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TUI TIMES SUMMER

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KatieKarrotHi *|FNAME|*,

Can you believe January has come and gone already? That means we are officially half way through summer.

How is your garden growing at the moment? Let us know on The Tui Garden Facebook page - we have nearly 1000 fans and hope to celebrate this milestone soon! It can be your one-stop-shop for product recommendations, garden problem diagnosis, plant queries and answers to your garden questions.

In this newsletter we are joined by another favourite friend of Tui: Helen Jackson from www.foodlovers.co.nz and the weekly co-host of The RadioLive Kitchen & Garden Show. Join me this Saturday around 8am when I am on air to discuss water saving tips in the garden.

GENERAL GARDENER'S DIARY:

In dry soils add Saturaid to give new plants the best possible start with moist soil. Layers of Tui Pelletised Pea Straw will provide welcome mulch and keep the garden looking tidy too.

Water well, prior to and after planting.

If you live in an area that experiences water shortages, consider outdoor tanks that may be able to be filled up in the wet season for use on the summer garden. See some other water saving tips here.

Keep lawns well watered to prevent grasses burning off; this will help prevent weed invasion.

As potatoes grow, mound up the earth around them to encourage more tubers. If growing in containers, keep layering with soil, leaving about 5 cm of greenery on the top showing in the sunshine.

Continue to mound earth up around fennel bulbs.

Harvest: apples, pears, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, boysenberries, gooseberries, raspberries, red currants, strawberries, white currants and lemons.

Cape gooseberries, bananas, lemons and passionfruit all start to ripen now.

Stake any newly planted fruit trees.

Download the Tui Times Summer edition for more garden tips and news.

Summer harvest with Helen Jackson

Mid-summer is a fabulous time in the kitchen garden diary. There is so much in season that is delicious and much of it easy to grow for the novice home gardener.

While my plum trees are the cause of some frustration and my plum sauce recipe will have to wait for yet another year... the courgettes on the other hand, are doing so well that if I miss a day of picking I will have marrows the next!

This year we have just the right amount of glossy black eggplants - I shared the seedling punnet with a friend after a season last year of more eggplants than I could pickle!

Capsicum provide the main point of colour in my garden aside from the blue sage flowers grown mainly to attract bees...

Read more

GENOISE SPONGE WITH MANGO AND PASSIONFRUIT RECIPE

You will need:
175g plain flour
6 eggs
175g caster sugar 75g butter melted
2 tablespoons passionfruit juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
Passionfuit filling
2 tablespoons passionfruit pulp
150g creme fraiche
1 mango, peeled and cut into thin slices (or use canned mango slices)

View full recipe here. Recipe supplied from Foodlovers.


GARDEN QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

Is Saturaid water storing crystals?

No it is not. Water storing crystals absorb water and slowly release it. But if your soil has dried out it will take more water to wet the soil and get down to the crystals where it can be absorbed. Saturaid fixes dry soil allowing water in, in the first place.

Coming up in the next tui veggie and garden club newsletter

Herbs: uses, planting, fertilising, harvesting and more...

KatieKarrotKATIE KARROT

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Happy Gardening from Katie Karrot and the Tui Team!

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