Monthly Archives: April 2010

  • Haxnicks' Vegetable Patio Planters reach the Top Table

    Vegetable patio planters are a must for those who want to marry food and gardening.  So where better to look than the Observer Food Monthly.  However, it is far from this website's purpose to even lean towards the political.  So we'll keep this neutral, but we thought we would share this with you.  Enter, Sarah Brown demonstrating that she is clearly a lady of taste, using the original Haxnicks Vegetable Patio Planter. Enjoy...

    Vegetable Patio Planters_Sarah_Brown

     

    Vegetable Patio Planters

    Specially designed for use on patios, balconies and in small gardens, each pack of Vegetable Patio Planters contains three planters of different depths - deep, medium and shallow - ideal for different types of vegetables.  So, it will be great for courgettes, tomatoes, salads, herbs, pumpkins, spring onions, radishes etc.  There really ins't much you can't grow in one of these containers.

    Made of a tough polythene with reinforced drainage holes and handles on each side they fold flat for easy storage and can be reused again, and again. Each pack comes with a helpful growing guide with lots of handy advice including a list of varieties suitable for each container and how many to plant in each.

    Sources: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/2010/apr/18/sarah-brown-downing-street-fair-trade & http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/competition/2010/apr/12/ofmapril

    In this paragraph, I’m going to discuss a few reasons why practice is important to mastering skills. Firstly, the only way to truly learn a skill is by actually doing what you’ll have to do in the real world. Secondly, I think practice can be a fun way of putting in the necessary hours. There are, however, some people who will disagree. Thirdly, and most importantly, it is said that people tend to remember only 10-20% of what they read or hear. Moreover, that number rises to as much as 90% when you put theory to practice. In conclusion, following up explanation with practice is key to mastering a skill.

  • More Tips on Tomato - growing in Patio Planters.

    Haxnicks' Tomato Patio PlanterTomatoes are one of the most rewarding things to grow, because they taste SO delicious when freshly picked - Some say you'll never eat a supermarket tomato again.

    Growing Tomatoes in Containers

    Using patio planters makes growing your own tomatoes easier than ever.  You can choose between the Climbing Tomato Patio Planter, which has a three sided metal climbing frame, or the Bush and Trailing Tomato Patio Planter, designed for tomatoes that are happy growing without a climbing frame.

    Also, you can use one of the three general use Vegetable Patio Planters (we recommend the deepest one for climbers, or the medium one for bush tomatoes.)

    If you're using a planter without a frame to grow climbing tomatoes, you'll need to provide some kind of support - 2 or three ordinary garden canes should be adequate, then use some of our Soft-tie to gently tie the plants to the canes as they grow (it's a good idea to leave space for the stems to grow when you tie around them).

    If you plan to grow from seed we recommend rootrainers for the best start, or you can buy some small plants from your local garden centre who will be able to help you choose the right sort of tomato.

    Haxnicks Patio PlantersTwo tomato plants should be enough to fill a Tomato Planter. The planters have drainage holes in the bottom, but we recommend adding a thin layer of gravel/stones at the bottom to assist with drainage. Then fill with a good-quality multi-purpose compost to about 4cm from the top of the planter.  Water the plants and allow to drain before planting them.  Also water after planting, but be careful not to soak the compost.

    Do not place tomatoes outside until after the last frosts.  Keep them in a light sunny position. As the plant grows, side-shoots must be removed.  Just pinch them off with your fingers).  Otherwise you'll end up with lots of foliage, and not much fruit.  Side-shoots grow from the joint between the main stem and the leaf branches.
    Lower leaves should be removed if they start yellowing, to reduce the chance of infection. Frequent watering is vital but we have to add dry periods lead to splitting tomatoes.  You can also just rub off Aphids with your fingers, or spray them off with water. Finally you will have a better crop if you feed your planter regularly from mid-summer onwards.  Feed with a good liquid feed.  you will  find many are available in your garden centre. As soon as the fruit is ripe, pick and eat! - This is a) delicious, and b) encourages more fruit to grow. Best of luck with it.

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