Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates May 2016

March 31, 2016
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Use the May 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place list below to find the best days for the following garden tasks.


Plant, transplant, and graft

Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces

See our complete Planting by the Moon calendar.


Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, or Aquarius

Build/fix fences or garden beds 


Control insect pests, plow, and weed

Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius


Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius. During a waxing Moon, pruning encourages growth; during a waning Moon, it discourages growth.

The Moon’s Astrological Place: March

1 Pisces

2 Pisces

3 Pisces

4 Aries

5 Aries

6 Taurus

7 Taurus

8 Gemini

9 Gemini

10 Cancer

11 Cancer

12 Leo

13 Leo

14 Virgo

15 Virgo

16 Virgo

17 Libra

18 Libra

19 Scorpio

20 Scorpio

21 Scorpio

22 Sagittarius

23 Sagittarius

24 Capricorn

25 Capricorn

26 Aquarius

27 Aquarius

28 Aquarius

29 Pisces

30 Pisces

See your customized Moon Phase Calendar.

Mercury in Retrograde

Sometimes the other planets appear to be traveling backward through the zodiac; this is an illusion. We call this illusion retrograde motion.

Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. Intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.

When Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.

See this year’s Mercury Retrograde Dates.



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planting by the moon 2017 region 4

I live in Canada (region 4). I can't seem to find that region and am wondering when to plant by the moon from April 2017 until Sept 2017.
I love this site and thanks for the home education you guys provide.

Planting by the Moon

Thanks for your kind words, Angela. You’ll need to go to our Gardening by the Moon tool. Here is the direct link to Region 4:   For the future, if you go to the the Gardening tab at the top of this page, hover over it, and you’ll see that the 3rd link in the Gardening Menu is this tool. Hope this helps!

please could u tell me when to plant my flower seeds

Thank u

flower times

The best times to plant are when the Moon’s astrological sign is in Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, or Taurus. Some also go by Libra for flowers. If you garden by the Moon’s phase, annual flowers are best planted when the Moon is waxing (between new and full). Flowering bulbs, and biennial and perennial flowers are best planted when the Moon is waning (between full and new).

You can find out the Moon’s phases for each month by going to:

The Moon’s Astrological Place is found in the print edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac (p. 243 of the 2016 edition), or you can purchase the “Astrology Moon’s Sign Calendar” online for download at:…
(Please note that the above is for November 2016 through December 2017)

Hope this helps!


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