What to do in your garden at this time of year.
Vegetables At this time of year, potatoes can be earthed up easily when the soil has been softened by rain.
Vegetables French and butter beans can be sown in the open. Place seeds singly, about 15cm apart and 5cm deep.
Vegetables Given rich soil, zucchini, marrows and pumpkin are easily grown in the home garden, although in cooler districts pumpkins need a hot, dry summer to do well.
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.