Grow your own - October

We move from the growing season of one year to the preparation for the next season.

  

  • In October it is time to harvest potatoes, pumpkin, squash, carrots, runner beans, apples and pears.
  • Unfortunately many gardeners have suffered with potato blight with the particularly wet summer but, if you haven’t, chop all the foliage to the ground straight away and leave the potatoes for 2 weeks before digging them up.
  • Now is a good time to double dig the vegetable plot, this way you can increase the depth of your top soil and incorporate manure.  If you don’t need to dig over the plot it is a good idea to plant a green manure to over winter.
  • Fruit bushes such as black and redcurrants should be pruned.
  • It’s time to clean out the green house and it’s worth washing with a little detergent and disinfectant with a scrubbing brush – getting the glass clean will allow more light through on dark days and cleaning the frame will remove pests looking to spend the winter months.
  • You can insulate your green house through the winter, bubble wrap is good or heat sheets but ensure some form of ventilation or mould will appear.