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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 2018

13th - 16th
A most barren period. Kill plant pests and do general farm work.
17th - 18th
Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.
19th - 21st
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.
22nd - 23rd
Barren days, neither plant nor sow
24th - 26th
Any aboveground crops that can be planted now will do well.
27th - 28th
Good days for killing weeds, briars, and other plant pests. Poor for planting.
29th - 31st
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

August 2018

1st - 2nd
Neither plant nor sow on these barren days.
3rd - 4th
Good days for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.
5th - 7th
Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
8th - 9th
Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most favorable days for planting beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops.
10th - 13th
Best for killing weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests. Clear woodlots and fencerows.
14th - 15th
Excellent for sowing grains, winter wheat, oats, and rye. Plant flowers. Good days for planting aboveground crops.
16th - 17th
Plant seedbeds. Plant peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas. Extra good for leafy vegetables.
18th - 20th
Cut winter wood, do clearing and plowing, but no planting.
21st - 22nd
A good time to plant aboveground crops.
23rd - 25th
Barren days, fine for killing plant pests.
26th - 27th
Excellent for any vine crops such as beans, peas, and cucumbers. Good days for transplanting. Favorable days for planting root crops.
28th - 29th
Neither plant nor sow on these barren days.
30th - 31st
Good days for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.

September 2018

1st
Good day for transplanting. Good day for planting root crops
2nd - 3rd
Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
4th - 5th
Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Fine planting days for fall potatoes, turnips, onions, carrots, beets, and other root crops.
6th - 9th
Clear ground, turn sod, or kill plant pests.
10th - 11th
Excellent for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Good days for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, Texas, and California.

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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