October is a busy month in the vegetable garden. Good preparation done in August and September will now start to pay dividends. Follow this link to see the Whanganui vegetable planting plan.
It is now warm enough to sow seeds directly into the ground – peas, beans, carrots, sweetcorn, silverbeet, beetroot, lettuce, cucumber, courgettes, pumpkins and tomatoes, can all be sown this month. More on cucbits
October is also the perfect time to plants new plants of rhubarb, passionfruit, and tamarillos. Blueberries should also be planted now. More on blueberries.
Feed citrus trees this month with a good citrus and fruit tree fertiliser. Spread out to the drip line of the tree and water well after applying. More on citrus.
Plant out fresh herb plants this month for summer use. Herbs do well in pots and baskets. It is a good idea to plant mint in a pot as it can be very invasive in the garden.
October is also tomato month. Plant out tomato seedlings and be sure to stake taller varieties at time of planting. Water well with warm water, and when watering during the growing season be careful not to water the leaves and foliage of tomato plants. Feed tomato plants regularly with liquid tomato food. More on tomatoes.