Full Moons of July
Full Buck Moon and Blue Moon
We just finished the wettest month (June) ever in St. Louis. Going into the June we were behind the yearly average by 1.59 inches. June’s has an average rain fall of 3.83 inches; we received 10.51 inches thus we are a head of the year by 5.09 inches. The forecast for July is hot, hot, and hot so this may dry us out; I hope. The normal rain fall for July is 3.9 inches and the total for year is 39.79 leaving us with only more 15 inches left for a normal year.
July has two full moons; One, July1 which is called the Full Buck Moon and the other on July 31 is called the Blue Moon. Read why it called the dog days of summer and what is behind the names of the full moons on The Farmer’s Almanac; http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2013/07/15/julys-full-buck-moon/
Other tidbits the Japanese Beetles are back and misquotes if they are not here they are Continue reading
Full Moon III
April Pink Moon
From my Front Yard
Yes, once again there is a full moon upon us on April 4th. Besides there being a full moon there will also be an eclipse starting at 6:15 and by 6:33 CDT the moon will be 70% covered in Chicago. One of the several names for this moon is the Pink Moon. It is because of pink Phlox or ground Phlox which is native and blooms for a long time in the spring. Best days to go fishing are the 5th, 6th and 7th April.
Go to this link and read the full story.
Full Worn Moon
This Month’s “Tonight to be exact” is a Full Moon. It has several names and The Farmers Almanac has a great article on them. http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2013/03/26/march-full-worm-moon/
Go and read the article.
The moon and the full moon have always been connected to gardening and planting. I have always been interested in how it affects planting. I will discuss more in later.
©Ken Wilson the Gardening Whisperer LLc 2015
DORMANT OIL AND SPRING SEASONAL PREPATION
On the eve of another snow storm all over North America it might be difficult to see the spring that is coming around the corner. Adding to the perception of we get this week we are still behind by two (2.5) inches, but we will catch up. Now is a great time to think about several ideas that will shorten your work time in your yard this summer.
- We watch the precipitation or moisture we receive: This will determine if irrigation is necessary all from germinating seed to new plants that we will plant in spring… Will find out how much we get and let you know…
- Remember what insect problems that occurred last Year: Decide if you had insects, like aphids, scale, tent caterpillars or others, if so a dormant spray would give you a jump on the expanding numbers of these insects. If you do this in winter then you keep from burning leaves when they unfurl. There are several types of dormant oil, go to your garden centers and learn what your options are. Continue reading