Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 3-4

October 1 to October 30-- Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

Here’s what’s happening in your gardening region:

The trees are ablaze with color this month. Who needs flowers when the fall foliage is so spectacular? October brings sunny days and brisk evenings. Many in Zones 3 and 4 have had a frost by now. Gardens are winding down, but gardeners still find a lot of chores to do.


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1. Introduce new plants to the garden

October is the perfect time to introduce many new plants to the garden. Many people think of fall as harvest time but did you know it’s also the ideal time to plant lots of things in the vegetable garden? Learn what to plant now. Perennial vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb and horseradish will get a head start for next year if planted in fall. It’s the ideal time to sow fall-planted lettuce, and many kinds of fruit benefit from being planted in the fall.

2. Key to beautiful gardens and great yields

Experienced gardeners know that the key to beautiful gardens and great yields is healthy, good quality soil. Soil is one of the world’s most valuable natural resources. Learn how to make your soil the best it can be. Healthy soil will provide you with healthy plants. Don’t guess about soil fertility. Fall is the ideal time to test your soil and make adjustments since soil corrections may take months to become effective. Burpee also has a number of soil amendments to boost your soil fertility. Worm castings, otherwise known as worm poo, is known as an ultimate soil enricher. Red wigglers transform garden scraps into black gold in record time.

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3. Nothing says Fall like pumpkins

Nothing says fall like pumpkins. Learn how to use pumpkins for decorations and fall-fresh delicacies. Show off your garden’s harvest with pumpkins on the doorstep, jack o lanterns and pumpkin desserts. Make Fragrant Pumpkin Bread – a fall favorite and Halloween decorating: finding the perfect pumpkin

4. Time to plant Fall bulbs

It’s time to plant bulbs. Burpee’s fall bulb collections take the guesswork out of selecting beautiful bulbs to wow the neighbors. Burpee has created spring-flowering bulb collections with exceptional color combinations. Choosing compatible bulbs couldn’t be easier. Daffodils will bloom for months with this “100-day Daffodil” collection, the “Love is in the Air” collection features a fabulous selection of tulips, hyacinth and muscari, “Tickled Pink” features fragrant Jan Bos hyacinths and pristine White Splendor anemones.

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5. Upgrade some of your tools and supplies

It may be time to upgrade some of your tools and supplies. The right tools and supplies make work efficient and a delight!The Ultimate Gardener Carts are large enough to haul big loads yet lightweight and easy to maneuver. With everyday use, garden gloves may wear out. Makesure your replacement gloves are comfortable and durable. A Hori-hori knife is an essential garden tool – great for digging out weeds, chopping errant stems, planting bulbs, and more. You’ll wonder how you ever gardened without one.