October Tips for nw gardeners



Now through mid-October you can lift and separate spring-flowering perennials and bulbs. It's also a great time to plant new bulbs for a colorful spring show! Learn more about Fall & Winter Garden Prep on the blog.

There are many plants that can add color and interest to fall/winter containers. Try mums, asters, ornamental cabbages and kale, heather, and evergreen grasses. Read more in 5 Container Gardens for Fall and Beyond.

It's time to mulch beds with a high-quality compost such as G&B Organics Soil-Building Conditioner. Mulch helps keep weeds out and protect roots from frost. Plus, it adds a clean look to garden beds.


It's time to plant garlic and onions for a 2018 harvest!

Clear away summer vegetable plants such as tomatoes, squash, and peppers when they have finished producing. Note: Do not home compost any plants with diseases or insects.

As night temperatures dip, set up winter protection like cloches, cold frames, and hoops to extend the growing season.

Check our blog category Edible Gardening for helpful posts about all things edible.


It's our Indoor Plant & Pottery Sale October 14-29!

As the weather cools, be sure to bring inside any houseplants that have "summered" out of doors. Check carefully for any insects that might be tagging along, and think about keeping the plants separate from other indoor plants until you are sure they are bug free.

Love cacti and succulents? Read about the adventures of Mollie, our indoor plant buyer, as she searches for the perfect houseplant (hint: it's a cactus).

Learn more about the Proper Care and Feeding of Indoor Plants.




As temperatures cool and moisture levels rise, lawns begin to grow again. You can begin mowing now and keep a regular mowing schedule through the end of the growing season.

Apply lime to help control moss and keep the lawn healthy.



Plant Care Library

At Swansons, we’re dedicated to growing the smartest, hippest, and healthiest gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. Below is a library filled with pages on what we grow in Seattle. Just remember, we were all novices once, and no one knows it all. So enjoy, keep learning, and happy gardening!

Looking for more Pacific Northwest gardening resources? Here is a list of our community partners.