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Video: March’s Full Worm Moon

Why is March’s full Moon named for worms? The Farmers’ Almanac explains the origins of the name “Worm Moon,” and explores some other common monikers for this month’s Full Moon.


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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