MASON CITY, Iowa – It’s the middle of October, and temperatures are in the 70s, which is unseasonably warm for this time of year. One thing the warmer weather helps with is getting a head start on planting.
Although your garden may be the last thing on your mind, experts say getting a head start on planting bulbs before a deep freeze sets in, could help you when the springtime rolls around.
“October would be your best time to plant due to wanting that good root development to start before the ground does freeze, because once the ground freezes the roots kind of take to hibernation,” Floyd County ISU Extension Executive Director Lesley Milius said.
Milius says you can plant up until the soil temperature drops below freezing, which could be in November or even December.