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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!

January 2017

22nd-23rd Do no planting.
24th-26th Good planting days for root crops where climate permits.
27th-28th A good time to kill plant pests or do plowing. Poor for planting.
29th-30th Extra good for peppers, tomatoes, peas, and other vine crops. Fine for planting any aboveground crop where the climate permits.
31st Barren day, do no planting.

February 2017

1st Seeds planted now will grow poorly and yield little.
2nd-3rd Fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.
4th-6th Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
7th-8th Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Fine for planting beans, tomatoes, corn, cotton, cucumbers, peppers, melons, and other above ground crops where climate allows.
9th-12th Clear ground, turn sod, kill plant pests.
13th-15th Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
16th-17th Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Plant carrots, turnips, onions, beets, Irish potatoes, and other root crops in the South. Lettuce and other leafy vegetables will do well.
18th-20th Poor planting days.
21st-22nd Any root crops that can be planted now will do well.
23rd-24th Barren days. Fine for clearing, plowing, fertilizing, and killing plant pests.
25th-26th Extra good for cucumbers, peas, cantaloupes, and other vine crops. Set strawberry plants. First day is a good day for transplanting. First day is also favorable for onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, and other root crops where climate permits. Second day is when to plant peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas.
27th-28th Seeds planted now will grow poorly and yield little.

March 2017

1st Cultivate and spray, do general farm work, but no planting.
2nd-3rd Favorable for planting crops bearing yield above the ground.
4th-5th Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
6th-7th Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. Best planting days for aboveground crops, especially peas, beans, cucumbers, and squash where climate permits.
8th-12th A most barren period, best for killing plant pests or doing chores around the farm.
13th-14th Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
15th-16th Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Excellent time for planting root crops that can be planted now. Also good for leafy vegetables.
17th-19th Barren days, do no planting.
20th-21st Any root crops that can be planted now will do well.

Get all 12 months of our exclusive Gardening by the Moon Calendar inside the Farmers' Almanac (available in our online store). This calendar lists favorable and not so favorable dates for various gardening and farming chores.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

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