Create a Healthy Garden

Prevention is the best cure, and this is true in your garden too! A healthy garden is less likely to be plagued by insect pests and diseases. Follow our tips to reap the rewards of a beautiful healthy garden this summer.


  • Water: Water in the morning or evening to avoid water evaporation. A good deep soak every few days is better than shallow watering every day.
  • Mulch: protect plant roots and conserve moisture with layers of Tui Mulch & Feed. The two in one combination protects and feeds at the same time.
  • Feeding: Feed your plants and they will feed you! Plants use nutrients from the soil as they grow, so replenishing the nutrients ensures your plants grow to their full potential. Feed with a fertiliser specific to your crop such as Tui Vegetable Food or an all purpose variety such as Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser. During the growing season sheep pellets can also be added to your garden every eight to ten weeks to replenish nutrients. Regular applications of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic will keep your garden healthy.
  • Crop rotation: a useful system to ensure a healthy and successful vege garden by not planting the same crops in the same place each season. This helps prevent the build-up of pests and diseases in the soil by disrupting their life cycle.
  • Companion planting: group plants together so they can help each other grow better, certain combinations also effectively keep pests away. Check out our Companion Planting Guide here


  • For aphids, scale, whitefly and caterpillars try blasting with a hose or scraping off with your fingernail.
  • White cabbage caterpillars are common over the warmer months. Use a layer of fine netting to stop white cabbage butterfly laying their eggs on your plants.
  • Apply Tui Quash slug & snail control to prevent slugs and snails munching on your seedlings. Our Facebook friends have also had luck deterring snails with eggshells, coffee grounds and beer traps.

Discover how to create a thriving garden year-round with Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic and Tui Seaweed & Fish fertiliser here >

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Create a Healthy Garden Comments

  • I would like tips on how to control rust in my vegetable garden.


  • Hope you can help, I have 2 Blueberry plants that have heeps of fruit on but the fruit has just stalled and are not ripening .


  • When is the best time to plant a passionfruit

    Christine Casey

  • Hi Christine, passionfruit can be planted any time between mid-spring and mid-summer. Happy gardening ^Tui Team


  • We have 3 shrub type frangipani planted under our kitchen window which are several years old. Always look lush and healthy but never flower. Why is that?


  • Hi Barbara, that is a good sign they are lush and healthy looking. Have you fed your plants? Citrus fertiliser (high in potassium for flower initiation) is the best for frangipani’s, along with regular applications of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic. They enjoy a north facing sunny frost free position close to the eves of the house in free draining soil. Frangipanis need to dry off over the winter, they require infrequent watering maybe once or twice a month, they are deciduous and lose their leaves in winter. Start feeding and watering in spring as soon as leaves start to appear. Happy gardening from the Tui Team!


  • Hi Alyse, rust is a fungal problem, which spreads by air or water borne spores. Prevention is far easier than control. However, there are many sprays registered to control rust, follow the directions on the label carefully. We suggest trimming off the worse affected parts of the plants before spraying them, spray the remaining plant ensure to get the spray on the underneath side of the foliage. Regular applications of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic will also help keep your plants healthy and strengthen against pests and disease. All the best ^Tui Team


  • Hi Beverly, this is common with blueberries. To trigger ripening, reduce the amount of water they are getting, it should speed up the ripening process. Regular applications of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic will also give your plant a healthy boost. All the best ^Tui Team


  • I have blueberries in my garden and they have stopped giving me fruit . Last year I got 6 blueberries from one plant. Please help me .

    Julie Spencer

  • Hi Julie, check out our blueberry guide here for some tips: Have you got more than one variety of blueberry planted for cross pollination? Replenishing nutrients used by your blueberries ensures they will grow to their full potential. For blueberries planted in garden beds feed in spring and summer with Tui Citrus Food, it has extra potassium for flowering and fruiting. For blueberries in pots and containers use Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser. Water to keep moist throughout the growing season, though don’t let the plant get too wet or too dry. Well watered, well nourished blueberries will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay. Happy gardening from the Tui Team