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What to Plant in October to Fill Your Garden with Color Next Spring


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It’s not quite time to hang up your spades and hoes just yet! There’s plenty of things to plant in October still. 

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Honestly, garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow and yield a large crop. It’s also one of the most useful veggies you can grow.

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Tip for Garlic 

If you live in a northern climate, cover your garlic with a few inches of soil and then at least 5 inches of mulch. Or try growing garlic indoors!

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Snow Crocus

These darling flowers are one of the first blooms to emerge from the cold ground at the end of winter. 

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Tip for Snow Crocuses

Pick a well-draining spot that gets a lot of sun. Plant the bulbs 3 inches deep and 3 inches apart. Crocuses look their best when planted in groupings. 

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If you’re looking for a tried-and-true standby that produces gorgeous early-summer blooms, the iris is for you. 

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Tip for Irises 

Irises perform best in a full-sun environment and well-draining soil to prevent rot. Plant them in wide, shallow holes about 10 inches wide by 4 inches deep.

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Daffodils are a trademark of spring. When these babies start to pop out of the ground, it’s a solid sign that winter is over. 

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Tip for Daffodils 

Choose a spot in your garden that drains water well and gets full sun. These also look great when planted among crocuses and tulips.

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Trees and Shrubs

The cooler temperatures give them the chance to establish a solid root system without stressing under hot temps.

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Tip for Trees & Shrubs 

Trees and shrubs will also benefit from the extra moisture from October rain. You’ll still have to water them, but the water won’t wick away like it does in the heat.