Planting by the Moon

What is Planting by the Moon?

November 1, 2018

Many gardeners swear by Planting by the Moon, a technique that’s said to produce larger, tastier harvests. Watch the video above for a quick overview of this age-old practice!

What is Planting by the Moon?

Simply put, Planting by the Moon (also called Gardening by the Moon or Moon Phase Gardening) is the idea that the lunar cycle affects plant growth. Just as the Moon’s gravitational pull creates the tides of the oceans, it also creates more moisture in the soil, which encourages growth.

The technique goes as follows:

  • Plant your annual flowers and fruit and vegetables that bear crops above ground (corn, tomatoes, zucchini, etc.) 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 (onions, carrots, potatoes, etc.) during the dark, or waning, of the Moon—from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.

Read more about Planting by the Moon.

Dates for Planting by the Moon

Find specific dates for Planting by the Moon in our free online Planting Calendar. The Planting Calendar shows planting dates based on both the Moon phase and local frost dates, and is customized to your location.

You can also find a planting table in the annual Old Farmer’s Almanac , which contain the best planting days based on the Moon’s phases.

Do you garden by the Moon? Let us know in the comments!


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Moon Gardening

Does Moon Gardening work with potted or contained Plants, I'm asking because I'm interested and I want practice Moon Gardening.

My next full moon in Durban South Africa is on the 16th of November which I've been waiting for, to plant on my herbs Vertical Garden, and I'm wondering how is the pulling of water is going to work, since my plant are not in the ground where action is taking place?

Kind Regards Cyfoh.

Moon phrase planting

Do you start seeds in a controlled environment ie: indoors or green house, by the moon phase or does moon phase planting just apply to when you put the seedlings in the garden?
Thank you:)

lunar gardening

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Lunar gardening applies from germinating seeds to harvest. It is said that the Moon’s gravitational pull affects soil moisture and the rise/fall of sap in plants, which can affect germination and plant growth/fruiting. The other influence is moonlight, which may also affect germination (some seeds like light to germinate; others like dark) and plant growth. In an indoor environment that does not receive natural light, then the moonlight aspect would not be in play, but the gravitational pull would still be a factor. So with this method, you can still sow seeds indoors as well as outdoors.


What is the best time to harvest onions?

onion harvest

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When lunar gardening, onions are considered a below-ground crop, so they would be harvested when the Moon is between full and new (waning). For general guidelines on when to harvest onions, you might like to visit this page:
To find out when the Moon is full or new on a particular date or month, see:

Gardening by the Moon video

what video???

Gardening by Moon video

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The video appears on this page above. We’re not clear why it’s not showing up for you?

One grate book has been used

One grate book has been used successful for lot's of years . Lots of good things and information



What days in April are good

What days in April are good for surgery!

How does the saying goes?

How does the saying goes? English is not my first language so its hard for me to make up the words.

Waitng for almanac info

Waitng for almanac info

I live in zone 2 and i am

I live in zone 2 and i am wondering if there is a certain day in the month of march that is best for turning the soil for planting a vegtable garden?

The Gardening by the Moon's

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The Gardening by the Moon's Sign chores and Moon Astrological Place days appear on pages 246 and 247, respectively, of the 2014 Almanac.
Turning soil, or as termed here, plowing, is best when the Moon is in Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.
Today being March 19, thes best days, according to the Astrological Place chart would be March 21, 22, 23 (when the Moon is in Sagittarius; march 26 and 27 (when the Moon is in Aquarius) and march 30 and 31 (when the Moon is in Aries).
Remember that this refers to astrological place, not astronomical place.
Happy gardening!

OH my, I have tried to plant,

OH my, I have tried to plant, cut hair and do many things by the signs. I have proven to many that it works, But I never fully understood exactly how it works, until I watched this video. All I ever new was that it worked. This video makes it so much simpler for me to explain to all my friends when they ask how it works. Before I would just have to show them my results. Like shaving my legs. I would do test shave them on below days and show them how long it took for them to grown out, then shave on the above days and watch them grow out... by the next day... Thanks so much for sharing this simple explanation that I never knew..

My grandparents, from

My grandparents, from northern Italy, did everything according to the phases of the moon, including cutting their hair, which always had to be done on the new moon. My nonno died at 88 with a full head of beautiful hair and my mother's hair, at 82 years old, is thick and beautiful. My grandparents' gardens were always bountiful and I think it must have had something to do with the fact that they planted according to the ways of the old country, which was so in harmony with all of nature. I would like to have even one tenth of the knowledge that they learned by osmosis!

Yes, that is very true. My

Yes, that is very true. My grandparents used to do that, as gramps was taught this technique by his father. Worked really well with most of our harvest.

Always enjoy Janice's

Always enjoy Janice's segments. She seems upbeat and a lot of fun. Plus, love those overalls.

Hi, Margie! Thanks for your

Hi, Margie! Thanks for your comments. Wish you could see the prep and the out takes. We do have fun! And the overalls are soooo comfortable and easy to wear! Have a great season in your garden!

anyone in northeast florida?

anyone in northeast florida? when can i start my fall garden?

Hi, Peribeau, Take a look

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Hi, Peribeau, Take a look here (copy and paste the URL into your browser >> >>for the last planting dates based on the vegetables you want to grow. Consider local weather conditions, too. We hope this helps!

Anyone in coastal southeast

Anyone in coastal southeast Florida Miami Beach to be exact...what can we plant now that it's so unseasonably hot?

Planting by the moon,works

Planting by the moon,works for us!

what last date to plant

what last date to plant collard, mustard, and turnip seeds

Hi, Rena, You do not indicate

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Hi, Rena, You do not indicate where you are, but because you are asking late in September, I am going to presume that you are in the southern/sun belt. The Planting by the Moon Table in the 2012 print edition of the Almanac shows the best/Moon dates for a late planting of spinach (referring to your greens here) is October 15 to October 21. Turnip's second season planting dates are September 30 through October 14. If you are in an area that has a potential for frost, get the plants in now and hope for the best. We hope this helps!

I live on a Tropical

I live on a Tropical Island,would planting work better for me by the Moon?


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