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What to Grow in October

The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer! Here’s some ideas on what to plant now in the garden this month

What to plant

Mid-Spring is a great time to get planting and there is so much to choose from.  If you need some inspiration for what plants to get in the garden in your area, check out our complete list below.

Check out our regional zone planting guide. Find which zone you are in on the map.

 

Image source: Gardening Australia

Tropical (North Qld, NT & WA)

VEGGIES, FRUITS, HERBS: Basil, capsicum, chilli, choko, eggplant, ginger, okra, pumpkin, rosella, spring onion, sweetcorn and sweet potato.

FLOWERS: Ageratum, amaranthus, bedding begonia, californian poppy, carnation, celosia, coleus, dianthus, gerbera, globe amaranth, impatiens, marigold, phlox, salvia, sunflower and zinnia.

Subtropical (South-east Qld & Northern NSW)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Asian greens, basil, beans (french and climbing), beetroot, capsicum, carrot, chilli, chives,  choko, eggplant, ginger, lettuce, melon, okra, pumpkin, radish, rocket, rosella, silverbeet, spring onion, sweetcorn, sweet potato, tomato and zucchini/squash.

FLOWERS: Ageratum, amaranthus, bedding begonia, californian poppy, carnation, celosia, coleus, cosmos, dahlia, dianthus, everlasting daisy, gerbera, globe amaranth, impatiens, marigold, petunia, phlox, salvia and zinnia.

Arid / Semi-Arid (Outback & dry inland areas)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Asian greens, basil, beans (french and climbing) beetroot, capsicum, carrot, chilli, chives, choko, eggplant, ginger, lettuce, melon, okra, pumpkin, radish, rocket, rosella, silverbeet, spring onion, sweetcorn, sweet potato, tomato and zucchini/squash.

FLOWERS: Ageratum, alyssum, amaranthus, californian poppy, carnation, celosia, coleus, cosmos, dianthus, everlasting daisy, gerbera, globe amaranth, gypsophylia, impatiens, marigold, nasturtium, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, snapdragon, sunflower, verbana and zinnia.

Warm Temperate (Sydney, coastal NSW & Victoria, Adelaide and Perth)

HERBS, FRUIT & VEGETABLES: Artichoke (gobe), asian greens, basil, beans (french and climbing), beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, celery, chilli, chives, choko, coriander, eggplant, endive, ginger, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, melon, okra, potato, pumpkin, radish, rocket, rosella, silverbeet, spring onion, sweetcorn, sweet potato, tomato, turnip and zucchini/squash.

FLOWERS: Ageratum, alyssum, amaranthus, bedding begonia, californian poppy, carnation, celosia, coleus, cosmos, dahlia, dianthus, everlasting daisy, gerbera, globe amaranth, gypsophilia, impatiens, marigold, nasturtium, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, snapdragon, sunflower, verbena and zinnia.

Cold Temperate (Melbourne & cool highlands)

VEGGIES, FRUITS, HERBS: Artichoke (globe), asian greens, beans (french and climbing), beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, celery, chilli, coriander, eggplant, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, onion, peas, potato, pumpkin, radish, rocket, silverbeet, spring onion, sweetcorn, tomato, turnip and zucchini/squash.

FLOWERS: Amaranthus, alyssum, californian poppy, carnation, celosia, dahlia, dianthus, everlasting daisy, gerbera, globe amaranth, gypsophilia, marigold, nasturtium, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, snapdragon, sunflower, verbena and zinnia.

A few points to remember:

As our plants are back to life in Spring, so are the pests!  It’s best to get on top of unwanted visitors as quickly as possible.  Each morning, check new growth for aphids, thrips, caterpillars and other predators.  Your fingers are the best weapon to remove pests. If you’re squeamish about touching the little critters, try Yates Nature’s Way Vegetable Dust Derris or Yates Nature’s Way Caterpillar Killer.

Plants in pots and containers dry out quickly as the weather gets warmer.  Apply soil wetter and a layer of mulch to pot plants to prepare them for the hot summer months. Spring is a great time to increase the plant diversity in your garden. 

Consider planting native grasses for the seed-eating birds, native and non-native flowering plants for native bees and other beneficial insects.  These insects will provide food for frogs, lizards and birds.  You can plant these in odd corners of the garden, along boundaries and other spots not ideal for vegies. Information source: Gardening Australia Magazine – October 2021 and ABC Organic Gardener Spring 2021

 

 

 

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