October is a great time in the veggie patch. Things are warming up and it’s time to get those seedlings in!
What to plant…
- Veggies: October is when the soil begins to warm up enough for it’s time to roll out the basil, the eggplant, capsicum, corn, cucumber, zucchini and pumpkin! Put your climbing beans, dwarf beans, lettuce and other leafy greens in a bed with afternoon shade. You can also plant Chinese greens, cabbages, silverbeet and beetroot and potatoes.And it’s finally becoming time to plant tomatoes! It can pay to wait until Cup Day, as there’s still the chance of frost, and the soil can be too cold). Mix it up and plant plenty of heirloom varieties for an adventure in flavour, colour and form.It’s also time to plant sunflowers to bring some beauty to the garden, and produce some tasty seeds. Why not try a watermelon!
- Flowers and companion plants: Bring some colour to your patch and attract beneficial insects with anything from the daisy family, french marigolds, calendula, petunias, yarrow and alyssum.
Fertilising, mulching and watering
- If you had allowed your soil to be exposed to the sun to help it warm up, now’s the time to start thinking about covering it again with mulch.
- Before you put in all those wonderful spring planted vegetables, prepare your beds. Everything will appreciate some well made compost, a dash of dynamic lifter, finished off of course with some straw mulch.