October Harvest and Planting Guide

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October is one of the busiest garden months as you are trying to extend your late summer season plantings into fall and get your fall planting into the ground before the first frost.

Prolonging Your Late Season Harvest:

If you had a hearty summer harvest, you are most likely trying to stretch some extra weeks out of your harvest season. It is essential to be aware of the seasonal weather changes that are happening in this type of year, decreasing daylight drops in temperatures and looming overnight frost. If you are in the South West of the US, you might be experiencing extreme heat, dryness, and strong winds, so make sure to keep your garden well hydrated as dry temperatures can quickly hurt your plants. 

Soil: 

To have the most successful Fall plantings, you must have healthy soil. Healthy soil is full of beneficial life: oxygen, earthworms, fungi, and other microbes. To help maintain healthy soil year-round, keep soil levels topped off by adding a couple of inches of mulch. This will help control soil erosion, maintain soil temperatures, and reduce weed growth. 

Fruit Trees:

You should be watering your fruit trees less this time of year, as this will help the trees enter their natural dormant periods. If you need to trim your fruit trees, this is the time to do it before winter weather sets in. Your apple, pear, and persimmon trees should be fruiting nicely by now. Your citrus trees will require you to be aware of your weather as colder temperatures will require little water, and warmer temperatures will require more water. If you have potted citrus trees, this is a great time to fertilize with a product that is rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, and copper. We recommend Dr. Earth’s Organic Fruit Tree Fertilizer as it has premium ingredients and is safe around children and pets. 

Herbs:

We are huge fans of herbs in the garden for aesthetics, cover plants, and cooking in our kitchen. This is the start of planting cool-season herbs such as arugula, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, parsley, rosemary. Your basil plants will most likely be at the end of their season and are flowering and trying to seed for the next growing season naturally. 

Vegetables:

Being able to grow your own vegetables, harvest them, and make a healthy meal for yourself and your family and friends is so rewarding. Now is the perfect time to start harvesting beets, kale, corn, pumpkins, winter squashes. If you haven’t planted these yet, don’t worry because now is the perfect time to get started! Plant cool-season vegetables from transplants or seeds, but make sure to use a proper balanced organic fertilizer like Dr. Earth’s Organic Premium Gold, so your plants grow quickly. Plant arugula, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbages, celery, kale, lettuce, carrots, parsnips, and radishes. 

Written by Nicole Hall

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