Best Days by Activity

By Celeste Longacre

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The Old Farmer's Almanac's Best Days by Activity! Find out when to start a diet to lose weight, cut hair to increase growth, plant vegetables, quit smoking, lose weight, wean, mow grass to slow growth, and more activities, based on the Moon’s sign. 

To determine the Best Days, we look at several factors, including the position of the Moon in the 12 signs of the Zodiac, as well as the lunar phase. Planetary relationships may also be considered. When positions and/or phases are suitable, tradition says that activities are more likely to yield favorable results.

What are the Best Days to...
Activity Best Days
begin diet to gain weight Apr 22, Apr 26, May 19, May 23, Jun 19
begin diet to lose weight May 10, May 14, Jun 7, Jun 11, Jul 4
begin logging May 4, May 5, May 31, Jun 1, Jun 2
breed animals Apr 29, Apr 30, May 27, May 28, Jun 23
can, pickle, or make sauerkraut May 9, May 10, Jun 5, Jun 6, Jun 7
castrate animals May 6, May 7, May 8, Jun 3, Jun 4
cut hair to discourage growth May 9, May 10, Jun 5, Jun 6, Jun 7
cut hair to encourage growth Apr 27, Apr 28, May 24, May 25, Jun 20
cut hay May 11, May 12, May 13, Jun 8, Jun 9
destroy pests and weeds May 11, May 12, May 13, Jun 8, Jun 9
end projects May 14, Jun 12, Jul 12, Aug 10, Sep 8
go camping May 1, May 2, May 3, May 29, May 30
graft or pollinate Apr 22, May 18, May 19, Jun 14, Jun 15
harvest aboveground crops Apr 25, Apr 26, May 22, May 23, Jun 18
harvest belowground crops May 4, May 5, May 14, Jun 10, Jun 11
have dental care Apr 25, Apr 26, May 22, May 23, Jun 18
plant aboveground crops Apr 22, Apr 29, May 18, May 19, May 26
plant belowground crops May 9, May 10, Jun 5, Jun 6, Jun 7
prune to discourage growth May 1, May 2, May 3, May 30, Jun 8
prune to encourage growth Apr 23, Apr 24, May 20, May 21, Jun 16
quit smoking May 10, May 14, Jun 7, Jun 11, Jul 4
set posts or pour concrete May 4, May 5, May 31, Jun 1, Jun 2
slaughter livestock Apr 29, Apr 30, May 27, May 28, Jun 23
start projects May 16, Jun 14, Jul 14, Aug 12, Sep 10
wean animals or children May 10, May 14, Jun 7, Jun 11, Jul 4

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