Planting by the Moon's Phase: Region 2

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Our 2014 "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.  

See dates for Region 2 (central U.S. states) below. Don't know your region? Click here for map.

Note that these gardening regions are quite broad and based on an age-old formula; we also offer a different methodology that's more personalized with our "Best Planting Dates" calendar here.

How to Read the "Planting by the Moon" Gardening Calendar

  • The "Moon Favorable" column gives the best planting dates based on the year's Moon's phases (Eastern Time). See our Moon Phase Calendar for the exact days of the new and full Moons.)
  • Plant 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 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.
  • The "Planting Dates" column gives the safe periods for planting in areas that receive frost. See our Frost Dates Calculator for first/last frost dates and the average length of the growing season in your area (U.S. only).
  • Aboveground crops marked *
  • (E) means early planting; (L) means late
  Transplant Dates Moon Favorable
* Barley 3/15–4/7 3/15–16, 3/30–4/7
* Beans (E) 4/15–30 4/15, 4/29–30
(L) 7/1–21 7/1–12
Beets (E) 3/15–4/3 3/17–29
(L) 8/15–31 8/15–24
* Broccoli (E) 3/7–31 3/7–16, 3/30–31
(L) 8/1–20 8/1–10
* Brussels sprouts 3/7–4/15 3/7–16, 3/30–4/15
* Cabbage 3/7–4/15 3/7–16, 3/30–4/15
Carrots (E) 3/7–31 3/17–29
(L) 7/7–31 7/13–25
* Cauliflower (E) 3/15–4/7 3/15–16, 3/30–4/7
(L) 7/1–8/7 7/1–12, 7/26–8/7
* Celery (E) 3/7–31 3/7–16, 3/30–31
(L) 8/15–9/7 8/25–9/7
* Collards (E) 3/7–4/7 3/7–16, 3/30–4/7
(L) 8/15–31 8/25–31
* Corn, sweet (E) 4/1–17 4/1–15
(L) 7/7–21 7/7–12
* Cucumbers 4/7–5/15 4/7–15, 4/29–5/14
* Eggplants 4/7–5/15 4/7–15, 4/29–5/14
* Endive (E) 4/7–5/15 4/7–15, 4/29–5/14
(L) 7/15–8/15 7/26–8/10
* Kale (E) 3/7–4/7 3/7–16, 3/30–4/7
(L) 8/15–31 8/25–31
Leeks 3/7–4/7 3/17–29
* Lettuce 3/1–31 3/1–16, 3/30–31
* Muskmelons 4/15–5/7 4/15, 4/29–5/7
* Okra 5/25–6/15 5/28–6/13
Onion sets 3/1–31 3/17–29
* Parsley 3/1–31 3/1–16, 3/30–31
Parsnips 3/7–31 3/17–29
* Peas (E) 4/7–30 3/7–16, 3/30–31
(L) 8/7–31 8/7–10, 8/25–31
* Peppers 4/1–30 4/1–15, 4/29–30
Potatoes 4/1–30 4/16–28
* Pumpkins 4/23–5/15 4/29–5/15
Radishes (E) 3/7–31 3/17-29
(L) 9/7–30 9/9–23
* Spinach (E) 3/15–4/20 3/15–16, 3/30–4/15
(L) 8/1–9/15 8/1–10, 8/25–9/8
* Squashes 4/15–30 4/15, 4/29–30
Sweet potatoes 4/21–5/9 4/21–28
* Swiss chard 3/15–4/15 3/15–15, 3/30–4/15
* Tomatos 4/7–30 4/7–15, 4/29–30
Turnips (E) 3/15–31 3/17–29
(L) 8/1–20 8/11–20
*Watermelons 4/15–5/7 4/15, 4/29–5/7
* Wheat, spring 3/1–20 3/1–16
* Wheat, winter 9/15–10/20 9/24–10/8

 

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This is my 2nd year on doing

By Crystal Critchley

This is my 2nd year on doing a garden, last year it took off and I did amazing. I am so excited to have another one this year but from looking at the planting dates I'm definitely running behind. I usually plant cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, and peppers..When is good dates for those? I am gardening stupid lol.

Hi Crystal, No dumb questions

By Almanac Staff

Hi Crystal, No dumb questions in gardening! We are ALWAYS learning. So, I assume you are looking at the correct region.  If you're past the "first" seeding dates, it will help you to see our new "all-season" planting guide which goes all year. See: http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates

I have rose bushes to plant.

By Carol Hoffman

I have rose bushes to plant. When would be a good time ?

I see the moon favorable dtes

By Nancy McCleary

I see the moon favorable dtes to plant green beans are 4/29-30...Since it has been raining and storming non-stop on these days...is there a 'next-favorable' day? I always plant by your calender and have the best production in the area!

For this method of planting,

By Almanac Staff

For this method of planting, and for above-ground crops like beans, you want to plant when the Moon is between new and full, or the light of the Moon. The new Moon was on April 29, so April 29 and 30 were good days for that factor. For May, the light of the Moon continues from May 1 to 14 (when the Moon is full), and then the 28th through 31 (new Moon is on the 28th).

You also need to look at your frost dates. The Region 2 dates are averages for the entire area shown on the map. If you'd like to refine the range tailored to your specific area, you need the first and last frost dates for your location. To find that, go to the following and type in your zip code:

http://www.almanac.com/content/frost-chart-united-states/KS/Dodge%20City

This will tell you your frost dates and length of growing season.

Now, you can look at the days to maturity for your beans, the recommended times for planting on the seed packet, and work with your frost dates and growing season, as well as the range of dates when the Moon is waxing (between new and full). Most likely, for an early crop of beans, you will have a little more time past April 30, and can plant in the next few days, until May 14--if that fits with the days to maturity/frost dates etc. for your crop and area.

Hope this helps!

 

I have searched your site

By Max Rabner

I have searched your site without success trying to find the "moon dates" to plant strawberries by, bare root and transplants for 84663 zip code. thanks

Hi, Max, Though we don't list

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Max, Though we don't list strawberries, above-ground crops are planted during the light of the Moon (new to full); below-ground crops are planted during the dark of the Moon (from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again). You can find your Moon Phase calendar, customized to your zip code, here: http://www.almanac.com/moon/calendar

I am in northern nevada 30

By kwalker58

I am in northern nevada 30 miles east of reno. Based on the almanac the last spring frost is may 2nd so I should plant my tomatoes and peppers after that then like may 9th? I also noticed the transplanting date of my seedlings started indoors is before the last spring frost in my area. Is that right? I would think it should be after the frost date.

Yes, you should wait to put

By Almanac Staff

Yes, you should wait to put transplants out after the last spring frost date. Thanks for pointing out the problem with our chart. We will look into this.

Hello, Im looking at both

By Stephanie Bobbin

Hello, Im looking at both charts when to start seeds and when to transplant to make sure i have the correct dates for planting this year but i'm really confused and this is my first year gardening. on the seed chart it says to starts seed indoors later than the date thats on the transplant chart. example lettece seeds start inside is on Mar 28-apr 11, and the transplant date is March 3-31 so which dates should i be more ready for?

Hi Stephanie, The dates on

By Almanac Staff

Hi Stephanie,

The dates on the seed chart (Mar 28-Apr 11) are calculated to your zip code and more accurate. The dates on the transplant chart are for Region 2 and cover a much larger area. Use the seed chart dates.

I got some trees and crepe

By rocker

I got some trees and crepe myrtles from Arbor Day,when can I set them out?

Planting is best done when

By Almanac Staff

Planting is best done when the soil is warm and after your last frost in the spring. Plant the trees and the myrtles in the light of the Moon (between the new and full Moon phase).

What are the dates for

By [wil

What are the dates for starting garlic and for planting it outside? Same as onions? Thanks!

Garlic is usually planted in

By Almanac Staff

Garlic is usually planted in the fall and harvested the next summer. Plant them in the dark of the Moon (after a full Moon and before it's new again).

hi when is the best time to

By steve little

hi when is the best time to start the seeds in the gound.

In Region 2, Eastern KY, is

By Billy Fitch

In Region 2, Eastern KY, is it a good time to plant the fall crop of kale and mustard greens? If so, which days at the end of August or first of September?

In eastern Kentucky, the last

By Almanac Staff

In eastern Kentucky, the last planting dates for mustards greens are August 20 so that's probably OK.  The last planting date for kale was July 15 so that is past.  Here is a nice resource from your Kentucky cooperative extension: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/id/id128/id128.pdf

Due to illness, I wasn't able

By Barnett

Due to illness, I wasn't able to plant vegetables at the normal times for region 2. Is there anything I can plant at this late date (transplants from garden shop) or do I need to wait until late July/early Aug for late-season crops?

Thanks.

Hi, Barnett, I hope that you

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Barnett, I hope that you feel much better. July is still a good time to plant many crops--a "second" sowing for some might be your first sowing! For seeds, carrots, green beans, beets, radishes, and cucumber. For transplants, try tomato, eggplant, and pepper.

I have an area in my yard

By Annoymus

I have an area in my yard that I'm using to plant a small garden. What can I use to kill the grass but won't harm the soil?

You can cover the area with

By Almanac Staff

You can cover the area with black plastic to kill the grass. This will take some time. Or, you can remove the grass by scraping it away to a depth of about 2 inches. If possible rent a sod cutter for this task.

to Almanac staff,I

By rocker

to Almanac staff,I transplanted kale,cabbage,spinach,broccoli,and romaine lettuce in the days you suggested.It's been about 2 weeks and everything is growing like crazy.Thanks you all from East Ky.Any sugestions on transplanting tomatos,I've already bought them and don't know whether to plant them today which is May 2nd

We hope that you have planted

By Almanac Staff

We hope that you have planted your tomatoes by now. Moon favorable dates to plant above-ground crops are May 9 to May 25.

Is it still safe to plant

By ajfleming

Is it still safe to plant cabbage? And when is the best date

the distributor just

By rocker

the distributor just yesterday brought the kale spinach cabbage and romaine lettuce to us in east ky.I feel like it would be ok to transplant today,4-15-13,anybody think differently?

Yes. This week is good for

By Almanac Staff

Yes. This week is good for planting above-ground crops. 4/10 t0 4/25 is your window for planting in the light of the Moon.

Hi, Do you have a similar

By archoo16

Hi, Do you have a similar calendar for flowering plants, both annuals and perennials?
Thank you.

We no longer have flowers in

By Almanac Staff

We no longer have flowers in our charts for a variety of reasons. Traditionally, dates for "all flowers" for Region 2 was 4/15 to 4/30. For best days by the Moon, consider transplanted flowers "aboveground" (so plant during the light of the Moon from the day that the Moon is new to the day it is full). If you are seeding indoors, we do have a list of best flowers to start indoors here:
http://www.almanac.com/content/flowers-annuals-and-perennials-start-indoors

Thank you

By Archoo16

Thank you

Thanks for the FREE

By EdnEdna

Thanks for the FREE information. I am wanting to plant grape plants next month. I may have missed it but I am thinking the dates for transplanting would be the same for it as well as vegetables.

Late winter to early spring

By Almanac Staff

Late winter to early spring is the best time to plant dormant, bare-root grape plants. See our Grapes page for more gardening advice: http://www.almanac.com/plant/grapes

when is the best time to cut

By art snell

when is the best time to cut back flowering shrubs?

The best time to prune

By Almanac Staff

The best time to prune depends on the type of shrub. See our winter and our spring pruning guides on Almanac.com here:
http://www.almanac.com/content/winter-pruning-guide-trees-and-shrubs
http://www.almanac.com/content/spring-pruning-guide-trees-and-shrubs

this is the 13th of may, what

By jesse l. haynes

this is the 13th of may, what date would be the best fay to set the tomato plants out?

Hi, Jessie, Not sure where

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Jessie, Not sure where you live, but just set out transplants when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is past. See our Tomato page for more tips on tomatoes: http://www.almanac.com/plant/tomatoes

what is the difference in teh

By Cinnie

what is the difference in teh farmers almanac and the old farmers almanac? I just noticed there are 2 different sites. Now i ma going to both. Please let me know!

the Farmer's Almanac was

By Anonymously

the Farmer's Almanac was started on 1792. The word 'Old' was added in 1832. The web page for the original "Old Famer's Almanac" is www.almanac.com. The other website is for the "Farmer's Almanac" started in 1818.

I agree that these are not

By hannah_1st

I agree that these are not that thorough or specific. I am growing a number of vegetables and flowers not on any lists here, some started indoors and some outdoors. I find myself seeking other websites for the information I need which leads me to believe the Farmer's Almanac may not have been a good subscription.

Hannah, Are you looking for

By Almanac Staff

Hannah, Are you looking for seed-starting? Let us know your questions and we can direct you. We do not have a paid subscription. These pages are free.

What about basil?

By Sarah C

What about basil?

Hi, Sarah, Basil is a tender

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Sarah, Basil is a tender herb. Start in the ground well after any danger of frost. See your frost date on our Best Days to Seed chart here: http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates
Also you may our Growing Guide to Herbs helpful: http://www.almanac.com/content/growing-guide-herbs

this is not a chart for when

By Jae

this is not a chart for when to plant my seedlings outside, as is indicated by the title, when to transplant. i can not put tomato seedlings in the garden until end of may. where is the chart for best day to transplant seedlings?

Your right, It's May, not

By SKD

Your right, It's May, not April,they don't have the best days, like they had last yr.

May 9-15 for transplanting

By KYGardener

May 9-15 for transplanting Tomatoes and pepper plants...

Hi, Jae, We have a chart on

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Jae, We have a chart on Best Planting Dates to Seed -- both indoors and in the ground. You can find this page by clicking on the GARDENING tab to the left. Or, here is the links: http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates

when can i move my mini roses

By nikka_dvl

when can i move my mini roses from the pot they were bought in, into a bigger pot? when is the best date?

thank you!

According to astrology

By Almanac Staff

According to astrology transplanting is best done under a fruitful Moon sign (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces). April 16, 17, 25, 26 are good days.

Our average frost free date

By Waverly

Our average frost free date is May 10. What are the best moon transplanting dates?

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