The Library of Congress (LOC) states that Benjamin Franklin created Poor Richard’s Almanac in 1732. It inspired the creation of The Old Farmer’s Almanac that has guided United States farmers for centuries.
Poor Richard’s Almanac was created as a manual for everyday life that included diagrams, calendars, and weather forecasts.
In 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac was created by Mr. Robert B. Thomas in honor of all preceding almanacs and the heritage expressed through Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac. According to almanac.com, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has never missed a year of publication, since its first 1792 publication.
Today, the Farmer’s Almanac has kept up with technology to bring us farming guides on the internet. Here are some suggestions for garden planting times from the Farmer’s Almanac (formerly, The Old Farmer’s Almanac):
Farmer’s Almanac Planting Times for May 2022
- May 4th - 6th
Plant seed beds and flower gardens. Also preferred plants to sow corn, cotton, okra, beans, peppers, eggplant, and other above-ground crops
- May 12th - 13th
Are favorable days for sowing hay, grains, and fodder crops. Also good for planting corn, beans, peppers, and other above-ground crops
- May 22nd - 23rd
Good time for vine crops, setting strawberry plants, and transplanting. Favorable time to plant late-root crops.
- May 27th - 28th
Root-crops planted during this time will yield well. This is a good time for transplanting.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a USDA Hardiness Map for plants and their ability to thrive in geographics conditions. Almanac.com provides more interpretation of the map’s relevance.
Almanac.com has for purchase, helpful editions of The Old Farmer’s Almanac on their website.