Autumn is a wonderful season in the garden. The air is crisp, with warm long days, perfect for the jobs that need doing following the heat of summer. It is a great time to fill the vege garden with crops for the cooler months so you can enjoy harvests well into winter!
- Dig in Tui Compost and Tui Super Sheep Pellets before planting to replenish nutrients used by previous crops over the summer season. This will provide a healthy new foundation for your autumn and winter crops.
- Add a layer of Tui Vegetable Mix before planting veges.
- Autumn is a busy season for slugs and snails so protect your young vegetable seedlings with Tui Quash slug & snail control.
Across New Zealand there are differences in climate and soils. Use this helpful planting calendar to see when you should plant common homegrown vegetables in your region. If you are planning to grow from seeds rather than seedlings, allow an extra 3–4 weeks for planting.
Reference: Based on content from The Tui NZ Vegetable Garden third edition, by Rachel Vogan.
- Beans (all types except broad beans), beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, cauliflower, celery, courgette, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, marrow, pea, potato, pumpkin, sweetcorn, tomato.
- Apple, apricot, blueberry, grape, Chilean guava, feijoa, passionfruit, peach, pear, plum, strawberry.
- Harvest your veges regularly, this helps promote more growth throughout the season.
- Apply Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic every 2–4 weeks to help prevent transplant shock, promote strong growth and keep your garden thriving.
- Keep mounding up celery and leeks.
- Fertilise citrus trees in early autumn with Tui Citrus Food, unless there is threat of frost.
- If early frosts are a concern, protect seedlings with a cloche or growing tunnel.
- Prune back flowering plants that have finished for the season.
- Mulch your plants with Tui Pea Straw Mulch to suppress weeds and protect plants for the cooler months ahead.