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2x Tui Vegetable Mix
1x Tui Vegetable Food
1x Tui Quash Slug & Snail stoppa
1x Haxnicks Vegetable Planter
1x Haxnicks Easy Fleece Tunnel
1x Debco Saturaid
Love Songs from The Breeze CD
Green Zone DVD
An Education DVD Jamie Does Spain Cookbook

To go in the draw email your name and postal address to info@tuigarden.co.nz with WIN TUI as the subject line

The 5 winners of Helen Jackson's Kitchen are:

Peter Tam from Mangere
Shelly Dixon from Upper Hutt
Christina Mitchell from Reefton
Jollene Joll from Rotorua and
Kate Mygind from Auckland



Tui Times Autumn
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Hi {FirstName},

Are you wondering what to do in the garden this month? In addition to our online Vegetable Gardener's Diary we now have a Fruit Gardener's Diary to keep you on track. Remember if there are gardening topics you can't find information on email us to find out for you.

The leaves are well and truly falling off the trees now. Try not to let the mess worry you too much. Remember that leaves can make very good mulch for the garden and enjoy what can be a very decorative garden season.


  • If onions are going to be planted, prepare the ground by digging in compost and sheep pellets,
    or animal manure.
  • Turn over all the vacant land in your edible garden to expose as much as possible to the action of air. Tui Lime should be applied where the land requires it.
  • When the weather is cooler fertilising regimes should be reduced. Boost soil nutrients at the root zone by incorporating Tui Organic Compost.
  • Carpet roses can be pruned hard – this is most easily done with hedge shears.
  • Prune apricots to help prevent disease. As for other fruit trees, start pruning as soon as you see the leaves drop.
  • 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.
  • Tui Mulch & Feed is an organic, 100% weed free, bark based mix with healthy additions of pea straw, blood & bone and powdered sheep manure. Use to protect plant roots from extremes in temperature. Apply now to keep plant roots warm during winter.
Read more tips here


    Pears are consumed fresh, canned, as juice, and dried. The juice can also be used in jellies and jams, usually in combination with other fruits or berries. Pears can also be fermented pear juice to made pear cider.

    Growing Tips:

  • Planting pears from seed can be troublesome especially in colder areas of New Zealand. It is recommended to plant hardy rootstock varieties in southern regions.
  • Plant trees around 4 metres apart if planting a few.
  • Plant now into soil prepared with Tui Garden Mix to ensure the plant gets off to a good start.
  • Feed pear trees to encourage quality fruit. Apply Tui Fruit Food in late winter or early spring before growth begins.


Pears are one of the best fruits for helping reduce cholesterol and they are a good source of the minerals potassium, copper, phosphorus and magnesium. A pear can also provide nearly 10% of the RDA for vitamin C.

Read more here


60g butter
1/4 cup (60g) caster sugar
1 egg
70g ground almonds
2 teaspoons flour
4 sheets (750g) butter puff pastry
3 pears, firm but ripe

1/4 cup (60g) caster sugar
1/4 cup cold water

If you want an eye-pleasing dessert, then pears are sure to win every time. Either in their natural form or sliced, they just look lovely. While I have floated these tarts on a pool of caramel sauce, they are also good served for afternoon tea with a dollop of cream.

View the rest of the recipe here

Recipe extract from Helen Jackson’s Kitchen



New Zealanders love growing and eating fresh garden produce. The new book The Tui NZ Fruit Garden is a comprehensive guide to the growing fruit. Whether you plan to plant a few containers on your balcony or want to develop a full home orchard. It includes 58 common and more exotic fruit and nuts suitable for New Zealand Gardens. Each chapter also gives recipe ideas for turning produce into a tasty dish.

Also see Tui's new Fruit Gardener's Diary here

Question from Veggie Club member:
Can you suggest a range of herbs and/or salad Greens I could grow over winter? I live in Auckland and generally have wet but mild winters. Sent in by Richard Innes

Most salad leaves can be grown year round. The key is to make sure the seeds and seedlings are not drowning in water so a sheltered spot with a plastic grow tunnel should show good results. I would recommend a combination of salad greens including rocket, chicory, curly endive, little gems, and mizuna.

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

Pears ripen at room temperature. They will ripen faster if placed next to bananas in a fruit bowl. Refrigeration will slow further ripening.




Get Berried! Strawberries start appearing in garden centre's from June 1 – we have planting tips and growing advice to get prepared for berry season.

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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