It may be near the end of the month but there is still time to get planting in the garden. The Irish Seed Savers Association have advice on how to the make the best of the colder months and keep your garden flourishing all year round. During Autumn, planting is not very active. However, there are types of plants which are suitable for planting this time of year. It is still possible to try over-wintered broad beans, which can go in from the middle of the month. The last sowing of spinach, and Japanese Greens can be made early in the month and lettuce can always be planted in the greenhouse.
October is the ideal month for planting out garlic (particularly handy against vampires that are active this time of year) and filling out onion sets. The Irish Seed Savers proposes that you grow your onions from seed rather than sets, be vigilant of the dangers posed by importing disease with onion sets and if you use open pollinated seed you can then save your own seeds to be planted the following year. The spirit of the Irish Seed Savers Association, is to conserve and distribute wonderful rare and heritage varieties, as well as to encourage the skills of saving your own seed and empowering people to do this in their own gardens, small holdings or farms. All of our seeds are grown and saved in Ireland and are Open Pollinated which allows you to save your own seeds from them, keeping the variety true to type. By choosing Irish Seed Savers’ Open Pollinated seeds you contribute to keeping food security in your own hands and Irish agricultural biodiversity alive and vibrant.