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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!

May 2016

5th-6th First day is a good day for transplanting. First day is also when planted root crops will yield well. Second day is favorable for planting beans, corn, cotton, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops.
7th-8th Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
9th-10th Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Most favorable for corn, cotton, okra, beans, peppers, eggplant, and other aboveground crops.
11th-15th A barren period. Favorable for killing plant pests, cultivating, or taking a short vacation.
16th-18th Favorable time for sowing hay, fodder crops, and grains. Plant flowers. Excellent time for planting corn, beans, peppers, and other aboveground crops.
19th-20th Plant seedbeds. Excellent for planting aboveground crops, and planting leafy vegetables.
21st-23rd Seeds planted now will do poorly and yield little.
24th-25th Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.
26th-27th Kill plant pests on these barren days.
28th-29th Fine for vine crops. Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. Favorable time for planting late root crops.
30th-31st Poor planting. Fine for cultivating or spraying.

June 2016

1st-2nd Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting root crops.
3rd-4th Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
5th-7th Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and other aboveground crops on these most fruitful days.
8th-11th Poor period for planting. Kill plant pests, clear fencerows, or clear land.
12th-14th Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.
15th-16th Plant seedbeds. Extra good for planting fall lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, and other leafy vegetables. All aboveground crops planted now will do well.
17th-19th Poor planting days, cut hay or do general farm work.
20th-21st Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.
22nd-23rd Poor days for planting. Kill plant pests, spray, fertilize, do general farm work.
24th-26th Set strawberry plants. Excellent for any vine crops such as beans, peas, and cucumbers. Good days for transplanting. Favorable time for planting late root crops.
27th-28th Cut hay or do plowing on these barren days.
29th-30th Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting root crops.

July 2016

1st-2nd Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.

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