October is a time of transition – days grow shorter, nights grow colder, leaves begin to fall, and migratory birds head to warmer climates… But don’t let fall harvest festivals fool you, gardening season is not over!
Beyond the obligatory pumpkin harvest and apple picking, there’s plenty to do to extend your growing season, plant winter greens, and plan and prepare for next Spring.
The colder weather causes less stress on new plants, and the soft, still relatively warm soil allows plants to establish their roots before winter sets in. Plus, here in the Hudson Valley, if you use row covers or have a cold frame you can grow many greens and root vegetables well into winter – if you get set up now.
Fall is the best time to plan and design your spring and summer garden and get set up for success for next year.
Gardening season is never really over. Hopefully this quick (better late than never) “October Gardening Guide” will help you get the most out of your garden.
Every garden is unique. If you have comments or questions, please post them on the original Instagram post or send me a direct message @brian_pickard – I will do my best to respond to each question personally. If you found this guide helpful or inspiring, please like and share the post.
We are working to compose regular, monthly, guides and hope you will follow along here and on Instagram.
If you would like help designing or planning your garden, or more in-depth mentoring, please email me at [email protected].
About the author:
Brian Pickard is a multidisciplinary designer, consultant, educator, and product developer focusing on sustainable design, wellness, and holistic living. A local Mount Kisco resident and avid gardener, Brian has transformed their property into a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat where he and his family host seasonal garden-to-table dinners for friends and neighbors.
He is currently working with Curio Room and the Westchester Local Food Project to set up the Mount Kisco Local Seed Library and help establish the Westchester Seed Library Network. – More on this to come. Stay tuned!