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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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May 2020

27th - 30th
A barren period. Favorable for killing plant pests, cultivating, or taking a short vacation.
31st
Favorable time for sowing hay, fodder crops, and grains. Plant flowers. Excellent time for planting corn, beans, peppers, and other above ground crops.

June 2020

1st
Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.
2nd - 3rd
Plant seedbeds. Extra good for planting fall lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, and other leafy vegetables. All aboveground crops planted now will do well.
4th - 5th
Poor planting days, cut hay or do general farm work.
6th - 7th
Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.
8th - 10th
Poor days for planting. Kill plant pests, spray, fertilize, do general farm work.
11th - 12th
Set strawberry plants. Excellent for any vine crops such as beans, peas, and cucumbers. Good days for transplanting. Favorable time for planting late root crops.
13th - 15th
Cut hay or do plowing on these barren days.
16th - 17th
Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting root crops.
18th - 20th
Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
21st - 22nd
Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and other aboveground crops on these most fruitful days.
23rd - 26th
Poor period for planting. Kill plant pests, clear fencerows, or clear land.
27th - 28th
Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.

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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