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March’s Full Worm Moon

As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. For this reason, the March full moon is often known as the Full Worm Moon.

Northern Native American tribes knew this moon as the Full Crow Moon when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter. They also used Full Crust Moon because the snow cover became crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.

The Dakota Sioux named it Moon When Eyes Are Sore From Bright Snow. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is a Colonial American variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon. It was considered to be the last full moon of winter.

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5 comments

1 Jaime McLeod { 03.17.14 at 6:53 am }

That really depends on where you live, Laura Knox. Talk to someone at your local greenhouse or agricultural extension office.

2 Laura Knox { 03.16.14 at 10:49 pm }

The full worm moon is the indication to start planting seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost should be right now, but the sap isn’t running yet because of the cold winter, does this mean that sowing seeds around now (March 17) should be postponed a couple of weeks to coincide with the sap? Is the sap a good indication?

3 Dennis Fields { 03.16.14 at 7:04 pm }

Planting on moon cycles

4 Maryanne Johnson { 03.16.14 at 5:50 pm }

Information on planting during a full worm moon.

5 Estie Buzard { 04.10.13 at 3:08 pm }

I want to plant vegetable seeds and plant. I understand things grown under the ground, i.e. carrots, beets, should be planted during the dark of the moon. Things that grow above the ground. i.e. tomatoes, corn, etc. should be planted in the light of the moon. How can I find out when these times are or how they are identified on this website.

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