Gardener’s To-Do List for October

Our zone-by-zone list will keep you busy this month.


plant garlicZone 4

  • Harvest or heavily mulch the last carrots, beets, and other root crops; store them in a cool place that won't freeze.
  • Plant garlic and shallots.
  • Sow a cover crop of winter rye in vacant beds.
  • Plant spring-blooming bulbs.
  • Remember that it's still time to plant potted trees and shrubs.
  • Dig up and store gladiolus and other tender corms and tubers.
  • Cover tender roses and grapes.