Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Sweet Peas and mice!

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    The Potty Gardener and mice

    At last the boring brown is yielding to verdant specks of life!  Potatoes are pushing up, and must be buried with another layer of compost, keeping their prying eyes covered. My first sowing of carrots has germinated in a most disorganised fashion thanks to some ‘help’ from my chickens. Tiny tomato seedlings are emerging and receiving a light misting of water when they ask nicely, but the biggest push has come from the sweet peas in their Rootrainers. Grandpa Haxnicks is full of advice about sweet peas, mostly mice advice…..

    Mice like cheese but mice LOVE sweet peas! Did I not soak my seeds in liquid paraffin overnight before sowing to put off the mice? Well no, actually that instruction was not on the seed packet. The sweet peas are now out in the greenhouse keeping cool to promote root rather than stem growth  (I grew up in a cold house, maybe that’s why I have long legs and a short body?). There is plenty of mousey evidence in the greenhouse so I had a good think out of the box, in the box and around the box about how to prevent my sweet pea seedlings from becoming a rodent salad.

    Growing Sweet Peas in Haxnicks Rootrainers

    Sweet pea fortress

    First, I have instructed my cat (who goes by the name of Mouse) that for once I will not get cross with her if she leaves me a furry present on the doormat.

    Second, I read that mice, like horses and elephants, do not like hanging upside down so I have raised the Rootrainers with a central flower pot so that a mouse would have to negotiate an overhang to reach the sweet peas.

    Thirdly, just in case a mouse might consider a Bear Grylls style ascent to the Sweet Pea summit I have surrounded all access points with holly bush trimmings to prick their little pink paws. My final fortification, should my first three fail to deter the ravenous rodents is a light sprinkling of chilli powder over the seedlings. Ha! So far so good, my four pronged approach seems to be doing the trick and keeping mice, horses and elephants at bay.

  • More new Haxnicks products for 2015

    Hello gardeners,  Ar eyou ready for new products?  With longer,warmer days arriving I am very much looking forward to the new growing season ahead.  Looking forward to getting out in the garden for a little longer than the hour that it takes for my fingers and toes to start complaining of the cold. We have lots of new products to inspire you in the garden this year. I told you about Sunbubble and Easy-Path.  But if you missed that then do read my blogs below for last month that popped up somewhere in between the Potty gardener's ramblings about potatoes, carrots, and sweet peas.  However, now I want to tell you about our new range of elegant plant supports. They are all easy to use and will not only help you tame and support your climbing plants but add a touch of professional style to your garden.

    New Products


    The Fold-a-frame can be used in a square to support tomatoes or as a dividing screen in flower borders. The four hinged steel panels clip together to lift separate and support the crop.


    Cane Supports

    Cane supports for grow bags and planters are a set of 3 steel supports to keep bamboo canes upright and in their place and they look good too. They are perfect for supporting tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.  And when you are finished with them they pack flat to be stored away for the next year, and the next, and the they are made to last!


    Cane Rings

    Cane Rings are such a simple idea, but will do wonders for your unruly climbers whether they are in a pot or in the ground. The 2 rings will hold 6 bamboo canes top and bottom in a circular shape.  It makes a sculpture from your sweet pea, bean or pea plants.

    Parasol Plant Support

    Finally there is the  Parasol Plant Support. This clever set of 6 curved parasol arms and tough polypropylene strings can be put together to create a growing frame for climbing plants.  It will tame them into an impressive display. So when you are planning your planting this Spring why not plan for Haxnicks to help?  You can add some elegance and a touch of professional style to your climbers.  All these wonderful new products are available in garden centres and here on our website now.
    Happy Planning!
    Grandpa Haxnicks

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