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How to Design Your Garden Like the Zodiac Sign Cancer

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Introduction to a Cancer Garden

The Cancer garden is perfect for those who like summer, the beach, and diversity. Cancer's dates are from June 21 to July 22. The sign starts the summer season, and it is the first water element of the zodiac.

In this hub, I'll go over fruits, vegetables, and flowers that are in season during June and July. I'll also cover what makes the Cancer garden so special including:

  • Using seashells as mulch
  • Using sand in your garden
  • Adding water elements
  • Adding plants of contrasting colors

Your garden may have imagery of the moon or crabs, both popular symbols for Cancer. The garden should be a romantic and introspective place. You'll want shaded areas to protect you from the hot sun.

Cancer wants a garden that shows off their inner personality. They want their outdoor space to be creative, enlightening, and meditative.

The perks of seashell mulch: (1) it takes a long time to decay, (2) it prevents the spread of weeds, (3) it adds calcium and other nutrients into your garden, (4) it's inexpensive, (5) it gives off beach vibes

The perks of seashell mulch: (1) it takes a long time to decay, (2) it prevents the spread of weeds, (3) it adds calcium and other nutrients into your garden, (4) it's inexpensive, (5) it gives off beach vibes

Designing Your Garden

The Cancer garden is meant to have summer vibes. You want it to feel like you've perfectly captured June and July. A Cancer backyard is complete with a pool, a place to grill meats, and a charming garden patch.

Cancers love the outside world; they crave moonlight. They want a garden they feel comfortable exploring at night.

Seashell Mulch

This is a garden hack. In some places, you can easily gather seashells or get them for free. They're rich in calcium and phosphates for soil. They can also be mixed together to help create lovely pathways that remind people of mermaids and pirates.

Mulching helps hold moisture in the soil. It keeps root temperature even, and controls against weeds. Natural mulch helps create stronger soil structure. As the mulch breaks down, it nourishes the soil.

Seashell have a long shelf life. They can deter snails and insects that don't like sharp shell edges. They're like pebbles: they hold the soil in around a planting bed and keep the soil cool and moist. It is better to select natural seashells than dyed ones.

Maintenance is simple: you can blow off debris with a leaf blower. Seashells are not a great piece in a wet or damp area, as they'll become overgrown with moss. However, if moss is your thing. . . look no further.

It takes years for the seashells to decompose. Sunny sites are best for them.

Sand in Gardens

Sandy loam is considered the ideal garden soil. Be careful: mixing sand and clay will essentially create cement.

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Sand is great for hydroponics. Beach sand can be used for gardening only if other variables are in play: organic matter, compost, peat, bio-fertilizers, biochar, and inorganic materials. It can be done by mulching to make the soil fertile.

Good quality soil is essential for gardening. Beach sand is rich in quartz or silicon dioxide. Pure beach sand doesn't provide good space for water and oxygen to travel. For most gardeners, you likely don't want beach sand; it makes it hard for plants to get nutrients.

Beach sand has a high salt content, which can also deter growth. Beach sand should be tested to examine its characteristics before use, otherwise you'll kill your flora. Certain plants and vegetables do flourish in rough sand conditions:

  • Root Vegetables: these are superstars for sandy soils. The roots of these vegetables are motivated by thirst. They have taproots and can shift around to get enough moisture. This includes: parsnips, carrots, and beetroots.
  • Squash, Tomatoes, and Melons: they grow well in sandy soils if they are regularly watered and get enough sunlight.
  • Collards and lettuce: sand warms up and dries quickly, which is perfect for some tender crops.
  • Potatoes: they like acidic beachy soil. It prevents potato scab.
  • Mediterranean herbs: grow well in dry and light soil. These herbs do not require amended sandy soil, but additions will likely better support the plants. Lavender is one herb to try in sand.
  • Salt tolerant vegetables: spinach, asparagus, kale, peas, broccoli, and cabbage. Plant in amended sand soil.

Moon Gates

Cancer is ruled by the moon. This sign craves reminders of the natural satellite. One beautiful way to do so: the moon gate. It's a rounded entrance that was popularized in China. The design used to belong only to the wealthy elite.

Moon gates add excitement. They invite people to draw closer to the garden and help build expectations about what to find behind the door. Moon gates can look pretty with flowers and vines climbing on and around them.

Is it really a Cancer garden without water features? A koi pond is an excellent choice for designing a garden around the zodiacal sign Cancer.

Is it really a Cancer garden without water features? A koi pond is an excellent choice for designing a garden around the zodiacal sign Cancer.

Water Features

Cancer is the first water sign of the zodiac. It embraces water in its garden space. This sign should have flowers and plants that are eager to drink H2O.

Adding water features can add excitement to your outdoor space. You likely will want to install timed sprinklers, as many of your plants will likely need the consistent water.

Add mist machines to keep the moisture in the air and to help it circulate into the ground. Many of the plants, fruits, and vegetables that fit for June and July need moist and well-drained soil.

Beyond sprinklers, consider adding fountains and ponds. You likely don't want crabs walking around your garden space, even if you do live along the coast. Instead add ponds with beautiful and colorful fish. Summer signs embrace color; water signs, of course, embrace water.

You can also mimic the properties of water in you garden:

  • Consider adding mirrors or reflective devices.
  • Add glass pieces, which mimic the properties of ice.
  • Blue and black are associated with water in feng shui.
  • Add rounded objects into your garden.
  • Add items that give off the sound of rain.
  • Put winding paths in your garden; leave the more straight and logical paths for earth based signs.

Hermit Crab Sanctuary

I wrote that you don't really want crabs roaming around your garden. You could, however, have a hermit crab terrarium. They do best in tropical environments. They're social creatures, despite their name.

  • Choose a terrarium with at least 5 gallons of space for every two crabs.
  • It should have a hood to keep humidity in and keep your crab from escaping.
  • They need climbing room and substrate to bury themselves for molting, humidity, heat, and much more.
  • Never release a captive crab back into the wild.
  • A hermit crab costs about $1 to $30. A tank will set you back about $60-$100+.
  • They prefer bowls of water and saltwater.
  • Add a heating pad and overhead light. Hermit crabs are cold blooded and need warmth.
  • Calci-sand is what pet stores use for crabs.
  • They don't bite, but they will reach out and try and hold on with their pincher claw. Warning: if they are held incorrectly, they will grab your skin to hang on.
  • With proper care: your hermit crab can live up to 20 years. Without proper care, his life is greatly reduced (whether in captivity or a natural habitat.)

Cancer's Main Colors

Green, blue, and white make the Cancer happy. You should be able to easily achieve green in your yard, especially during June and July when chloroplasts should be full.

The sky will also give you plenty of blue. You may want to add decorations or plants that add even more of these colors. You may have to work a little harder to get white into the mix think: lilies, garlic, seashells, pebbles, pathways, containers, and images of clouds.

Green, blue, and white should be in abundance to get the right effect. Cancer is open to more color, as are all summer signs. The sign ultimately wants variety: it wants days with thunderstorms, wind, rainbows, sunshine, clouds, and birds chirping. Cancer is a nature lover at heart and borrows some of its love from the spring signs: Aries, Taurus, and Gemini.

Cancer loves flowers. The sign wants to feel like it can nourish life. It wants everyone to feel welcome and like they belong. This is why variety is a really good idea in the Cancer garden.

You can design your garden in a million different ways, you just don't want it to look like any ole garden in your neighborhood.

Be Consistent with Your Garden

You want to be proud of the variety. Neglecting a garden is a sin to the Cancer. They want flora and fauna. They don't need lots of fancy devices or gadgets. They're pretty okay with keeping things traditional and simple. They want a fragrant garden; they want a memorable garden.

Cancer is a summer sign that embraces fruits and veggies. Their garden should be diverse with different crops. They have long term plans and work with fruit trees.

Cancer is a summer sign that embraces fruits and veggies. Their garden should be diverse with different crops. They have long term plans and work with fruit trees.

20 Fruits and Vegetables in Season in Summer

Cancer is the season of fruits, melons, and green veggies. If you have the space in your backyard to plant a fruit tree, go for it.

Summer signs like for their garden to have a plethora of colors. The fruits and veggies have a high water content. You want sweetness: watermelons, raspberries, cherries, and mangoes.

Fruit trees can be hard to grow, so you'll want to do extensive research. You can speed up the process by going to nurseries and getting young trees to plant in your gardenscape.

Apples: the popular fruit is in season all year long. The fruit produces best when grown in full sunlight. Apple trees need six or more hours of direct sunlight. Plant seeds or trees in a north facing corner. Trees need to be in well-drained soil, but should be able to retain moisture.

  • In cold northern climates, spring is the best time to plant apple trees.
  • In less severe climates, early spring or late fall planting is recommended.
  • Apples are notoriously difficult to grow. You may have worm or bug bitten crops. Apple trees are very sensitive. Extensive research is recommended before planting.

Apricots: the fruit grows well in places that have warm spring seasons and plenty of available water. Apricots are stone fruits, similar to plums, cherries, and peaches. The fruit needs deep, moisture loving soil that's well-drained. Your soil should be slightly alkaline. Apricot trees need about six to eight hours of sunlight.

  • Apricots do grow well in containers. These trees are good for gardeners who have limited space.
  • You don't need a second apricot tree for the blooms to produce fruit, at least for most varieties.
  • Fresh apricots are at their peak from May through August.

Bananas: your climate might not work for bananas, but the peels do add a good source of phosphorous and potassium to gardens. The peels decompose quickly.

As for planting bananas: sow the seeds about 1/4 inch into the ground. Cover with dirt and compost. Keep the ground moist, but not drenched. You need damp conditions to grow banana trees.

  • It takes about 9 months to grow a banana plant.
  • Buy seeds for bananas, don't try to cultivate from a store bought banana.
  • Bananas flourish in warm to hot conditions. 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cantaloupe: these melons are sprawlers. Plant them 3 to 4 feet apart in fertile, well-drained soil. Your soil should be mixed with several inches of compost and other rich organic matter. Cantaloupe needs to be nourished with nutrients. The popular summer fruit also needs plenty of vitamins from sunlight.

  • The best time to plant cantaloupe: warm and hot times of the year.
  • Give the cantaloupes one to two inches of water weekly.
  • Spray Epsom salt on cantaloupes and watermelons to protect them from insects and rot. (6 1/2 tablespoons of Epsom salt + 3 1/2 tablespoons of borax, 5 gallons of water.)

Celery: plant celery indoors if you live in a colder climate about 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Celery needs three to four months to grow, if you want it by May or June.

For a winter crop, sow seeds in September or October. Make sure you plant in a loose bed of soil. Pat 2-3 seeds into each cell. Don't push them down hard! They should be out in the open so they can see the sun.

  • The seeds need direct sunlight to germinate.
  • Put a fluorescent grow light over them to give them the light they crave at night and in colder months.
  • Don't plant too many seeds around each other: it will give you more work to do. (Lots of thinning.)

Cherries: the popular red fruit needs plenty of sunshine. Avoid planting trees in the shady areas of buildings. The trees should be in well-drained soil. Space the sweet cherries 35 to 40 feet apart, dwarfs, 5 to 10 feet; tart cherries 20 to 25 feet, dwarfs 8 to 10 feet.

It takes cherry trees three to five years to produce edible fruit. You have to plan ahead if you want fruit trees.

  • Cherry trees are likely going to be easier for you to plant and help mature than apple trees.
  • Sweet cherries: suited for mild temperatures and low humidity. Tart cherries: cooler temperatures, need 2 months of winter temperatures under 45 degree F.
  • Don't plant cherry trees next to walls, buildings, or other structures. The further away, the better.

Corn: plant in several short rows, not in one or two long rows. Corn seeds should be 1 inch deep and 3 to 4 inches apart from each other. It takes about 60 to 100 days to grow corn: it depends on the weather and other climate variables. Don't plant corn near tomatoes; they'll attract the corn earworm and tomato hornworm. Also, don't plant them near broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower.

  • Water twice weekly. Water the corn more if it's hot and dry outside.
  • Normal plants: grow fast with dark green leaves.
  • Before planting: soak dry seeds at room temperature overnight.

Eggplant: also called aubergine. Plant when the soil is moist. Water regularly. Avoid overhead watering to prevent disease. Use mulch to keep soil moist, warm, and to prevent weed growth. Eggplants are sun worshipers. Improve native soil by mixing in several inches of aged compost.

  • Space eggplant seeds 2 to 3 feet apart.
  • Harvest when fruits stop growing and their skin looks glossy.
  • Remove ripe fruit with shears. Leave a portion of the stem attached.

Garlic: a good garden wards off vampires. Garlic takes about 90 days to grow. It is easy to grow and doesn't require a lot of space. Garlic grows from individual cloves broken off from a whole bulb. Each clove will multiply in the ground and form a new bulb that consists of 5 to 10 cloves.

  • It's best to plant from bulbs, not grocery store leftovers.
  • You can plant garlic in pots.
  • Soak the cloves for at least eight hours. 12 to 16 hours is ideal. Your bulbs will start to produce roots as they soak.

Green Beans: another crop that loves the sun. Beans need eight hours of direct sunlight. They do well in fertile, well-drained soil. Raised beds are ideal. Green beans can be grown in pots and planters. Green beans grow compactly; they don't require extra support like a trellis. Pole beans grow as climbing vines that may reach 10 to 15 feet tall.

  • You can plant these once the soil has warmed up in spring.
  • Green beans are frost sensitive.
  • It takes about 55 days to grow green beans.
What fruit represents the zodiacal sign Cancer more than melons? They're the perfect summer fruit. They come in different colors. Melons are round like the moon and taste sweet like candy.

What fruit represents the zodiacal sign Cancer more than melons? They're the perfect summer fruit. They come in different colors. Melons are round like the moon and taste sweet like candy.

Honeydew Melon: they grow vines that require a great deal of space. They're best grown in raised mounds or on trellises, spaced 3 to 4 feet apart. It takes about 65 to 100 days to grow fruit. Its companion crops are: butternut squash, catnip, chives, cilantro, onions, oregano, peas, and pumpkin. Honeydew melon and watermelon are enemies (as well as cantaloupe, cucumbers, and potatoes).