13 Sep

Garden diary - September and October

Published: 2016-09-13


  • Plant out cabbages, cauliflowers, lettuces, onions and silverbeet.
  • Hoe around all growing crops – loose soil warms more quickly.
  • Set out seed potatoes for sprouting.
  • Plant seed potatoes now if your area is frost-free;
    at end of the month if slightly frost-prone.
  • Water indoor plants as the weather gets warmer.
  • Feed established fruit trees with citrus food.
  • Remove winter flowering annuals and replace with summer bloomers.


  • October’s a great month for planting, and a good time to feed the entire garden.
  • Plant seed potatoes now if frost-free; mid-October if very frost-prone.
  • Sow cucumbers, dwarf and runner beans, marrows, melons and pumpkins at the end of the month.
  • Plant summer vegetables such as beans, sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchinis once the soil is warm enough.
  • Plant basil, which grows well with tomato plants. It repels pests and promotes healthy growth.
  • Ensure the bursting buds of grape vines, kiwifruit and berry fruits are given a fungicide spray.