Fruit and Vegetable Growing Guide
The following guide is based on the Tui Vegetable Growing Guide. You can find more information on their very comprehensive website https://tuigarden.co.nz/.
Steps to Fruit and Vege Success
- Choose a sunny, sheltered area in your garden.
- Prepare your soil with organic matter like ZooDoo Compost and DooDrops (sheep pellets).
- Choose fruit and vegetables best suited to the particular growing season.
- Feed every four weeks during key growth periods with appropriate plant food.
- Add a layer of mulch and keep your fruit and veges well watered.
Nothing beats the taste or satisfaction of ‘growing your own’ and no matter what time of year it is there’s always something edible you can add to your. Follow our guide to create a patch bursting with a variety of delicious fruit and veges.
If you don’t have an existing vege garden, pick out a nice sunny, sheltered area of your garden to turn into your new vege patch. Define the area and clear off the grass or greenery.
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.
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 start and sustained growth throughout the season. If planting in pots and containers, fill with our Terracotta & Tub Mix which has the perfect texture to prevent water and nutrients from being washed straight out of the container along with slow release fertilizers to give plants an initial boost while they get started. You can also mix in some of our Perlite to make a more free-draining, custom mix for your indoor and potted garden plants.
If you’re a first time gardener, it is generally easier to grow from seedlings rather than seeds (although seeds are a more economical option).
You are able to plant both seeds and seedlings directly in to our ZooDoo Compost.
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.
For an early spring vege garden we recommend planting: kale, spring onions, cabbage, cavolo nero, beetroot, celery, broccoli, red & white cabbage and sugar snap peas (these love to climb so get some bamboo arches or trellis). For the best chance of success plant vegetables at the appropriate time of year – Our friends at Tui have a very helpful Planting Calendar with a handy list detailing what to plant each month, based on your region.
Directions for planting in garden beds:
- Soak roots in a bucket of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic and allow to drain. This will help prevent transplant shock.
- Add a layer of ZooDoo compost or Tui Vegetable Mix to the planting area.
- 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.
- Fill in with ZooDoo Compost or Tui Vegetable Mix.
- Press soil gently around the base of the plant.
- Water your plant well and continue to water regularly.
Directions for planting in pots and containers:
- Water plants thoroughly before potting and allow to drain.
- Partly fill your container with Terracotta and Tub Mix or Tui Vegetable Mix.
- Gently loosen the root ball of your plant and position the plant in the container.
- Fill your container with Terracotta and Tub Mix or 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 your plants well.
Feed your fruit and 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. For fruit and vegetables planted in garden beds feed with the appropriate fertilizer from our range every four weeks during key growth periods for repeat growth and a continuous supply. Tui Vegetable Food is a rich formulation of fertilisers including dolomite, blood and bone and sheep manure dust. It is designed to encourage healthy vegetable growth and microbial and earthworm activity in the soil.
If planting in pots and containers use Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser. A fortnightly application of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic will help your veges flourish. It is important to 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.
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 our Pea Straw, Barley Straw or Bark Mulch, to help keep their roots moist and to keep your garden weed free. Be vigilant and stop unwanted insects and diseases from ruining your plants.
Sprinkle Tui Quash around your seedlings to protect them from hungry slugs and snails.