Planting by the Moon Phases


Planting by the moon involves planting seeds or plants according to certain phases of the moon. The theory is that moisture levels in the soil are influenced by the moon in the same way that the tides in the ocean are with moisture levels rising in the top layer of soil during the period between the new moon and the full moon. Also, below ground crops such as potatoes should be planted during the period where the moon is waning or moving from a full moon to the new moon period. The moon phase planting calendar is published every year in the Farmer's Almanac.

Step 1

Prepare your garden planting area for vegetable crops by removing all weeds and garden debris and adding fertilizer and amendments as needed according to the results from a recent soil test. You can obtain soil testing information from your local county agricultural extension office.

Step 2

Locate a moon phase planting calendar by looking at a recent copy of the Farmer's Almanac. The phase calendar tells you specifically what to plant and when. The best time to plant the seeds is in the evening under the moonlight, according to folklore.

Step 3

Plant seeds at the correct depth and spacing as required on the seed package. Water the area after planting to settle the soil around the newly planted seeds.

Tips and Warnings

  • Although the moon phase calendar may tell you to plant a tender vegetable plant such as tomatoes or peppers before the last frost in your area, you should be prepared to protect the tender plants from frost with row cover or other means.

Things You'll Need

  • Farmer's Almanac
  • Various vegetable seeds
  • Prepared garden bed
  • Recent soil test results
  • Source of water


  • Farmer's Almanac: 2010 Best Planting Dates for Seeds
  • Moon Grow: Moon Phase Planting Zones
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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.