October in the Vegetable Garden



Barely seems like it's autumn out there in your garden yet, but it is.  A little crisper, a little dryer (except for all the rain we're having right now... if it wasn't raining, there would be a little less humidity), and a few degrees cooler. We can't tell a lot of difference but the plants can.  They notice the days are shorter and that the temperatures are moving smidgeon by smidgeon toward the cooler side of the mercury and it gets all kinds of little plant hormones flowing in preparation for 'winter'

What does that mean for you?  Too late to plant any of those warmth loving veggies - unless you plant them where you can provide extra heat and light, such as in containers in an enclosed space, but they should have a flush of blooming and producing... which equals some ramped up harvesting for you.

This month will see a lot of landscape vegetation starting to decline and that translates into material for your compost pile.

So lets just get to it...

Warm Weather Plants

  • NONE!

Cool Weather Plants

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Onion - bulb, multiplier, bunching
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Garlic
  • Strawberry

Though potatoes aren't on the official list of things that can be planted (the official list says January and February) I know a lot of people plant them now-- worth the experiment if you have sprouting potatoes in your kitchen.

4 thoughts on “October in the Vegetable Garden

    • Awesome question Crystal

      I think most people just ‘pick it up’ from being around other people who garden. This is the best way.

      Then there are books, tons of them, with a lot of good info, but not geared to gardening here in Central FL and zone 9. Most all the FL gardening books are about gardening in zone 10 which is much more subtropical than we are.

      YouTube is a good place for general gardening information.

      Now that you’ve asked the question, I’ll create a course here on Central Florida Gardening specifically on the basics of vegetable gardening in Central FL Zone 9. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *