Autumn isn't usually the busiest time in the vegetable garden, but there's actually still loads of veg you can plant right now - there's a surprising amount of veg you can grow over winter and others which you can happily grow indoors.

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What to plant in October

What to sow outdoors in October

  1. Broad Beans

    Aquadulce Claudia

    This early-cropping favourite is ready to be sown into the ground right now and will be producing heavy crops by May.

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  2. Carrots

    Autumn King

    This award-winning favourite can be grown both as a maincrop or as a late variety. Autumn King gives a reliable crop of large carrots which store well.

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  3. Cauliflower

    All Year Round

    'All Year Round' is one of the easiest varieties of cauliflower to grow and produces great big heads. Can also be grown over winter in a coldframe.

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  4. Lettuce

    Arctic King

    As the name suggests, this variety has exceptional cold resistance and is specifically bred to be sown this late. Grows a large, light green, tasty lettuce.

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  5. Peas


    With its excellent winter hardiness, a late sowing now should mean a nice early crop in the spring. A good heavy cropper too.

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  6. Spinach


    Scenic is a heavy-cropping spinach which is hardy and fully mildew resistant. This means it can be sown this late in the year and continue to provide a great crop.

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What to plant outdoors in October

  1. Asparagus

    Pacific 2000

    Pacific 2000 is an award-winning variety renowned for its excellent flavour and heavy yields with up to 25 spears per plant every year.

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  2. Elephant Garlic

    Great-Headed Garlic

    Elephant Garlic produces colossal bulbs over 4 inches across. The jumbo cloves within have a milder taste and are perfect for roasting.

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  3. Garlic

    Albigensian Wight

    This is a popular variety of garlic as it grows to generous proportions and its excellent keeping qualities, storing well into the new year.

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  4. Japanese Onions


    These overwintering onions can be planted now ready to dig up by early July. They produce a good crop of semi-globe shaped bulbs

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  5. Mushrooms

    White Cap Button

    Mushrooms are grown from spawns rather than seed, but it is available all year round and is surprisingly simple to grow.

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  6. Red Onions


    Electric is an overwintering variety which produces big, round, shiny red-skinned onions with crisp, pink flesh. Ready by early spring.

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What to plant indoors in October

  1. Cabbage (Summer)


    A fast growing variety that is also nice and compact. For an early summer crop, sow seeds under glass now and transplant them in early spring.

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  2. Rocket

    Cultivated Rocket

    If sown in pots on sunny windowsills, you can have fresh rocket leaves all year round.

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  3. Salad Leaves

    Speedy Mix

    You can grow salad leaves all year round if sown indoors, and with this quick-growing mixture, your salad can be ready in just 25 days.

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