Monthly Archives: January 2012

  • How to bake Apple Biscuits

    Post by Madeleine Cardozo
    glorious weather to weather that you can hardly stand up in because the wind
    has boon blowing so hard, these two extremes are a complete sample of winter
    life. This last week I have found that I have only been outside to do the bare
    necessities and that I have opted for the kitchen.
    So, here is
    a recipe for some of the remaining apples, yes I still have some under the
    apple trees that I can cook with.
    Apple Biscuits
    Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought onlineThese
    biscuits are delicious at tea time with a nice cup of tea or you can use them
    to jazz up a bowl of ice cream.
    175g butter
    soft is better
    75g caster sugar
    75g light brown sugar
    – large
    tsp vanilla essence
    225g plain flour
    tsp salt
    tsp bicarbonate of Soda
    tsp ground cinnamon
    cooking apples
    time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes Makes 20 biscuits
    1.      Turn
    the oven on to 150°C, 300°F, Gas mark 2 (low - medium sort of heat).
    2.      Grease
    a baking sheet or two with butter.
    3.      Put
    the butter and all the sugar into an electric mixer or bowl if doing it by hand
    and beat until soft and creamy.
    4.      Slowly
    add the egg and vanilla essence.
    5.      When
    this is mixed in add the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon.
    6.      Peel
    the apples, and then grate them with a cheese grater.
    7.      With
    your hands squeeze the juice out of the grated apples. When you have done this
    add the apple and the oats to the mixture.
    8.      Mix
    it all in then, roll the slightly sloppy dough into large balls, flatten them
    and place them quite far apart onto the baking sheets. 6-8 per sheet.
    9.      Put
    in the oven for between 15-20 minutes, until the biscuits are a golden colour.
    Leave them on the trays for about 5 minutes and then put them on a wire rack to
    finish cooling.
     If you have any questions about this article, or would like more kitchen garden recipes then please get in touch via the comments boxes below.  You can also send an email to Madeleine via [email protected].
  • Sowing Broad Beans and using Manure


    Haxnicks Rootrainers

    This weather
    has been so glorious that there is no excuse – for anyone not working - not to
    be out there in the sunshine doing jobs, planning things and moving on with the
    New Year.

    Get your
    compost out and start sowing whatever you dare. I would suggest that you can
    now sow some varieties of tomatoes, sweet peas and broad beans.
    Broad Beans
    Sow the
    tomatoes into shallow seed trays and the broad beans and sweet peas into
    something deeper like rootrainers.  Watch my video on YouTube for a step by step guide!
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    Cover them
    both with some kind of frost protection, I often bring mine inside and put them
    onto a windowsill, but a greenhouse if you have one will do the trick.

    Using manure in the garden Manure must be over six months old before you use it in the garden
    otherwise it is too powerful and can kill or damage plants. I put manure over
    my vegetable patch and just leave it there, except where the root vegetables go
    such as potatoes, carrots etc. I also put manure at the base of young trees,
    roses and just about everywhere to give it all an extra natural feed. If you
    don’t have manure yourself you can get it from local farmers, livery yards or
    garden centres.
    Lastly there
    has been so much wind that I have constantly been doing a twig clear up and
    fixing fallen fences. Now is a good time just to tidy up generally. The fresh
    air is so good for you!
  • WIN £100 & Haxnicks goodies


    Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought online

    Potato Growing Competition

    You could win £100 and a bundle of Haxnicks grow your own goodies.

    All you have to do is send us pictures of your Haxnicks’ potato planter full of plants (or home grown potatoes) - it couldn't be easier.

    Don't fret if yours don't flower as you'd hoped - there are a couple of other ways to win:

    Growing the Hugest Harvest – How many tatties can you grow in one planter? Send us an image of the potatoes laid out on the ground next to or on top of your planter. Super Spud – photograph your largest potato on a flat surface next to a ruler or tape measure on top of the Haxnicks’ potato planter it was grown in. Extra snaps of how you grew it would definitely help your chances.Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought onlineHow to enter
    You will need:
    • A pack of Haxnicks Potato Planters
    • Some Seed Potatoes
    40 litres of compost per planter
    • A camera to record your progress


    When you come to harvest your potatoes (from June for early crops), email pictures of your produce to: [email protected].  Alternatively, you can write to us at Haxnicks Ltd, Beaumont Business Centre, Woodlands Road, Mere, Wiltshire BA12 6BT.

    Haxnicks Patio PlantersYou can also use our Facebook or Google+ pages to post comments and photos.

    Check out our neat 'how-to' YouTube video to help you get started with planting your very own potatoes.  Click here to see the potato planter (pictured, right) product page.

    Be sure to take photographs of your progress so you can prove that the potatoes were grown by your own fair hands, but if you get stuck let us know.
    Images submitted may be used on, and in promotional material.  Any personal details we receive from you, however, shall be kept strictly confidential and remain on our files only.


    Follow or search the blog for further information, tips and updates.  Good luck!

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