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It’s just about gardening season and here at the Farmers’ Almanac we’ve been receiving a few questions regarding what some of the terms we use on our Gardening by the Moon Calendar mean.

So to help you figure out what a seedbed is, here is an official gardening term cheat sheet from the Farmers’ Almanac:

Above ground crops — this term is used to describe crops that produce their yield above the soil, such as corn, peppers, squash, etc.

Root Crops — crops that produce their yield below the soil, such as potatoes, radishes, carrots, etc.

— a bed of soil cultivated for planting seeds or seedlings before being transplanted.

—  young plants, especially ones that grow from a seeds rather than from a cutting.

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Transplanting — to uproot and replant a growing plant or an already well-established plant.

“Favorable”, “Good” and “Best” are all considered beneficial days for planting seeds.   “Good” and “Favorable” both pretty much mean the same.  However, “Best” is considered the prime, optimal days for planting seeds.

Many readers swear they get the best results when they plant according to our Gardening by the Moon Calendar. Check it out and let us know how your garden does this year.

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1 Sandi Duncan { 03.16.11 at 12:52 pm }

@ Debbie – regarding start and plant seedbeds they mean the pretty much meant the same thing. If you haven’t started a seedbed then start one, if you have and they are of good size and ready to plant then plant (or start) them.

Seedbeds can be either soil or garden outdoors cultivated and ready for planting seeds or seedlings before being transplanted.

Regarding your last question – I would start the type of seeds (above or root) that we recommend planting on that day for best possible results.

Hope this helps. Best of luck planting.

2 Donna Mummert { 03.15.11 at 1:17 pm }

My grandmother always gardened by the moon, and always had a nice garden. I plan to keep her tradition. I am a little confused, and have a couple of questions regarding your “Gardening Terms Explained”. I’m seeing both “start” and “plant” seedbeds. Do these both refer to planting, or by “start”, do you mean cultivate for planting? Does planting of seeds indoors in pots to be transplanted later qualify as a seedbed? And finally, when there is a day that is good for both planting (root crops for example) and starting seedbeds, should I be starting seedbeds only for vegetables for which that day is favorable?
Thanks for your help, Donna

3 admin { 03.15.11 at 12:03 pm }

Great to hear! Keep us posted!

4 JFrost { 03.15.11 at 11:51 am }

I’ve been experimenting with my garden using the almanac. This year I’m totally going with the almanac. I’ve got 1/2 acre of veggie garden and another acre to fill with other goodies

5 Cindy { 02.11.11 at 12:40 pm }

Are there ‘transplanting’ specific days, or do I just do (as I have been doing) and transplant on a ‘planting’ day? Thanks! Cindy

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