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What To Sow In October | 7 Easy To Grow Crops (2019)

Hello, today I’m going to tell you about
things that you can plant and sow in October. I’m Liz Zorab and this is Byther Farm. You can plant garlic. So this is one that I’ve saved from what grew this year. So I will take the bulb apart and I will plant each of
these cloves about that much under the ground. So the garlic will be here
and they’ll be about that much soil on top. I like to plant them really deeply,
it allows those roots to have taken really good hold before the little green
shoots come up, so there’s less chance of birds pulling at those green shoots and
actually pulling them out of the ground. So garlic can go in now and so can onion sets. And I’ll link to my videos about planting garlic and
onions in the information below. As ground becomes empty as you harvest your crops,
there are several things that you can do. You could sheet mulch it with
cardboard or a plastic sheeting, which will prevent the light getting to it
and any of the weed seeds from germinating. You can cover it in a layer
of compost and then over the winter the worms will take that compost down into
the soil to improve it or you could put on a green manure and that’s what I’m
going to do with this bed. There are several green manures that you can grow,
I’m going to use a red clover here. Basically you sow the seed all over the
bed and then you wait about 90 days and then in theory you dig it in, but
what I’m actually going to do is just chop it off. I’m just going to pull it
and drop it back onto the ground because obviously I don’t dig here so I’m literally just going to be pulling it up and leaving it to sit. What I have got, I’ve
notice growing here, are some peas and these are one of the things that I was
going to be talking to you about today. You can sow peas for they’re really
tasty shoots, in trays inside, so either in your greenhouse or in the polytunnel. It’s also possible for them to grow
outside in a mild autumn. These aren’t going to give you peas, you are growing
them for the shoots, but we know it’s possible for them to grow because
they’re actually growing here and without me trying! These ones are
obviously self sown, we had peas in the center of this bed, they’re growing quite
happily now, so I’m going to harvest the shoots and the tips to go in our salads
over the next couple of weeks. And I’m also going to get the clover in here. If you sowed lettuces last month either
outside or in a tray, now is the time to do something with them. So if you
sowed them outside, then now is the time to thin them. If like me you sowed them
in a tray, now is the time, at this sort of size where they’re three to four
inches high, it’s good time to planting them out. So I’ve planted some in the
polytunnel which will bring them on sooner, I’m also
going to plant some outside. It’s not too late to sow winter lettuces and a
variety of something like Winter Gem it’s perfect. These are Winter Imperial and the instructions say sow them August to
September, but it’s certainly worth giving them a go in the first couple of
weeks or October particularly as at the moment it’s fairly mild.
So I’ve spaced these about twelve to fifteen inches apart to give them plenty
of space to grow. In the spring I put my lettuce in very close together, this time
of year I’m spacing them further apart so that they can maximize the light that
we are getting, daylight hours are shorter and the light isn’t as strong. If you’re enjoying this video please
give it a thumbs up or leave a comment and if you haven’t done so already
please consider subscribing to the channel. You can still sow cauliflower so
a variety like All The Year Round, so you can sow this now and in two to three
weeks you should get your first seed leaves come up, They are their best actually
sown in place, I’ve sown them in here because the space that they I’m going to
put them into it isn’t quite ready for them yet and I’ve still got some plants
to get out of that bed before I put these in. So rather than risking pulling
them up as I’m harvesting I will put those in in a couple of weeks time. You can also sow seeds of herbs like
basil and dill and parsley to grow on your kitchen windowsill over the winter. You can also plant broad beans now, choose a variety like Aqua Dulce and
they’ll sit in the ground over the autumn and winter and have a head start
in the spring giving you a slightly earlier crop. Now I’m not planting my
broad beans right now because in previous years when I planted them in the autumn
the slugs have eaten them in the spring and I’ve had to resow in spring. So this
year I’ll sow them in modules in the polytunnel,
but I know lots and lots of people who plant them now and in previous is I have
planted in the autumn and they’ve been absolutely great. So there you go, seven
things that you can sow and plant in October. You could also not do the lying on the
ground shots until the very end otherwise you’re covered in soil for the
rest of it!


  1. Liz Zorab - Byther Farm Author

    If you've enjoyed this video you may also like these Gardening Know How videos

  2. Donna Ratliff Author

    Wow Liz, your garden is doing fantastic! You've done a lot there since I tuned last. And btw, I really like your greenhouse too. ๐Ÿ‘ The ducks are so cute!

  3. Lorella Not a Farm Girl: a Homestead Adventure Author

    I love the music youโ€™ve chosen with the ducks walking around the garden it just has such a nice feel to it.

  4. vmcougar in TN Author

    LOL, Liz, your sense of humor is amazing. Since I haven't gardened in years, I tried to remember what I planted when. It will come to me later. I won't bother you with the results though. Thanks for sharing, the birds looked extremely happy.

  5. Ac S Author

    Awesome video Liz!!! I love your tip on the depth of the garlic… mine will be planted very soon (as soon as it arrives). The images (bees and flowers etc) between the seven crops, was brilliant!! I love that technique!! I have indeed enjoyed this video, as I do all of your videos, my friend!! Warmest regards!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

  6. The dawn chorus Plot Author

    Hello Liz, itโ€™s good to stay one step ahead, which you always are, so envious of your turkeys, I been trying for ages to get a trio like yours but canโ€™t find any, have tried keeping the commercial breeds but they grow too big for breeding, love your polly tunnel ๐Ÿ˜, many thanks for sharing, hope you and mr J are keeping well, kind regards


  7. Anna williams Author

    Im really liking these monthly sowing and growing videos liz. I loved this video. The turkeys look amazing. And the ducks too. Thank you for the tips, there's so much i didn't realise I could grow now. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฒ

  8. Jacquie Finney Author

    Youโ€™re looking amazing Liz, love the new haircut and the new you! I didnโ€™t realise how much weight youโ€™d lost until I watched an older video and the difference is staggering so a huge well done! Thanks for the great videos too, youโ€™re a great help for a newbie like me ๐Ÿ‘

  9. Robin Miller Author

    Ah lying on the belly for the best camera shot…..well done!!!! Personally I could get down just fine but not rise up as gracefully…LOL

  10. Nicola J Author

    Hi Liz, polytunnel looking great. We finally got some decent rain yesterday after 2 mnths of no rain. Good timing too as i just sowed some lettuce seeds on the weekend. Say hello to Mr J, haven't seen him for a while, hope he is well.

  11. Jen's Allotment Adventures Author

    Great video Liz, Erica and I exchanged some garlic which (I believe) we've both planted up now. I've also got beans to go in. Love the laying down shot, the way you get up is exactly the same way I do lol. Thanks for some more things to add to my list ๐Ÿ˜ Jen

  12. Hafiz Akhtar Author

    Hi Liz, I love watching your video, it's very natural garden. I love watching the turkey, duck & chicken. Are u keeping the turkey for the Christmas dinner, just kidding. I admire your courage and hardwork for growing all those vegetables. Love from Malaysia.

  13. Diane Charles Author

    Glad you reminded me of the garlic, I havenโ€™t been able to find any bulbs at the Farmers Market. I have my lettuce, collards and Kale are already in the ground.

  14. Jeffrey Milton Author

    Thanks for the tip on growing successful garlic. I think in the past I've planted the cloves far too shallow and they've always been a bit feeble, so I'll follow your advice.
    As for broad beans I find if I sow them in open soil mice, voles and squirrels harvest them before they've even started growing. Nowadays I start them in pots and keep them somewhere rodent free until they've reached about six inches and then they seem to be safe.
    BTW I've ordered some of those giant beans you showed us on your last video.
    Thanks again.

  15. TITAN0402 Author

    Cracking vid, have you studied Permaculture at all? Loving the diversity you have going on. Personally I would recommend you plant more trees facing SE and S and plant them on a swale if thereโ€™s that potential, also could do with more shrubs for wind reduction and pollination also soil diversity and flavour. Thanks for the video btw.


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