Our Gardening by the Moon calendar works according to the age-old belief that phases of the Moon affect plant growth. Lunar planting is a longtime Old Farmer’s Almanac tradition.
Keep in mind that the four gardening regions below are quite broad; we also offer a modern planting calendar (not Moon-based) that gets down to zip code level. See our all-seasons gardening calendar.
What is Gardening 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 annual 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, biennial and perennial flowers, 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.
Old-time farmers swear that this practice results in a larger, tastier harvest. The editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Janice Stillman, explains more in our Gardening by the Moon video.
Which Region Are You In?
Click your region on the map below to see planting dates and Moon-favorable dates.
You can also check our local Moon Phase Calendar to see when the light of the Moon or dark of the Moon is scheduled and follow the directions above.
Modern Planting Calendar
For planting dates based on local frost dates, check out our Planting Calendar. On this page, you can input your zip code to see the best planting, transplanting, and harvesting dates for your area.