Monthly Archives: December 2011

  • Merry Haxmas

    Merry Haxmas!

    We would like to wish everyone one of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    We've had a momentous year and 2011.  Our 15th year in business will go down as one of our busiest ever.

    Merry_Haxmas_Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought online

    If you're in the snow, sun, rain or cloud we hope you enjoy the holiday period.  Have a wonderful time with your families or without (if you prefer!).  A very Merry Haxmas to all...

    As a gift to those of you that aren't able to buy your products from your local garden centres, we have decided to run a special January Sale on the website from the 26th December.

  • December gardening jobs

    Happy Christmas from Haxnicks

    Blog post by Madeleine

    The garden has not been very inviting over the last few weeks. It just seems to be tidying up jobs that need to be done and as there is no rush for this, they tend to get put off.

    Things that really do need your attention are the hoses that need to be put away. Cover any pot that you have which are not frost proof with jute material, or fleece, this will stop them from cracking.  Lifting them off the ground with blocks of wood or special ceramic feet are also good ideas. A lot of these pots are made for the Mediterranean not England! Also cover any plants such as palms/fragile lavenders with fleece jackets that are made for this job.

    Now very importantly, decide what you want for Christmas and let a few hints get dropped – a new pair of gloves – some cloches – a pair of secateurs. Look at the seed catalogues and decide what you want to grow next year. This is indoor gardening and all needs to be done, so why not when it is cold and wet outside. Some seeds such as tomatoes and peppers need to be sown as soon as January so watch out.

    If you would like to see our christmas gift ideas, click here
  • What to do with used compost from your Patio Planters

    Blog post by Robbie

    Patio Planters that were once filled with beautiful flowering peas, towering tomatoes and luscious lettuces, are now completely bare - so, what now?
    You can use your 'spent' compost again, but it will be fairly deficient in nutrients and if the plants you grew had any pest or disease related problems you may find these come back and effect the next lot.Haxnicks Patio PlantersIt is usually best to use multipurpose compost from the garden centre to ensure your plants are getting the best possible start.What to do with 'old' compost:
    • Use as a Mulch* for trees and bushes
    • Top-dressing for raised beds and borders
    Or alternatively:
    • Add to compost heap
    • Offer to members of your local allotment
    Be careful if you've added any stones or gravel to the bottom of your planters - you may want to try and separate that from the rest of the compost before using it for another purpose.  If your crops were unaffected by disease or pests then you could just leave the gravel mix in the bottom for next time.
    If you would like any further information or have your own comments, please feel free to add them below...Mulch is 'garden jargon' for adding a protective layer over soil.  Doing this helps to retain moisture, provide nutrients and suppress weed growth or weed seed germination.

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