October is a month ripe with delicious home-grown fruit and veg to harvest.
It’s also a good idea to harvest tender crops before the first frosts, as you may lose them to this. Don’t worry if you have a glut – there are many easy ways to preserve your harvests, and plenty of kit to help you get started. Check out our pick of apple presses and jam making equipment.
To boost next year’s pickings, check out our top 10 tips for a great fruit harvest.
Here are five crops to harvest in October.
With successional sowings, carrots have an expansive harvesting period, stretching from May through to December.
Earthy beetroot makes a tasty addition to salads and pickles, as well as sweet dishes like cakes and brownies. Harvest the last crop of the year this month.
Of course, October is the month to harvest pumpkins. Big or small, they make fun Halloween decorations and can be added to sweet and savoury dishes. If you have any spare, consider a pumpkin bird feeder.