Halloween is a fantastically spooky time of year. Just as the evenings are getting darker, it’s a chance to scare the neighbours, frighten the grandchildren and inject a bit of fun-filled terror into an evening or two.
October is a month of mixed weather; however, autumn has definitely arrived and winter could be upon us at any moment. There is plenty to do in the garden, so let’s look at your top ten priorities.
If you thought that nothing much happens in the garden during October except clearing leaves and digging over your veggie plot, you’d be wrong. October is the final chance before winter for harvesting your last crops of fruit and vegetables, and getting your timing right is vital for achieving ultimate flavour and good storage.
Just because summer is coming to an end that doesn’t mean your work in the garden is over. Aside from pruning, clearing and repairing beds, there are seeds to be planted ready for summer. And don’t forget, there are seeds to go in which will grow over the winter too.
Although winter typically means a time for roasts, stews, casseroles and soups, it is also desirable to maintain a good intake of green vegetables. Whilst British weather may seem to mitigate against home-grown varieties, this need not be the case. With a little care and expertise, many varieties can be grown successfully over even the coldest months. Here we focus on winter salad leaves, which are perfectly capable of providing you with an almost continuous supply of green goodness.