Jobs for October

The Atlantic Giant pumpkin I grew, sadly it began to rot before reaching epic proportions. Still, there's always next year!

Clocks go back, days are drawing in quick and the threat of the first frost looms. Cold biting winds, falling leaves and dreary weather are signalling the end of the gardening year, take a moment to look around you and marvel at October’s autumn colour palette. It sure is beautiful, especially when the sun shines. There are still jobs to be getting on with in the vegetable garden, so don’t put your tools away just yet!

Some jobs for October:

  • Keep picking those courgettes and beans before the first frost arrives
  • Sow green manures
  • Tidy the strawberry bed, pot up stray runners and overwinter in a greenhouse or well-lit shed
  • Make a leaf bin and start collecting fallen leaves to make leaf mould
  • Start planting garlic at the end of the month
  • Harvest and carve pumpkins for Halloween/Samhain celebrations
  • Autumn sow hardy broad beans (Aquaduce Claudia) and peas (Meteor) for an early crop late spring
  • Start the autumn garden tidy up, try not to be overly tidy though, leave messy areas for wildlife
  • Leave sunflower heads for birds to enjoy
  • Make or buy bug boxes or ‘hotels’ to help beneficial insects survive the winter
  • Plant spring bulbs for a splash of colour
  • Don’t forget to bring frost tender potted plants inside before the first frost arrives!
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5 comments

  1. Yes, I need to bring in my basil before the frost comes! I’m hoping to extend my growing season through the winter with some type of cover on my beds. California’s winters are quite mild, but we do get frost here in the Central Valley.

  2. This is a great list and one shared by many gardeners! I have to get on to the task of collecting leaves, which cover the MUD, for awhile anyway, so the doggies don’t track into the house after their play time. :)

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