No matter the month, there’s always something you can do in the garden. Follow Commercial Bag and Supply’s October Gardening Guide for simple tasks to complete that ensure the beauty of your garden come spring.
October Gardening Guide for Vegetables
- Finish harvesting beans and peas by cutting the plant away at ground level.
- Harvest all of your squash and pumpkins before the first frost.
- Leave the root of your harvested cabbages in the ground and make a cut across the stem to encourage a bloom of smaller leaves.
- If you have any green peppers or tomatoes, you can take them inside and hang them upside down to ripen.
- Wrap your autumn cauliflower heads in their outer leaves and secure with string to protect from frost.
- Plant autumn garlic bulbs and autumn onion sets for cropping next summer.
October Gardening Guide for Flowers
- Plant tulip, Allium, and daffodil bulbs for a beautiful spring bloom.
- If you’ve grown any perennials or biennials from seed, plant them now.
- Plant barefoot ornamental shrubs and trees. October is also a great time to move shrubs and trees, or plant hedges.
- Plant wallflowers, winter pansies, primulas, and bellis for a bright spring bedding.
- Prune rambling and climbing roses once they’ve bloomed. Tie in the stems to prevent any damage from autumn winds.
- Prevent diseases like black spot by cleaning up fallen rose leaves. Don’t compost these leaves.
- You can either leave the dead foliage of perennial plants for over-wintering wildlife, or cut them back.
- After you’ve cleaned up your garden, mulching with leaf mold, bark chips, spent mushroom compost, or well rotted manure will insulate your plants’ roots for the winter while keeping weed growth in check.