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Post  AtlantaMarie on 9/30/2015, 10:28 pm

October?  Already????  Sigh.....  Can't believe it's already October.

There's still items we can plant in our gardens!  Gardenate.com gives the following for Zone 7B:

Beans - broad beans, fava beans (also Fava bean)Plant in garden.
Chives (also Garden chives)Plant in garden.
Corn Salad (also Lamb's lettuce or Mache)Plant in garden.
GarlicPlant in garden.
Jerusalem Artichokes (also Sunchoke)Plant in garden.
KohlrabiPlant in garden.
OnionPlant in garden.
RadishPlant in garden.
Rutabaga (also Swedes)Plant in garden.
Shallots (also Eschalots)Plant in garden.
Spinach (also English spinach)Plant in garden.
Spring onions (also Scallions, Bunching onions, Welsh onion)Plant in garden.
You'll notice that all of them are direct sowing....

The Old Farmer's Almanac gives these chores for October:


  • Plant seeds or transplants of cool-season vegetables, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, onions, spinach, and turnips.

  • Plant herbs this month. Try dill, oregano, sage, and fennel.

  • Set strawberry plants this month in a garden bed or container. Water well.

  • Try planting daffodils. Find varieties that fit your region.

  • Plant cool-weather annuals such as foxglove, petunia, and Shasta daisy.

  • If you have any tropical or subtropical container plants, move them indoors when the temperature drops to the 40s.

  • Divide and replant crowded perennials.

  • If you are planning on planting wildflower seeds, prepare the soil now. Till the soil thoroughly to a depth of 4 to 5 inches. Prepare a seed mixture of many different kinds.

  • Continue planting any trees and shrubs. They will have time to establish themselves before the spring.

  • Apply a layer of mulch around your newly planted shrubs and trees.

  • Continue mowing and watering your lawn until it stops growing. Avoid fertilizing the lawn, as this could encourage tender growth that might be damaged during the winter.

  • Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to your lawn to control winter weeds. Apply when nighttime temperatures are 55 to 60 degrees for 4 to 5 days.

  • If your lawn is losing color, try overseeding with annual ryegrass when temperatures are in the low 70s.

  • Clean up your flower beds after the first killing frost; remove any dead plants.


So there's lots to do, Mid-Southers!  Have fun!
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Post  Kelejan on 10/1/2015, 1:24 pm

Like you, Marie, I would like to print a list of things to plant in our Canadian Region but it covers such a huge are that I would advise any Canadian gardener to find the US region just below where they live in Canada and allow for a few differences in temperature etc.

I think in British Columbia Southern Interior, I can use Western Mountains and Plains.
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Post  sanderson on 10/1/2015, 1:53 pm

KJ, I posted a couple of hardiness maps under your Canadian Region Oct-Dec.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/18/2015, 9:59 am

Have had some beautiful weather the last few days.  And I FINALLY got to spend some time in the garden.  I actually got a bit of a sunburn yesterday.

We had a freeze warning last night.  And DH says it was 38 when he got up.  But the sun was already up & hitting the temp gauge in our a/c system.  So who knows...

So time to pull everything and work on putting the beds "to bed."  This year I want to make sure I do that!  Not be lazy like last fall & decide to wait, lol...
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/18/2015, 10:10 am

That is what I have planned for today, too Marie. Pull everything except chard, get flowers pulled (annuals) and compost everything. Put patio and pool stuff away. It froze here last night. I want to top the SFG with some manure for winter.
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Post  yolos on 10/18/2015, 10:19 am

Today I am transplanting the spinach that I grew from seeds.  I filled a 4 x 8 bed with the spinach and I had a lot left over.  Its just been sitting on my porch.  I looked at it yesterday and it all looks healthy.  I am going to transplant it in the non SFG 20 foot row that had peas growing in it that were eaten by some critter.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/18/2015, 4:23 pm

Well, was able to pull some of the grass & wild strawberries & other junk that's been growing in my blank boxes all summer.  (I didn't plant much this year.  (See earlier comment about laziness...)

Progress...  I made progress.   Very Happy  And we burned some of the smaller branches from our poor pecan tree we're taking down.
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