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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!

February 2017

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.
22nd-24th A barren period, best suited for killing plant pests. Do plowing and cultivating.
25th-26th Good for planting cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and other vine crops. Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. Favorable days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, salsify, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops.
27th-28th Cultivate and spray, do general farm work, but no planting.
29th-30th Favorable for planting crops bearing yield above the ground.
31st Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.

April 2017

1st Poor day for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.
2nd-3rd Plant seedbeds and start flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and other aboveground crops on these most fruitful days.
4th-8th Grub out weeds, briars, and other plant pests.
9th-10th A favorable time for sowing grains, hay, and fodder crops. Plant flowers. Plant corn, melons, squash, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops.
11th-13th Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Also good for leafy vegetables.
14th-15th Neither plant nor sow on these barren days.
16th-18th Favorable days for planting beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, onions, and other root crops.

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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