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What to plant in October in Ballarat

If you want to grow veggies over the summer, October is prime planting season.  As the weather warms up, delicate spring greens like lettuce and bok choy are at their peak, and seasonal treats like asparagus and artichokes abound. But it’s time to pull out the winter crops, and make way for the summer veg that we’ll be eating in abundance in the new year.

Although there’s still a risk of frost this month, some summer crops like zucchini, pumpkin, and green beans can be planting out now.  Others, like tomatoes, capsicums, and eggplants (the nightshade family) still need to be kept under shelter for a while longer – they’re traditionally planted out in Ballarat on the first weekend of November.

tomato seedlings growing on a windowsill

Grow tomatoes in a sheltered spot through October, then plant them out on Melbourne Cup weekend.

What to plant in October

Here’s what to plant in October in Ballarat, extracted with permission from John Ditchburn’s excellent Ballarat & District Seed Planting Guide which you can download in printable form from his website, Urban Food Garden.

Plant from seed

  • Basil (under glass)
  • Beans – runner
  • Beans – bush
  • Beetroot
  • Capsicum/Chilli (under glass)
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant (under glass)
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Parsnip
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Silverbeet
  • Sunflower
  • Tomatoes (under glass)
  • Sweet Corn
  • Zucchini

Plant from bulbs and tubers

  • Potatoes

Grow from seedlings

  • Basil (under glass)
  • Capsicum/Chilli (under glass)
  • Celery (under glass)
  • Eggplant (under glass)
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Pumpkin
  • Silverbeet
  • Tomatoes (under glass)
  • Zucchini

 

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