October is a remarkably busy time in the garden - if not for the cleaning up of the plot from the rotting leaves and waste from the plot - or the crops that you simply did not have time to eat... Welcome to Jobs in the garden for October.
Jobs In The Garden In October...
Top 5 Jobs - Vegetables
1. Last of the Summer beans
Beans and peas in the garden are coming to their natural end, so harvest the last but make sure to save some pods, to dry ready for next year.
2. Squashy Squash
Pumpkins and Squashes are ready now to harvest, so make sure you do so before the first frosts come - otherwise squahses will turn to mush.
3. Trench Time
Beans may be on their way out, but it's now time to think of next year - dig a bean trench ans stuff it with green kitchen waste.
4. Garlic Time
Now is the time to plant out your onions and garlic for the next year to come - you should see the first green shoots come February.
5. Cross Cabbages
Cabbages of most kinds will be ready to harvest now but if you do cut off a head, leave the stem in the ground and cut a cross into it - you should get four, new tiny cabbage heads.
Jobs In The Garden in October - Grow Your Own Tips...
Top 4 Jobs - Herbs
1. Storage Time
Make sure any herbs you have in pots are now put indoors as the first frosts appear.
Take cuttings from mint right now and place in a greenhouse (or windowsill) to ensure you have a crop of mint throughout the Winter.
3. Clean Up
Any herbs that have had it - make sure to empty pots and clean them thoroughly to make sure disease does not spread.
By now you should have a dearth of catalogues through your door, so plan your herb garden for next year and order early to avoid disappointment.
Top 5 Jobs - Herbs
1. Green Tomatoes
Like us, all of your tomatoes might not have greened up in time, so cut them off on the stalk and hang upside down in a cool place - they should ripen up nicely.
2. Splitting Rhubarb
Rhubarb can overtake a plot, so now is the time to get a sharp spade and divide them up into decent crowns, ready to plant elsewhere. Be brave and split.
3. Citrus Trees
If you are lucky enough to have citrus trees on your patio or within you plot, in pots, move them inside now. Wrap them in bubble-wrap for extra warmth and protection.
4. Cut Backs
Raspberry canes will need pruning right now - cut back fruited canes, leaving the new green ones ready for next year's crop.
5. Cruel to be kind
Cut out all branches and leaves that are deceased, as well as putting glue bands on all trees to protect them for the Winter.