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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!

September 2017

22nd - 24th
Start seedbeds. Excellent time for planting aboveground crops that can be planted now, including leafy vegetables which will do well.
25th - 26th
Clear fencerows, wood lots, and fields, but do no planting.
27th - 29th
Any aboveground crops that can be planted now will do well.
30th
Poor planting day. Kill plant pests.

October 2017

1st
Poor planting day. Kill poison ivy, weeds, clear land, but no planting.
2nd - 3rd
Extra good for vine crops. Favorable days for planting aboveground crops where climate is suitable.
4th - 5th
Extra good for vine crops. Favorable days for planting aboveground crops where climate is suitable.
6th - 7th
Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, onions, turnips, and other hardy root crops where climate is suitable.
8th - 9th
Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.
10th - 12th
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.
13th - 16th
A most barren period, best for killing plant pests or doing chores around the farm.
17th - 18th
Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
19th - 21st
Start seedbeds. Favorable days for planting aboveground crops, and leafy vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, kale, and celery where climate is suitable.
22nd - 23rd
Do clearing and plowing, but no planting.
24th - 26th
Plant tomatoes, peas, beans, and other aboveground crops, indoors in the North and outdoors in lower South.
27th - 28th
Poor planting days. Kill poison ivy, weeds, clear land, but no planting.
29th - 31st
Extra good for vine crops. Favorable days for planting aboveground crops where climate is suitable.

November 2017

1st - 2nd
Seeds planted now will grow poorly and yield little.
3rd - 4th
First day is fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable. Second day is a good day for transplanting. Second day is also when to plant root crops where climate permits.
5th - 6th
Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
7th - 8th
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.
9th - 12th
Grub out weeds, briars, and other plant pests.
13th - 15th
Favorable time for sowing grains, hay, and fodder crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
16th - 17th
Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Plant carrots, beets, onions, turnips, Irish potatoes, and other root crops in the South.
18th - 20th
Poor planting days.

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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