Monthly Archives: June 2012

  • The Team @ Haxnicks

    From left to right: Robbie (Marketing/PR), Damian (Managing Director), Madeleine (Photography), Charlie (no longer with us), Natasha (Production), Will 
    (no longer with us), Malcolm (Sales), Danielle (Customer Relations), Emily (Office Management), Ali (Cutomer Relations), Yvonne (Accounts) and Ellie (Orders).
  • What to add/what not to add to your Compost heap

    Composting is a bit of an art form.  Don't be afraid though.  It’s easy to learn and to make your own compost with the right mixture of organic kitchen and garden waste.

    What to put in your Compost from Haxnicks

    When composting on a small scale it is essential to get the right mix of ‘greens’ (waste with a high nitrogen content) and ‘browns’ (high in carbon and useful to create air pockets). Add them in thin alternate layers and shred waste for easier composting, smaller pieces = faster decomposition.

    Make sure to add:

    Tea bags/coffee grounds (only add tea bags if you are using plastic free ones.  They are one of those sneaky products that hides a little bit of plastic.  Manufacturers are increasingly producing plastic free ones now so do your research)
    Grass Cuttings
    Organic kitchen waste (eg vegetable peelings)
    Old flowers
    Annual weeds

    Twigs and shredded prunings
    Small strips of cardboard
    Scrunched up paper
    Straw or hay
    Dry leaves

    But don’t add:
    Cooked food
    Dairy products
    Animal droppings
    Diseased plants
    Perennial weeds (in particular roots & seeds)

    Compost makes a great soil conditioner, excellent mulch for borders (adds nutrients and suppresses weeds) and can even be used as potting compost if you put it through a garden sieve such as the Easy Riddle before use.

    Find out more about home composting from our friends at WRAP: click here for their web site

    Watch Rabbie as he tries his hand at composting - click here for the video!

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