October is the best month to sow and plant summer crops. If you only sow seeds twice a year, do it in October and February. Our next seed sowing workshop is next Tuesday (22 October 2013 6-7.30pm). I’ve just planted out corn, peas and beans so will sow another set now. A different variety and not very many. It means if one lot fails, I’ve only lost half my crop. If one was too early, the other might be okay. Or if one is too late, the earlier ones will do better. Some years early is good, other years late is better. Only trouble is you don’t know which until next year.
You don’t have to use seeds. I bought some excellent Awapuni Nurseries spring onions from the supermarket. After just a month the first of them are nearly ready to eat and I’ve got about 30 bunches from the one bundle. The shallots I planted a month ago are up through the mulch and thriving despite the blackbirds scratching about between them. It’s a great time to sow onions of all types or plant out onion seedlings.
Just enjoyed a very readable book about improving our relationships with ‘difficult’ people in our lives (including ourselves). If I learn just one technique from it, it will be worthwhile. Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone is applicable to work, friends and family.