Welcome to the Yates Growing Community

This community blog is open to all gardeners to post anything from a photo of a beautiful flower you just had to share, an in-depth blog post of a garden project you created or a place to put regular garden updates to avoid overwhelming your friends on social media.

We invite gardeners of all ages and stages to come together to share their successes, problems, progress, and aspirations. Or just browse and make friendly and encouraging comments on the posts already here.

This spring the Growing Community has hosted the 14th annual

Yates Spring Vegie Growing Challenge 2024

Growing vegetables has never been more popular and as part of this growing trend we had many gardeners join us to share  all the ups and downs of their spring growing season and were in to win some great prizes.  It is our pleasure to announce this years winners:

Main Prizes:

The three winners of a $1000 Give a Garden Gift Card and $300 worth of Yates products are:

•  Neil

•  The Flower Lady

•  Northland Backyard Gardener

Runner Up Prizes:

Best Starting Out Gardener - $300 worth of Yates products:

•    ChrisC

Best Supporter, in honour of Carol Oates - $300 worth of Yates products:

•    Somerset Sue

Yates Wild Card Winner- $300 worth of Yates products:

•    Old Mangakino Orchard (McCallum's Garden)



Gardeners are the nicest people and within the Yates Growing Community are amazing and supportive gardeners from all over the country.  Find encouragement, motivation, inspiration, no matter where you are at with your garden.  If it is a couple of containers on your back porch or a sprawling homestead; if it is a weedy wilderness or a pristine landscape; if you are an absolute beginner or have experience on your side – this is the place for you. 

To be a part of the community just click HERE, and then the "Join / Sign in" green button and you will be able to begin sharing straight away and to become a part of the Vegie Growing Community.

Vegie Growing Challenge

The Yates Vegie Growing Challenge is a fantastic virtual community of keen gardeners of all skill levels supporting each other through the ups and downs of growing vegetables in a typical New Zealand spring with the opportunity to win great prizes. Sign up to join the 14th annual challenge that has wonderful gardeners from all over the country come back year after year to be a part of an amazing community. Click on the image above to find out all of details about how to get involved.

What’s Going On

The 14th Spring Vegie Growing Challenge is now closed and we congratulate all the winners, it has been a wonderful season.  Thank you all so much for participating.

The community remains open for all your inspiring garden update so you can  garden virtually alongside the nicest gardeners from all over the country. If you’re new here or an old friend we are so pleased to have you join us. Take some time to set up your blog, have a look around, and say ‘Hi’ in the comments section. 

Sarah the Gardener from Yates

Sarah the Gardener from Yates will be here in the community, to offer encouragement and advice where needed and make sure the community is the friendly and supportive place we have come to enjoy. She posts in her blog regularly with garden news, competition announcements and timely garden tasks and about her own garden’s progress. Click above to see her current blog. If you have any questions, please comment below her latest post.