Gardening in October: To Do List October in the Garden

List Garden in October for You

Gardening in October month is entirely enthusiastic about the weather. If there's an Indian Summer,  there's no higher time of year to be get in the garden. While gardeners in heat areas can have additional to try to to than their northern counterparts, there area unit lots of garden tasks to stay everybody busy in October month.

Gardening in October: To Do List October in the Garden

General October Garden Chores

  • Get your soil tested and add amendments as needed.
  • Amend your soil with a dressing of compost
  • Turn your compost pile.
  • Use your garden debris and leaves to start a new compost pile.
  • Plant trees and shrubs.
  • Be sure to stay them well-watered, even through the winter (snow permitting).
  • Make sure all vacationing houseplants are brought back inside.
  • Continue planting garlic.
  • Plant cool-season annuals.
  • Covering mums and asters on nights once a frost is predicted, can lengthen their blooming.
  • Clear away dead foliage.
  • Dry and save seed.
  • Take cuttings of tender perennials.
  • Harvest and dry or freeze herbs for winter use.
  • Remove green tomatoes from the plants. Either ripen in a brown paper bag or lift the entire plant and hang upside down in a warm spot, to ripen.
  • Harvest winter squash once the vines shrink, however positively before a tough freeze.
  • Continue gathering fall crops like beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, and leeks.
  • Clean and place away empty containers and garden ornaments.
  • Clean and sharpen gardening tools.
  • Continue winterizing your water garden
  • Clean bird feeders.
  • Think about a de-icer for the birdbath. If you're in an area that freezes and you don't have a de-icer, turn your birdbath over to keep it from cracking.
  • Enjoy the season. Show off your harvest with a fall display.
  • Then start thinking about putting your garden to bed.
California Garden Chores
  • Prune the poisonous plant in the Gregorian calendar month, before successive season's flower buds have fashioned.
  • Plant cool-season annuals like African flower, foxglove, Iceland poppy, larkspur, lobelia, pansy, petunia, phlox, snapdragon, stock, sweet alyssum, sweet pea, and viola.
  • Keep them well watered, especially if the temperature warms.
  • Feed and water roses, but don't prune now.
  • Plant heat climate bulbs, like those from South Africa (ixia, Ornithogalum, sparaxis, tritone), for early blooms.
  • Pre-chill cool climate bulbs (daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, and tulips) before planting.
  • You can also purchase already chilled bulbs.
  • Sow cool-season vegetables like beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, radishes, spinach, and turnips.
  • Feed azaleas, camellias, shrub and rhododendrons with a chemical for acidophilous plants.


Pacific NW Garden Chores

  • Protect winter greens from this season's heavy rain and wind with row covers.
  • Take advantage of upcoming rains to re-seed bare patches in the lawn.
North Central Garden Chores

  • After the primary killing frost, dig your tender bulbs, let dry and package for storage.
  • Winterize your roses.
  • Divide and/or transplant peonies.
  • Plant spring-blooming bulbs this month.
  • Continue mowing, as long as the grass is growing. But set your mower to its highest level and let the grass go into winter with at least three inches of growth.
Northeast Garden Chores

  • Start raking. Shred or compost this fall gold.
  • Cut back and remove diseased perennial foliage.
  • Finish planting bulbs.
  • Keep transplants watered.

Midwest Garden Chores

  • Clean up and remove dying foliage.
  • Continue planting spring-blooming bulbs.
  • Harvest winter squash when the rind is too hard to poke a fingernail into.

Southwest Garden Chores

  • Plant strawberries now for spring harvesting.
  • Plant cool-weather herbs, like cilantro, dill, fennel, and parsley.
  • Seed quick-growing cool-season vegetable, like carrots, lettuce, radishes, and spinach. Set out transplants of broccoli and cabbage.
  • Dig and store tender summer-blooming bulbs and plant spring bloomers.

Southeast Garden Chores

  • Keep planting perennials.
  • Make sure plants receive enough water, especially transplants and winter and spring bloomers.
  • Plant a cover crop in the vegetable garden.
  • Harvest sweet potatoes before a frost.
Hawaii Garden Chores

  • Prune avocado, mango and plumeria trees.

Indoor Plants Garden Chores

  • House plants begin to abate because the days get shorter.
  • Cut back on watering and feeding till next spring.
  • Winter feeding will result in weak growth.
  • Plan for Christmas blooms on your poinsettia and Christmas cacti.
  • Move each plant in order that they're in temperatures between fifty and sixty degrees F.
  • Make sure the Christmas cacti get a minimum of thirteen hours of complete darkness in the dead of night.
  • Poinsettia will need about 15 hours in the dark.
  • For most folks, this may mean covering the plants themselves.
  • When uncovered, place in bright light. Provide them with water and a general-purpose fertilizer.

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