October Edible Gardening Guide

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Updated: September 30, 2019

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October Edible Gardening Guide

The List

Hardy Leafy Greens

Varieties: Kale, Tatsoi, Winter Lettuce, Spinach.

In most areas of the US there is still time to plant hardy leafy greens from seed. Start now for a fresh, antioxidant-rich harvest through the cooler fall months. Check out the Hortiki Plants Fall/Winter Leafy Greens Eco-friendly Seed Starting Kit. Get everything you need to start in one easy bundle.

If you don't want to start from seed, you may still find live transplants in local nurseries. Local nurseries will have varieties tailored to your local environment. Ask them about the last planting dates for your areas.

Fruit Trees

Varieties: Apple, Apricot, Banana, Citrus, Cherry, Fig, Pear, Plum, Peach, and Others.

If you have the space for fruit trees, fall is a great time to plant them. It allows the roots to get established before going dormant in the winter. This head start leads to heartier growth and better fruiting. If you live in an apartment but have a patio or balcony, look for dwarf varieties. Feeling adventurous? Consider the technique of espalier.

Espalier - Fruit Tress - Versailles Gardens. Photo Credit: Janet Eastman | The Oregonian/OregonLive; https://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2015/07/kitchen_garden_versailles_king.html

Espalier (pronounced is‐pal‐yah) is a french term meaning shoulder or support. In espalier, fruit trees are trained to grow flat along garden walls to make the most of small garden spaces. The invention of espalier is often credited to the Romans. Actually the technique was in use at least 700 years earlier in Africa and China. Fig trees trained flat against a wall appear in paintings in the tomb of Egyptian King Amenhotep II (1400 B.C.). It's popularity flourished in Western Europe during medieval times, and the style can still be seen on prominent historical estates, such as the Versailles gardens.