MONTHLY PLANTING GUIDE – OCTOBER

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Spring certainly has sprung and gardens are flourishing, as seen in the recent Friends of Harfield Village Parks competition. Many thanks to all who entered and Gail and the team for organising such a wonderful event. With increased temperatures and hours of sun, it’s the perfect time to be growing food. This month there is plenty of choice of what to plant.
 
Plant List:
Amaranth, Basil, Bush/Climbing Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Butternut, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrot, Chard/Spinach, Cape Gooseberry, Chinese Cabbage, Celery, Chives, Chilli, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Kohlrabi, Ginger, Globe Artichoke, Leek, Leaf Mustard, Lettuce, Jerusalem Artichoke, Parsnip, Parsley, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Sweetcorn, Sweet Pepper, Sweet Potato, Turnip, Tomato, Watercress, Watermelon, Zuchini.
 
Planting tip: 
Keen to grow some potatoes to be ready to harvest and wrap in tinfoil to put in braai coals, or for a festive season roast? Just leave the potato(es) out of the fridge for a few days until it(they) grows “eyes” (usually green little shoots growing out of the potato) and then plant in the ground with the eye facing upwards. The eye grows upwards into a green leafy plant above the surface of the soil, with the potatoes growing happily below. You will be able to feel below the surface when the potatoes are a decent size before harvesting. Potatoes do not need very nutrient rich soil, so our rather sandy Harfield soils are perfect for them! These can be grown in buckets, crates, planter boxes, stacks of tyres (I am sure SupaQuik would oblige!) or the ground itself.

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Gabriella Garnett
076 2199 849 | gabriella.garnett@gmail.com

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