Whether your vege patch is burst
Winter is traditionally a quiet time in the garden and harvests are at a yearly low. For a supply of veges during the cooler months, grow your own delicious pickling veges now and pickle and preserve for use over the winter months.
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 over the soil and blend in Tui Compost and Tui Super Sheep Pellets to condition the soil and give your garden an instant boost and sustained growth.
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. Always water plants well before and after planting.
Directions for growing pickling veges:
- Start by using 3–5 garden stakes, at least 1.2m long to make a tepee formation in your garden bed. Ensure the stakes are pressed firmly into the ground. Your beans and cucumbers will be able to grow up this. Alternatively, you can plant the climbing beans and cucumbers alongside a fence, and train them up some trellis or wire.
- Add a layer of Tui Vegetable Mix around the stakes, this is a high quality natural-based planting mix containing the right blend of nutrients to provide your pickling veges with the best possible start.
- Sprinkle Debco SaturAid granular soil wetter around the stakes to ensure the water gets down to the roots.
- Fill a bucket with water and add two capfuls of Seasol, seaweed based plant tonic. This promotes strong root growth and reduces transplant shock, to give you healthier plants.
- To plant your cucumbers, for each plant, dig a hole at the base of the stakes approximately twice the size of the root ball of your plant.
- Gently loosen the root ball of your plant and position in the centre of the hole. Ensure the plant is sitting at the same level in the soil as it was in its seedling container.
- Press soil firmly around the base of the plant.
- Follow steps 5–8 to plant your climbing beans – plant three bean plants around each stake.
- Finish by watering your plants well.
Feed your plants and they will feed you. Plants use nutrients from the soil as they grow, so replenishing the nutrients ensures your plants grow to their full potential. Continue to water regularly, and fertilise with Tui Vegetable Food every four weeks. 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 Tui Pea Straw Mulch, to help keep their roots moist. Keep your garden weed free. Be vigilant and stop unwanted insects and diseases from ruining your plants.
- Other great veges for pickling include pickling onions, carrots and cabbage.
- When the beans and cucumbers look about the size you would buy them at the supermarket, they are ready to harvest.