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For best results, plant directly into vegetable mix. Dig

a hole approx. twice the width of the root ball. Gently

place the plant in, top up with more mix, press lightly

and water well (and gently). If sowing seeds direct into

the garden i.e. beans, beetroots, carrots then add a layer

of Seed Raising Mix where you want to plant. Sow the

seeds according to packet directions. The general rule

of thumb is twice the depth as the size of the seed.

For small seeds like carrots you can mix the seeds with

radish seeds before sowing – the radishes will grow

through quicker helping to break the ground for the

carrots so they grow nice and straight and will also help

to thin them out. It also makes it much easier to sow

less of the tiny seeds. Cover seeds with a light layer of

Seed Raising Mix and water gently. Keep seeds moist

until properly germinated. Don’t over water or they can

succumb to rot and fungal diseases.


Vegetable crops are quick growers and therefore need

more food. There are specialty fertilisers for heavy

feeding crops – like tomatoes and strawberries – that

are high in potassium. These promote better fruiting

and flowering and therefore better, tastier more prolific

crops. Green leafy crops like lettuce, spinach and

silverbeet will benefit from fertilisers high in nitrogen

which is responsible for healthy green foliage growth.

Root crops such as potatoes like fertilisers with higher

levels of phosphorous which promotes healthy root

development and tuber growth in potatoes. Plant

tonics like Seasol are also highly effective in your vege

garden as they keep your plants healthy, strong, and

more disease tolerant.


Pest protection

Slugs and snails can destroy a garden bed of fresh

seedlings virtually overnight. Protect your crop with

slug bait. Quash is the only slug bait that is safe for use

around pets, children, and wildlife. There are also other

alternatives like egg shells around your plants. Late

Summer, when harvests are bountiful, so are the bugs

and diseases. White butterfly and green caterpillars

can destroy brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage).

You can use bird netting around strawberries to protect

your crop.

Fungal diseases

In late Summer, particularly in humid climates, some

crops can also be affected by fungal diseases like

powdery mildew. Regular spraying with a fungicide

will help keep this at bay but often you need to start

before you see it. Curcubits (courgettes, cucumbers etc)

and tomatoes are often the worst affected crops. Spray

regularly. If you are concerned about chemicals on your

food crops then products like Tui Eco-Fungicide are ideal

as they are organic, safe to use on edible crops, and

have no withholding period. Any diseased crops/waste

material from pruning should be disposed of rather than

being added to your compost bin.




Mitre 10 Safety Hints:

• Mulch, compost and garden mixes contain

micro-organisms. Avoid breathing dusts or

mists. Keep the product moist, wear gloves

and wash hands immediately after use.

There are detailed warnings on all bags.





Remember how good fresh veges

taste Really fresh, home-grown veges

straight from your own garden You

will when you get your own vege

garden in, and growing them is easy

as because they pretty much grow

themselves. This Easy As guide will

show you how to help them along.



The basic good-gardening rules apply. Start by getting

the foundation right. Make sure you have good drainage.

If you’re unsure you can put a layer of scoria down first.

Ensure good healthy soil by preparing the bed with

compost, sheep pellets and blood and bone. To use

a no-dig method, build up the material in layers i.e.

compost, pea straw, sheep pellets, blood and bone,

and repeat – just like making a lasagne. Finish off with

a layer of vegetable mix. The layers will decompose/

compost down over time providing more nutrients for

your plants as they grow.



There’s no end of great vegetable options. It all comes

down to taste and timing. You plant different veges for

different seasons and with so much choice, it’s a good

idea to take a little time deciding. Start by taking a look

through the following list of seasonal veges then come

into store for more help and advice. Browse through

the info on the different seed packs, talk to staff about

local vege favourites, ask about the sort of conditions

different veges like – sun, shade, sheltered etc – to help

decide where to put your garden. Also think about

whether you want to grow from seeds or seedlings.

Both will give you great vegetables but with seeds you’ll

need to allow a little more time before they’re ready for


Spring: peas, beetroot, carrot, tomatoes, courgettes,

radish, lettuce, early potatoes, spinach, silverbeet,

broccoli, cucumber, beans, eggplant (late spring) and

capsicum (late spring)

Summer: cucumbers, eggplant, capsicum, chillies,

courgettes, corn and potatoes.

Autumn: sow seeds for peas, carrots, turnips, parsnips,

radish, beetroot straight into the garden. Plant seedlings

of broccoli, brussel sprouts (early autumn), cauliflower,

spinach, winter lettuce, silver beet and broad beans.

Winter: cauliflower, celery, winter lettuce, silverbeet (in

warm areas) and broad beans.

Mitre 10 Handy Hints:

• Adding a layer of mulch helps protect

your vegetable plants from extremes in

temperature and keeps your garden looking

tidy. Tui Pelletised Pea Straw mulch is great

for keeping fruit and vegetables off the soil

(lettuces, strawberries, cucumbers etc), plus,

it breaks down over time and adds valuable

organic matter to the soil. Worms love it too.

Limitation of Liability

This project planner has been produced to provide basic information

and our experienced staff are available to answer any questions you

may have. Because this planner is general in nature, neither your Mitre

10 supplier nor their staff are responsible for the application of these

design principles in any particular case, as the contents of this brochure

may need to be modified for the particular site and circumstances.

Mitre 10 is not responsible for the quality of work carried out on the

goods by the consumer and is not responsible for the design or

construction of any structure in which the goods are incorporated.

Where applicable consumers should ensure that they comply with The

New Zealand Building Code and/or Local Body Bylaws in respect of any

such structures.

Consumers are advised to call a qualified tradesman such as a builder,

electrician or plumber where expert services are required.

Mitre 10 will not be liable for any consequential loss howsoever arising

from the use of goods sold, nor for any loss caused by defective or

inadequate structures in which goods are incorporated.

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