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  • WIN £100 & Haxnicks goodies


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    Potato Growing Competition

    You could win £100 and a bundle of Haxnicks grow your own goodies.

    All you have to do is send us pictures of your Haxnicks’ potato planter full of plants (or home grown potatoes) - it couldn't be easier.

    Don't fret if yours don't flower as you'd hoped - there are a couple of other ways to win:

    Growing the Hugest Harvest – How many tatties can you grow in one planter? Send us an image of the potatoes laid out on the ground next to or on top of your planter. Super Spud – photograph your largest potato on a flat surface next to a ruler or tape measure on top of the Haxnicks’ potato planter it was grown in. Extra snaps of how you grew it would definitely help your chances.Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought onlineHow to enter
    You will need:
    • A pack of Haxnicks Potato Planters
    • Some Seed Potatoes
    40 litres of compost per planter
    • A camera to record your progress


    When you come to harvest your potatoes (from June for early crops), email pictures of your produce to: [email protected].  Alternatively, you can write to us at Haxnicks Ltd, Beaumont Business Centre, Woodlands Road, Mere, Wiltshire BA12 6BT.

    Haxnicks Patio PlantersYou can also use our Facebook or Google+ pages to post comments and photos.

    Check out our neat 'how-to' YouTube video to help you get started with planting your very own potatoes.  Click here to see the potato planter (pictured, right) product page.

    Be sure to take photographs of your progress so you can prove that the potatoes were grown by your own fair hands, but if you get stuck let us know.
    Images submitted may be used on, and in promotional material.  Any personal details we receive from you, however, shall be kept strictly confidential and remain on our files only.


    Follow or search the blog for further information, tips and updates.  Good luck!
  • Merry Haxmas

    We would like to wish everyone one of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    We've had a momentous year and 2011, our 15th year in business will go down as one of our busiest ever.

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    If you're in the snow, sun, rain or cloud we hope you enjoy the holiday period and have a wonderful time with your families or without (if you prefer!).

    As a gift to those of you that aren't able to buy your products from your local garden centres, we have decided to run a special January Sale on the website from the 26th December.

  • Pippa's New Products!

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    She is one of the UK's most loved gardening experts, solving the nations gardening problems every week on BBC Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time, writing articles and blogs for Gardener's World, whilst also running a fantastic web site that has just been updated with a brand new shop section.


    The items included for sale on her web site are all essential items, hand picked by Pippa.So if you're curious to know which Haxnicks products meet her seal of approval, click on the link/picture and take a look!

  • Glee 2011

    This year's Glee was a real triumph for us.  We managed to see most of our customers and they were all very complimentary on our new products, especially the Unidomes, which we are currently taking bespoke orders for.  Three domes were on display around the exhibition, as well as our victorian bells and other garden care products in the 'Off the Shelf' display.  All in all a very positive show - see you all next year!

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    Information for those that attended and would like to contact us:
    Any general enquiries should go through our sales office [email protected] or 0845 241 1555 where Emily, Ali or Danielle will be very happy to speak to you.
    If you are a retailer and would like to speak to our Sales Director, Malcolm Andrews, he can also be reached through 0845 241 1555 or [email protected]
    If you wanted to discuss Unidomes, please address enquiries for the attention of Tom via [email protected]
  • Haxnicks at the Malvern Spring Show

    Kim Aldred (Assistant to the Sales Director) will be running the Haxnicks stand again this year, and would like to welcome all of the visitors to her favourite spring event.

    "Malvern is such a great show - you get to meet so many gardening enthusiasts, young and old - and there are also loads of bargains to be had.  I love it!"

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    Kim's sister Danielle preparing the stand with Tom

    Kim and her team are on hand to answer any questions you may have about Haxnicks products and competitions.

    They can be found at stand number 514 at The Malvern Spring Show from 12th - 15th May.

  • Dave Chappell & Haxnicks at the Lakeside Garden Centre

    Robbie Cumming, Marketing/PR writes:

    Spending the day at Lakeside in Warminster was invaluable to me and hopefully for some of the customers I spoke to.  The day started fairly slowly, but by the end I had a non-stop flow of families stopping by my Potato Patio Planter demonstration and asking all kinds of questions!Luckily, Champion Grower, RHS Gold Medallist and past Gardener's World presenter Dave 'Taffy Tatties' Chappell was on hand to help!

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    Mr Chappell about to be showered in praise and/or compost from Robbie's Planter!

    Mr Chappell is quite a character as some of you will know.  He travels the width and breadth of the country giving talks about growing and showing spuds, whilst entertaining everyone with his awful jokes.  I can say this as I know he won't be reading our blog, preferring the written letter to 'anti-social nit-twerping'!  So please, no one tell him!

    If you would like to visit Lakeside Garden Centre (they do a cracking bacon and brie panini) you'll find them on the A350 just outside of Crockerton near Warminster in Wiltshire.  Call on 01985 217 413 for more information.

    If you would like to contact Dave Chappell and perhaps invite him to your garden centre, school or gardening club you can call him on 01291 420 048.  Or why not write to him : Mr D Chappell, Taffy Tattie, 42 Caldicot Road, Rogiet NP26 3SE.  I don't think he has a Facebook page or Twitter account though!

  • BBC Gardeners World - Original Victorian Bell Cloches

    Following the recent features in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Gardener's World Magazine we thought we'd let you know a bit more about the various articles that feature Haxnicks products.

    Helen Riches is a garden designer that regularly contributes to Gardener's World magazine and has won awards for her garden writing in the past.  In this edition she chose to use our Victorian Bell Cloche in 'Summer Pots from Seed' and shows readers not only how to grow flowers for some real summer colour, but also how to do it on a Budget.

    We're reproducing the article in full below, but you can find out much more on Helen Riches' website.

    Haxnicks Patio Planters in the Press

    Haxnicks Victorian Bell Cloches are the original plastic cloche, based on the old fashioned glass type, and having sold well over a million, Haxnicks continue to be the leading manufacturer of these award winning cloches. Versatile, practical, reusable and stackable the Victorian Cloche is a favourite for many modern gardening experts.

    If you're looking to buy some (or want to see them for real) try our Stockist section. We list all current stockists and if your local garden centre doesn't have them you can also buy online.

    As always - it's your feedback that counts... please feel free to tell us what you think of our Victorian Bell Cloches.

  • Haxnicks in 20th Anniversary Edition of Gardener's World Magazine

    We're very proud to note that Haxnicks products have received some fabulous coverage in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Gardener's World magazine. What we want to know is - what do you think?

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    Helen Riches, Lila Das Gupta and long term friend of Haxnicks Pippa Greenwood can all be seen in the BBC's foremost gardening publication using Haxnicks products.

    Helen Riches, award winning garden writer and garden designer, recommended covering with a cloche overnight to give germinating seeds a better chance in her article entitled 'Summer Pots from Seed'.  Lila Das Gupta also wrote an article about sowing Runner Beans and the benefits of using Rootrainers.

    Pippa Greenwood meanwhile chose to recommend our Kitchen Garden Cloche for her article on protecting small groups of fruit and vegetables in their early stages and to extend their growing season.  And scattered throughout as always, our Biodegradable Pots Naturally range.

    What can we say?  Well, go out and buy Gardeners World Magazine and see for yourselves of course!

    Here's the list in full of products featured:

    And here for your added info is a list of links to Gardeners World Articles and Blogs - enjoy!

    Now we want to hear from you... what did you think, have you seen our products in any magazines or TV shows?  Look out for us, we have great links with gardening experts across England and Scotland and even Ireland.  But don't forget we're a company that wants to produce the best quality garden care products we can and that means listening to your feedback.  Please leave us a comment.

  • Potato Planting Competition & Amateur Gardening Magazine

    Robbie Cumming, our PR and Marketing Executive writes:

    In Amateur Gardening this week, gardening editor Kris Collins wrote about how to get started with growing potatoes, explaining how to chit and how many potatoes to use in each planter.

    Haxnicks Patio Planters are in the Press again

    Before I spoke to him about the article, I had already decided to choose a certain variety known as 'Sharpe's Express', which I bought from my local garden centre (see pic below).

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    Seed potatoes at Orchard Park in Gillingham, Dorset.

    The potatoes were described as being great for all manner of cooking methods and being disease resistant sounded perfect for me.  These factors are obviously rather important as I'm the one who is running the Potato Planter Competition!  The pressure is on, especially as the last time I grew potatoes in containers was when I was 10 years old - almost 2 decades ago now!  Luckily for me, the beauty of growing potatoes in planters such as ours is that it is a much safer bet than sowing in rows - especially as you can move your crop into the greenhouse, or porch, if frost is on its way.

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    Tip: Chitting

    Allowing your potatoes to 'chit' (I said 'chit'!) allows shoots to sprout from the 'eyes' of the potato and can speed things up, essential if you want to start growing early like I am.  However, you can still plant potatoes straight into the bags without chitting.

    I placed my seed potatoes in egg boxes (see picture) and placed them on a shelf in the atrium between our office and warehouse - it's light, cool, but protected from frost.  A few weeks have gone by, and the shoots are slowly emerging, but being the inquisitive yet impatient young chappie as I am, I emailed Kris to see if he could tell me anything about the potato variety I was about to plant out.

    "I grew Sharpe’s Express in one of your patio planters last year and got 2.5kg of potatoes – ended up being my best yield over all other varieties tried last year. Hope you have the same luck."

    Yes, I do have quite a smug look on my face, but my mother told me never to count my chickens before they've hatched (and she should know with all her bantam hens!).

    Having said that, I would like to throw down the gauntlet and challenge you all to a potato duel! Amateur Gardening is available from newsagents, supermarkets and garden centres nationwide every Saturday priced £1.99
  • Compact Rootrainers - 2 'Best Buy' Awards in the same month


    Haxnicks in the Press
    Garden News 18th Jan 2011


    We are very proud to announce that our own Compact Rapid Rootrainers have been awarded 'Best Buy' awards in not one but two weekly gardening magazines, Garden News and Amateur Gardening.
    Garden News chose our Rootrainers because they were "Re-useable, rigid plastic containers.  Especially useful for plants that need deep root runs and dislike root disturbance."  Geoff Hodge, gardening expert and tried and tested journalist for the weekly publication awarded it 5 out of 5 for Use & handling, Watering, and Root growth.


    Haxnicks Rootrainers in the Press
    Amateur Gardening 29th January 2011


    "Opens like a book for easy inspection of moisture levels, root growth and removal of the Best Buy went to Rootrainers as they are re-useable."


    Compact Rapid Rootrainers come with a drip tray, propagating lid and have 20 cells in total.  To top it all off they are made in Great Britain, and as well as being re-usable, with a lifespan of approximately 6 years, they are also manufactured from recycled plastic.
    Amateur Gardening have always been fans of our Rootrainers. They regularly feature in gardening editor Kris Collins' weekly articles, in Anne Swithinbanks' column and have now been awarded 'Best Buy' by consumer editor Julia Heaton:
    "The shape and grooves promote optimum root formation.  Good way to raise bedding or cuttings as it makes handling the plants simpler. Those produced should be bigger and garden ready due to the larger root system."
    So why not see if the experts are right - try out our Compact Rapid Rootrainers and see for yourselves (quite literally) the quality of plant you can produce. Available as a deluxe version with a handy drip tray, perfect for windowsills.
    Amateur Gardening and Garden News are both priced £1.99 and available from newsagents and supermarkets every Tuesday.

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