Savouring the Seasons - October Rituals

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October, the month of harvest. The leaves are beginning to drop, and we are well and truly into autumn. British summertime ends this month and the nights become darker. For me, this month is all about candlelight, mugs of tea and cosy jumpers. It’s the month I love most when out on my daily walk as I watch the landscape change ready for the winter ahead.

Of course, this is also the month of Halloween and Samhain.

SEASONAL LIVING IN october

IN THE GARDEN

The first frosts are coming and it’s time to prepare the garden ready for winter.

  • Keep an eye on the forecasts for frosts and protect tender plants with fleece.

  • Plant spring bulbs. Daffodils and crocus should be planted now - in between other plants or in containers.

  • Harvest the last of the crops such as courgettes and runner beans, as well as squash and pumpkins.

  • Rhubarb crowns can be planted now and established plants divided.

  • Stake brussel sprouts to prevent them blowing over in winter winds.

RITUALS FOR october

  • Create an autumn wreath for your front door using foraged items. Look out for acorns, pine cones, pheasant feathers and berries.

  • Celebrate Samhain (October 31st), an ancient Celtic fire festival focused on remembering and honouring our ancestors and loved ones we have lost. Light candles, reflect on the year gone by and make a list of things to release and let go of.

SEASONAL EATING IN october

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apples

INGREDIENT OF THE MONTH

Apples are ripe on the trees and cooking apples store well.

Now is the perfect time to pick, store and preserve this lovely fruit. Make and freeze homemade applesauce, try your hand at Cider or bake pies and tarts.

IN SEASON

  • Wild mushrooms - look for ceps and chanterelles (don’t eat anything if you’re not certain what it is!!).

  • In the vegetable garden, courgettes, aubergines, tomatoes and chillies are coming to an end. Root vegetables (carrots, beetroot and parsnips) are around. Kale and cabbage are ready to eat. Apples, pears and quinces are plentiful.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR october

ROSEMARY

The oil of knowledge and transition, Rosemary supports us as we move into autumn. Diffuse for mental clarity or use in cooking in place of dried herbs.

CINNAMON

The perfect spicy companion to this months apple harvest, Cinnamon is warming and earthy.

JUNIPER BERRY

Th oil of the night, Juniper Berry supports us emotionally as the days become darker. Inhale from the bottle before bed or diffuse with citrus oils for an uplifting boost.

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