Being an observer in the garden during October brings on a sense of calm and knowing that the main growing season is ending and our garden is going to rest. And, although the weather may be pleasant during the day, we can feel the cold nights creeping into our bones.
There are still many tasks to do to prepare for the harsh months ahead: harvesting food, digging and dividing perennials, replenishing mulch in the garden beds to help regulate soil temperatures and moisture, saving seeds, preparing your yard for winter birds, and taking down trellises that may get damaged from the weather. Remember, October is a great time to sow winter cover crop seeds, spring-flowering bulbs, garlic, winter kale, and fava beans.
We recommend to not clean up your garden too much. Being a lazy gardener and letting your yard be messy is a good thing during the winter months as it provides a wonderful habitat for birds and vital insects.