October Garden – Sowing & Planting!
As autumn becomes riddled with frosts, falling golden leaves and darker evenings don’t put away your gardening tools, find winter-flowering plants to fill your garden with colour until spring’s first flourishes. The days may be shorter, but make sure you find time to reap the benefits of summer by harvesting your vegetables and collecting falling seeds. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste; remember to prepare your plants to withstand the weather!
Bulbs should be planted from now until the end of November ready for spring, plant bulbs in a sunny spot, two to three times their own depth pointing upwards.
Vegetables and Fruit
October is the perfect time for harvesting, be sure to harvest your produce at the peak of their flavour. Regardless of what stage your fruit and vegetables are at make sure they are harvested before the first frosts.
Tomatoes may still be green this time of year, don’t leave them to be destroyed by the cold weather in hope they will ripen, it’s better to put them inside a greenhouse or conservatory. An easy way to speed up the ripening process is to store your tomatoes next to a banana; the ethylene gas is released by the banana, causing the tomatoes to ripen.
Herbs need to be picked and dried before they are stored in jars for winter use.Root vegetables such as carrots, turnips and beetroots need to be dug up. Only parsnips should be left in the ground because they taste better after the first frosts. October is primarily a month for harvesting, but you can still sow winter hardy lettuce, winter spinach, onions, garlic and shallots.
The majority of fruit needs to be harvested this month, if it hasn’t already been harvested earlier this year. This doesn’t mean that your gardening year is finished in terms of fruit, now is the time to order new fruit treesand bushes and prepare the ground for them. Remember to cut back your berry canes to soil level but leave new canes developed this year in place.