Monthly Archives: October 2010

  • Bob Flowerdew, Kris Collins and Anne Swithinbank...

    ...all use Haxnicks products, and can be seen in the pages of the magnificent weekly Amateur Gardening magazine.

    Your Gardening Week features Haxnicks

    Kris Collins using our Rootrainers

    Kris Collins, Gardening Editor of the magazine, says he is always happy to use Haxnicks' products, and includes them in a number of his own articles (see above).  We received an email from Kris earlier this month on the subject of Potato Planters - he had managed to reap 2.5kg of Maris Bard potatoes from one bag: "I was very impressed with my first go and will definitely use them again next year."

    The Organic Gardener features Haxnicks

    Bob Flowerdew and our Large Bell Cloche (left)

    Bob Flowerdew, also of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time, is planning on using our large plastic bell cloches to cover his pineapples: "I suspect their shape will be good for keeping them dry in the centres which should prevent winter losses"

    Using Haxnicks Easy Tunnels

    Anne Swithinbank with the Giant Aerated Poly Easy Tunnel

    Amateur Gardening is available from all good newsagents every Tuesday.  Back issues available by visiting the web site or by telephone: 01202 440840.

  • Vegetable Sack Video

    We want to show you easy it is to properly store vegetables. It is so important to get the most from your vegetable garden, especially with food prices as high as they are, none of us can afford to let vegetables rot and go mouldly.

    In this short YouTube video, Madeleine Cardozo, author of 'Down to Earth' show us how to extend the life of our Beetroots.

    We are also keen to point you in the direction of Madeleine's excellent new book where you can find out how to grow and what to do with your Beetroots. The book is available in all good garden centres, from our Web site (priced at £9.99) and also from Amazon.

    Madeleine Cardozo's Down To Earth Gardening Book


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  • Sowing Seeds in Autumn with Down to Earth author Madeliene Cardozo

    Sowing Seeds in Autumn with Down to Earth author Madeliene Cardozo

    Traditionally, broad beans must be sown before 5th November - Bonfire night - so you have a few weeks left to get ahead.  Last week, we watched our in-house author Madeleine Cardozo and her boys Orlando and Bruno sowing beans and sweet peas in Haxnicks' Rootrainers™. The broad beans have already started sprouting in the cold frame, so we are already well on the way.

    If you haven't already seen Madeleine's new book 'Down to Earth' do take a look, it is available to buy through the website.  In the meantime please enjoy this video.

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  • 2010 NVS Northern Branch Championships

    Haxnicks sponsored Class 1 of The Northern Branch of the National Vegetable Society's Championships this year.

    Peter Clark's Class-Winning Combo
    Peter Clark's Class-Winning Combo

    To exhibit in this class, each exhibitor could display one vegetable of each kind. The winner was Peter Clark, who was also awarded the 'Cockney Bowl' (wonder if he celebrated by doing the 'lambeth walk'?) for gaining the most points in the Championship classes - congratulations, Peter!

    His winning combination in Haxnicks' Class 1: Onion Dave Metcalfe strain, Cucumber Carman, Potato NVS Amour, Parsnip Palace, Leek Pendle Improved and Long Carrot New Red Intermediate.

    Second Place: Keith Abel Third: Trevor Last
    Second Place: Keith Abel Third: Trevor Last
    Fourth: Alan Pease Fifth: Steve Halifax
    Fourth: Alan Pease Fifth: Steve Halifax

    Some cracking produce here, and something for us mere 'love to grow' mortals to aspire to...

  • Haxnicks and Joe Swift at the RHS Autumn Harvest Show

    Haxnicks and Joe Swift at the RHS Autumn Harvest Show

    The much coveted RHS Gold medals will be on show under Haxnicks' Glass Bell Jars this year at the RHS Autumn Harvest Show in London.

    The show, a celebration of the season's finest fruit, flowers and veg, will be previewed by Presenter Joe Swift on tonight's BBC2's Gardeners' World (1 October).

    The programme will follow Joe as he attempts to take his vegetable growing to another level, with the aid of experienced Welsh grower Charlie Maisey.

    The question is - will Joe Swift be lifting a Haxnicks' Bell Jar at the end of the competition?

    To find out tune in to BBC2 1 October at 7 pm, staying tuned to the RHS web site and to this blog, and our Twitter and Facebook pages to find out the results next week.

    Haxnicks are very pleased to be supplying Glass Bell Jars to cover the medals at this year's RHS' Autumn Harvest Show, on this weekend at The RHS Horticultural Halls at Greycoat Street, SW1. Nearest tubes are St James's Park and Victoria.

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