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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.

Find out all full moon names and their meanings »

10 Responses

  1. If you want to know about the moon stay up late and go outside.

    by farmer john on Mar 6, 2015 at 3:22 am

  2. […] 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. […]

    by Full Moon | Gardening Whisperer on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:30 pm

  3. I love the little obscure facts that you publish in this Farmers Almanac newsletter, such as the names of moons and other such interesting bits of knowledge.

    by Ellen Campbell on Mar 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm

  4. I want to start planting flower seeds and plants. When would be the best time to start.

    by Jodine Glover on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:33 am

  5. Please consider turning Down the Music Volume. It Over Powers the Narration, which is the Reason for the Video.

    by Rufus on Mar 4, 2015 at 11:33 am

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

    by Jaime McLeod on Mar 17, 2014 at 6:53 am

  7. 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?

    by Laura Knox on Mar 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm

  8. Planting on moon cycles

    by Dennis Fields on Mar 16, 2014 at 7:04 pm

  9. Information on planting during a full worm moon.

    by Maryanne Johnson on Mar 16, 2014 at 5:50 pm

  10. 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.

    by Estie Buzard on Apr 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm

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