October Regional Garden To-Do Lists

Fall mums, 'Nagoya Mix' ornamental kale, pumpkins, blue Hubbard squash on antique slip scraper. Surrounding are 'Henry III Pink' & 'Peter III Blue' asters, 'Redbor' kale, Heuchera 'Georgia Peach'. The grasses at the back are 'Indian Warrior' big bluestem, 'Prairie Fire' switchgrass, and 'Indian Steel' Indian grass.

Now that fall is here, what is there to do in the garden? Fall is the time of harvest, of closing the garden, of gathering leaves, of bringing plant debris to the compost pile, and of adding in touches for fall color. Fall doesn’t have to be a dull time in the garden.

Here’s what to do in the garden in October

Add in annuals and hardy tropicals for a great late-summer show.

Learn how to make leaf mold.

Plant some new trees, shrubs, grasses, or vines.

Bring in cold-sensitive plants for overwintering.

Plant spring bulbs.

Plant cold-hardy edibles such as garlic or kale.

Build a cold-frame so you can have fresh veggies throughout winter.

What do you do in the garden in fall? See more region-specific advice for tasks to do now in the articles listed below.

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