What's in season: October

Apples are ready to harvest © M. Jarvis

Apples are ready to harvest

With crisp mornings and big piles of golden leaves, we finally wave goodbye to the last of the summer this month, and say a big hello to autumn.

The nights begin to get longer, and we start to think less about salads and more about heart food - and luckily our plots are thinking along the same lines.

Pumpkins - not just for carving...

Pumpkins are members of the same family as the squash, the cucumber and even the melon. Here are some other super facts about this hallowe'en favourite:

  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed in at a collossal 1,689lb
  • Squash are technically a fruit, but probably taste better as soup than served with custard
  • Antartica is the only continent that pumpkins can't grow in

Also in season

Looking beyond pumpkins, other goodies from the garden this month include cox apples, runner beans, blackberries, brussels sprouts, spring green cabbage, white cabbage, savoy cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, kale, leeks, marrow, potatoes, spinach, squash and sweetcorn.

Check out our recipe for tasty potato and onion soup.

Jobs for the garden

Just because the veg growing season is slowing down, it doesn't mean it's time to hang up your wellies for the winter. The big (and exciting job) for this month is to collect up your harvest. Why stop at the garden? Head out to the hedgerows to grab yourself some blackberries which are a welcome addition to any apple crumbles you may find yourself eating this month.

What's in season: November