Our “Planting by the Moon’s Phase” gardening calendar is a longtime Old Farmer’s Almanac tradition. According to this practice, cycles of the Moon affect plant growth.
Note that the four gardening regions below are quite broad and based on an age-old formula; we also offer a different methodology that’s more personalized on a zip code/postal code level with our “Best Planting Dates” calendar here.
What is Planting by the Moon?
Planting by the Moon is a great way to help plan your above and below ground crops.
- Plant flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light, or waxing, of the Moon: from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full.
- Plant flowering bulbs and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the Moon: from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.
Oldtime farmers swear that this practice results in larger, tastier harvest. The editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Janice Stillman, explains in our Gardening by the Moon video.
Click YOUR region on the map below to see planting dates and Moon-favorable dates.