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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!

April 2014

24th-25th Good days for planting root crops, extra good for vine crops. Set strawberry plants. Good for transplanting.
26th-28th These are poor planting days. Break ground or cultivate. Best for killing plant pests and weeds.
29th-30th Favorable for planting beans, corn, cotton, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops.

May 2014

1st-2nd Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
3rd-5th These are most favorable days for planting corn, cotton, okra, beans, peppers, eggplant, and other aboveground crops. Plant seedbeds and flower gardens.
6th-10th A barren period.
11th-12th Excellent time for planting corn, beans, peppers, and other aboveground crops. Favorable for sowing hay, fodder crops, and grains. Plant flowers.
13th-14th Favorable planting days: First day excellent for planting aboveground crops. Last day good for carrots, beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops, and also good for transplanting. All days good for starting seedbeds and planting leafy vegetables.
15th-16th Do no planting.
17th-18th Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.
19th-21st Barren days. Do no planting. First day is good for cultivating, spraying, and general farm work. Second day good for killing plant pests.
22nd-23rd Favorable time for planting late root crops. Also good for vine crops that can be planted now. Set strawberry plants. These are good days for transplanting.
24th-25th These are poor planting days and fine for killing plant pests, cultivating or spraying.
26th-27th Root crops that can be planted now will tend to yield well. These are good days for transplanting.
28th-30th Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
31st This is a most favorable day for planting corn, cotton, okra, beans, peppers, eggplant, and other aboveground crops. Also a good day to plant your seedbeds and flower gardens.

June 2014

1st Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and other aboveground crops on this most fruitful day. Plant seedbeds and flower gardens.
2nd-6th Poor time for planting. Kill plant pests, clear fencerows, and clear land.
7th-8th Good for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing yield aboveground. Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers.
9th-11th Extra good for planting fall lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, and other leafy vegetables. All aboveground crops planted now will do very well. Plant seedbeds.
12th-13th These are poor planting days. Cut hay or do general farm work.
14th-15th Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.
16th-17th Poor days for planting. Kill plant pests, spray, fertilize, do general farm work.
18th-19th Favorable time for planting late root crops. Also good for vine crops. Set strawberry plants now. Good days for transplanting.
20th-21st Cut hay or do plowing on these barren days. Best days for killing 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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