Plant by the Moon Calendar from the Farmers’ Almanac

Welcome to the Farmers’ Almanac Gardening by the Moon Calendar. This planting calendar helps you pick the best dates for popular garden tasks—starting seeds, pruning shrubs, harvesting, weeding, and much more—according to our 200-year-old formula that relies on phases and position of the Moon. Our readers swear they “won’t plant without it.”
The dates listed below are consistent across all growing zones. This means you must consider your weather and climate before following our suggestions. For best results, talk with your local greenhouse or agricultural extension office for the optimal window of time within which to use these dates.
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November 2020
  • 29th – 30th
    Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
December 2020
  • 1st – 3rd
    Start seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most favorable days for planting beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops where climate allows.
  • 4th – 7th
    A barren period. Favorable for killing plant pests, cultivating, or taking a short vacation.
  • 8th – 9th
    Plant flowers. Fine for sowing hay, fodder crops, and grains. Favorable days for planting root crops.
  • 10th – 11th
    Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Plant carrots, beets, onions, turnips, Irish potatoes, and other root crops in the South.
  • 12th – 13th
    Do no planting.
  • 14th – 16th
    Plant sweet corn, beans, peppers, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.
  • 17th – 18th
    Barren days. Fine for clearing, plowing, fertilizing, and killing plant pests.
  • 19th – 20th
    Extra good for cucumbers, peas, cantaloupes, and other vine crops. Plant peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas.
  • 21st – 23rd
    A barren period.
  • 24th – 25th
    Fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.
  • 26th – 28th
    Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.