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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!

March 2018

19th - 21st
Favorable for planting crops bearing yield above the ground.
22nd - 23rd
Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground.
24th - 25th
Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. Best planting days for aboveground crops, especially peas, beans, cucumbers, and squash where climate permits.
26th - 29th
A most barren period, best for killing plant pests or doing chores around the farm.
30th - 31st
Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. First day is an excellent time for planting corn, beans, peppers, and other aboveground crops where climate permits. Second day is a favorable day for planting root crops.

April 2018

1st - 3rd
Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Also good for leafy vegetables.
4th - 5th
Neither plant nor sow on these barren days.
6th - 8th
Favorable days for planting beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, onions, and other root crops.
9th - 10th
Excellent time to kill weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests.
11th - 12th
Set strawberry plants. Excellent for any vine crops, such as beans, peas, and cucumbers. Good days for transplanting. Favorable days for planting root crops.
13th - 15th
Poor planting days. Break ground or cultivate.
16th - 17th
Favorable for planting beans, corn, cotton, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops.
18th - 19th
Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground
20th - 21st
Plant seedbeds and start flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and other aboveground crops on these most fruitful days.
22nd - 25th
Grub out weeds, briars, and other plant pests.
26th - 28th
favorable time for sowing grains, hay, and fodder crops. Plant flowers. Plant corn, melons, squash, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops.
29th - 30th
Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Also good for leafy vegetables.

May 2018

1st - 2nd
Seeds planted now will do poorly and yield little
3rd - 5th
Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.
6th - 7th
Kill plant pests on these barren days
8th - 10th
Fine for vine crops. Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. Favorable time for planting late root crops
11th - 12th
Poor planting. Fine for cultivating or spraying.
13th - 14th
Good days for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.
15th - 16th
Any seed planted now will tend to rot.

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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