October Gardening Tasks – Growing A Great Plains Garden In Fall

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

October in the northern Rockies and Great Plains gardens is crisp, bright, and beautiful. Days in this beautiful region are cooler and shorter, but still sunny and dry. Use this opportunity to take care of October gardening tasks before the arrival of winter. Read on for a regional garden to-do list.

October in the Northern Rockies

  • Continue to water evergreen trees and shrubs until the ground freezes. Damp soil retains heat and protects roots better than dry soil. Continue to hoe, pull, or mow weeds and don’t allow them to go to seed. Rake up weeds and remove dead or diseased plants, as pests and disease can overwinter in garden debris.
  • Start by early October if you want your Christmas cactus to bloom for the holidays. Move the plant to a room where it will be in total darkness for 12 to 14 hours every night then bring them back to bright, indirect sunlight during the day. Continue until you can see buds, which usually take six to eight weeks.
  • October in the northern Rockies should include a visit to at least one of the areas many botanical gardens such as ZooMontana in Billings, Denver Botanic Gardens, Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens in Lyons, Colorado, or Bozeman’s Montana Arboretum and Gardens.

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