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.
- Harvest in 60-70 days