Gardener’s To-Do List for October

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


plant petuniasZone 10

  • Set out transplants of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.
  • Mulch and water well—dry spells this month can last a week or longer.
  • Finish pruning fruit trees so new sprouts can harden before cold arrives.
  • Plant colorful bloomers, such as sweet alyssum, begonias, petunias, and pansies.
  • Prepare beds for planting roses; plant them late this month.
  • Fertilize plants that flower in winter.
  • Plant strawberries and brassicas (except brussels sprouts—it's too warm) early in the month.
  • In midmonth, direct-seed root crops and beans.
  • Near the end of the month, sow lettuce, spinach, and other greens.