October Gardening Tips
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 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.
- 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.