Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • The Potty Gardener's Purple Carrot Recipe

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    I think that I have pulled up the perfect purple carrot (and created a new tongue twister) !

    I was so excited by my first harvest of such beautiful specimens that with the speed and greed of Peter Rabbit I immediately munched my way through the first two, mud and all, savouring their flavour and satisfyingly carroty crunch.  However, as the greatest joy of growing your own veg is in sharing and showing them off with family and friends then I felt that a feast was called for.

    Purple Carrots grown with Haxnicks Products

    On a hot July day (there was one I promise), I did not want to be anywhere near a hot stove. I also wanted to preserve the just picked carroty crunch, so I felt that a hearty salad would be the perfect way to show off these pretty purple prizes.

    Here is my recipe for a quick, tasty and filling salad that looks pretty and is so healthy that you can gorge on it like a rabbit in a carrot patch!

    Purple Carrots prepared for Cooking

    Bulgar wheat, purple carrot and feta salad   (serves 4 )

    200g bulgar wheat, cooked in salted water until tender,

    200g roughly chopped Feta Cheese

    2 to 4 finely chopped purple carrots ( dep on size)

    Fresh chopped parsley and chives

    French dressing

    Black pepper

    Prepare the ingredients, marvel at the rainbow of colours inside your purple carrots, assemble the salad in a pretty dish, let friends and family admire, and guzzle as if Mr McGregor is round the corner!

    Purple Carrot Feta Salad Recipe from Haxnicks

     

     

     

     

     

  • Haxnicks helps out in Schools

    Hello Gardeners,

    I have always encouraged my children and grandchildren to get out in the garden and get growing, so I am happy to say that Haxnicks have been busy helping out in schools this year. As many of our products are easy to use and can be stored away at the end of the growing season, they lend themselves nicely to school growing projects.

     Haxnicks Rootrainers for Schools

    Our Rootrainers have been put to good use on classroom windowsills to kick start a sunflower growing competition.

    Haxnicks Carrot Patio Planters for Schools

    Our orange Carrot Planters sparked some imaginations when they were sown with purple carrots. Apparently one pupil suggested growing oranges in a purple planter too! The Class teacher was particularly delighted that she wouldn't have to come into school over the holidays to water the carrots as she can send them home to be looked after.

    Haxnicks Garden Maypoles for SchoolsOur Plant Supports are being put to good use in this primary school garden keeping the sweet peas and runner beans firmly in place.

    We also sponsored a Grow your own school garden competition as part of a project funded by the Mayor of London and the Big Lottery fund that aims to cultivate young people’s love for learning, and hunger for knowledge, and develop supportive local communities through food. Designed to get London schools with no previous experience of gardening into growing, this competition involved schools planning their own garden from scratch, complete with an equipment list.

    Boris Johnson Awards Haxnicks Prizes to pupils The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, awarding students from Richmond Park Academy a Haxnicks prize at the Grow Your Own School Garden Competition Awards Ceremony. Photo: Jane Baker/Garden Organic

    Congratulations to the prize winners - Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School (Brent) and Richmond Park Academy who won a Haxnicks  Grower Frame with a Poly Cover Giant Easy Tunnel and Potato Patio Planters 

    "The Mayor and I want to see every school in London growing food. We've made huge progress with many pupils in the capital now reaping the rewards of outdoor learning. This new initiative will help us go further, reaching more schools and helping existing growers expand."  Rosie Boycott - The Mayor of London's Food Advisor and Chair of the London Food Board

    So as the school year draws to a close this week, Haxnicks would like to wish all our junior growers happy growing and happy holidays!

    Goodbye for now,

    Grandpa Haxnicks

     

     

  • Madeline's Corner: carrots & beans & this weeks' jobs

    carrots & beans_surrounded by micromesh

    Carrots & beans.  This week has been a little lazy, eating your produce is a must so lots of lovely bean salads.

    Some nasty little bugs have had a go at my carrots and the wind has been ‘burning’ my tomatoes, so I have made out of bamboo and micromesh material – which is a little like fleece but tougher - a sort of barricade rather like a windshield that you have on the beach. Already the tomatoes have got the greenness back into their leaves.

    I have also been pulling up and eating every other carrot to eat as sweet and yummy nibbles, leaving more space for the remaining carrots to grow larger. Also when pulling up the beetroot, I take the largest leaving more space for the others to grow.

    My peas are over, I have left a few pods on the plants to get dry and old. I will keep these in a marked envelope on a dry windowsill to plant out next year.

    As always don’t forget to weed so that the maximum energy can go into your vegetables.

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