October gardening tips

Growing aromatic herbs
October 03, 2010

It's autumn, but there's still work to do in the garden: sowings, harvests, protecting the plants.


The harvest

Nettle leaves are tender in October and November, and could be harvested for omelettes, fritters, risotto.
Harvesting nettle: tips and recipes

Harvest root from many aromatic plants: lovage, licorice (from three years plants), horseradish (from two years plants), soapwort, valerian (from two years plants).

Seasonal herbs and spices: Burnet, chervil, chives garlic, cilantro, cress, dill, horseradish, lemon grass, licorice, mint, mustard, nettle, parsley, savory, sorrel.

Seasoning vegetables and fruits, and harvest details: October harvest.

Chili harvest


During October you can save chili seeds, and continue to harvest and store chili peppers.
Take also a look on how to handle the chili peppers plants during winter.


Protecting the plants

Annual plants are dying, thyme and marjoram should be pruned, and plants can be protected from winter.

Start also to compost.


Seeds to sow in October

A tip: sow mustard seeds in autumn to harvest the fresh leaves and eat them raw or cooked.

Direct: beetroot, broad beans, broccoli rabe, chickpeas, chicory, corn salad, lentils, lettuce, mizuna, radish, rocket, spinach, white onion, winter radish.
Protected: strawberry.

Aromatic herbs and herbal teas.
Direct: agrimony, angelica, caraway, chervil, coriander, cress, dill, mugworth, mustard, parsley, pennyroyal, sorrel, tarragon.
Protected: confrey.

Herbed millet bread
One year ago: Herbed millet bread

Two years ago: Marinated fish with lemon pepper

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