Thinking about what to plant in October? We’ve got the best vegetable growing guide for you! Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean that vegetable gardening is over with! There are actually tons of plants and vegetables which you can plant in October so that they’ll be ready for spring and summer. This kind of gardening is great because it gives you an advantage for next season. Planting ahead of time will save you time and hassle in the long run. Keep reading to find out what to plant in October and which vegetables are best to grow during the fall season.
Top Vegetables to Plant in October
Below, we’ve listed the best vegetables to plant in October. These vegetables are perfect for planting now because they are mostly root vegetables, and, with a little protection from frost and wind, will thrive in the upcoming season.
#1. Root Vegetables
Root vegetables such as carrots, beets, parsnips, radishes, rutabaga and turnips are the best vegetables to plant in October. These roots vegetables can do very well when planting in colder season as they grow underground, and are protected from the frost. As with most root vegetables, be sure to till soil before planting. Amend the soil with manure or any other natural fertilizer for best results. Water immediately after planting.
#2. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, and cauliflower can all be planted from seed in October. Just like with root vegetables, leafy greens should be planted in manure amended soil. If you live in a cooler climate area, be sure to cover your row of greens to protect from frost.
Planting vegetables from the allium family ensures that pests stay away from your garden. These vegetables include garlic, onions, chives, shallots, and leeks. Be sure to choose an area where the soil has been tilled and where your alliums will receive plenty of sunlight. Lay down a layer of mulch or grass clippings to protect the veggies from any upcoming frost.
Peas can be planted in the fall, provided you give them a trellis to climb on! Choose from snow peas, snap peas, garden peas. Plant these directly from seed in loose, fertile soil and water immediately. Lay down a layer of mulch or grass clippings to protect from frost.
Artichokes are amazing vegetables because they can get quite big (3-4 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide) and will look impressive in any garden. Plant artichokes in October from transplant and harvest the large flower buds in early or mid spring.
What Can I Plant in October in My Zone?
While the above plants can be planted in most areas in October, not all plants will successfully grow – it all depends on your climate! Below, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of vegetables, flowers, and plants, you can plant in October based on the Hardiness Zone that you live in.
Flowers: Zones 5 Through 10
Those residing in USDA zones 5 through 10 can plant a variety of flowers which will bloom in the spring. Some great choices are Asters, Celoisa, and Dianthus.
Garlic: Zones 5 Through 10
Additionally, those residing in these zones can also plant garlic in the fall for an early spring harvest. Learn more about how to plant garlic in the fall.
Herbs: Zones 3 Through 10
Herbs are one of the easiest and most versatile plants to grow, because regardless of how cold it is outside, you can easily grow them indoors! Learn more about how to grow herbs indoors.