What to Plant in October

October is the month when choices for vegetable planting become few for most of the U.S. However, in the warmer regions you can still sow cool weather crops and over winter vegetables. Here is a breakdown of what to plant in October for each region of the United States.

ALASKA
For most all of Alaska, the growing season is over by October, though some harvesting of cool weather crops may be ongoing. Best to spend the time taking out old plants and getting ready for the long winter.

CENTRAL/MIDWEST
Sow Outdoors: garlic, mache and shallots.

GULF COAST
Sow Outdoors: arugula, beets, Chinese cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, peas, radish, rhutabaga, spinach and turnips.

Sow Indoors: kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce and onions.

HAWAII
Sow Outdoors: avocados, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, melons, onions, radishes, spinach, squash, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and zucchini.

Also, most herbs can be grown year round in Hawaii.

MID-ATLANTIC
Sow Outdoors: garlic, mache, onions and shallots.

NEW ENGLAND
Sow Outdoors: garlic.

NORTH CENTRAL & ROCKIES
Sow Outdoors: garlic.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Sow Outdoors: garlic, mache, onions and shallots.

SOUTHERN INTERIOR
Sow Outdoors: arugula, garlic, mache, mustard, onions, radish, shallots and spinach.

SOUTHWEST
Sow Outdoors: arugula, garlic, mache, onions, shallots and spinach.

OTHER TIPS FOR OCTOBER GARDENING
Winter varieties of peas and lettuce can be sown in October in many different regions.

October is a great time to prepare soil for the following spring. Test the soil pH and amend as needed to be sure it will have the proper acidity for next year’s crops.

Harvest seeds and take cuttings for future planting and indoor winter gardens.

Do you have tips or questions on what to plant in October for your region? Let us know in the comments section below.

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