Whether your dream vege patch is bursting with salad greens for summer barbeques, or carrots and leeks for hearty winter soups, nothing beats the satisfaction of ‘growing your own’. If you don’t have a lot of spare time but are keen to get growing in the garden this spring, follow our tips below.
GET YOUR GARDEN OFF TO THE BEST START
Setting up your vege garden may take a few hours but once you’ve done this, it’s as easy as putting aside 30 minutes a week to give your veges the TLC they need to provide delicious homegrown harvests.
Like building a house, a good foundation is the key to success in your garden. Soil is the backbone to any good garden. The better the soil, the more successful your garden will be, and the less time you will need tos pend looking after it.
If you’ve got an existing garden bed clear plants that have finished for the season and weed the area. Dig in Tui Compost and Tui Sheep Pellets to replenish the soil. A layer of Tui Vegetable Mix can also be added to provide your veges with all the goodies to grow.
CHOOSE EASY WIN CROPS
Spinach, lettuce, radish, beetroot, rocket, leeks, silverbeet, celery and spring onions are all easy to grow crops that require less care and attention. Herbs such as parsley and thyme are also great options. When planting, allow at least two hand spaces apart for lettuce, rocket, spinach and silverbeet.
30 MINUTE VEGE GARDEN GUIDE
Once your garden bed is set up, you can spend 30 minutes a week tending to your veges split over the following tasks:
- Watering: you don’t need to water every day. A good deep soak every few days is better than shallow watering every day. Water in the morning (just after breakfast is a good reminder) or in the evening (before you prepare dinner).
- Every second week add Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic to your watering can to help keep your garden healthy and more resilient to pests, disease and changes in temperature.
- Weeding: keep the areas around your plants weed free. If you are checking for weeds each week it will make weeding feel less of a job and take less time.
- Check for bugs: Be vigilant and stop unwanted insects and diseases from ruining your plants. Squash or hose off any bugs you see. Apply Tui Quash slug & snail control every few weeks to protect your seedlings from hungry slugs and snails.
- Plant: every couple of weeks it’s a good idea to plant two more vege seedlings for continuous harvests across the season.
- Feeding: plants use nutrients from the soil as they grow, so replenishing the nutrients ensures your plants grow to their full potential, however you don’t need to feed every week. Ensure you schedule feeding into your gardening time at least once a month. Feed monthly with a fertiliser specific to your crop such as Tui Vegetable Food or an all purpose variety such as Tui NovaTec® Premium fertiliser – great for both veges and herbs.