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Hi {FirstName},

With June comes the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. Many say that the winter solstice is the best day to begin a garden.

Winter is a good time for garden chores like building a sheltered lean-to for seedlings, constructing a bird feeder, making compost, etc. This is a good month for planning and thinking about crop rotation for the coming spring plantings.


  • Put old carpet or plastic bags over your compost bin to keep extra heat in over winter. The decomposition process will slow down in cold conditions.
  • Return the crowns of rhubarb to the ground and mulch with Tui Pelletised Pea Straw Mulch.
  • The ground intended for carrots and other root vegetables should be dug over. The soil needs to be well broken-up before planting.
  • In sheltered areas, sow broccoli, broad beans, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cress, lettuce seeds and peas.
  • Try planting cauliflower, celery, winter lettuce and silver beet in warm spots. Container gardening for these plants may be something a little different for your sunny balcony or deck area.
  • Plant out new-season deciduous fruit trees. Ensure you select healthy plants with straight stems. Prepare ground well prior to planting.
  • Stake newly planted trees.
  • Winter is the main time to prune most deciduous fruit trees, except for peaches, plums, nectarines and almonds.
  • Prune grapes and kiwifruit.
  • Prune autumn-cropping raspberries back to ground level.
  • Apply layers of compost or manure around fruiting trees and shrubs. This warms the soil, adds nutrients and helps keep weeds away.
Read more tips here


You can grow strawberries for several years, but it's best to treat them as annuals, as once they get older, problems with pests and diseases appear.

Growing Tips:

  • Make mounds for the strawberries to be planted on. Mounding improves drainage, increases air circulation around plants preventing the spread of disease and gives shallow soils more depth.
  • Next plant strawberries in a fertile well drained soil like Tui Strawberry Mix. It is specially formulated with essential nutrients and Saturaid to ensure strawberries have the best possible start.
  • Rust, powdery mildew and mould may appear – spray at first sign with Tui Eco-Fungicide
  • Haxnicks Easy Net Tunnels are great to provide the balance of ventilation and shade with protection from birds and animals.

    Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidants which help protect our cells and assist in preventing possible damage from free radicals. Strawberries are also a good source of dietary fiber and nutrients, including Iodine and Vitamin C.

    Read more here


    Serves 10

    1/2 cup (125g) dark muscovado sugar
    1 cup (250ml) water
    2 star anise
    1 vanilla pod, split in half lengthways
    2 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
    2 tablespoons lime juice
    1/2 rock melon, peeled and chopped
    400g watermelon, peeled and chopped
    1 papaya, peeled and chopped
    1 pineapple, peeled and core removed, chopped
    1 punnet strawberries, hulled and sliced
    small mint leaves to garnish

    If you are unable to find dark muscovado sugar then use brown sugar or even palm sugar, but the flavour of the muscovado is hard to replace. It's worth asking your supermarket to stock it.

    View the rest of the recipe here

    Recipe extract from Helen Jackson’s Kitchen



    One of the best things about a kiwi summer is picking fresh berries straight from your own garden. Berries are easy to grow and will brighten up any area of the garden.

    Increase your chances of a successful berry crop this season with Tui's specialty products:

    Tui Strawberry Mix
    Tui Strawberry Food
    Haxnicks strawberry & herb planter

    View the Tui strawberry grow guide here or view the Tui Time how to grow strawberries video

    Question from Veggie Club member:
    I've got some new strawberry plants propagated from parent plants I've bought last year. I read that strawberry plants are only productive for a few years. My question is, will it be more productive to keep the new plants or the parent plant.

    Runners can be taken from the parent plant after the plant has finished fruiting. They can be left to take root in the strawberry bed or trained to grow in a side pot. Peg the shoot tip into the soil until the new plants are growing strongly. Do not let any further plantlets form along the same runner. Once the runner has rooted properly, cut it from the mother plant. Ideally take runners from fruiting plants that are doing well and from plants that are fruiting for the second time.

    Request sent in by Rebekah Taylor
    After spending the last 3 weeks finding recipes for our abundance of feijoas, I now have a huge crop of persimmon, which I have never tried and don't really know what to do with... does anyone have any ideas?

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

    Delicate strawberry flowers cant handle frosty conditions so for an early crop in cold conditions grow under plastic or glass cloches or in a glasshouse.



    Roses - do's, don'ts and all in between!

    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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