Gardening at this time of year is both joy and pain. When the sun is out and the birds are singing it seems like anything will grow if you can just get it into the ground. Then the sun goes behind the clouds and you feel the cold and remember: spring is only just beginning. Don't get ahead of yourself.
That said, things are moving on from last month.
Seed continues to be raised mostly indoors. Eggplants and peppers are hitting their germination strides, but are a while away from being planted outdoors.
Cucumbers will shortly be kicked out from inside into the big, wide world: aka planted out. Pumpkins ditto. They will require lots of snail protection.
The tomatoes are all outdoors now, some being planted out just recently while the remainder are still in their punnets. These are kept outdoors against a north facing brick wall, with some large bluestone blocks around them to both protect from wind and be heat sinks, releasing the warmth overnight to protect the tomato seedlings from cold shock. The whole shebang gets covered with garden fleece on any cold night for a little extra protection.
In other solanum news, I have also planted out some potatoes. Some was bought seed potatoes (Spunta) while I also had a few Dutch Creams go green, so I chitted these and planted them out too.
The garden harvests have been well and truly on the cusp of the winter/spring garden. Old winter stalwarts continue, including cabbage (only two left now), kale and broccoli. The kale bed is looking a bit sad, but there are still plenty of edible leaves.
Peas have been continuing well, although have started to get a bit of mildew. I've treated this with a soap/milk spray and it seems to be improving.
Purple sprouting broccoli is just beginning.
Proper spring crops of artichokes and asparagus are starting to hit their strides with good harvests.
And in super exciting news, I think this will be the year of the earliest ever tomato!
- Plant out cucumbers and pumpkins.
- Sow zucchini outdoors.
- Coddle the tomatoes until they get planted out, likely around late October.
- Keep on top of the broccoli, pulling out any that go to seed.
That seems to be it for me in October. Don't forget to check out other garden happenings at Lizzie's.