14 Risky Veggies to Sow in October

Yesterday I posted a list of the ‘best’ seeds to sow in October, importantly October might not be the best time to sow these seeds, my criteria in selecting them was only whether you stand a reasonable chance of getting a successful harvest, this late in the year.

This article covers another selection of seeds that it might be worth taking a risk on.  Seeds that if you have the space, time and inclination might be worth sowing and might give you a worthwhile crop, provided you are prepared to be disappointed.

I cover all of the details in the video that accompanies this article, which you can find below.

For future reference if you want to know the best time to sow seeds, then I suggest you take a look at my month-by-month sowing guide subscribe to my YouTube channel, or take a look at my monthly sowing guide videos or even better the associated blog posts.

Before you sow any seeds please take a look at the embedded view onto my database below.  This has all of the details that you need to be successful.  Pay attention to whether to sow direct (or in modules) and the suggested planting location.  If you want suggested varieties that information is provided too.  if you click on a variety, you will get a detailed screen which also shows (scroll down) the seed packets that I will be using (assuming I have them myself).  if you can’t see my database, click this link instead.

The  video that goes through each variety in my list and makes suggestions, provides hints/tips and lets you know what to expect and why.

In the video I mention that rather than sow beetroot in autumn for a crop in mid spring, it’s usually best to sow in modules in June and plant out in July, harvest in October and store in wood chips.  This video explains how to do that.

Success in gardening depends a lot on timing and timing depends on where you are in the world, where you are in a country and even the micro-climate of a particular patch of soil.  It also depends on whether you choose to protect your veggies.  This video covers the pros and cons of different ways to protect your plants.

We garden in Lytham St Annes in the North West of Engand, about half a mile from the coast, it’s windy, but not that cold.  For more details take a look at our frequently asked questions article.

If you’re interested in the databases that I used to manage my growing I also have a video and associated blog post about them.  The blog post has all of the details on how to get your own copy of the database (with or without my data) to customise as you wish.

This post is part of a series (check back in a few days, or subscribe to this blog or my YouTube channel)  that includes a similar blog post and video that covers even more seeds that you can sow if you are prepared to take a risk.  Don’t sow these unless you have the time, space and inclination to learn by failing!  You might get a great crop too though, so they might be worth a try!  There will also be a video on the seeds that I’m sowing myself and why.

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

2 Responses

  1. Graham Hobbs says:

    Fantastic Steve. I’ve used spreadsheets for many years to organise my sowing and harvesting. Basically one showing the varieties and the months in the various stages, module, pots, planted out, in a bar chart style using different colours for each stage.. This also includes all the details about the seed packet, spacings, etc. Then another spreadsheet shows the various beds and the successions throughout the year again in a bar chart style format. However your database is at another level and I am very impressed. I can immediately see how I could tailor it to my situation. You kindly say it is available to anyone, I have found various of your spreadsheets but I cannot see where to download the database. Would love to get my hands on it.

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