Grow a Never Fail Vege Garden


Pride of Place - It's a great time of year to grow veges 

Nothing beats the satisfaction of ‘growing your own'. Whether you're a beginner or experienced gardener there's plenty of never fail veges to plant. Follow our never fail guide to ensure success in your spring vege patch.

3 Steps to a Never Fail Vege Garden


Choose your vegetables

For the best chance of success plant vegetables at the appropriate time of year - the planting calendar on our website has a handy list detailing what to plant each month, based on your region.


For our never fail vege garden we chose these quick win crops: basil, beetroot – Bull’s Blood, Italian parsley, kale, lettuce, rocket, spinach and spring onions. These are great beginner crops if you are starting out in the garden and perfect for spring and summer.

Once you have selected your plants, it is time to get the soil prepared – the better the soil, the better your veges will grow. If you are starting with an existing garden bed dig in organic matter like Tui Sheep Pellets and Tui Compost to your soil. Then you can add a layer of Tui Vegetable Mix, a high quality mix containing the right blend of nutrients to provide your veges with the best possible start and sustained growth throughout the season.


The best times to plant are early in the morning or late in the day, so the plants aren’t exposed to the hot sun straight away.

  • Soak seedlings in a bucket of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic and allow to drain. This will help prevent transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole, approximately twice the depth and width of the root ball of your plant.
  • Gently loosen the root ball of your plant and position the plant in the centre of the hole.
  • Press soil gently around the base of the plant.
  • Water your vege plants well.
  • Sprinkle Tui Quash slug and snail control around seedlings to prevent slugs and snails beating you to your crop.


Feed your veges and they will feed you. Plants use nutrients from the soil as they grow, so replenishing the nutrients ensures your veges grow to their full potential.

Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser is a great option for all veges that provides sustained feeding for up to four months. It's also suitable for use in pots and containers.

Keep your garden regularly watered too, as a well watered, well nourished vegetable garden will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay.

Leafy crops like spinach, rocket and lettuce can be harvested a leaf at a time, so you can pick as you need.

Apply Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic fortnightly for healthy plant and root growth to make plants more resilient to frost, heat, pests and diseases.

Discover more top beginner crops here >

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When should I plant
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  • Harvest in 60-70 days

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Grow a Never Fail Vege Garden Comments

  • I love getting your emails with all your handy gardening tips and updates on new and old ideas....there is always something new to learn no matter what your age or gardening experience. And so nice that your updates are not full of blatant advertising. Thanks guys.

    Janice Austin

    • Hi Janice, thanks very much for your feedback. We appreciate you getting in touch and are pleased to hear you enjoy our gardening information and ideas. We aim to inspire gardeners of all ages to create a garden they love, and discover the joy of growing their own. We hope you have a successful spring in the garden. Happy gardening!

      Tui Team

  • very good info

    ian williams

    • Thanks for your feedback Ian. Happy spring gardening from the Tui Team!

      Tui Team

  • Thank you for your handy hints. I love growing my own vegetables

    Dorothy Hylton

    • Hi Dorothy, that's wonderful. We're pleased to hear you enjoy our gardening information. We hope you have a successful season in the garden :)

      Tui Team

  • My soil keeps sinking into the ground. What can I do?

    Ginny Herbert

    • Hi Ginny, this symptom suggests your soil hasn’t been well compacted or that you may have an unresolved drainage issue in your garden. Suggest digging some large holes to see what is going on below the surface and then remedy what you find.

      Tui Team

  • I get seaweed from the beach put it in a sack in a bucket and water the garden. 

    joyce hayde