The Garden Diaries: Tasmania in October

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October is a great time to be in the garden in Tasmania. Flowers are blooming. It’s the best time to get into the garden, catch up on the jobs…and of course have a lot of fun. Here are a few things to do in your garden this month.

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Hero plant this month: Tomatoes Lycopersicon esculentum

This month in the garden it’s all about tomatoes. From Tiny Toms to the larger Black Russians, there are all sorts of different sizes and colours to grow in the garden. 

When they’re home grown, they taste delicious. Tomatoes grow well in pots, hanging baskets or in the ground. 

Growing tomatoes is a great project for kids. Buy some seed and plant in little pots. Kids can watch them germinate and grow into fruiting plants.

Tomatoes are also available as seedlings in punnets or single pots. Plant in a sunny well-drained position. It’s preferable to select a patch that hasn’t grown tomatoes the previous season. Mix in organic compost before planting. Remember to keep plants well-watered and feed regularly. Stake larger growing varieties. 

Favourite varieties to plant range from truss tomatoes to the larger Beefsteak and another beauty is Roma. It has a high yield, fewer pest problems and is a wonderful cooking variety.

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What else to plant

It’s also a great time to get in some summer colour. Pretty petunias, French marigolds and alyssums are good, hardy, sun-loving choices. Plant them in the garden or a pot for a pop of colour.

It’s a great time to plant kangaroo paws. There are some fabulous new varieties on the market. ‘Bush Gems’ are a  range of kangaroo paws that have been bred for their compact-growing habit. They produce brightly coloured flowers and have improved disease tolerance. They love a well-drained, sunny position.  Prune stems to the base after flowering.

Don’t neglect the herb patch either. Parsley, oregano, coriander, sage and thyme are all good to plant this month in a sunny spot. 

Sow beetroot and carrot seed. Soak beetroot seed in water to help germination rates and sow carrot seed straight into the garden. 

If you want quicker results plant seedlings of capsicum and celery. 

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Maintenance

Remove spent flowers. Deadheading is not only therapeutic for gardeners but promotes another flush of flowers. Prune other spring-flowering plants to encourage fresh, new growth. 

Wait until all frosts have finished before removing any frost damage.

October is a great time to improve garden beds. Add compost or aged manure to beds before planting with vegies and flowers. 

If needed, apply a weed n feed product to your lawn to get it in good shape for summer. 

Also as the weather warms, keep an eye out for sap sucking insects like aphids. Spray them with pyrethrum or give them a blast with the hose.

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Harvest

There’s lots to harvest for the table.  Pick lemons, pull onions, carrots, and harvest early potatoes, Asian greens and kale.

So there you go, make the most of spring weather and get out into the garden this weekend.

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