Gardening by the Moon 2016: Region 2

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Pam Rodgers

The Gardening by the Moon 2016 calendar is longtime Old Farmer's Almanac tradition. According to this practice, cycles of the Moon affect plant growth.

These are dates for Region 2. Which region are you in? Click here for the map.

Note: There are four broad regions across North America. If you prefer, we also offer a regular gardening calendar (not Moon-based) that customizes to zip code level. See the all-seasons gardening calendar.

How to Garden by the Moon

Gardening by the Moon is a great way to help plan your above and below ground crops. Here's how it works:

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The "Moon Favorable" column gives the best planting dates based on the year's Moon's phases (Eastern Time). See our for the exact days of the new and full Moons.
  • Aboveground crops marked *
  • (E) means early planting; (L) means late
  Planting Dates Moon Favorable
* Barley 3/15-4/7 3/20-23, 4/7
* Beans (E) 4/15-30 4/15-22
(L) 7/1-21 7/4-19
Beets (E) 3/15-4/3 3/24-4/3
(L) 8/15-31 8/19-31
* Broccoli (E) 3/7-31 3/8-23
(L) 8/1-20 8/2-18
* Brussels sprouts 3/7-4/15 3/8-23, 4/7-15
* Cabbage 3/7-4/15 3/8-23, 4/7-15
Carrots (E) 3/7-31 3/7, 3/24-31
(L) 7/7-31 7/20-31
* Cauliflower (E) 3/15-4/7 3/15-23, 4/7
(L) 7/1-8/7 7/4-19, 8/2-7
* Celery (E) 3/7-31 3/8-23
(L) 8/15-9/7 8/15-18, 9/1-7
* Collards (E) 3/7-4/7 3/8-23, 4/7
(L) 8/15-31 8/15-18
* Corn, sweet (E) 4/1-17 4/7-17
(L) 7/7-21 7/7-19
* Cucumbers 4/7-5/15 4/7-22, 5/6-15
* Eggplants 4/7-5/15 4/7-22, 5/6-15
* Endive (E) 4/7-5/15 4/7-22, 5/6-15
(L) 7/15-8/15 7/15-19, 8/2-15
* Kale (E) 3/7-4/7 3/8-23, 4/7
(L) 8/15-31 8/15-18
Leeks 3/7-4/7 3/7, 3/24-4/6
* Lettuce 3/1-31 3/8-23
* Muskmelons 4/15-5/7 4/15-22, 5/6-7
* Okra 5/25-6/15 6/4-15
Onion sets 3/1-31 3/1-7, 3/24-31
* Parsley 3/1-31 3/8-23
Parsnips 3/7-31 3/7, 3/24-31
* Peas (E) 3/7-31 3/8-23
(L) 8/7-31 8/7-18
* Peppers 4/1-30 4/7-22
Potatoes 4/1-30 4/1-6, 4/23-30
* Pumpkins 4/23-5/15 5/6-15
Radishes (E) 3/7-31 3/7, 3/24-31
(L) 9/7-30 9/17-29
* Spinach (E) 3/15-4/20 3/15-23, 4/7-20
(L) 8/1-9/15 8/2-18, 9/1-15
* Squashes 4/15-30 4/15-22
Sweet potatoes 4/21-5/9 4/23-5/5
* Swiss chard 3/15-4/15 3/15-23, 4/7-15
* Tomatos 4/7-30 4/7-22
Turnips (E) 3/15-31 3/24-31
(L) 8/1-20 8/1, 8/19-20
*Watermelons 4/15-5/7 4/15-22, 5/6-7
* Wheat, spring 3/1-20 3/8-20
* Wheat, winter 9/15-10/20 9/15-16, 9/30-10/16

 

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Yard grass Ky blend

I'm in region 2. When should I sow my yard grass seed?

Hi Huldie,

Hi Huldie,

Next Moon favorable dates are April 7 to 22.

Zodiac signs

I am planning when to plant my garden and hay fields. In you book I pick up from the store on pg 138 March moon place some of them don't match up with the ones on pg 111 just need to know which one I need to follow. And also is the dark of the moon the same as the full moon or the new moon.

red clover

I forgot to mention that I am in central Missouri

red clover planting

You might be interested in the following article about red clover by the University of Missouri Extension:

http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G4638

http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G4652

The above article, mentions that spring planting of clover in central Missouri (based on Columbia), should be done any time from February to April 15. If that is the case, then all of March is fine. To get the planting by the Moon dates, therefore, treat red clover as an aboveground crop. So, plant when the Moon is between new and full, which is March 8 to 23.

Hope this helps!

red clover

I want to overseed red clover in permanent pasture When is the best dates during March 2016 ?

starting tomato and pepper seeds

I'm confused about the "moon favorable" dates shown in the chart above. I want to know when to START tomato and pepper seeds indoors and if that's different from the phase shown for transplanting them outside. How do I know when to start them inside as opposed to transplanting them outside? Or does it make any difference?

Hi Susan,

Hi Susan,

Go to our seed starting indoors page to find a chart customized to your location.

almanac.com/content/starting-seeds-indoors

planting by the moon

I might not have made myself clear in my previous question. Do the moon dates you show for "planting" refer to starting seeds anywhere, whether it's indoors in a tray or outside in the ground, or do the moon dates refer to taking the seeds/plants outside and planting them in the ground? Or am I needlessly confusing myself??

The planting by the Moon

The planting by the Moon dates are usually used for outdoor planting (seeds and transplants). It will not hurt to follow the Moon dates when planting seeds indoors but you will probably not see a big difference.

Hello, I am a plant

Hello, I am a plant propagator who is looking to change up my old methods and try working a little more with the moon phases. I have done extensive reading and research and nothing seems to hit quite on my needs. I propagate plants all year round with the use of artificial light. They are all above ground decorative or flowering annuals. I am unclear weather or not I am better off propagating EVERY month during the waxing moon. or just some. And for the varieties that I take clones from, weather I should be doing it on a leaf, fruit, or flower day. Thus far in my experiments I have been taking them on lea days, assuming that more of the water in the plant will be found up there rather than on the root days, where it might be heavier. Any guidance of how to use this rhythm would be greatly appreciated. (Assuming this applies to my scenario of green house and artificial lighting supplement)
cheers, Rachel

Hi Rachel,

Hi Rachel,

Use the waxing Moon days but also look at the Moon’s astrological place. Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are the best signs for transplanting and grafting. You can find our Moon’s astrologial calendar for 2016 in the print Almanac on p. 243 or you can order it at http://store.almanac.com/store/digital-products/charts-guides.

 

Looking for a site where I

Looking for a site where I can figure out when to take a cutting from a bush to be replanted....Burning bush.
Looking to use them for a hedge row. Southeastern KY.
Thank you..

Transplanting and grafting

Transplanting and grafting are best done when the Moon's sign is in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces. Sept. 7-8, 16-18, 26-27 are all good days. See our Moon's Sign calendar in the print Old Farmer's Almanac or go to almanac.com/calendar for more "best day" information.

I have an alpine strawberry

I have an alpine strawberry bed (not the variety that bears the larger berries). Would I follow the same procedures one uses with the larger-berried plants? These do not have runners, and are quite different plants from the other variety.

Alpine strawberries are easy

Alpine strawberries are easy to grow. They don't have runners but the plants can be divided every 3 years. They overwinter well. In cold regions they do need protection. After the ground is frozen, apply 4 to 6 inches of  straw, salt marsh hay or oak leaves.

I live in northeast colo,when

I live in northeast colo,when is the best time to plant snow peas?

Plant snow peas 4 to 6 weeks

Plant snow peas 4 to 6 weeks from the last expected frost. In most areas that means in March. See our Frost Dates Calculator here: http://www.almanac.com/content...

I have a bag of dahlias and I

I have a bag of dahlias and I live in the southern Oregon area. When is a good time to plant them?

One can usually plant dahlias

One can usually plant dahlias in mid-April through beginning of June, but it will depend on your local climate, especially if you are in the mountains or along the coast. Ground temperature should reach 60 degrees Fahrenheit before planting, and all danger of spring frost should be past. See these pages for more guidelines:
http://www.almanac.com/plant/d...
https://catalog.extension.oreg...
To find out the last expected spring frost in your area, see:
http://www.almanac.com/content...

When is the best time to

When is the best time to plant grass seed according to the moon?

Hi Tom, Grass is considered a

Hi Tom,
Grass is considered a above ground crop and seed is best planted in the light of the Moon (when the Moon is waxing, between new and full). Now is a good time. The next full Moon is on Saturday, April 4.

first time user, 2nd year

first time user, 2nd year gardener, first time trying to grow seeds vs buying the plants the store. Planning on planting a variety of vegetables. Should I first start them indoors then plant outside? or are some vegetables shouldn't be germinated indoors? I got carrots, tomato, zucchini, kale, lettuce, beet, snap pea, watermelon, cantaloupe, basil, cilantro, cucumber, peppers, and bunching onions. When looking at the seed chart some doesn't have sow indoor row.

Hi Rizza, Yes, some

Hi Rizza,
Yes, some vegetables will do better if you start them outdoors. Carrots, kale, beets, peas, and onion sets are best planted in the ground and not started indoors.

Hi, I'm planning to plant

Hi, I'm planning to plant pecan seeds in pots in the next couple of weeks. Everything I've read says to plant in mid February. I hope in two years to take these potted pecans to a pecan farm to have them help me graft the trees befor I plant them on our land. Since the moon is waning right now should I wait to plant the seeds? Can these be left outside or should I keep them indoors ?

Hi Jerri, Seeds sown just

Hi Jerri,
Seeds sown just before or around the full moon germinate better and grow a bigger root system because they are able to absorb more water during the full moon phase. We suggest that you keep the pots inside until you have seedlings growing.

Do the planting dates also

Do the planting dates also work for starting seeds indoors? Or does it apply only to when you should transplant to outdoors?

Hi Chastity, Yes, you can use

Hi Chastity,
Yes, you can use the Moon dates to start seeds.
Good luck!

I'm currently making my

I'm currently making my garden plan for 2015, but this page seems to be displaying the moon favorable dates for 2014. When will the 2015 dates be updated on your site - or am I missing something? Thanks!

Toy

You are correct. The 2014

You are correct. The 2014 dates will be updated to 2015 by January 1. (We will schedule this job earlier next year for folks making garden plans over the holidays as you are!)

I live in Central Iowa and

I live in Central Iowa and would like to plant Alliums. Would that count as a vegetable that bears fruit below ground since it is in the onion family? Just wondering when to plant. Thanks!

Yes, below ground is correct.

Yes, below ground is correct. The Allium genus includes onions, garlic, leeks, shallots & scallions. Allium is also an ornamental plant that grows from a bulb--which we would also consider below-ground.

what is the best time to

what is the best time to transplant strawberries my beds are full and I need to make new ones.

Many gardeners do not advise

Many gardeners do not advise transplanting strawberries out of an old bed due to disease. However, renovation of the beds is an important yearly activity that should occur right after harvest.
Mow off the old foliage using a standard lawnmower, cutting the leaves about 1 inch above the crowns and taking care not to damage the crowns of the plants. Rake the leaves. Fertilize with one pound of a 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet.  After 1 to 2 weeks, hoe or rototill the rows to about 12 inches wide.
You do need to completely replant the beds every 3 years. Strawberries should be planted in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked. 

This is my 2nd year on doing

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

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/gardeni...

I have rose bushes to plant.

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

I see the moon favorable dtes

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,

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...
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

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

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/ca...

I am in northern nevada 30

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

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

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

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

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

Planting is best done when

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

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

Garlic is usually planted in

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

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

In Region 2, Eastern KY, is

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

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/pub...

Due to illness, I wasn't able

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the distributor just

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

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

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

We no longer have flowers in

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...

Thank you

Thank you

Thanks for the FREE

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

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/g...

when is the best time to cut

when is the best time to cut back flowering shrubs?

this is the 13th of may, what

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

Hi, Jessie, Not sure where

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/t...

what is the difference in teh

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

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

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

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?

What about basil?

this is not a chart for when

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?

Hi, Jae, We have a chart on

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/gardeni...

May 9-15 for transplanting

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

Your right, It's May, not

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

when can i move my mini roses

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

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

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

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