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lant by the Moon Calendar from the Farmers' Almanac

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.

Happy gardening!

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September 2020

17th - 18th
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.
19th - 20th
Start seedbeds. Excellent time for planting aboveground crops that can be planted now, including leafy vegetables which will do well.
21st - 22nd
Start seedbeds. Excellent time for planting aboveground crops that can be planted now, including leafy vegetables which will do well.
23rd - 25th
Any aboveground crops that can be planted now will do well.
26th - 27th
Poor planting days. Kill plant pests.
28th - 29th
Extra good for vine crops. Favorable days for planting aboveground crops.
30th
A poor time to plant.

October 2020

1st - 2nd
Barren days, do no planting.
3rd - 5th
Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, onions, turnips, and other hardy root crops where climate is suitable.
6th - 7th
Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.
8th - 9th
Start seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Best planting days for fall potatoes, turnips, onions, carrots, beets, and other root crops where climate is suitable.
10th - 14th
A most barren period, best for killing plant pests or doing chores around the farm.
15th - 16th
Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. First day is a favorable day for planting root crops. Second day is a favorable day for planting beans, peas, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, Texas, and California.

Be sure you check out the following links to help get your garden growing:

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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