October is the month of greatest change in the veggie patch, Spring is here and a great time to get started if you don't already have a veggie patch.
Now is the time to plant with the summer reward in mind. Plant tomato, eggplant, capsicum, cucumber, sweet corn, marrow, melons, zucchini, and pumpkin this month.
- Plant beets and radishes. Water them well and feed them with compost tea every two weeks going forward.
- Plant salads mixes and continue to plant them every two weeks for successive crops that you can begin to harvest in just a few weeks.
- Plant cucumbers next to low walls or fences. Place pumpkins among corn to provide living mulch which will keep the soil cool and moist. Plant beans where they can begin to twist their way to the top of the tall corn.
- Pile up extra straw and compost around potatoes as they begin their spring growth.
October Planting List for tropical and subtropical northern regions:
Vegetables: beans, beets (beetroot), buckwheat, cabbage, cape gooseberry, capsicum (sweet pepper), carrots, celery, celeriac, Chinese cabbage, choko (chayote), cress, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, lettuce, marrow, melons, mustard, okra, parsnip, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb crowns, rosella, silverbeet (Swiss chard), spring onion, squash, strawberry runners, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomato, zucchini.
Herbs: basil, borage, caraway, chamomile, celeriac, chervil, coriander, dill, hyssop, lemon balm, marjoram, oregano, salad burnet, thyme.
~Info courtesy of Steve Albert~