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  • New products for 2019/20 - its all about greener for Haxnicks this year!

    New Products 2019/20.  In preparation for the new season Haxnicks are launching some new products to make life in the garden that little bit greener in more ways than one.

    The first of these builds on our use of natural materials by adding to our bamboo range.

    Bamboo pots

    new_products_bamboo_potsThe range of biodegradable bamboo pots was incredibly well received last year so we have added 3 new pot sizes - 3" pot, 4" Pot and 8" Pot to help make your greenhouse plastic free,  We have also added two new saucer sizes 3" Saucer (for use with both the 3" and 4" pot) and 8" Saucer.

    Like the 5" and 6" pots and saucers and seed tray launched last year, the new sizes come in sage green or terracotta colour and still have the same 5+ years life and are compostable after use.

    Bamboo Plant Markers & Scoop

    Continuing the theme we have added a Bamboo Scoop and Bamboo Plant Markers to the range.  They are every day gardening necessities but with the increasing demand for non plastics they will add a new choice for gardeners.   The scoop is a good generous size and the plant markers are easy to write on so they will both work hard for you in the garden.

    Microgreens Mats

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    Continuing our use of natural materials we are introducing a Microgreens Growing mat.

    Made from natural coir, the mats are designed to fit neatly into the Haxnicks Bamboo Seed Tray.  This gives you a plastic free way of growing these highly nutritious micro-crops.  They can also be cut to size to fit other trays so are very versatile.

    Perfect for the urban gardener or anyone who would like to grow their own food. and isn't sure where to start.

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    The final product are a stylish addition to our Easy Fleece Jackets range.  The Green Fern Fleece Jackets are made of the same thick fleece as the current range but offer a natural leafy design that blends into your garden.  They come in Small (Pack of 4), Medium (Pack of 3) or Large (Pack of 2) so you can protect tender plants whatever their size.

    Simply slip them over your plant and pull the draw string to keep harsh weather at bay.  You can even double them up and add a second fleece if the forecast is really bad.

    Availability

    All of the New Products 2019/20 are on the website so that you can learn more about them.  You can also register here to be the first to know when they go on sale.

    Bamboo Pots, Plant Markers and Scoop.  These will be available to buy in garden centres and online in early to mid November.

    Microgreens mats and Green Fern Fleece.  These will be available to buy in garden centres and online in early to mid December.

  • What a nice thing to say! (but I bet the pigeons don't like us as much)

    Micromesh1It's nice to wake up to a compliment, isn't it?  So this morning I was really pleased to read that someone's plants were on the road to growing happy and healthy due to the Haxnicks Easy TunnelsAnd even better they had taken these great pictures of the Tunnels in action.

    Iwona and Neil , the inhabitants of "The Wonky shed at Number 13" dreamt of sauerkraut last year and planted accordingly.  Returning to the plot several days later, they found that slugs, snails and an unexpected flock of pigeons had visited.  It cost them their cauliflowers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kalettes, and their many different cabbages.   (This family clearly really love their veg!)

    They say "We decided to get some netting and on the plot next to us there was this mesh tunnel from @haxnicks that we really liked. We did some research and got one for ourselves and we grew a few more cabbages under it. The tunnel proved  really great for pest control and so we got a few more for this season. "   They have used these - ever ambitious - to plant Chinese cabbage, pak choi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and little gem lettuce.

    The Tunnel

    The tunnel they chose was the Haxnicks - Easy Micromesh Tunnel which has ultra fine 0.6mm mesh which keeps out even tiny aphids and carrot flies and is ideal for your brassicas.  Next year maybe they will add a Haxnicks Easy Poly Tunnel to warm the soil so they can plant earlier and lengthen the growing season to grow even more veg. They could get up to an extra 6 weeks growing time with this tunnel.

    Thanks for the feedback!

    We love to hear how you are using our products.  So please tag us in your Social Media posts and tell us how much you love the products.  Maybe you will make a star appearance on our blog too!

  • Leaf Picker Winter tools trial...

    Its the perfect time of year for Leaf Picker.  As its time to start preparing the garden for winter.  Its definitely time to think about clearing leaves,

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    digging over beds and generally having a tidy up.  To help you, Grow Your Own magazine has completed a trial of the tools you will need.

    Included in this trial is the Haxnicks Leaf Picker.  And they really liked what they saw.  Deeming it to be " An efficient, easy pick-up and discard mechanism for leaves without any backbreaking bending over"  it gets a great big thumbs up from Simon Akeroyd.  They found that it was especially good for picking up leaves in flower beds and borders where a traditional rake may damage plants.  It is definitely a must for the every tool shed.

    How the Leaf Picker works

    Where leaves get caught on traditional rakes a simple push, pull action on the Leaf Picker dumps the leaves into your wheel barrow, compost heap or wheelie bin.  Or better still, put the leaves straight into one of our Composting Sacks and forget about them.  In 12 to 24 months you will have the best home made compost: leaf mould.  Otherwise called gardeners gold this is the real creme de la creme when it comes to compost.  These simple natural jute sacks are fully biodegradable so you can toss them on the compost heap or stick out of the way behind a shed.  Here they make a great habitat for worms, which add their nutritious worm castes to the mix.  The sacks can also be placed round young trees or in borders to suppress weeds.

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    To read more about Leaf Picker and find out how helpful it can in clearing a neglected,  unruly garden then why not take a look at this blog

  • Wishing you luck with Fire in the Kitchen!

    one One of our regular bloggers, Madeleine Cardozo has just released a new cookery book.

    As well as an Fire_in_the_kitchenauthority on growing veg, Madeleine is a trained chef.  Our readers have been enjoying the recipes from her last book Plot to Pot for some time.

    With her latest book she has now turned her hand to the world of teenagers.  Fire In the Kitchen tempts teenagers, and younger children with a passion for cookery, into the kitchen.  It contains lots of family favourites and new dishes that are sure to be on the menu going forward.

    Always with an eye on the garden and with the last of the raspberries currently being harvested she kindly offered to share one of her recipes.  Here is her  delicious Raspberry Smoothie recipe to give you a taste of Fire In the Kitchen.

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    We understand Fire in the Kitchen is selling fast on Amazon in the run up to christmas and wish Madeleine the best of luck with this soon to be family favourite.

     

  • Award Winning planet-friendly pots!

    Haxnicks new range of Bamboo Pots and Seed Trays has won Best Garden Care - Accessories Award in the prestigious GLEE Gardening Industry Awards.

    Sustainable bamboo, rice and natural resin is used to make the pots and trays. The range is BPA free, compostable and designed to help you reduce the petrochemical plastic in your greenhouse.  It’s estimated that  a staggering 500 million plastic plant pots are sold every year. The majority end up in landfill or are incinerated.  Very few are  Glee_award_with_bamboo-pots recycled as there are few facilities to do so. A large amount of fossil fuel is used in the production of plastic pots which furthermore  take around 500 years to decompose.  Haxnicks Bamboo Pots once broken up in active compost will decompose in 6 to 12 months. Quite a difference! https://www.haxnicks.co.uk/garden-products/new-products

    GLEE is a trade exhibition for the gardening industry.  500 leading UK and international wholesale garden suppliers exhibit so that every gardening retailer; big, small, online or on the high-street can source the very best products for you.

    Damian Cardozo of Haxnicks says.  "The Products that win at GLEE are those that really move the industry forward and offer the gardener what they need.  The appetite is there for sustainable pots so it is the right time for this product. We are thrilled Haxnicks Bamboo Pots and Seed Trays  have been recognised by GLEE and excited about playing our part in making our gardening more environmentally friendly"

    The Pots and Seed Trays are now available online and in all good Garden Centres and are the perfect choice for the environmentally aware gardener.

     

     

  • Mere School children get a taste of France

    <p>As part of their community activity Haxnicks has set up a partnership with its local Primary School.  This is to encourage the local children to start growing their own food.</p><p>

    </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.haxnicks.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/DSC_0331_1.jpg"><img class="wp-image-2614 alignright" src="https://www.haxnicks.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/DSC_0331_1-169x300.jpg" alt="" width="323" height="573" /></a>They were supplied with Rootrainers to grow beans and tomatoes.  Once grown they planted these round the Eiffel Tower.  They sold the remainder to some very grateful parents to raise funds for the School's Gardening Club.</p><p>Mrs Tavener who runs the Gardening Club reports that the Mere School children were very excited to receive an amazing Eiffel Tower garden support from Haxnicks.  The year 1 class were all keen to plant it with runner beans they had grown from seed.  The Gardening Club then planted some sweet peas they had grown.  As you can see, from these pictures taken in mid June, the beans had reached the top and the sweet peas needed picking daily.   She expressed her thanks to Haxnicks for giving such a lovely feature for their School garden.</p>

  • Bunny Guinness features Haxnicks Easy Net Tunnel to help your plants survive the heatwave

    easy-net-tunnels-combat-heat Easy-Net tunnels one of the ways to combat the heat

    With an almost unprecedented spell of hot dry weather gardeners are searching for ways to save their garden from the scorching sun.  Bunny Guinness, writing in the Telegraph, has found the ideal solution in the Haxnicks Easy Net Tunnel.  It is the only tunnel that uses shade netting to protect from the sun.  It also conserves valuable moisture which is key with the weather as it is.

    Haxnicks-easy-net-tunnel Shade netting tunnels keep plants cool!

     

     

     

     

     

    There are other ways to combat the heat too.

    Self-Watering

    For those who really don't like watering, then self watering solutions such as the Self Watering Tower Garden and the Vigoroot Easy Table Garden are a great choice.  Most plants like to remain moist at all times.  Drying out or irregular watering can play havoc with popular plants such as tomatoes causing fruit to split or become deformed.   As well as keeping the plants hydrated both the Tower Garden and the Table Garden use Vigoroot fabric so that the roots of the plants are air-pruned allowing much more to be grown in a small space.

     

    Meanwhile, if you are already growing plants in pots then Water Saucers may be the answer to your problems.  An imminent hose pipe ban has led to a huge increase in sales of Water Saucers.  A nifty solution that works with any potted plant. The plant draws up water as needed via a super absorbent capillary wick.  This is better for the environment as it conserves water and none is wasted.  A three way win for plant, gardener and the environment.

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  • Speed Hoe comes top of the class

    The highly respected publication Garden News has conducted a trial of slicing hoes.  According to Geoff Hodge, writer, broadcaster and product guru, The Haxnicks SpeedHoe has come out top of the class.

    The Hoes

    The hoes were tested for quality, comfort, performance and value for money.  The SpeedHoe got 5 stars on all counts.  It was especially noted for how sharp the edges were all round it, greatly increasing the ease of use.  As a result it beat off stiff competition from bigger brands with big price tags to be crowned the best slicing hoe in the trial.  As much as other hoes had their benefits they all scored less in at least one area.  One proud owner commented that it was "the best hoe on earth" and we aren't going to disagree with her.

    Read the full article below to understand more,  Furthermore if you want to make sure you are receiving the best possible gardening advice every week then you can subscribe here Garden News magazine.

    Garden News Magazine review of hoes trial in which the Haxnicks SpeedHoe came top The full article

     

  • The Perfect Fit - by Garden Trade News

    Find out how the recently signed deal between Haxnicks and The Tildenet group will impact on the Industry.

     

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  • Haxnicks presents trophy at Garden Retail Awards

    Haxnicks sponsored the Retail Outlet Under £3m Turnover Award at the Garden Retail Awards 2012 which was won by Sidmouth Garden Centre, who received their trophy from Smart Solar’s sales director Paul Knott. The Garden Retail Awards were held on Wednesday 7th November at London's Grosvenor House in Park Lane.
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    Last year was very strong for Sidmouth Garden Centre, but with the weather making things harder in 2012, this year the focus has been on service and margins through reducing expenditure without affecting service.
    Smart Solar, which has recently acquired the distribution rights for Haxnicks ‘Love to grow’ product range was keen to support the Garden Retail Awards to demonstrate its commitment to the garden centre industry.
    Paul commented, “It was an honour to present the Haxnicks Retail Outlet Under £3m Turnover Award to Sidmouth Garden Centre in front of 350 industry guests. Haxnicks and Smart Solar both enjoy leading roles in this industry and it was great to share the evening with so many colleagues and friends.”

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