October

In The Vegetable Garden In October

Finish harvesting your beans and peas. When they’ve finished cropping, cut the plant at ground level and leave the roots in the soil.

Harvest pumpkins and squashes before the first frosts. They will quickly turn mushy if you leave them outside.

If you have any tomato or pepper plants with green fruits, hang them upside down indoors to ripen.

When harvesting cabbages, leave the root in the ground and cut across the stem to encourage a flush of smaller leaves.

Cut back yellowing asparagus foliage to within 5cm of the ground.

Top Tip:
Reuse old grow bags by cutting away the top and sowing late salad crops. Cropping can be extended into winter if grown under glass, cloches, or polytunnels.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Mulch borders after tidying with bark chips, well rotted manure or leaf mould. This will keep the plant roots warm and keep weeds in check over the winter.
  • Reuse old grow bags by cutting away the top and sowing late salad crops. Cropping can be extended into winter if grown under glass, cloches, or polytunnels.
  • Remove any citrus trees indoors and put them in a bright, frost-free position away from cold draughts and radiators.
  • Reuse compost from annual containers as mulch in the garden!
  • Clear out nest boxes if you haven't already. Birds don't hibernate and need lots of energy to keep themselves warm at night. Consider moving the clean nest box into the shed.