Orchard in October
Although mild days can still be frequent, the month of October is the true beginning of autumn for our peninsula. The days begin visibly to shorten, humidity and rains increase and the temperatures, especially the night ones, become lower. For the orchard it is time to collect the typically autumn food, check the pathogens and plan the new vintage.
What can we collect?
The October harvest differs sharply from region to region. In the continental areas, pome fruit, chestnuts, figs, table and wine grapes, kiwis and persimmons are prevalent. In the more temperate areas, the collection of early citrus fruits and table olives begins.
Before proceeding, the preparation of the storage rooms is fundamental: clean them thoroughly and ventilate them; also make sure there are no rodents. For this purpose, cellars or garages are used: dark environments without strong changes in temperature. We prepare supports to place apples and pears, dry and well spaced from each other. It is important to immediately consume the damaged ones and remember to carry out periodic checks. The other fruits (persimmons, kiwis) must be kept at a certain distance to prevent ethylene from rapidly bringing the whole crop to maturity.