October is a time for soup and sweaters, falling leaves, and scarves. You might think it’s too cold to garden – but it’s not. There are lots of delicious vegetables you can plant in October.
Choosing vegetables to plant in October may seem challenging at first. But you’d be surprised how many crops you can start off in style as the cooler months begin.
Selecting crops with different harvest points is especially important as winter approaches.
One of the easiest crops to grow, and one that never fails to harvest.
Varieties: There are two types of garlic – Softneck and Hardneck
Planting: Garlic does well in containers or directly in the soil.
Great time to plant them whether you’re growing snow peas, snap peas, or shelling peas.
Varieties: A favorite is Oregon Sugar Pod II
Planting: Snow peas need consistent water, and fertile, loose soil with plenty of phosphorus and potassium.
Easy to grow and is delicious and mild when picked fresh from the garden.
Varieties: Anna Spinach is a new variety, perfect for spinach salad, stir-fry, omelets, or even adding to your morning smoothie.
Planting: Happiest in cool weather, garden spot with afternoon shade is best.
So many different kinds of carrots! Different colors, different shapes, and slightly different flavors.
Varieties: Carnival Blend carrots have a unique color, Tonda di Parigi carrots have an adorable shape, and Scarlet Nantes carrots is the more traditional carrots.
Planting: Sprinkle on the top of the soil and thin the carrots once they sprout.
Super easy crop to grow and a great choice to grow with the family
Varieties: Radishes are a blend of colors, they are red, white, rose pink, purple, and bi-color.
Planting: Plant directly in the garden and they will grow quickly.
Delicious vegetable that’s often overlooked by gardeners.
Varieties: Toy Choy is a miniature variety that is best for fall temperatures.
Planting: Plant seeds outside in October and they will be ready to harvest as little as 30 days.
Great for new gardeners. Grows vigorously, provides a continuous harvest, and can survive the winter in mild climates.
Varieties: Bright Lights Chard and Five Color Chard are both beautiful and colorful.
Planting: Seeds in the garden and you’ll be harvesting in December
Picking a salad for dinner can be fun!
Varieties: Little Gem Romaine a petite heirloom variety that has a crip texture and nutty flavor.
Planting: Lettuce is a cool-weather crop, so plant in a shady area.
Beets are full of fiber, potassium, folic acid, and vitamin C.
Varieties: Gourmet Blend includes 3 different types of beets: Detroit Dark Red, Chioggia, and Golden.
Planting: Plant directly in the garden in October and harvest in December
One cup of kale contains more than your recommended daily value of vitamins K, A, and C. It also has trace minerals, like copper, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium.
Varieties: Red Russian Kale is a baby green. Cut the leaves after about 25 days and you’ll have tender, tasty kale.
Planting: Have kale plants set in October and you’ll harvest your first crop of baby greens in November.
If you grow celery in your garden, you can harvest individual stalks as needed for amazing flavor without waste.
Varieties: Utah Organic is a favorite, which is an heirloom celery.
Planting: Set out celery plants in October, and you can start harvesting the outer stalks in December or January.
The white lower portion has a mild onion flavor, and the green tops are stronger tasting.
Varieties: King Richard Leeks grow quickly and are ready to harvest earlier than other types.
Planting: Direct seed in the garden and you will see sprout in 10-14 days.
Collards are full of fiber, antioxidants, and Vitamins K and A.
Varieties: Collard Greens
Planting: Sow directly in the garden and allow 2 feet between plants.
They are pretty and easy to plant anywhere.
Varieties: Red Mustard are huge, beautiful leaves with red and green coloring packing a spicy punch.
Planting: Slow to bolt in the spring and is resistant to aphids and harlequin beetles. Plant in October and begin harvesting in late November.
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