Gardener’s To-Do List for October

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


harvesting sweet potatoesZone 7

  • Bring zonal geraniums and vacationing houseplants indoors before the first frost.
  • Thin the radishes, carrots, and turnips you sowed last month; then sprinkle the bed with 1 inch of compost.
  • Dig up sweet potatoes before winter rains cause them to split and rot.
  • Set out garlic cloves and continue to plant onions.
  • Sow late spinach to overwinter; it will resume growing in spring.
  • Clean up the blueberry patch: Prune broken or diseased limbs, and thicken the mulch with a layer of pine needles or shredded oak leaves.