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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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January 2020

26th - 28th
Extra good for peppers, tomatoes, peas and other vine crops. Fine for planting any aboveground crop where the climate permits.
29th - 30th
Barren days, do no planting.
31st
Fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.

February 2020

1st - 2nd
Fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable
3rd - 4th
Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
5th - 6th
Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Fine for planting beans, tomatoes, corn, cotton, cucumbers, peppers, melons, and other above ground crops where climate allows.
7th - 10th
Clear ground, turn sod, kill plant pests.
11th - 12th
Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops.
13th - 14th
Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Plant carrots, turnips, onions, beets, Irish potatoes, and other root crops in the South. Lettuce and other leafy vegetables will do well.
15th - 17th
Poor planting days
18th - 19th
Any root crops that can be planted now will do well.
20th - 22nd
Barren days. Fine for clearing, plowing, fertilizing, and killing plant pests.
23rd - 24th
Extra good for cucumbers, peas, cantaloupes, and other vine crops. Set strawberry plants. Plant peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other above-ground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas.

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.

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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