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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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December 2019

14th - 18th
A barren period. Favorable for killing plant pests, cultivating, or taking a short vacation.
19th - 20th
Plant flowers. Fine for sowing hay, fodder crops, and grains. Favorable days for planting root crops.
21st - 22nd
Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Plant carrots, beets, onions, turnips, Irish potatoes, and other root crops in the South.
23rd - 24th
Do no planting.
25th - 27th
First day is when any root crops that can be planted now will do well. Last two days are when to plant sweet corn, beans, peppers, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.
28th - 29th
Barren days. Fine for clearing, plowing, fertilizing, and killing plant pests.
30th - 31st
Extra good for cucumbers, peas, cantaloupes, and other vine crops. Plant peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas.

January 2020

1st - 3rd
Barren days, do no planting.
4th - 5th
Fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and other above ground crops where climate is suitable.
6th - 8th
Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.
9th - 10th
Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. First day is best planting day for aboveground crops, especially peas, beans, cucumbers, and squash where climate is suitable. Second day is a good day for transplanting. Second day is also a most fruitful time for planting beets, carrots, onions, and other hardy root crops in the Deep South.

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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