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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 2017

22nd-24th A barren period, best suited for killing plant pests. Do plowing and cultivating.
25th-26th 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.
27th-28th Cultivate and spray, do general farm work, but no planting.
29th-30th Favorable for planting crops bearing yield above the ground.
31st Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.

April 2017

1st Poor day for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.
2nd-3rd Plant seedbeds and start flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and other aboveground crops on these most fruitful days.
4th-8th Grub out weeds, briars, and other plant pests.
9th-10th A favorable time for sowing grains, hay, and fodder crops. Plant flowers. Plant corn, melons, squash, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops.
11th-13th Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Also good for leafy vegetables.
14th-15th Neither plant nor sow on these barren days.
16th-18th Favorable days for planting beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, onions, and other root crops.
19th-20th Excellent time to kill weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests.
21st-22nd Set strawberry plants. Excellent for any vine crops, such as beans, peas, and cucumbers. Good days for transplanting. Favorable days for planting root crops.
23rd-24th Poor planting days. Break ground or cultivate.
25th-26th 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.
27th-28th Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.
29th-30th Plant seedbeds and start flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and other aboveground crops on these most fruitful days.

May 2017

1st Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Most favorable for corn, cotton, okra, beans, peppers, eggplant, and other aboveground crops.
2nd-5th A barren period. Favorable for killing plant pests, cultivating, or taking a short vacation.
6th-8th Favorable time for sowing hay, fodder crops, and grains. Plant flowers. Excellent time for planting corn, beans, peppers, and other aboveground crops.
9th-10th Plant seedbeds. First day is excellent for planting aboveground crops, and planting leafy vegetables. Second day is a good day for transplanting. Second day is also when to plant carrots, beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops. Also good for leafy vegetables.
11th-13th Seeds planted now will do poorly and yield little.
14th-15th Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.
16th-17th Kill plant pests on these barren days.
18th-20th Fine for vine crops. Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. Favorable time for planting late root crops.

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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