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VEGETABLE GARDENERS – Time to get going for September

NZLS Garden Diary

The garden has begun to spring back into life. So Vegetable Gardeners, it’s time to remove the last of the winter crops from the vegetable patch to make room for the new season’s plants. If you are in the cooler parts of the country, there isn’t a lot you can do outside yet. In warm regions, get planting!

Keep an eye out for weeds. As soon as the soil warms up, everything – including weeds – will start to grow. Apply layers of NZLS Pea Straw on areas that are going to lie bare for another month or two, as this will help prevent weeds from becoming established.

Blend some Living Earth Compost and Sheep pellets into garden beds in preparation for the upcoming growing season. If you haven’t already done so, dig in green crops such as mustard and lupins. These plants will rot down in a matter of weeks, adding nutrients and organic matter to the soil.

If you have planted seeds it is time to make sure they are doing well so check seed trays to ensure soil is not drying out as the weather warms up. Seeds need a moist but not wet soil to germinate.


  • Cucumbers: sow seeds under glass.
  • Glasshouse: prepare beds by adding compost and liquid fertilizer.
  • Potatoes: plant sprouted potatoes in frost-free areas.
  • Tomatoes: seeds should be sown under glass, ready for transplanting out once frosts have finished. Let them grow strong so that they are ready to go in the garden on Labour weekend.

SOW if planting seeds for the following crops

Beans, capsicums, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplants, sweetcorn, tomatoes and basil under glass.

If you want to get going outside in frost free areas start with; broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflowers, celery, lettuces, mesclun, radishes, rocket, spinach and silver beet.

PLANT the following if the frosts have finished in your area

Beans, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplants, potatoes, sweetcorn, tomatoes and basil under glass outside in frost-free areas; beetroot, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflowers, celery, kale, silver beet, spinach, coriander, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme outside.


  • An application of Living Earth Liquid Compost every 2-4 weeks will keep your garden thriving – organic plant tonic promotes strong root growth, reduces transplant shock, improves germination rates and increases flowering and fruiting capacity.


  • Don’t forget to protect the area from slugs and snails, especially near the following – cabbages, cauliflowers, celery, kale, leeks, early-season lettuces, parsnips, rocket, silver beet, spinach, spring onions.
  • One of the benefits of Pea Straw is that it acts as a deterrent to slugs and snails. Due to its texture the slimy beasts don’t like crawling across its surface.

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