Monthly Archives: May 2015

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  • Haxnicks Fruit Cage Five Star Review

    Haxnicks Fruit Cage in the Press

    Hello Gardeners.

    Just a quick boast from a proud Grandpa.. look out for our fruit cages featured in the June issue of Kitchen Garden Magazine this month. I am proud to say that they received an overall five star verdict from the grow-your-own experts in the KG team.

    Haxnicks Round Fruit Cage

    Round Fruit Cage

    It can be a bit of a chore keeping birds and animals away from your precious crops, involving a tangle of netting and poles, but hopefully we have made it a little easier for you.  All our Fruit cages come with helpful instructions telling you how to put them together. The netting fits neatly over the top and because we are so nice we also give you the pegs to keep it all in place.

    Haxnicks Grow Cage Chicken

    Grow Cage

    We have also added to the range with our new Grow Cage which is perfect for protecting precious veg from all manner of invasions and in particular from cheeky chickens.

    Goodbye for now,
    Grandpa Haxnicks

  • Sweet Cicely and Rhubarb

    Sweet Cicely

    Hello Gardeners,

    Here is a little known herb that is easy to grow and looks as pretty as it's name. Sweet Cicely has an aromatic aniseed like flavour and has been traditionally grown in cottage gardens to sweeten sharp fruits in tarts and puddings.

    Sweet Cicily Plants grown in the Haxnicks Garden

    Sweet Cicely looks very similar to cow parsley with frond-like leaves and delicate white flowers and grows best in well drained soil in a sunny position. It can grow quite tall but can be cut right back after flowering.

    The seeds can be used whole in cooking or as a ground spice.  However you can also use the leaves.  I use the them for a little culinary trick taught to me long ago by my mother. Pick a handful of the leaves and wash.  Then stew them in the same pan as your rhubarb.  remove them when the rhubarb is cooked through.  They will not only give a delicate aniseed flavour, but also cut through the acidity of the fruit. The tartness of stewed rhubarb that makes your teeth feel furry magically disappears. One small grandchild of mine overheard me talking about this and asked to be shown the 'teeth fairy plant'! So that is what it's known as in our garden.

    Goodbye for now,
    Grandpa Haxnicks

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