Jobs for October


O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

courgettes and sweetcorn bed

I could give you a list of jobs for the month, but you know what, lots of other people provide a better list than I could, so here is a link to a very good and comprehensive one on Garden Organic.

My personal list includes:

  • plant garlic and sow broad beans (by the end of the month)
  • sow green manure on empty beds (field beans)
  • turn the compost heaps, spread compost on garlic and broad bean beds
  • pull out the remains of the sweetcorn, courgettes, climbing beans, (all in picture above) and tomatoes, add material to the compost trench
  • harvest carrots, parsnips and leeks for Sunday casserole and midweek soups.

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