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Gardening by the almanac

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Gardening by almanac dates

Perhaps you have heard of planting the garden by the almanac, or even Googled planting times once or twice. Or, maybe you’ve heard of planting by the moon. I must admit that I sometimes forget to check the almanac before planting. However, it is a handy tool for general planting guidelines, giving dates and moon stages.

Fall gardens in the South

Here in the South many gardeners grow vegetables all year long. In some areas, the dead of winter does not allow for much outside growing. In USDA Hardiness Zone 7a, we can grow some kind of vegetable for almost 11 months of the year.Container gardening in a protected area is often used during the coldest part of winter.

Farther south, in zones 8, 9 and 10, autumn is one of the best growing seasons. Summers there are just too hot for all but the most heat loving crops. Plant summer producing vegetables in late summer to early fall in these areas.

Using the almanac

When in doubt as to what you can grow, check the Farmer’s Almanac Planting Calendar., using your Zip Code. Harvesting times are listed on the month-by-month graph, making it even more convenient.While you’re there, try the handy Garden Planner. The first 30 days are free for the planner, so you can see if you like it and most importantly, if you will use it.

For those who like to have a hard copy for backup, Purchase the Old Farmer’s Almanac 2015 online or at your local magazine distributor. The price is less than $7.00 in the U.S. and Canada, with as much as four months free. For more gardening information, get a copy of How to Grow an Emergency Garden here.

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