What to do in the Kitchen Garden in October

*The following information is designed for a temperate southern hemisphere garden  – In particular it is designed for a Melbourne garden.  This is meant as a general guide, indicating the type of things I plant, sow and harvest.  If you have had success with doing things differently then I would love to hear from you and I can update these pages accordingly.*

Potentially one of the best growing months of the year, October is a great time for planting, a great time for harvesting and a great time for enjoying the garden.

Seeds to Sow:

These are the seeds/tubers you could consider sowing in October:

Pretty much anything:

Basil, Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrot, Celery, Chilli, Choko, Coriander*, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Fennel, Galangal, Ginger, Jerusalem Artichoke, Kale, Kohl Rabi, Leek, Lettuce, Marjoram, Melon, Okra, Onion, Parsley, Parsnip, Pea, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radish, Sage, Silver Beet, Spinach, Spring Onion, Sweet Corn, Tomato, Tomatillo, Yam, Zucchini

*Although it may bolt quite quickly.

Seedlings to plant out:

As for seed to sow.  In cooler areas plants such as tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums & chillies may need some protection and warmth to ensure good growth.

My Garden maintenance to perform:

  • Divide herbs: lemongrass, thyme, chives, garlic chives, mint.
  • Prune & fertilise perennial chillies, capsicum & eggplant.
  • Prune & Fertilise Passionfruit.

Seasonal Plants Harvesting now:

Broad Beans, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Citrus, Leeks, Watercress

The following plants should be able to be harvested all year round if planted in succession throughout their growing seasons:

Broccoli (but it is very susceptible to pests during the warmer months), Beetroot, Carrots, Celery, Chervil, Dill, Lettuce, Mint, Parsley, Radish, Sage, Silver Beet, Spring Onion, Thyme



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