The Vegetable Patch in October

The Fruit Garden in October
Other Gardening Jobs in October

Planting asparagus crownsPlant asparagus crowns
Plant asparagus crowns as soon as you get them. Asparagus is an excellent perennial crop and will produce delicious tender spears for 15-20 years.

Harvest squash and pumpkin
Don’t leave your squash and pumpkin much longer. Bring them inside as frosts and cold weather will turn them mushy.

Plant autumn garlic and onions
For an early crop next year, plant autumn-planting varieties of garlic, onions and shallots.

Sow broad beans
Sow autumn-sowing varieties of broad bean, such as Aquadulce, for an early broad bean crop next year. Sow more than you think you’ll need as you may lose some over the winter.

Harvest outdoor tomatoes
If you’ve been lucky and haven’t been affected by blight, then harvest the last of your outdoor tomatoes. Move trusses of fruit indoors to ripen, or make some green tomato chutney.

Dig up maincrop potatoes
If you haven’t done so already, lift all your maincrop potatoes on a dry day and store in bags in a cool dark place. Don’t leave them any longer or the slugs will find them.

Growing Runner BeansHarvest the last runner beans
If they are too stringy to eat, then collect the developing seeds from inside the pods and eat those.

Harvest seed for storing
Collect any seed, such as french and runner beans, that you’ve left on the plant to mature ready for storing. Make sure the seeds are completely dry before storing in an airtight container ready for planting next year. Beans seeds will keep for several years.

Leave bean plant roots in the soil
Remove the top growth of your bean plants and incorporate them in your compost. Leave the roots in the soil as they add nitrogen and can be dug in later.

Cut back asparagus stems
Once the foliage on the asparagus turns yellow, cut back to about 5cm (2in) above soil level.

Remove all old plants
Tidy your veg patch and remove all old and finished plants. This will help to prevent the build-up of pests and diseases.



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