Did someone say pumpkin season? For many, this month marks the best time to enjoy autumn squash and pumpkin harvests. Now that the last of your summer allotment vegetables are most likely done, it’s time to fully embrace the change of season and get some October gardening jobs ticked off the list. There might be less to do in the garden, but before you know it… spring will only be a few blooming bulbs away!
Cleaning and Composting
The increase in leaf fall should hopefully be reminding you that now is the time for cleaning up in the garden. Excess cutting from harvests or dead but non-diseased plants should be cleared away and added to the compost heap for nutrition. It can be harder to maintain a balanced consistency in compost during the period of rain and frost. Adding dead leaf and plant matter will improve nutrition, along with these habits to keep your compost healthy.
Crop those Crops!
The very last of your grown over summer vegetables such as courgettes, sweetcorn and if you’re lucky enough to still have some, tomatoes, can be picked this month; including a seasonal favourite, Pumpkins! If you are struggling with what to do with the last of your early autumn harvests, If you are struggling with how to enjoy your early autumn harvests, we put together a list of easy recipes to make with your autumn harvest.
Sowing and Planting
October is the prime time to sow overwintering crops with the hopes of being greeted with late spring and early summer harvests. Bulbs are a great choice for planting now, with options available for both vegetable and flower gardeners.
For vegetable gardens
Plant autumn garlic cloves and onions bulbs. Prepare the ground or containers with well-draining soil to prevent the plants from being waterlogged. Once planted, apply a nutrient-rich anti-frost fertiliser to give them a kick start. Our Early Starter fertiliser stimulates plant growth to create resilience to harsh cold weather environments. Perfect for October planting!
In flower gardens
Try planting a differing range of tulip, iris and daffodil bulbs for the ample display of colours come March and April. Originating from warmer environments, tulips and daffodils require a lot of daily sunlight so be sure to plant them in a sunny area. Again, like the garlic and onions, keep your flower bulbs well drained as they will rot in wet soils.
Although the amount of sowing is limited this month, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Put your focus into sowing less but sowing better to set yourself up for success come spring. This post-summer, ‘down season’ is the ideal time to reflect on the past season’s success and mistakes and think about how to improve for next time around.