October in the Garden!
Even though it's starting to get cooler, there's still plenty of time to play outside. Here's a few October chores that will help make for less work as the spring arrives and keep the garden healthy.
- Continue to seed any bare patches on the lawn or over-seed the entire lawn to give it a healthy start in the spring.
- And there's still plenty of time to plant spring blooming bulbs - but get them in before the ground starts to freeze.
- Keep watering all your trees and shrubs, particularly new plantings. They all need plenty of water before the frost hits. The fall is also the perfect time to plant new perennials, shrubs and trees.
- Bring any houseplants back inside, the cooler nights might damage them.
- Take any green tomatoes off your plants and make a green tomato salsa.
- Harvest and dry or freeze herbs for cooking over the winter.
- If you've got compost ready, add it to the beds.
- Harvest winter squash as the vines start to die back, but definitely before a hard frost.
- Plant garlic.
- Clean and sharpen garden tools.
- Clean out and fill bird feeders.
- Consider a de-icer for your bird bath. If not, then turn it over so it doesn't freeze and crack over the winter.
- Put any garden ornaments away that can't handle the snow and ice.
- Continue to clean up any garden debris and if not diseased, add it to the compost bin.
- Shred fallen leaves and add to beds - it's a great mulch and full of nutrition. And they will break down by spring.
- Cut down the perennials.
- After the first heavy frost, dig up tender bulbs and store them for the winter.
- And continue to enjoy the October weather and eat pumpkin pie!