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The 2014 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!

September 2014

19th-23rd A most barren period, best for killing plant pests, or doing other chores.
24th-26th Good days for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, Texas, and California. Excellent for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers.
27th-28th Excellent time for planting aboveground crops that can be planted now, including leafy vegetables, which will do well. Start seedbeds.
29th-30th Clear fencerows, woodlots and fields, but do no planting.

October 2014

1st-2nd Plant tomatoes, peas, beans, and other aboveground crops, indoors in the North and outdoors in lower South.
3rd-4th Poor planting days. Do general farm work and clear land, but do no planting.
5th-6th Good days for planting aboveground crops, extra good for vine crops, where climate is suitable.
7th-8th A barren period.
9th-11th Good days for planting beets, carrots, onions, turnips, and other hardy root crops where climate is suitable. Good days for transplanting.
12th-13th Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in the ground.
14th-15th Best planting days for fall potatoes, turnips, onions, carrots, beets, and other root crops where climate is suitable. Also plant seedbeds, flower gardens. Good days for transplanting.
16th-20th A good time to grub out weeds, briars, and other plant pests.
21st-23rd Favorable planting days: First two days good for planting root crops. Last day good for planting beans, peas, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, Texas, and California. All days are fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers now.
24th-25th Favorable days for planting aboveground crops and leafy vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, kale, and celery where climate is suitable. Start your seedbeds now.
26th-27th Do clearing and plowing, but no planting.
28th-30th Plant tomatoes, peas, beans, and other aboveground crops, indoors in the North and outdoors in lower South.
31st A barren period.

November 2014

1st Poor time for planting. Clear fencerows/land on this barren day.
2nd-3rd Favorable days for planting aboveground crops. Extra good for vine crops, where climate allows.
4th-5th Neither plant nor sow on these barren days.
6th-7th Plant root crops where climate permits. Good days for transplanting.
8th-9th Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
10th-12th Best planting days for fall potatoes, turnips, onions, carrots, beets, and other root crops where climate is suitable. Also plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting.
13th-17th Poor for planting. Last four days good for killing plant pests.
18th-19th Favorable days for planting root crops. Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers now.

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.

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