October Garden Checklist

Cooler mornings make gardening even more enjoyable — which is perfect timing, as October is a huge garden month. So grab your Pumpkin Spice latte and go get some gardening done!


Now’s the time to take a final inventory of this year’s garden. Did you plant too much of something? Was a new variety a winner for you? What bombed? Why did it bomb? What veggie did your family absolutely love? Make notes in your garden journal and refer to them next year.

Prepare & Maintain

Collect leaves for composting and mulching — ask your neighbors for theirs! Take a garden inventory and notice where your soil is bare; you’ll want to cover that up with mulch to avoid winter weeds from germinating. If you sowed seeds of carrots, beets, greens, or lettuce last month, go ahead and thin them out now. Gardeners in cooler climates can mulch strawberries and asparagus.

Sow & Plant Indoors

Oregon’s Willamette Valley and coastal range is predominantly within the hardiness zone 8.

Zones 7-10 can sow cool weather veggie seeds for transplanting

Sow & Plant Outdoors

Zones 4-6 can plant garlic and shallots, as well as spinach and parsnips in a cold frame.

Zones 7-10 can plant garlic, leeks, onions, and shallots. They can also sow seeds of beets, carrots, mustard, turnips, spinach, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, radishes, and bok choy. Set out strawberry plants. Plant trees and shrubs.


Zones 4-7 can harvest and enjoy spinach, lettuce, parsnips, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and carrots. These gardeners can also begin digging sweet potatoes (time it as the leaves start to fall) and harvest winter squash.

Zones 7-10 can continue to harvest squash, late-season tomatoes, peppers, radishes, broccoli, beans, bok choy, eggplant, kale, and lettuce

Article courtesy of Kellog Garden Products