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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!

April 2018

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.
17th - 18th
Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Most favorable for corn, cotton, okra, beans, peppers, eggplant, and other aboveground crops.
19th - 23rd
A barren period. Favorable for killing plant pests, cultivating, or taking a short vacation.
24th - 25th
Favorable time for sowing hay, fodder crops, and grains. Plant flowers. Excellent time for planting corn, beans, peppers, and other aboveground crops
26th - 27th
Plant seedbeds. Excellent for planting aboveground crops, and planting leafy vegetables.
28th - 30th
Seeds planted now will do poorly and yield little.
31st
Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.

June 2018

1st
Plant late beets, potatoes, onions, carrots, and other root crops.
2nd - 4th
Poor days for planting. Kill plant pests, spray, fertilize, do general farm work.
5th - 6th
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.
7th - 9th
Cut hay or do plowing on these barren days.
10th - 11th
Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting root crops
12th - 13th
Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground
14th - 15th
Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton, and other aboveground crops on these most fruitful days.
16th - 19th
Poor period for planting. Kill plant pests, clear fencerows, or clear land.
20th - 21st
Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground

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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