Growing Vegan Food in October

Do you have an allotment or veg patch? If so, here’s what to plant and harvest in October.

October is the month where most people really feel like autumn has set in: shorter days and colder starts. Everyone’s veg patch will probably be looking quite bare by now, so it’s a good idea to harvest what’s left and prepare for winter and spring.

Pumpkin ready for harvest
Pumpkin growing


Pumpkins aren’t synonymous with Halloween just because they make for fantastic scary faces, it’s also the time when UK growers harvest and eat pumpkins. Once picked, store them in a dark, cool space and they should last a couple of months. This goes for squashes too.

It’s also time to collect the last of the tomatoes, leeks, peas, beans and potatoes.

A collection of autumn harvested vegetables
Autumn harvest

Sowing and Planting

Whilst you are staking (autumn wind protection) some of the taller veg that may still be growing, dig over the rest of your veg patch ready for planting.

October is a good month for sowing winter lettuce and broad beans for spring harvesting. Garlic and onions can be planted out for overwintering too.


Have you grown any veg this year? Has any of it gone drastically wrong? Or have you been impressed with the growing season? Let us know and leave some comments

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