October Gardening Tips

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Below are tips for the month of October from the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Pasquotank County. If you have questions, please call our office on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon or other times and speak with Grace Manzer our horticulture agent.

Plant

  • Plant or transplant ferns.
  • Shrubs, trees, roses, peonies, pansies, and ground covers can still be planted.
  • Transplants of cool weather veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, collards, lettuce, and other leafy greens can be planted now.
  • Spring bulbs such as daffodils and crocus can be planted now. Hold other bulbs for planting until later this month through November. Do not add fertilizer to the planting holes.
  • Divide overgrown perennials such as hostas, daylilies, and sedum, then replant.

Other

  • Cut back perennial herbs for better branching next season.
  • Apply 2” to 4” of mulch to shrubs and perennials. Use fertilizer with little to no nitrogen for shrubs.
  • Overseed warm season grass with perennial ryegrass.
  • Time to clean up the summer vegetable garden!
  • Leave hummingbird up until mid-month as some birds have stayed longer and will need food on their way to Central and South America.
  • Fall is a good time to take soil samples.