Monthly Archives: February 2011

  • Our Charities

    5% of Haxnicks profit is donated to various charities chosen by our employees.

    Haxnicks are proud to support the following charitable organisations:

    Air Ambulance Service (Dorset & Somerset)
    Mere Fire
    Tisbury Fire
    SOPB Support for the Oppressed Peoples of Burma
    Mere Football Club
    Gardening Leave improving mental and physical wellbeing of ex-service personnel by offering Horticultural therapy
    Local Football
    Clubs (various)
    Greenfingers creating magical gardens for children's hospices
    Epilepsy Society
    Macmillan (Cancer Research) 
    Joseph Weld Hospice
    Children in Need 
    Marchant Holliday School (help for Children with Social, emotional , behavioural
    (saving monkeys)
    Morning Star Salisbury (broken lives)
    The Anna Trust
    (Systic Fibrosis Medical Research)
    Ataxia UK
    (medical research to develop a cure for Ataxia)
    World Wildlife Fund
    Wessex Rehab
    Centre Salisbury Hospital

    Circus Starr
    Mere Cricket Club

  • Haxnicks in 20th Anniversary Edition of Gardener's World Magazine

    We're very proud to note that Haxnicks products have received some fabulous coverage in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Gardener's World magazine. What we want to know is - what do you think?

    Haxnicks Garden Products in the Press

    Helen Riches, Lila Das Gupta and long term friend of Haxnicks Pippa Greenwood can all be seen in the BBC's foremost gardening publication using Haxnicks products.

    Helen Riches, award winning garden writer and garden designer, recommended covering with a cloche overnight to give germinating seeds a better chance in her article entitled 'Summer Pots from Seed'.  Lila Das Gupta also wrote an article about sowing Runner Beans and the benefits of using Rootrainers.

    Pippa Greenwood meanwhile chose to recommend our Kitchen Garden Cloche for her article on protecting small groups of fruit and vegetables in their early stages and to extend their growing season.  And scattered throughout as always, our Biodegradable Pots Naturally range.

    What can we say?  Well, go out and buy Gardeners World Magazine and see for yourselves of course!

    Here's the list in full of products featured:

    And here for your added info is a list of links to Gardeners World Articles and Blogs - enjoy!

    Now we want to hear from you. What did you think, have you seen our products in any magazines or TV shows?  Look out for us, we have great links with gardening experts across England and Scotland and even Ireland.  But don't forget we're a company that wants to produce the best quality garden care products we can and that means listening to your feedback.  Please leave us a comment.

  • Potato Planting Competition & Amateur Gardening Magazine

    Robbie Cumming, our PR and Marketing Executive writes:

    In Amateur Gardening this week, gardening editor Kris Collins wrote about how to get started with growing potatoes, explaining how to chit and how many potatoes to use in each planter.

    Haxnicks Patio Planters are in the Press again

    Before I spoke to him about the article, I had already decided to choose a certain variety known as 'Sharpe's Express', which I bought from my local garden centre (see pic below).

    Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought online
    Seed potatoes at Orchard Park in Gillingham, Dorset.

    The potatoes were described as being great for all manner of cooking methods and being disease resistant sounded perfect for me.  These factors are obviously rather important as I'm the one who is running the Potato Planter Competition!  The pressure is on, especially as the last time I grew potatoes in containers was when I was 10 years old - almost 2 decades ago now!  Luckily for me, the beauty of growing potatoes in planters such as ours is that it is a much safer bet than sowing in rows - especially as you can move your crop into the greenhouse, or porch, if frost is on its way.

    Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought online

    Tip: Chitting

    Allowing your potatoes to 'chit' (I said 'chit'!) allows shoots to sprout from the 'eyes' of the potato and can speed things up, essential if you want to start growing early like I am.  However, you can still plant potatoes straight into the bags without chitting.

    I placed my seed potatoes in egg boxes (see picture) and placed them on a shelf in the atrium between our office and warehouse - it's light, cool, but protected from frost.  A few weeks have gone by, and the shoots are slowly emerging, but being the inquisitive yet impatient young chappie as I am, I emailed Kris to see if he could tell me anything about the potato variety I was about to plant out.

    "I grew Sharpe’s Express in one of your patio planters last year and got 2.5kg of potatoes – ended up being my best yield over all other varieties tried last year. Hope you have the same luck."

    Yes, I do have quite a smug look on my face, but my mother told me never to count my chickens before they've hatched (and she should know with all her bantam hens!).

    Having said that, I would like to throw down the gauntlet and challenge you all to a potato duel! Amateur Gardening is available from newsagents, supermarkets and garden centres nationwide every Saturday priced £1.99

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