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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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August 2020

9th - 11th
Good days for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.
12th - 13th
Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
14th - 16th
Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most favorable days for planting beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops.
17th - 20th
Best for killing weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests. Clear wood lots and fencerows.
21st - 22nd
Excellent for sowing grains, winter wheat, oats, and rye. Plant flowers. Good days for planting aboveground crops.
23rd - 24th
Plant seedbeds. Plant peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas. Extra good for leafy vegetables.
25th - 26th
Cut winter wood, do clearing and plowing, but no planting.
27th - 28th
A good time to plant aboveground crops.
29th - 31st
Barren days, fine for killing plant pests.

September 2020

1st - 2nd
Extra good for vine crops. First day is a favorable day for planting aboveground crops. Second day is a good day for transplanting. Second day is also a good day for planting root crops.
3rd - 5th
A poor time to plant.
6th - 7th
Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting root crops.

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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