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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!

December 2016

10th-11th Fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.
12th-13th Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
14th-15th Start seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most favorable days for planting beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops where climate allows.
16th-19th A barren period. Favorable for killing plant pests, cultivating, or taking a short vacation.
20th-22nd Plant flowers. Fine for sowing hay, fodder crops, and grains. Favorable days for planting root crops.
23rd-24th Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Plant carrots, beets, onions, turnips, Irish potatoes, and other root crops in the South.
25th-27th Do no planting.
28th-29th First day is when any root crops that can be planted now will do well. Second day is when to plant sweet corn, beans, peppers, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.
30th-31st Barren days. Fine for clearing, plowing, fertilizing, and killing plant pests.

January 2017

1st A good time to kill plant pests or do plowing. Poor for planting.
2nd-3rd Extra good for peppers, tomatoes, peas, and other vine crops. Fine for planting any aboveground crop where the climate permits.
4th-5th Barren days, do no planting.
6th-7th Fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.
8th-9th Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.
10th-11th Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Best planting days for aboveground crops, especially peas, beans, cucumbers, and squash where climate is suitable.
12th-16th A barren time. Best for killing weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests. Clear wood lots and fencerows.
17th-18th A favorable time for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
19th-21st Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Plant carrots, turnips, onions, beets, Irish potatoes, other root crops in the South. Also good for leafy vegetables.
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.

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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