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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!

July 2017

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.
23rd - 25th
Excellent for sowing grains, winter wheat, oats, and rye. Plant flowers. Good days for planting aboveground crops.
26th - 27th
Plant seedbeds. Plant peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas. Extra good for leafy vegetables.
28th - 30th
Cut winter wood, do clearing and plowing, but no planting.
31st
A good time to plant aboveground crops.

September 2017

1st
Any aboveground crops that can be planted now will do well.
2nd - 4th
Poor planting days. Kill plant pests.
5th - 6th
Extra good for vine crops. First day is a favorable day for planting aboveground crops. Second day is a good day for transplanting. Second day is also a good day for planting root crops.
7th - 8th
A poor time to plant.
9th - 10th
Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting root crops.
11th - 12th
Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
13th - 14th
Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Fine planting days for fall potatoes, turnips, onions, carrots, beets, and other 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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