Feed your soil in October with good organic matter


Looking for jobs to do in the garden in October? Top of the list should be to feed your soil with quality organic matter.


Soil quality is the key factor in growing great produce so you need to be thinking about incorporating lots of organic matter annually in the garden in October or November to feed your soil with nutrients.

Good practice is to get into the habit of every year giving your garden or allotment a good weeding and then incorporate lots of quality organic matter (like compost or well rotted manure) at the end of the main growing season. It is vital to to keep adding organic matter to our beds to replenish nutrients, create the correct habitat for essential soil organisms such as earthworms, bind soil particles and improve a soil’s capacity to retain water.

If you can lay your hands on sufficient organic matter you should cover your beds with a thick layer (about 10cm (4in) deep). This will keep the light from getting to the weeds and hopefully kill off the annual weeds. Some people dig in their organic matter. I recommend ‘no dig’. It’s much quicker and easier and better for soil structure. Just lay your organic matter on top of your soil and leave it to do its magic.

You could also consider using a further covering, such as cardboard. This can be useful in trying to get rid of perennial weeds like Nettles and Docks. Lay your cardboard or newspaper over the growing area first and then put your organic matter on top. This will starve the weeds of light and will eventually rot down nicely (make sure you remove all tape and staples).

If you get into the habit of stopping to feed your soil in October you will be treated to some wonderfully fertile beds that will put you in great shape for successful cropping.


If anyone has any tips, questions or suggestions, please comment below.

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  1. Just waiting for the ground to thaw out at Selkirk Community Shed garden (beds dug then covered all winter). Well rotted manure and wheelbarrows on standby. Veggie seeds sown in the greenhouse… and marigolds (tagetes) to keep the greenfly and carrotfly at bay.

    • Sounds like you are ready and raring to go Barbra!!!


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