Clocks go back, days are drawing in quick and the threat of the first frost looms. Cold biting winds, falling leaves and dreary weather signal that summer really is over, but take a moment to look around you and marvel at October’s autumn colour palette, it sure is beautiful, especially when the sun shines. There are still jobs to be getting on with on the allotment, so don’t put your tools away just yet!
- Keep picking courgettes and beans before the first frost arrives
- Sow green manures
- Tidy the strawberry bed, pot up stray runners and overwinter in a greenhouse or well-lit shed
- Make a leaf bin and start collecting fallen leaves to make leaf mould
- Plant garlic
- Keep picking cut flowers for the house before the first frosts
- Harvest and carve pumpkins for Halloween/Samhain celebrations
- Autumn sow hardy broad beans (Aquadulce Claudia) and peas (Meteor) for an early crop late spring
- Start the autumn garden tidy up but leave a ‘messy’ area to help wildlife looking for places to overwinter – hedgehogs will need nesting / hibernation material such as long grass and leaves
- Leave sunflower heads for birds to enjoy
- Make or buy bug boxes or ‘hotels’ to help beneficial insects survive the winter
- Plant spring bulbs for a splash of colour
- Don’t forget to bring frost tender potted plants inside before the first frost arrives!
2 thoughts on “Allotment Jobs for October”
Nice informative post. Must fix my shed roof before winter.
I continue to go the plot through the winter providing the weather is okay even if it’s just for a quick look round. xx
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