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1 of 5 copies of Helen Jackson’s Kitchen worth $45 To go in the draw send your favourite (original) recipe to info@tuigarden.co.nz

The winner of Tui Superstrike Superfine Lawn Seed (worth $24.99 each) are:

Chris Duthie from Christchurch
Kim Reilly from Dunedin
Keith and Leslie Whitehead from Ruakaka
Linda Buckley from Auckland



Tui Times Autumn
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It feels like Winter has arrived early and is staying put for the long haul.  All the rain the country has experienced lately has one advantage -  it saves any time watering!
If you have recently applied any pea straw or sheep pellets to the garden, chances are the garden is thriving as the rain helps draw nutrients down into the soil.  So effortless!
One thing to be mindful of in the damp outdoor conditions is an influx of slugs and snails.  Keep them at bay with Tui Quash so any ingredients for winter vegetable soups remain intact and complete.


  • Cut down the tops of asparagus before the seeds fall on the beds. Rake off the top soil and give the ground a good dressing of manure.
  • Plant spring-maturing cabbages and cauliflower. In warmer districts plant lettuces and other salad greens. In cold districts sow lettuces in glass boxes or poly tunnels.
  • Salad leaves can be grown in pots to be moved around as cold weather lingers.
  • Cuttings can be taken now from hardwood varieties.
  • Grow winter herbs - take cuttings or propagate mint, lemon verbena, rosemary and thyme.
  • If planting anything outside now, make sure they can tolerate the cold and potential frosts. Cloches or shelters can be used to protect young seedlings.
  • Feed any growing salad greens with Tui Eco-Fert every 2–3 weeks to encourage growth over winter.
  • Protect your perennials against fungus and insects by spraying with Tui Eco-Pest mixed with Tui Eco Fungicide.
  • Plant lupins and mustard in vacant areas to be worked into the soil late winter.
Read more tips here


    Orange trees produce the best results in the warmer districts of New Zealand. Avoid areas where frosts and cold winds are common. Young trees will be killed by frosts and need extra protection.

    View the Tui Citrus Growing Guide here

    Growing Tips:

  • Stake the plants well when first planted. Three or four stakes will give a straight solid structure.
  • Plant your tree no deeper then it is already set in the bag. Make sure you treat the roots carefully as citrus do not like their roots to be disturbed.
  • Before planting cultivate the soil and add Tui Organic Compost.
  • Pruning is recommended annually to encourage strong growth.
  • Citrus are gross feeders and require plenty of feeding with a specially formulated citrus fertiliser.


Oranges contain powerful antioxidants and boast high levels of vitamin C. Alongside vitamin C, oranges are said to contain over 170 other phytonutrients, one in particular is considered very powerful and has been shown in some cases to lower blood pressure…

Read more here


1/2 cup (110g) sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup (125ml) oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup natural yoghurt
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup (150g) self-raising flour

2 cups (250g) icing sugar
75g butter
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Place 12 paper cases in a muffin tin or grease the muffin tin with oil. Beat sugar and egg until pale and creamy. Mix in oil, salt, yoghurt, and lemon rind and juice. Gently fold in flour, then spoon mixture into cupcake cases or muffin cups. Bake for 15 minutes until golden and springy to touch. Cool on a wire rack.
To make the frosting, beat icing sugar and butter in a bowl for 5 minutes - this is easiest in an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Add the milk and vanilla extract and continue to whip until the mixture is light and fluffy. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.
Makes 12

Recipe extract from Helen Jackson’s Kitchen



Does your love of gardening go hand in hand with a love of food? If so you may well love this new book Helen Jackson’s Kitchen. Helen lives a busy lifestyle as New Zealand Woman’s Weekly food editor, co-host of the RadioLive Kitchen & Garden Show and editor of www.foodlovers.co.nz This book is filled with Helen’s favourite recipes that are designed to make healthy and inspirational cooking easy for other busy New Zealanders.

We have 5 copies to give away to Tui Veggie Club members – go to the win section to go in the draw.

Question from Veggie Club member:
When do I cut the fern off my asparagus? Sent in by Julie

Cut off asparagus ferns that have browned. Cut down to ground level and clean up the asparagus bed of weeds before applying a seaweed fertiliser to give the root systems a boost.

Send in your gardening question or comment to info@tuigarden.co.nz

If you notice some yellowing on citrus trees this can be a symptom of magnesium deficiency. Apply Epsom Salts around the tree drip line and not too close to the bark.




Another beautiful recipe from Helen Jackson’s Kitchen, as well as growing tips for fruit and pears.

Another newsletter done and dusted. If you would like more information on any of the topics discussed email us at info@tuigarden.co.nz or if there is anything else you would like to know contact us. After all Tui is a “Friend in your Garden”!

Happy Gardening from Katie Karrot and the Tui Team!

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