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What To Plant In October

Do you have time for a fall garden? There are a few things you can plant this late in the year. And for warmer zones, you can have quite a garden! Here’s what to plant in October.

October is time for a fall garden in many areas. Find out what to plant in October for your gardening zone.

Click here to read What To Plant In September

What To Plant In October By USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zones are created by dividing the United States into various zones based on their coldest temperatures. These zones are helpful in giving us an idea of what is likely to grow well in a given location at each time of year.

Of course, your micro climate makes a big difference too. The individual characteristics of your property, and even spaces within your garden can create warmer and cooler areas where specific plants may thrive.

All of the plants suggested below can be grown without season extenders. If you are using a greenhouse, cloches, or covers, you may even be able to grow more than what’s listed for your zone.

Unfortunately, if you live in Zone 3, 4a, or 6 you won’t be able to plant outside at this time of the year. You can still take advantage of indoor gardening though.

Zone 4

If you are in zone 4b, I hope you like cabbage. You can sow cabbages in October!

Zone 5

Zone 5a and 5b can still put in a garlic harvest for next spring. Click here for more details on planting garlic.

Zone 6

There is nothing to plant for zone 6. This is the perfect time to plan out your next garden and enjoy the break.

Zone 7

Zones 7a and 7b get to party in the garden quite a bit. They’re options include:

  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Fava Beans
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Kholrabi
  • Onion
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onions

Zone 8

Zone 8 is in the middle of their fall garden season. They can plant the following:

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Chicory
  • Fava Beans
  • French Tarragon
  • Kholrabi
  • Onion
  • Pak Choi
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Salsify
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onions
  • Strawberry Plants

Zone 9

Options open up even more for Zone 9. They are able to plant these plants:

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Daikon
  • Fava Beans
  • Fennel
  • French Tarragon
  • Horseradish
  • Kholrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Onion
  • Potato
  • Radish
  • Shallots
  • Snow Peas
  • Strawberry Plants
  • Turnips

Zone 9b gets to add kale, parsley, rosemary, and thyme to their list.

Zone 10

If you live in Zone 10 you may plant some warm weather transplants, in addition to cool weather veggies. You can plant:

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chili Peppers
  • Chives
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Kholrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Onion
  • Radish
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Strawberry Plants
  • Thyme
  • Turnips

If you live in Zone 10b you may also plant tomatoes in October.

Zone 11

Those who live in Zone 11 may plant a few hot weather vegetables such as beans, peppers and eggplants.

Zone 12 through 13

It’s not the right time for planting for you right now. Sad face.

Gardening doesn’t have to end just because the calendar says it’s fall! What grows well for you in October?

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