October Gardening In Mecklenburg County Fall features
Events Coming Up
Oct 7 Cooking with HERBS
Oct 28 Backyard Ecology
Nov 16 Holiday in Nature
GARDEN & NATURE
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SOIL TEST KITS
How to do a Soil Sample for Testing, Where to get a Soil Test Kit in Mecklenburg County
Grow Perennial HERBS Growing herbs is much less demanding than growing vegetables. You can grow herbs successfully by following a few simple rules. Try easy to grow: HERB Rules
Find also: Drought Tolerant HERBS,
Herb Garden Design
Become A Master Gardener The Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer program with the primary purpose of sharing safe, effective, and sustainable gardening practices with the community.
If you have an interest in gardening, a strong desire to share your time and your gardening knowledge with others in our community, along with a love of lifelong learning, you may be a good candidate for the Master Gardener program. Find out about becoming an EMG here.
Perennials, Annuals & Bulbs
Trees, Shrubs & Groundcovers
- Earth Friendly Ideas for Your Lawn
- Going organic? the best how-to on Organic Lawns from NCSU
- How To Grow An Organic Lawn: Organic Means Easy
- Bermuda Grass Lawn Maintenance from NCSU
EDIBLES Vegetables & Fruits
- Plant onion sets, garlic, cabbage, collards, swiss chard and kale. Watch for and treat green worms on broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and collards.
- Wrap green tomatoes individually in newspaper and store them in a cool dry place before the first frost for fresh tomatoes into December.
- Pumpkins and winter squash store better if they are harvested with a few inches of stem remaining intact.
For more information on growing vegetables in the fall see: Edibles - How To Grow And Eat Well
- Vegetable Gardens Heirloom Vegetable Seeds, for Cool Season Select these Top Varieties a quick guide to heirloom seeds that do well in our area for fall planting.
- What about planting Garlic? Cover Crops and Garlic
- Growing Fall Greens In a good year, greens can just keep on growing in the cool conditions they prefer, remaining tasty right through Thanksgiving and beyond.
There's always more to do..... and the days are cooler. October is a wonderful time to be out in the garden, and it’s a great time to.... more here in the October Garden Calendar
Get the leaf pile going.
- Start adding leaves to your compost pile. The compost pile is not a good place for your weeds. Some leafy how-tos:
- Garden recycling: Yes, No, Yes, No, YES
- Compost Happens - Here's How
What to do with ALL those Leaves
This is a city of beautiful trees, many deciduous, which shed their leaves each year. Autumn is the primary time for deciduous trees like maples, poplars, and many of the oaks and elms to shed their leaves - Before you throw your hands up in despair, here are a few suggestions....
The NC State Extension Gardener Fall Piedmont Edition newsletter is here. Perfectly timed, a wealth of good to-know info from creating wildlife habitat and right into fall gardening.
RIGHT PLANT, Right Place take this handy Grow Guide with you to shop for your 'right plant'. Full of great suggestions on natives, landscape - all focused on growing well in Mecklenburg County.
Tough Plants for Tough Times, Fall Warriors When the going gets HOT, Dry or Wet these plants are the fall season winners. What to plant now.
Figs: Belongs In Every Piedmont Landscape Even with its tendency to horticultural excess, an edible fig, Ficus carica belongs in every Carolina Piedmont landscape. Find here: there's many fig varieties, but three stand out for our area.