October - Time for Russian Roulette
I always feel that October is the month for playing Russian Roulette. It’s the month of “Will I, won’t I” plant out. We have plants we have tended in the greenhouse just waiting to be planted into the garden but at this time of year we are always under threat of a sudden frost or hail or high wind that can turn the nurtured potential of these seedlings into mush. Of course once you protect from the weather there are an abundance of bugs to keep you on your toes. Here at the shop we are in full swing getting out the cloche covers, Nets and tunnels to give the seedlings a head start. My favorite for the smaller 1m square garden is the plastic greenhouse that fits snuggly over our little beds by the path. Don’t worry if you don’t have a raised bed these covers can be used over any area and pegged with tent pegs. Another cover is the pop-up net cover that is irreplaceable here with the rabbit population that loves to snack on all our hard work. Heather and I are quite organized with our planning this year. The beds have had green manure crops over winter. Gardeners Choice and Revital compost has been added as well as Rok Solid and now we are waiting for the weather to play the part so we can plant. Labour weekend is always the go button for planting outside and we have mapped out what is going where.