What to plant in October

What to plant in October

So here’s where this gets tricky. The million dollar question – have the frosts finished? Many a Canberra gardener will swear that it is not safe to plant Summer veggies until Melbourne Cup day and I’m inclined to agree with them. But still the temptation is there to get the Tomatoes in now to maximise the harvest time – the elusive Christmas tomato beckons. So here’s the lowdown. If you have a protected microclimate at your place (think north facing brick walls up against a house) then you may want to tempt fate. But be warned – until the soil warms up the plants will be essentially dormant negating any advantage you may have had over your neighbour.

Try rigging up a mini glasshouse with upturned milk bottles or plastic bags (remember to remove them to water as the rain will not penetrate) or grow your seedlings indoors until such time as you are happy to declare Spring. For what it’s worth I’ll be planting this weekend and crossing my fingers!


Planting in October

  • Beans (seed)
  • Peas (seed)
  • Lettuce
  • Salad greens
  • Asian greens
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Turnip
  • Beetroot (seed)
  • Carrot (seed)
  • Leeks
  • Onion (sets)
  • Parsnip (seed)
  • Radish (seed)
  • Celery
  • Corn *
  • Watermelon *
  • Zucchini *
  • Capsicum *
  • Chilli *
  • Eggplant *
  • Tomato *
  • Potato (virus free tubers)
  • Globe artichoke
  • Asparagus (crowns)
  • Strawberries (runners)
  • Rhubarb (crowns)

* only if protected from frosts

Now is the time to get your veggie patch sorted. If you would like a little garden guidance sign up for our Grow your Own Garden Advisory (Canberra region only) or take a look at our Grow your own planner - the perfect tool for planning and monitoring your patch with lots of handy tips to get you growing.

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