October in the Vegie Patch

Stoecha in orchardOctober checklist and things to do

  • Get your zucchini, cucumber, pumpkin, corn, tomato and pepper beds ready to grow. These are all heavy feeders and need rotten manure, compost, seaweed – that kind of business.  Add it now, so the soil can incorporate and percolate.
  • Be sure of robust stakes and frames for beans and tomatoes.
  • Make a compost pile (or three)
  • Plant out chives, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, lavender and any other perennial herbs you need.
  • Protect all new shoots and seedlings with slug bait and bird net
  • Prick on seedlings as soon as they have 4 leaves.


Seed to Sow and Seedlings to Plant

Under Cloches or in the Greenhouse
Direct sow another lot of dwarf beans.
Direct sow basil, cucumber and zucchini.
Plant out tomatoes, peppers, chillies, eggplants, basil and cucumbers.

Tray Sow
Pumpkin, zucchini, cucumber, corn, salads, basil, tomatoes and companion flowers like sunflowers, gaillardia, calendula, oodles of marigolds and zinnias

Direct Sow Outside
Radish, daikon, coriander, carrot, beetroot, florence fennel, dill, peas, sno peas, rocket, salads, spinach, calendula and cosmos.
Once the soil hits 15 degrees you can direct sow zucchini, cucumber, pumpkin, beans and corn.

Plant outside
Plant out salads, red onions, celery, silverbeet, perpetual beet and parsley

Helping You Grow Fabulous Plants

Get a hold of this helpful $5 booklet from Sethas Seeds. Ensure your seed raising success!