Winter Vegie Guide

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Cool season carrots

Carrots are a great source of vitamins and minerals and also contain beta-carotene, which is the orange pigment that helps make carrots orange.

Our bodies convert this beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is a fantastic vitamin for promoting eye health.

Growing carrots can sometimes be challenging, particularly during warm seasons. The seeds are small and not sown very deeply, making them very prone to drying out.

Cooler weather during winter can help keep the soil moist for longer, allowing the tiny seeds to germinate and establish.

Yates Carrot ‘Topweight’ are perfect for sowing all around New Zealand in June.

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Peas please!
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Whether you like the crunch of delicious snow peas or the sweet little peas inside sugarsnap pea pods, June is the perfect time to get your pea patch started.

Climbing peas like snow and sugarsnap peas are the ultimate space saver vegies. They can be grown along a trellis on a fence or up a tepee or tripod, taking up minimal horizontal space.

They’re also great for growing in pots, so you can grow climbing peas on a sunny veranda, courtyard or balcony.

Yates® Snow Peas produce crisp, sweet pods that can be eaten whole (they’re a terrific in-garden snack), steamed, used fresh in salads or added to stir fries. Kids love snow peas too and a small handful in their school lunchbox is an easy way to add more vegies into their diet.

Yates Sugarsnap Peas have juicy, sweet flavour packed pods that can be eaten whole when young or shelled when mature. Shelling peas is a fun activity for kids and the little peas inside are delicious.

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The Queen Of Spinach
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Spinach is laden with fantastic antioxidants and is high in health benefitting carotenoids (though you can’t see them as they’re masked by spinach’s high chlorophyll content). Spinach is also a good source of vitamins, fibre and protein, so Popeye was one smart cartoon character to love this leafy green so much!

Yates® Spinach ‘Winter Queen’ is a tasty, prolific and early maturing spinach variety with large deep green leaves. It can be sown throughout New Zealand in June and it’s as easy as sowing a few seeds in a clump, direct where they are to grow in a sunny spot in the vegie garden. Seeds will take 1 – 3 weeks to germinate (so don’t give up on them too quickly!) and you can be harvesting leaves in as little as 8 – 10 weeks.

The beauty of loose leafy vegies like spinach is that you can harvest individual leaves as you need them.

No vegie patch? Not a problem! Yates Spinach ‘Winter Queen’ can also be grown in pots. Choose a sunny spot on a patio or balcony and it’s helpful to rotate the pots 180 degrees every week so that as many of the spinach plants are exposed to as much sunlight as possible.

Here are some spinach recipe ideas to inspire you to grow this super healthy vegie:

Pest watch: keep an eye out for caterpillars on your leafy greens. Caterpillars are voracious chewing pests that can devour entire plants if left to their own devices. Keep caterpillars under control with some regular sprays of ready to use Yates Nature’s Way® Fruit & Vegie Gun, ensuring you spray on both sides of the foliage as that’s where caterpillars often hide.

To achieve a bumper harvest of spinach it’s important to keep the soil moist and feed each week with Yates Thrive® Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food, which provides a fast acting boost of nutrients to promote lots of delicious green healthy growth. And harvest leaves regularly. The more often you pick, the more fresh new leaves will grow. Enjoy!


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