October Jobs

Garden Maintenance

We are now officially welcoming Autumn and although we are losing a little light and warmth, there is still plenty to be thankful for and lots of gems still to enjoy in the garden.


So dig out those scarves and woolly hats because there’s still so much to enjoy in the garden right now. And as one of my great heroes said “There’s no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” - Sir Ranulph Fiennes.


Flower Power

Even with the drop in temperature, there’s still so much in flower;

  • Cosmos

  • French Marigolds

  • Petunia

  • Viola

  • Rudbeckia

  • Verbena


And if you really want to get ahead of the game, you can sow your sweet peas this month along with;

  • Calendula

  • Cornflower


Veg Plot

It’s a busy month for sowing here at Good Roots Barn HQ, here a just a few of the vegetables being sown this month;

  • Broad Beans

  • Autumn Onion Sets

  • Autumn Garlic

  • Autumn Shallots

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflower


And we are still harvesting and enjoying the following from the patch;

  • Beetroot

  • Carrots

  • Salad leaves

  • Courgettes

  • Cucumbers



Don’t be fooled by the cold weather, there are so many herbs that you can continue to sow all year round;

  • Parsley

  • Coriander

  • Chervil


And still even more you can be picking and preserving for the coming winter months;

  • Chives

  • Coriander

  • Mint

  • Oregano

  • Rosemary

  • Thyme



Not much pruning to be done this month so just sit back and enjoy the abundance of fruit to be harevsted;

  • Apples

  • Blackberries

  • Fig

  • Pear

  • Raspberry (autumn fruiting)



This month is a great time to start preparations for all your garden guests. As the leaves start to fall this month, if you’re not making leaf mould, then put the leaves to good use and pile them up for hibernating mammals. If you have ivy in your garden, allow it to mature and flower as this is a great late-season source of nectar and berries.