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The Right Time to Plant

The Right Time to Plant

One of the most popular sections of the Farmers’ Almanac is the planting calendar. We aren’t exclusive to farmers, but we do help countless thousands of people plan their gardens and do it on the right day.

Last October, I received a delightful letter from a grandmother, almanac fan, and gardener in Louisiana. She was helping her 11-year-old grandson learn to grow his own food. They had two options for planting mustard greens. He first tried planting on a day that said seeds with tend to rot. You guessed it, they quickly rotted. So, then he planted mustard greens on the day we identified as being excellent for above ground crops. Long story short — they were able to give away a bunch of mustard greens to family and friends.

As we start thinking about growing our own food this spring and summer, be sure to consult our Gardening by the Moon Calendar in the 2013 Farmers’ Almanac and on our website for that extra advantage. Then, let me know how you fared.

And if you decide to grow mustard greens this year, here’s a recipe you can try:

Sautéed Mustard Greens
Ingredients:
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 lb mustard greens
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Remove and discard the stems and center ribs from the mustard green leaves. Mash garlic into a paste with a teaspoon of salt. Heat oil in a 5-quart pot over moderately high heat until hot and sauté the garlic paste until fragrant. Add half of greens. Toss until until the greens begin to wilt, then add the remaining half. Add water and cook, covered, for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook, uncovered, until greens are tender. Add salt to taste.

10 comments

1 sami { 06.02.14 at 10:40 pm }

Does the almanac take into consideration the astrological signs that were first discovered have changed due to the earths movements over the years and our time changes with leap years and the 13 month to 12 month calendar change in early times? I know our astrological horoscopes do not hold true as of lately due to these changes. There is a site that has calculated the changes to reflect a more accurate horoscope today. Is the almanac up to date because I am relying on it for my garden.

2 Jaime McLeod { 12.09.13 at 6:53 am }

talitha – the Gardening by the Moon calendar is not regional. It is based on the phase and position of the Moon, and so is good for the entire Earth. All dates are weather permitting.

3 talitha_bing { 12.07.13 at 6:57 pm }

Hi; i’m trying to get to the “Gardening By the Moon” calendar that is specific to the Southeast US, please.

4 Bridget Malone { 03.31.13 at 12:23 am }

Here is some helpful tips. For people who want to start their first vegetable garden.
Food 4 Wealth http://tinyurl.com/c966lr6

Bridget Malone

5 Jaime McLeod { 03.29.13 at 5:21 am }

psycho49 – You can find your average frost dates here: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/2007/02/14/average-frost-dates/

6 psycho49 { 03.28.13 at 6:36 pm }

I live in North Alabama and I want to know when can I set my house plants outside?

7 Jaime McLeod { 03.20.13 at 1:17 pm }

erim, Keep seedlings indoors until the threat of a hard frost has passed.

8 erim connerdesilvey { 03.19.13 at 9:28 am }

I want to plant lettuce this week but there is a chance of snow. the planter is on my porch. is it still ok to plant? We live in Kansas

9 Jaime McLeod { 03.18.13 at 11:29 am }
10 Taryn { 03.15.13 at 6:45 pm }

Hi, I’m wanting to know the weather in Tyler Texas for April 13 2013….think you can help me with that? Thanks!

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