Several years ago I came across an ancient Chinese almanac that divides the year into 72 separate periods of five days each within the four seasons. I was fascinated. This makes great sense to a gardener.

In the old Chinese almanac, the label for each of the five-day units is a short phrase capturing some timely aspect of the natural world. East Wind Melts the Ice is the first unit at the beginning of spring.

Here are the 72 units of the almanac along with a similar table of my own for Northern California.


(Since the almanac was originally based on a lunar-solar calendar, the dates here are approximate.)

almanac_Spring.html
springalmanac_Spring.html
almanac_Summer.html
summeralmanac_Summer.html
almanac_fall.html
autumnalmanac_fall.html
almanac_Winter.html
winteralmanac_Winter.html