October planting and harvesting guide

Happy October! You might think that there isn't much to plant now - but there are still several crops you can get started to enjoy early next year. There's also lots you can do around the garden for your lawn - take a look at our guide to autumn.

If you've been growing throughout the summer, now is the time to start pulling out or cutting back a lot of the plants. Tomatoes, even still green, should be picked and you can ripen them at home in a dark cupboard.

Below is our straightforward guide to which fruit and veg you can plant in October, as well as which will be ready to harvest if you’re already growing.

For instructions and advice on how to grow fruit and veg in containers and small spaces, read our guide.


October planting & Harvesting guide

Sow outside directly into soil (containers, beds and borders will all work, whether in a garden or on a balcony).

  • Broad Beans
  • Cabbages
  • Cauliflowers
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Rhubarb
  • Gooseberries
  • Strawberries
  • Grape Vines

Ready to harvest

October planting & Harvesting guide

If you already have crops growing, or if you’re just interested to know what’s in season, the fruit and veg usually ready to harvest in September are:

  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Melons 
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Aubergines
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbages
  • Cauliflowers
  • Celeriac
  • Chillies
  • Courgettes
  • Cucumbers
  • French and beans
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Leeks
  • Lettuces
  • Marrows
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Parsnips
  • Peppers
  • Runner Beans
  • Shallots
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Summer squash
  • Sweetcorn
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swede
  • Turnips

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