Autumn Gardening with Haxnicks
Caring for your garden in Autumn can be a bit of a chore with leaf clearing, digging, weeding and general tidying. Haxnicks are here to help with a great collection of products designed to make those arduous autumn garden tasks quick and easy. When growing autumn plants don't be caught out by the weather, Check out our extensive range of plant protection tools and fabrics.
Watch our Autumn Videos
We've put together a collection of Videos from our Autumn Gardening archives that demonstrate our gardening products in action.
A-Z Grow Your Own Advice
- Beans - Climbing
- Beans - Dwarf
- Broad Beans
- Brussels Sprouts
- Chilli Peppers
- Courgettes / Zucchinis
- Onions (seeds)
- Onions (sets)
- Peas (and mangetout)
- Sweet Corn
- Zuchinnis / Courgettes
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- Pippa Greenwood (Horticulturist, grow-your-own TV and radio expert, garden writer)
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The News by Haxnicks
Grow at Home: Cucamelons a real crowd pleaser
31st May 2020
Cucamelons look like mini watermalons and taste like cucumber with a hint of lime. Also known as Mexican sour gherkin or Mouse Melon, they originated in Mexico but are easy to grow here. They are drought tolerant and best of all most garden pests totally ignore them!
Beware! Even though they produce masses of fruit throughout the summer, very little makes it as far as the kitchen, being eaten straight off the plant by anyone who passes. They are just so picakble and bite sized!
If any of them do make it into the kitchen cucamelons can be eaten in exactly the same way as a normal cucumber in salads and sandwiches. They are also great served with drinks along with a few nuts and olives. Alternatively use it in the drink itself and serve a Cucamelon Martini or add a magic twist to G&T or Pimms on a summer day.
Sow seeds blunt end down, 1cm (1/2") deep from April to May. Keep on a window cill or greenhouse with a temperature of 22-24ºC (71-75ºF) Water regularly. When the seedlings are large enough to handle transfer them into 10cm (4") pot.
Once they are established you can move them to their final growing place. This can be a greenhouse, or outside in a planter or the ground. To grow them outside wait until the last frost date has passed and then plant 30-40cm (12-16″) apart. They are climbers so need a support of some sort. This could be canes or a planter such as the Climbing Tomato Planter that has an inbuilt support.
Water and feed regularly with a liquid tomato fertilizer. Once the main shoot has reached a around 2.5m (8ft), pinch out the growing tip to stop it going further. Also pinch out the growing tip of the side shoots when they are about 40cm (16″) long.
The plants will start to fruit in July and carry on to late September. Harvest them when they are the size of olives or small grapes and are still firm. Don't leave them any longer or they will become bitter and/or soggy.
Cucamelons can be nursed through the winter to give fruit year after year. Once the fruiting period is over, lift the cucamelon’s main root and store in barely moist compost in a garage or shed over winter. You can then plant it out again in April to start all over agian.
Product Bite: Easy Path
26th May 2020
What is Easy Path :
Easy Path is an instant fold-out garden pathway for placing between rows of vegetables, herbs, flowers or strawberries so that you can work between the crops without damaging the soil or weilding planks of wood.
What crop is it for:
Anything that you plant in a veg bed as well as flowers borders - its great for getting to the back of beds without leaning and stretching. Much kinder on your back than trying to manage without.
Where can I use it:
Use it anywhere where you have soil that you don't want to tread on and compact. In healthy soil half of the volume should be made up of solid material. The remainder should be either water or air. If the soil becomes compacted then it harder for the roots of plants to penetrate the soil. There is also no space for the water and air that are needed for excahnge of gases a healthy ecosystem of soil microbes.
What's so special about it?
It is portable and lightweight and stores easily. A plank of wood could do a similar job. However, the Easy Path is much easier to move and can used in places where you wouldn't want to put a plank of wood. It can be laid down and left but it can also be rolled out, used and then foded away. For example it can be simply laid down in a flower border while weed, then packed away. Much easier than carting a plant of wood round.
Find out more:
See it in action: Easy Path doesn't have its own video yet but you can see it in action in our Frost Protection Video (about one minute in) - head over to our YouTube channel to see Frost Protection
Related Blogs: Read about it in use Grow at Home: Super Strawberries
Buy it Now: See it here Easy Path
4 Types of Gardeners - which one are you?
24th May 2020
There are 4 types of gardeners -- which one are you?
These people will generally have an allotment although they can be found in the garden shed equipped with a kettle or corkscrew. They are generally there because they don't want to be somewhere else. Even before Lockdown these gardeners were running away from busy households, stressful jobs and being trapped between 4 walls.
The lure is a combination of fresh air, a mug of tea enjoyed in silence and being surrounded by greenery. They do like growing stuff but if its too wet to be out you won't hear them complain.
These are the the people who are there for the people. They love other gardeners and like a chat as they lean on their spade. You'll find them on allotments and at Gardening Clubs sitting in the back row. They will be the one wearing a "Stay Calm and Keep Gardening" T-shirt to prove their dedication and will be happy to give and receive advice.
All the chatting over the years may mean they turn into an expert. Their plot may not have as much planted as the next person's (where does the time go?) but they'll have a chat about it if you like...
These gardeners are there with a purpose. A higher purpose. They are there to save the planet or at least do their bit. Vegetables feature heavily on their plot and in their diet. They will care deelpy about reducing food miles and will know the mileage between their allotment and their home so they can scatter their lengthy blog posts with the necessary stats.
They are to be admired for eating seasonally and their in depth knowledge of international pickling techniques.
For these gardeners the plot is a studio or film set for their life story. These gardeners will be stocking their plot with all things photogenic - they will have cucamelons tumbling from planters, carrots in every colour but orange and sunlight glinting through rainbow chard.
They opened the Instagram account the day they go the plot - nothing like a good before and after picture! And if you follow them you will get to experience every garden bird, shaft of sunlight and emerging seedling as they happen.
Which one are you?
Which one of our types of gardeners are you? Most people will identify more with more than one. Whatever category you fit into (or don't fit into) chances are you are getting a lot out of being in the garden. A survey done by Gardeners’ World magazine in 2013 found that 80 percent of gardeners reported being “happy” and “satisfied” with their lives, compared to 67 percent of non-gardeners.
It is hard to pin down why gardening works but it is proven to relieve stress. Key reasons why gardening makes us feel good are that it is both physical exercise, which releases endorphins, and also a creative passtime that allows us to express ourselves. It gives responsibility for nurturing the plants and a sense of achievement when you move from the 'before' to 'after'. It has certainly been a sanctuary for many during the pandemic.
So if you know anyone who is stressed then buy them a pot plant. Its not a joke. Just having a single house plant to look after has been proven to reduce stress and make you feel more energised. It helps you think more clearly, and starts to relieve anxiety or depression.
Even if we can't pin down the reason why gardening helps there are countless real life stories of it happening. We'd love to hear yours...
Types of gardeners