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What to do sow and grow in October
October's crisp autumnal days bring changing colours, shorter days and the occasional frost. If you grow fruit and veg you're probably still harvesting and storing this year's crops, but there's plenty more to be getting on with.
Here's what you should be sowing and growing in October:
Flowers to sow and grow
Here are the flowers to sow and grow this October:
In the greenhouse/cold frame
• Sow in a cold greenhouse for earlier flowers next year. crepis under cover
• Start Pot up and over-winter in a cold greenhouse or cold frame. hollyhocks under cover now.
• Sow and place them in a cold frame over winter for planting out in the spring. sweet peas
• Sow in a cold frame ready to plant out next spring. aquilegia
• can be sown into pots and placed in a cold frame over winter. Oriental poppies
Try sowing in pots in a cold frame. Germination can be slow, so be patient! Hellebore seeds Direct sow outdoors
Herbs & vegetables to sow and grow
In the greenhouse/indoors
• Sow for growing in winter salad leaves cold frames or cloches throughout the winter. greenhouses, ' can be sown from September to January in an unheated greenhouse or cold frame. Winter Gem'
• such as basil, dill, chives and parsley can be sown now and grown on your windowsill throughout the winter. Herbs
• Sow under spring onion 'Performer' - they'll be ready to start harvesting in the spring. cloches
Sow cauliflower and keep the plants in a cold frame until the spring. 'All the Year Round' Direct sow outdoors
• Sow winter lettuce such as ' directly into the ground this month. Arctic King'
• Winter-hardy pea ' can be direct sown now for cropping next spring. Meteor'
• Direct sow ' on empty beds and plots to help increase your soil fertility naturally over winter. green manures'
• Sow broad bean ' outdoors for the earliest crops next year. Aquadulce Claudia'
is a fully hardy crop which can be sown this month for cropping throughout autumn and winter. Corn salad (lamb's lettuce) Plant outdoors
Fruit to sow and grow
Try growing these fruits this month:
• Now's the perfect time to order and plant up a strawberry patch for cropping next year. strawberry runners
• Plant some . Make sure you have an acid soil or alternatively grow them in pots of ericaceous compost. blueberry plants
Autumn is an ideal time to plant many varieties of fruit trees. See our extensive range of and get ready to enjoy delicious fresh fruit straight from your garden or allotment. fruit trees online Other plants to grow:
• Plant bareroot ornamental and shrubs – but always avoid waterlogged soil. trees
This month is an ideal time to plant evergreen and semi-evergreen . hedges Keep one step ahead - what to order this month
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