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October 2019

Kitchen Garden Magazine - UK's No.1 for growing your own fruit and vegetables. KG also offers great monthly give-aways, special gardening offers, recipes, growing tips and much more.

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This can be a lovely month in the garden. The weather can often be mild and sunny and there are lots of harvests to gather and to turn into all manner of delicious pickles, pies and frozen goodies for the quieter months ahead. To inspire you we have bags of advice from our top team. Ben Vanheems has some great advice to help you fill your winter store cupboard to bursting point and we have lots of mouthwatering recipes to help you get the best from your late season pickings from top cooks, Anna Cairns Pettigrew, James Hillery and Jane Hickling. That’s not to say that you should be hanging up your trowel for the winter – far from it! There is still lots to do to ensure the homegrown fruit and…

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jobs for the month

10 MINUTE JOBS REMOVE FALLEN LEAVES Allocate 10 minutes a day to raking and removing fallen leaves and you will keep on top of the task. Use the leaves as a mulch to cover empty beds through the winter, or pile into a wire-sided container to make leafmould. LIFT PUMPKINS Lift and store pumpkins before the first hard frost, by which time the skins should have cured (hardened). Fruits can be spread on the ground in a frost-free shed or they can last for months if spread in a cool room in the house. BRING OUT CLOCHES Bring out the cloches and covers if you want to protect rows of onions, garlic, cabbage, spinach, etc through the winter. You can extend the cropping season of some summer crops like salad or beans if you cover them…

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step by step

LIFT & STORE CARROTS STEP 1: If you have grown lots of carrots then it is important to lift and store them well. Choose a dry day and pull each plant gently while easing the root out carefully with a fork. Spread plants out in the sun until any soil is dry enough to rub off. STEP 2: Cut the tops to 2-3cm (¾-1in) long and take a good look at each carrot while you are handling it. Put any roots that are split, or lightly damaged, for immediate use. Dispose of any that are badly slugged, rotted, or riddled with carrot fly grubs. STEP 3: Put sawdust (or clean potting compost) in the base of a dustbin and put a layer of carrots on top. Alternate the layers until the bin is…

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on the veg patch

LAST OF THE COURGETTES There may have been more courgettes than you could possibly want through the summer months, but there comes a time when you realise that what you have taken for granted is about to come to an end. This is the moment to look at those tatty and dishevelled plants and, if the weather is kind, you may squeeze a few more fruits out of them. Ignore the bigger leaves and look at the growing point. If there are small fruits and flowers and some healthy young leaves, then cover the plant with a raised porous cloche and you may get fruit until the end of the month. LOVELY LEEKS Autumn varieties are ready to lift and use now. Winter varieties can mature early too, if the last months of the…

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do it now

There’s a saying that the devil blights fruit left on trees after the end of October – I’d be more worried about birds and wasps destroying the fruits or gales tumbling them down. Pick any apples remaining on trees before they are damaged. Lawns may get a couple of mows in October. It’s a good idea to put clippings on empty beds to provide some protection against winter rains. Weed the bed first and cover the lot with a sheet of black polythene. Worms will pull grass into the soil underneath. Lift and store potatoes, swedes, beetroot, parsnips and carrots before hard frosts do damage. Slugs can destroy roots too – they like tasty veg as much as we do! Undamaged roots should store for several months in a cool,…

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what to do in october

There is still time to plant or sow a selection of salad crops that will be ready to harvest over the winter months, but hurry. Keep harvesting crops such as lettuce, courgettes, beans, aubergines, peppers, spinach and herbs. For an early crop of broad beans next year, sow the seeds now in the soil or pots. Dwarf varieties that grow to 45-60cm (18-23in) are ideal for growing under cover. Start planting garlic directly into the borders to allow it time to establish a strong root system before winter. Any tender vegetables that are growing outside in pots can be brought under cover for a little extra protection.…