Fall 2016 Gardener’s Almanac

Mark your calendars; here are the dates that gardeners and naturalists alike won’t want to miss for fall 2016.

| Fall 2016

  • Track the moon’s status for August, September, October, and November of 2016.
    Photo by Sveta Naumova: www.Etsy.com; SvetaNPrints

August 2016

August 12. Grab your binoculars and a cup of coffee. The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks late on this balmy August night after the moon sets (1:25 a.m. CDT). Expect to see 50 or more meteors per hour in northerly latitudes.

August 18. This full moon is known as the “Sturgeon Moon” because the sturgeon fish is most readily caught during the month of August.

August 19 to 24. Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury form a triangle that can be spotted low in the western sky after sunset.

Gardening by the moon. Plant aboveground crops August 9 to 11. Plant belowground crops August 1, 19, 20, 27, and 28.

September 2016

September 5. Enjoy the day off from work. It’s Labor Day, and your fall garden is calling.

September 16. September’s full moon is known as the “Harvest Moon” because pumpkins, squash, and beans are ripe.

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