October 2016 brings autumn into full swing, and who doesn’t love donning a sweater for a walk in the woods, or a stroll through an apple orchard to enjoy the season’s bounty? Enjoy our monthly seasonal advice.
Listen! The wind is rising,
And the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
Now for October eves!
—Humbert Wolfe (1885-1940)
October was the name of the eighth month of the year in the ancient Roman calendar. When the Romans converted to a 12-month calendar, the name October stuck.
On the second Monday in October, the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the same day.
October 9 is Leif Eriksson Day. Who was Leif Eriksson and why should we care?
Wrapping up the month is Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve) on the 31st!
Recipes for the Season
October kicks off the fall baking season for us!
From pumpkin spice cookies to fresh apple crumble bars, we love the flavors of the harvest.
If you’re interested in growing pumpkins for next Halloween, see our Pumpkin planting page.
Review our full gardening calendar for a list of what to do in the October garden.
October’s full Moon, the Full Hunter’s Moon, occurs on the 16th, at 12:24 a.m. EDT.
Birth Flowers and Birthstone
October’s birth flowers are the cosmos and the calendula or marigold. Cosmos is a symbol of joy in life and love and of peace. The calendula (aka garden, English, or pot marigold) represents winning grace, grief, or chagrin in the language of flowers. Find out more about October’s birth flowers.
The October birthstone is the opal, which symbolizes faithfulness and confidence. Find out more about October’s birthstone.
- When deer are in a gray coat in October, expect a hard winter.
- Much rain in October, much wind in December.
- A warm October means a cold February.
- In October dung your field, and your land its wealth shall yield.
- Good October, a good blast.
To blow the hog acorn and mast
[tree fruit upon which wild animals feed]