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The Best Vegetables To Plant, Buy And Eat This October

by Toni Olukiran

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Wondering what vegetables to plant this month? Or maybe you’re looking for new vegetables in season to buy this October? Look no further.

Here’s our guide to seasonal vegetables this October, for planting or buying, and the best recipes to make with the plants in the spotlight this season. 

Best vegetables to plant in October 

The vegetables to plant this time around is similar to September’s, so if you’re looking to start growing some leafy greens, like spinach and salad plants, radishes, broad beans, and peas but didn’t get the memo last month, it’s not too late to get stuck in. 

But with October comes some new additions to the lot too: this month, cabbages and cauliflower are perfect vegetables to plant, and with some care, you’ll get great results around Spring. Once you’ve got those going, here are some fantastic recipes to showcase your veg:

Chilled pea soup

pea soup in bowl

This soup can be made in under 15 minutes and is a fresh little number that’s perfect for light lunches and dinner party palate cleansers. Great warm or chilled, this pea concoction will only taste sweeter with the bonus that your own grown vegetables fuel this dish!


jar of kimchi

Give your cabbage the fermented treatment with this kimchi recipe, which is great for when you’ve got some leftover cabbage from another dish and you want to keep it for another show-stopping dish. Once you have this kimchi stocked in your fridge, you can make this hearty and flavourful kimchi tofu and brown rice soup, and this kimchi grain bowl. The world is your oyster. 

Best vegetables to buy in October 

For the freshest, most flavourful produce you can get your hands on, buying seasonally is fantastic. Autumnal, root vegetables are perfectly suited to the recipes you’ll want to make as the weather starts to turn and the nights get longer. They’re hearty and versatile and especially great for those warming dishes like soups and casserole dishes that we love to indulge on on cold and rainy days. 

So what vegetables are in season in October? Here are our top picks:

  • Kale
  • Pumpkin
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Artichoke
  • Swede 
  • Sweet potato
  • Turnip

Best recipes using seasonal, October vegetables 

There are so many combinations of October vegetables you can use for the most delicious dishes, and here are some of the best.

Mushroom “chicken”, rice and kale soup

white bowl of mushroom soup with soup

This is a lovely pick-me-up soup for when you’re feeling under the weather, or if you want something warming but not too heavy. With some perfectly crisp kale, this is set to be a winner this month.

Pumpkin pasta bake

close up of pasta bake

Plan on carving a pumpkin to celebrate Halloween? Save the flesh and use it in this deliciously creamy vegan pasta bake. Garlicky, salty, cheesy comfort food makes this the ultimate October dish. 

Sweet potato and black bean curry

bowl of sweet potato curry

Sweet potatoes are in season, so go ahead and try my recipe for a creamy, rich and spiced sweet potato and black bean Jamaican curry. Your tastebuds will thank you!


By Toni Olukiran
Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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