Vegetables October is an important month in the garden calendar, as seeds sown this month pop up quickly and there are usually few checks to growth during the early summer months.
Vegetables Take advantage of fine spring days to sow vegetables.
Vegetables Many types of vegetables can be sown this month, weather permitting.
Vegetables Now that the soil is warming up, as seen in the growth of weeds, work can begin on sowing for the coming season.
Vegetables The urge to sow seeds begins whenever there is a mild day from now on.
Vegetables Hedges can protect vegetable crops from wind damage but because they need regular clipping, busy gardeners may prefer to use wind cloth, manuka twigs or similar.
Vegetables Every opportunity should be taken in the next few weeks to dig and manure the vegetable garden, leaving the ground exposed to the weather, which will help ensure it is in good order for next season's crops.
Vegetables Potatoes are an easy-to-grow staple vegetable and many varieties are available.
Vegetables As winter draws closer, the opportunities for growing vegetables are reduced, but garlic and shallots should go in from now until early spring.
Vegetables Think ahead to spring and start improving heavy, clay-based soil by digging it roughly so different levels are exposed to winter frosts, winds, rain and sun.
Vegetables Cabbage, cauliflower and silverbeet can still be planted to stand the winter. Ground from which potatoes have been lifted recently is ideal for these crops.
Vegetables Cabbage, cauliflower and silverbeet stalks should be cleared from the ground once the plants have been harvested.
Vegetables By now, cooler areas may have had a touch of frost, but in all regions carrots, being cold-tolerant, can be left in the ground until August.
Vegetables Potato crops can be harvested before the tops have died right away from the plants.