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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!

June 2017

25th - 29th Poor period for planting. Kill plant pests, clear fencerows, or clear land.
30th Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.

July 2017

1st Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.
2nd - 4th Start seedbeds. Extra good for fall cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, mustard greens, and other leafy vegetables. Good for any aboveground crop that can be planted now.
5th - 6th Barren days, neither plant nor sow.
7th - 9th First two days are when any aboveground crops that can be planted now will do well. Last day is a good day for planting beets, carrots, salsify, Irish potatoes, and other root crops.
10th - 11th Good days for killing weeds, briars, and other plant pests. Poor for planting.
12th - 13th Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, salsify, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Also good for vine crops.
14th - 16th A barren period.
17th - 18th A barren period.
19th - 20th Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.
21st - 22nd Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most fruitful days for planting root crops.
23rd - 26th A most barren period. Kill plant pests and do general farm work.
27th - 28th Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.
29th - 31st Start seedbeds. Extra good for fall cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, mustard greens, and other leafy vegetables. Good for any aboveground crop that can be planted now.

August 2017

1st - 2nd Cut winter wood, do clearing and plowing, but no planting.
3rd - 5th A good time to plant aboveground crops.
6th - 7th Barren days, fine for killing plant pests.
8th - 10th Excellent for any vine crops such as beans, peas, and cucumbers. Good days for transplanting. Favorable days for planting root crops.
11th - 12th Neither plant nor sow on these barren days.
13th - 14th Good days for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.
15th - 16th Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
17th - 18th Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most favorable days for planting beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops.
19th - 22nd Best for killing weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests. Clear wood lots and fencerows.

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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