, anything unusual or different, or even just one that strikes my fancy! Now what has clocks got to do with gardening?
Well, first the collecting side. If I don’t have a certain plant, then I want one, the same with my clocks. How many different roses and colors are there? Roses, being one of my favorite plants, I want one of each color and each species! If I hear of a new one, then I have to take the time to research and go on a hunt until if find it. Talking about roses, now is the time to prune and cut dead branches out of the rose bushes. Some say the time to prune is on February 14th, but anytime in February will work. Just try to be finished pruning before the end of February. Now, I have way too many roses to be able to prune in one day, so how could I possibly prune only on February 14th? For me, that time of one day to prune my 50+ roses is not practical.
Yes, gardening is all done on a time schedule. Make sure you know what time zone you are in, frost and freeze time varies with each time zone and you need to know what planting zone you are gardening in. If you are old school, you plant everything by what the Farmer’s Almanac says, which has all the time schedules for planting all written down as to which day and what time of day. Does it really make a difference in planting by the moon? I don’t have a scientific answer for you, but you have to have some time scheduled to plant, so why not? Hey, my grandmother would only cut her hair when the moon was in a certain phase!
Planting by the moon, according to the Farmer’s Almanac….by working with the forces of nature, you will have a more abundant harvest. The lunar gravitational pull increases the moisture in the soil at the time of a new and full moon, which encourages germination and growth.
Plant annual flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light or waxing of the moon, from the day the moon is new, until it is full.
Plant flowering bulbs, biennial and perennial flowers, and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning of the moon, from the day after it is full to the day before the new again.
From Texas AgriLife and the Farmers Alamanac, the time of March 15 through November 15 is frost and freeze free dates. Some may disagree, but just remember these are average dates and any year can prove me wrong. If planting early, just be ready with the freeze cover cloth to protect those young seedlings.
Then, you have the set time to plant certain items. Plant English peas on the first day of January, plant potatoes on Valentine Day. Do not plant after Good Friday. Now who set this time? My grandfather told me, and swore by it. I saw him in snow, planting peas on January 1, and he did have a bumper crop that year.
So, it’s time and past time to plant your garden.
Peggy Rogers is a Texas Master Gardener with Wood and Harrison County – Texas Master Gardener, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension System.