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The 2016 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

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.

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February 2016

9th-10th Extra good for cucumbers, peas, cantaloupes, and other vine crops. Set strawberry plants. Plant peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas.
11th-12th Seeds planted now will grow poorly and yield little.
13th-14th Fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.
15th-16th Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
17th-18th Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Fine for planting beans, tomatoes, corn, cotton, cucumbers, peppers, melons, and other aboveground crops where climate allows.
19th-23rd Clear ground, turn sod, kill plant pests.
24th-26th Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
27th-28th 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.
29th Poor planting day.

March 2016

1st-2nd Barren days, do no planting.
3rd-4th Any root crops that can be planted now will do well.
5th-6th A barren period, best suited for killing plant pests. Do plowing and cultivating.
7th-8th Good for planting cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and other vine crops. Set strawberry plants. First day is a good day for transplanting. First day is also a favorable day for planting beets, carrots, radishes, salsify, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Second day is a good day for planting aboveground crops.
9th-10th Cultivate and spray, do general farm work, but no planting.
11th-12th Favorable for planting crops bearing yield above the ground.
13th-14th Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
15th-17th Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. Best planting days for aboveground crops, especially peas, beans, cucumbers, and squash where climate permits.
18th-22nd A most barren period, best for killing plant pests or doing chores around the farm.
23rd-24th Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
25th-27th Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Excellent time for planting root crops that can be planted now. Also good for Leafy vegetables.
28th-29th Barren days, do no planting.
30th-31st Any root crops that can be planted now will do well.

April 2016

1st-3rd Excellent time to kill weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests.
4th-5th Set strawberry plants. Excellent for any vine crops, such as beans, peas, and cucumbers. Good days for transplanting. Favorable days for planting root crops.
6th-7th Poor planting days. Break ground or cultivate.

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