Summer 2017 Gardener’s Almanac
June 9. June’s full moon is known as the “Strawberry Moon,” the “Rose Moon,” and the “Honey Moon.”
June 20. The summer solstice (Litha) marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and is the longest day and shortest night of the entire year.
June 23. Midsummer’s Eve is a solstice celebration closely observed in northern Europe.
Gardening by the moon. Plant aboveground crops June 5, 6, 7, and 25; harvest June 1, 2, 28, and 29. Plant belowground crops June 15, 16, and 17; harvest June 20 and 21.
July 4. Independence Day marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, when the original 13 colonies of the United States claimed their independence in 1776.
July 8. July’s full moon is known as the “Buck Moon” and the “Thunder Moon.”
July 28-29. Expect to see up to 20 meteors per hour as the Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower reaches its peak.
Gardening by the moon. Plant aboveground crops July 3, 4, 30, and 31; harvest July 8, 25, and 26. Plant belowground crops July 12, 13, and 14; harvest July 17 and 18.
August 7. August’s full moon is known as the “Sturgeon Moon.”
August 11-13. Expect a spectacular show boasting up to 60 meteors every hour during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.
August 21. A rare total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Gardening by the moon. Plant aboveground crops August 26, 27, and 28; harvest August 4, 5, and 31. Plant belowground crops August 9 and 10; harvest August 13 and 14.
September 4. Many people celebrate Labor Day by enjoying a day off from work.
September 6. September’s full moon is known as the “Harvest Moon” and the “Barley Moon.”
September 21. Today is the International Day of Peace.
September 22. The fall equinox marks the arrival of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.
Gardening by the moon. Plant aboveground crops September 5, 23, and 24; harvest September 1, 28, and 29. Plant belowground crops September 14 and 15; harvest September 18 and 19.
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