In October, it is finally time to accept that summer is over, those last blooms in the garden are dying off and the days are getting shorter. The first frosts are just around the corner and by the end of the month the clocks will change. However, do not despair if you are itching to get on with some gardening as there is still plenty to do, and it is a great time to start thinking about next year.
Fruit and Vegetable Jobs
- Harvest late crops of pumpkins and squash, and store them in a frost free place to give you a supply through the winter.
- Pick apples, pears, nuts and grapes and store them carefully.
- Clear away tomatoes, peppers and aubergine plants as they finish fruiting and remove shading from the greenhouse.
- Cut all the summer raspberries canes that bore fruit this year down to the ground, to leave the younger shoots to develop and fruit next year.
- Plant peas and beans so they can get established over winter and they will reward you with crops up to a month before your neighbours.
- Get the best choice of autumn planting garlic, shallots and spring onion varieties for the earliest crops next year.
- Sow seeds of fast growing crops like salad leaf mixes. Include some in pots indoors to guarantee a supply over the next few months.
- Plant scented daffodils in pots to have flowers in time for Christmas.
- Plant swathes of bulbs, as many of each variety as