Monthly Archives: June 2009

  • Haxnicks Raised Bed Growing System - The Complete Growing Solution for Small Spaces!

    Haxnicks' Raised Bed SystemsHaxnicks, the plant protection specialist, has developed an easy-to-build Raised Bed Growing System that requires little maintenance and is ideal for growing vegetables, salads and herbs in small garden spaces. The 100% FSC-certified timber raised bed measures 1 metre by 1.2 metre and comes with an optional fitted frame and choice of two protective covers.

    Haxnicks Raised Bed Growing System is made up of four parts. The Raised Bed Base is easily built using the four lengths of FSC-certified, pressure-treated timber and rust-free corner-joining brackets. The single bed is 15 cm (6 inch) deep, but if greater depth is required, extension brackets are supplied to secure multiple tiers of the bed base.

    Haxnicks Raised Bed BaseThe Raised Bed Frame provides a 50cm high, arched, black-metal framework for the protective covers. It slots securely into holes in the joining brackets of the timber base. The covers can then be fitted and secured at the corners for a snug fit.

    Haxnicks Raised Bed with CoverCreate a mini-greenhouse with the PVC Weather Protection Cover , it warms the soil for earlier planting and retains warmth and humidity for quicker growth. Flaps at either end make ventilation easy. Made of heavy-duty, clear PVC, it provides robust weather protection for newly-sown crops.

    Raised Bed with Cover from HaxnicksThe Micromesh™ Pest Protection Cover helps retain soil moisture whilst providing the best possible protection from insects, including aphids and carrot fly, and other pests. The ultra-fine mesh allows air and water to easily pass through, but protects against scorching and other weather damage.

    Haxnicks Raised Bed Growing Systems are available from all good garden centres or call Haxnicks on 0845 241 1555.

  • Storing "Home Grown" Vegetables Naturally

    storing_vegetables_potatoes_in_jute_sackSuccessfully growing your own vegetables is only half the story. The challenge is then to harvesting and storing vegetables so nothing goes to waste. Haxnicks has produced a new storage sack designed to make it easy for root vegetables.

    The Vegetable Sack is part of Haxnick’s Jute Naturally™ range of fully biodegradable products.

    The material used is jute.  You may see it called hessian, or burlap in the USA.  It is a material that has been around for along time but is only now rising in popularity again due to the trend for not using plastic.

    The first jute mill was established at Rishra, near Calcutta in 1855 when Mr. George Acland brought jute spinning machinery from Scotland. Four years later, the first power driven weaving factory was set up. By 1869, five mills were operating with 950 looms.

    Out Vegetable Sack's measurements are 70cm (2ft 3in) by 40cm (1ft 4in).  So it is large enough for a fairly hefty crop of root veg.  The names of the vegetables suitable for storing in this way – potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, swedes, beetroot - are printed on the bag for decoration.
    A couple of twine ties are attached to the top of the sack, so it can be easily secured to keep your vegetables safe and sound. The woven jute allows the free passage of air, preventing condensation, so crops are kept cool and dry.

    Vegetable Sacks are available online or from all good garden centres and selected gardening mail order catalogues.

  • Chelsea Flower Show Review

    Chelsea Flower Show
    Emma models the Bag-to-Boot, whilst Emily tries to hide in the Pea and Bean Planter!

    We would really like to thank everyone who came to our stand at the Chelsea Flower Show 2009. It was, for Haxnicks, an incredible experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it, and were pretty much flat out from 7am to 8pm every day!

    Because Chelsea is such a great experience we decided early on to get as many of our staff to 'have a go' at running the stand for a couple of days at a time. This provided a great day out and lots of lessons for us at Haxnicks about what customers really think of our products - all positive I might add...

    The Haxnicks Planters proved their popularity, selling continuously throughout the show, with a lot of people taking the chance to get some last minute potato planters going- it is still not to late to enjoy home grown organic vegetables.

    However ultimately we would like to thank Chelsea for allowing us, during our occasional breaks, to tour (whizz) around the amazing gardens.

    Victoria's Rootrainers Demonstrations at Chelsea Flower Show Simon at the Chelsea Flower Show
    Victoria takes a break from her Rootrainer demonstrations, and convinces herself that our Pots Naturally palm tree is actually a real palm, somewhere on a beautiful beach... ...whilst Simon gets into his sales pitch, Julia demonstrates some other uses for the Haxnicks Baby Victorian Bell, and Emily surveys the scene.

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