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  • How to start your own vege patch

    Nothing beats the satisfaction of ‘growing your own’ and now is a great time to plant your spring vege patch! Follow Tui’s guide to create a vege patch bursting with a variety of delicious veges.

    Prepare

    Like building a house a good foundation is the key to success in your garden. The better the soil, the better your plants 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 natural-based planting mix containing the right blend of nutrients to provide your veges with the best possible start and sustained growth throughout the season. 

    Plant tips

    If you’re a first time gardener, it is generally easier to grow from seedlings, rather than seeds. The best times to plant are early in the morning or late in the day.

    For an early spring vege garden we recommend planting: kale, spring onions, cabbage, cavolo nero, beetroot, celery, broccoli, red and white cabbage and sugar snap peas. For the best chance of success, Tui’s planting calendar tells you exactly what to plant when. 

    Planting in garden beds

    • Soak seedlings in a bucket of seaweed based plant tonic and allow to drain. This helps prevent transplant shock.
    • Dig a hole, approximately twice the depth and width of the root ball of your plant.
    • Gently loosen the root ball and position the plant in the centre of the hole.
    • Press soil gently around the base of the plant.
    • Water well.

    Planting in pots & containers

    • Water plants thoroughly before potting and allow to drain.
    • Partly fill your container with Tui Vegetable Mix.
    • Gently loosen the root ball of your plant and position the plant in the container.
    • Fill your container with Tui Vegetable Mix up to 3cm from the top.
    • Tap the container gently on the ground to settle the mix.
    • Press soil gently around the base of the plant.
    • Water well.

    Feed your veges and they'll feed you

    Plants use nutrients from the soil as they grow, so replenishing the nutrients ensures your veges grow to their full potential. For vegetables planted in garden beds feed with Tui Vegetable Food every four weeks during key growth periods – it is rich in fertilisers including dolomite, blood and bone and sheep manure dust and is designed to encourage healthy vege growth and microbial and earthworm activity in the soil.

    If planting in pots and containers use Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser. A fortnightly application of seaweed based plant tonic will help your veges flourish. It is important to keep your garden regularly watered too so you have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay.

    Protect

    The weather, weeds, pest insects and diseases can all impact on the success of your garden. Protect your plants from the elements with layers of Tui Pea Straw Mulch or Tui Mulch & Feed, to help keep their roots moist and to keep your garden weed free.

    When to harvest

    Your veges are ready to harvest when they are about the size you see them in the supermarket. Leafy crops like spinach can be harvested a leaf at a time – so you can pick as you need.

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