I filled in the calendars in the planner according to the Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar. I went a bit farther by marking a L (leafy) or an R (root) in the corner of each calendar day, which gave me a bit more leeway on which days to plant, and barren days were X-ed out. I then consulted my planting schedule, which had been carefully planned earlier this winter, and changed those dates to correspond with the lunar guide. There were dates that had to be changed by as much as a week or two to correspond with the Leaf or Root days.
After I finished the paper calendar, I entered all the information into my Works Calendar, so I'll have a reminder for each planting session. It remains to be seen if I can stick to such a strict planting schedule, or if I just throw the moon to the wind and revert back to my old way of planting, which is whenever I'm in the mood to do it.
A sample of my Farmer's Almanac Planting Guide (incomplete, I actually have it done through the first week of June). Most things will be planted a bit late, as I won't be back home in Washington until March 2nd. That means the earliest lunar planting date for starting my leafy veggies will be the 15th and 16th.
1st-2nd. A Most Barren Period, Best For Killing Plant Pests Or Doing Chores Around The Farm.
3rd-4th. Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops. Fine For Sowing Hay, Fodder Crops, And Grains. Plant Flowers.
5th-6th. Excellent Time For Planting Root Crops That Can Be Planted Now, And For Starting Seedbeds.
7th-9th. Poor Planting Days.
10th-12th. Any Root Crops That Can Be Planted Now Will Do Well.
13th-14th. A Barren Period, Best Suited For Killing Pests. Do Plowing And Cultivating
15th-16th. Good Days For Planting Above Ground Crops. Fine For Vine Crops. Set Strawberry Plants.
Broccoli (start seedlings) Cabbage (start seedlings) Eggplant (start seedlings) Parsley (start seedlings) Peppers (start seedlings) Lettuce (start seedlings) Set Strawberry Plants
17th-18th. Cultivate And Spray, Do General Farm Work, But No Planting.
19th-20th. Favorable For Planting Crops Bearing Yield Above The Ground.
Basil (start seedlings) Dill (start seedlings)
21st-23rd. Seeds Planted Now Tend To Rot In Ground.
24th-25th. Best Planting Days For Above Ground Crops, Especially Peas, Beans, Cucumbers, And Squash Where Climate Permits. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.
Lettuce (1st. planting) Peas (1st. planting) Spinach (1st. planting) Tomatoes (start seedlings) Marigolds (start seedlings)
26th-29th. A Most Barren Period, Best For Killing Plant Pests Or Doing Chores Around The Farm.
30th-31st. Favorable Days For Planting Root, Fine For Sowing Hay, Fodder Crops, And Grains. Plant Flowers.
So what do you think? Is planting lunar a bit loony or not?