Sowing and Planting in the vegetable garden

October is the ideal month for the sowing and the planting of the following: chard, carrot, tenderstem, chicory, bread beans, lettuce, peas, parsley, wild radish, radish, rocket, spinach, valerian.
You can plant: le asparagus roots and spring onions and bulbs

Sowing and Planting in the garden

In the seedbed, kept in a warm environment or under glass, you can sow:alisso, high snapdragon, bellflower, gazania. In October they are sown and planted: calendula, celosia, centaurea, elicriso, godetia, gypsophila, larkspur.

During this autumn month, bulbs and rhizomes , of the following, are planted: allium, anemones, arum, brodiaea, calla lilies, chionodoxa, cyclamen, crocus, eranthis, eremurus, freesias, fritillary, galanthus, ixia, hyacinth, madonna lily, Iris Hollandica, leucojum, muscari, daffodils, oxalis, puschkinia, buttercups, scilla, tulips.
October is also the ideal month for planting indoor bulbs in pots or in water: amaryllis, hyacinth, sweet potato, rose von Jerico.

Harvesting of vegetables

In the vegetable garden, in October, can be harvested: basil, beet, chard, broccoli, thistle, carrot, cabbage, savoy cabbage, Chinese cabbage , kohlrabi, cauliflower, cucumber, chicory, curly and escarole endivies, lettuce, beans, tomato, leek, parsley, radish, wild radish, pumpking, zucchini.

Chores in the vegetable garden and in the garden

October is still a useful month to plant a new lawn , collect leaves, needles and everything else that can remain on the lawn to avoid damage to the turf.

Treatments for the lawn

It is suggested to do fungicidal treatments at the first symptoms of infestation, weeding on developed lawnsand fertilize with fertilizers contining predominantly of Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K).

Treatments for the vine

In October, we are in the phase of ripening of the grapes . It is good to treat the vine against fungal diseases (Peronospora).

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Chores in the vineyard

In October, the harvest of the later grape varieties such as Sangiovese is completed. Choose Malvasia and Trebbiano for the vinsanto and place them on racks in a cool and dry place.

Chores in the cellar

The cellarman must continue with the vinification operations: he must carry out the first racking after 8-10 days of fermentation, he must gently press the marc so as not to macerate it too much and not to cloud the wine. Finally, remember to “sfecciare” (remove the dregs) the wine at the right time to avoid bad smells transmitted to the new wine; therefore, it is necessary to proceed with repeated decanting to gradually separate all the lees.