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Farmers Almanac
The 2016 Farmers Almanac
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Gardening by the Moon Calendar from the Farmers' Almanac

The Farmers Almanac Gardening by the Moon Calendar is determined by our age-old formula and applies generally to regions where the climate is favorable.

Because the gardening calendar is based on the phase and position of the Moon, it is consistent across all growing zones. Recommended dates are still "weather permitting," and you should talk with your local greenhouse or agricultural extension office for the optimal window of time within which to use these dates.

Farmers' Almanac's Gardening by the Moon Calendar is available here for 2 months and if you sign up for a FREE account with us, we'll give you 4 months!

June 2016

27th-28th Cut hay or do plowing on these barren days.
29th-30th Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting root crops.

July 2016

1st-2nd Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.
3rd-4th Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. First day is a good day for transplanting. First day is also most fruitful day for planting root crops. Second day is most favorable for corn, cotton, okra, beans, peppers, eggplant, and other aboveground crops.
5th-9th A most barren period. Kill plant pests and do general farm work.
10th-11th Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.
12th-14th Start seedbeds. Extra good for fall cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, mustard greens, and other leafy vegetables. Good for any aboveground crop that can be planted now.
15th-16th Barren days, neither plant nor sow.
17th-18th Any aboveground crops that can be planted now will do well.
19th-21st Good days for killing weeds, briars, and other plant pests. Poor for planting.
22nd-23rd Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, salsify, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Also good for vine crops.
24th-25th A barren period.
26th-27th Good days for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.
28th-29th Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.
30th-31st Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most fruitful days for planting root crops.

August 2016

1st-5th Best for killing weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests. Clear wood lots and fencerows.
6th-8th Excellent for sowing grains, winter wheat, oats, and rye. Plant flowers. Good days for planting aboveground crops.
9th-10th Plant seedbeds. Plant peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas. Extra good for leafy vegetables.
11th-13th Cut winter wood, do clearing and plowing, but no planting.
14th-15th A good time to plant aboveground crops.
16th-17th Barren days, fine for killing plant pests.
18th-19th Excellent for any vine crops such as beans, peas, and cucumbers. Good days for transplanting. Favorable days for planting root crops.
20th-21st Neither plant nor sow on these barren days.
22nd-23rd Good days for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.
24th-25th Any seed planted now will tend to rot.

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