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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!

March 2015

1st-5th A most barren period, best for killing plant pests or doing chores around the farm.
6th-8th Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
9th-10th Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Excellent time for planting root crops that can be planted now. Also good for leafy vegetables.
11th-13th Barren days, do no planting.
14th-15th Any root crops that can be planted now will do well.
16th-17th A barren period, best suited for killing plant pests. Do plowing and cultivating.
18th-19th 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.
20th-21st Cultivate and spray, do general farm work, but no planting.
22nd-23rd Favorable for planting crops bearing yield above the ground.
24th-25th Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
26th-28th Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. Best planting days for aboveground crops, especially peas, beans, cucumbers, and squash where climate permits.
29th-31st A most barren period, best for killing plant pests or doing chores around the farm.

April 2015

1st-2nd Grub out weeds, briars, and other plant pests.
3rd-4th A favorable time for sowing grains, hay, and fodder crops. Plant flowers. First day is when to plant corn, melons, squash, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops. Second day is a favorable day for planting root crops.
5th-7th Favorable days for planting aboveground crops, especially cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, kale, celery, and other leafy vegetables. Start seedbeds. Good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops.
8th-9th Neither plant nor sow on these barren days.
10th-11th Favorable days for planting beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, onions, and other root crops.
12th-13th Excellent time to kill weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests.
14th-15th Set strawberry plants. Excellent for any vine crops, such as beans, peas, cucumbers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
16th-17th Poor planting days. Break ground or cultivate.
18th-19th Favorable for planting beans, corn, cotton, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops.
20th-22nd Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in the ground.
23rd-24th Plant seedbeds and start flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and other aboveground crops on these most fruitful days.
25th-29th Grub out weeds, briars, and other plant pests.

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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