Product Bites

Product Bites are bite size descriptions of Haxnicks products.  They are a quick reference for anyone wanting to know what the product does.  They include answers to the questions
  • What is the product
  • What Crop is it for
  • Where Can I use it
  • What is so special about it
Haxnicks products are designed to make life in the garden that little bit easier.  The products designs keep the home gardener in mind.  Particularly those who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables.  Those who don't have a garden show speacial interest.  They can grow their own food in the tiniest of outdoor spaces.  Many of the planters are suitable in an urban setting sucj as a courtyard or on a balcony or terrace.  Many of the planters are suitable in an urban setting sucj as a courtyard or on a balcony or terrace. GAP
  • Product Bite: Bamboo Scoop

    What is the Bamboo Scoop:  

    new_prodcut_2019_bamboo_scoopThe Bamboo Scoop is a generously proportioned scoop for quickly filling pots, planters and seed trays.

    It is brilliant for planting seeds, potting on and even repotting.  It has a life span of 3 to 5 years and is biodegradable and fully home compostable after use.

    What's so special about it?

    The material we make the scoop from is its real selling point.   It is strong, sustainable bamboo with natural resin made from rice.  This material is free from petroleum-based plastics and BPA and a great way to help reduce plastic in the garden.

    Another great reason to use one of these is filling pots can be a very messy operation with it spilling off the trowel.  Holding 600ml at a time this wonderful sage green compost scoop will make the process simpler and far less messy.

    If you have a plastic scopp in your current kit then keep it until it wears out.   However, if you are muddling by using a trowel or need to replace your plastic scoop though - this is the best choice.

    Find out more: 

    See it in action: The scoop doesn't have its own video yet but it is made from the same material as our bamboo pots and seed trays.  You can find out more about it including how to dispose of it after use over on our YouTube channel Bamboo Range

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use New sustainable gardening tools

    Buy it Now:  See the full range here Bamboo & Sustainable Gardening

     

  • Product Bite: Bamboo Seed Tray

    What is/are : 

    It is a seed tray made out of sustainable bamboo fibre, rice starch and resin made from naturally occurring organic compounds. This material is free from petroleum-based plastics and BPA.

    Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world.  Some species can grow 91cm in a 24-hour period, a rate of almost 4 cm an hour.  This makes the core material truly sustainable.

    They can be used year after year so they are a great alternative to single use trays.

    What crop are they for:

    Sow anything you would have sown in a plastic seed tray into a Bamboo Seed Tray.

    Where can I use them:

    Seed_TrayThese soft colours and the finish on pots will look just as good with herbs on a kitchen windowsill as in the greenhouse.

    They come without holes for indoor use where you don't want them to drip.  However it is easy to add holes for drainage.  Simply punch out where marked with a screwdriver or tip of a trowel.

    What's so special about it? 

    Whilst you can find some biodegradable pots for sale, at the time of writing this is the only biodegradable seed tray on the market.

    It’s estimated that 500 million plastic plant pots are sold every year. The majority end up in landfill or are incinerated.  Very little is recycled and there are few facilities to do so. A large amount of fossil fuel is used in the production of plastic pots, and they take around 500 years to decompose.

    The difference with the Bamboo Seed Tray is that you can dispose of them on your home compost heap.  Composting may take 6-12 months. Breaking the products into small pieces before adding them to your compost heap will help speed up this process.

    Find out more: 

    See it in action: To see it in action head over to our YouTube channel Bamboo Range

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use Grow at Home: Spring Onions

    Buy it Now:  See the Seed Trays and full range here Bamboo & Sustainable Gardening

    The difference with the Bamboo Seed Tray is that you can dispose of them on your home compost heap.  Composting may take 6-12 months. Breaking the products into small pieces before adding them to your compost heap will help speed up this process. The difference with the Bamboo Seed Tray is that you can dispose of them on your home compost heap.  Composting may take 6-12 months. Breaking the products into small pieces before adding them to your compost heap will help speed up this process. The difference with the Bamboo Seed Tray is that you can dispose of them on your home compost heap.  Composting may take 6-12 months. Breaking the products into small pieces before adding them to your compost heap will help speed up this process.

  • Product Bite: Easy Path

    What is Easy Path :

    EasyPath PE Wheelbarrow

    Easy Path is an instant fold-out garden pathway for placing between rows of vegetables, herbs, flowers or strawberries so that you can work between the crops without damaging the soil or weilding planks of wood.

    What crop is it for:

    Anything that you plant in a veg bed as well as flowers borders - its great for getting to the back of beds without leaning and stretching.  Much kinder on your back than trying to manage without.

    Where can I use it:

    Easy_Path_PotatoesUse it anywhere where you have soil that you don't want to tread on and compact.  In healthy soil half of the volume should be made up of solid material.  The remainder should be either water or air.  If the soil becomes compacted then it harder for the roots of plants to penetrate the soil.  There is also no space for the water and air that are needed for excahnge of gases a healthy ecosystem of soil microbes.

    What's so special about it?

    It is portable and lightweight and stores easily.  A plank of wood could do a similar job.  However, the Easy Path is much easier to move and can used in places where you wouldn't want to put a plank of wood.  It can be laid down and left but it can also be rolled out, used and then foded away.  For example it can be simply laid down in a flower border while weed, then packed away.  Much easier than carting a plant of wood round.

    Find out more: 

    See it in action: Easy Path doesn't have its own video yet but you can see it in action in our Frost Protection Video (about one minute in) - head over to our YouTube channel to see Frost Protection

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use Grow at Home: Super Strawberries

    Buy it Now:  See it here Easy Path

     

  • Product Bites - Tomato Tubes

    What are Tomato Tubes:

    Tomato Tubes_against_woven_fenceTomato Tubes are like a mini grenhouse for your tomato plants.  They are a tube of lightweight polythene which is fitted over the plant to give the tomatoes the warm moist environment that they need to thrive.

    They offer simple, inexpensive, organic crop protection for tomato plants grown outside the greenhouse.

    What crop are Tomato Tubes for:

    All types of tomatoes.  Anything from large corden varieties to small bush types can be successfully grown in Tomato Tubes

    Where can I use them:

    Use them outside to protect plants from changeable weather.  Unseasonal weather can cause havoc with outdoor tomato crops. Too much rain, too little sunshine, harsh winds, plummeting temperatures...the Great British summer is not always ideal for a bumper crop of tomatoes!

    What's so special about it?

    Tomato Tubes_Close_UpGrowing tomatoes can be tricky if you don't have a greenhouse.  So Tomato tubes level this playing field a little for those without the money or space for a greenhouse.

    They are an organic way of protecting tomatoes from both weather and pests.  The Tube retains warmth and moisture and also boosts ripening - great for late season toms.

    Tomato Tube comes as a 3pk of 2m lengths. Once over the plant it can be supported in the pot with canes and tied off at the top and bottom with the tie wires included in the pack.

    Find out more: 

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use Grow at Home: Tomatoes

    Buy it Now:  See them here Tomato Tube

    pADDING tEXT tOMATO tUBES

    Walk this way.  Talk this way. Padding this out to make it longer.  Use them outside to protect plants from changeable weather.  Unseasonal weather can cause havoc with outdoor tomato crops. Too much rain, too little sunshine, harsh winds, plummeting temperatures...the Great British summer is not always ideal for a bumper crop of tomatoes! Unseasonal weather can cause havoc with outdoor tomato crops. Too much rain, too little sunshine

  • Product Bites: Deep Rootrainers

    What are Deep Rootrainers :

    Rootrainers are innovative planting cells.  They are the perfect start for nearly all plants and especially those that are sensitive to disturbance and require deep root runs.

    Ideal for seeds, seedlings, plugs and cuttings, they require less compost than ordinary pots.

    There are 32 cells which come in openable 'books' so that the seedlings can be planted on without disturbing the roots.  The cells fit snuggly into a tray and there is a clear plastic lid that can be used as a drip tray to water and then flipped over to turn the set up into a mini propegator.

    What crop are they for:

    deep_rootrianers_with_beansDeep Rootrainers are perfect for plants that have deep roots like beans, peas, pumpkins, tomatoes and sweet peas.  They are the most common ones used by veg growers.

    Rapid Rootrainers and Compact Rapid Rootrainers are also available for bedding plants, salads and herbs.  And Maxi Rootrainers are the biggest in the range, used for growing broad leaved trees.

    Where can I use them:

    They are great for the greenhouse, a window cill or with the lid on they can act as a mini-greenhouse if you want to use them outside.

    What's so special about them?

    Rootrainers_diagram_showing_root_formation

    Strong straight roots are a fundamental requirement of healthy and successful growth.

    The rectangular shape provides a greater surface area and the grooves allow more roots to develop on the outside of the plug. Plants are also easily extracted from the ‘open books’ without root disturbance providing the perfect plug plants.

    Rootrainers are well known and well loved by horticulturalists, commercial growers and all the best gardeners.

    Find out more: 

    See it in action: To see it in action head over to our YouTube channel Rootrainers

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use Rootrainers What size cell to use  or Grow at Home: Broad Beans

    Buy it Now:  See the full range here Rootrianers

     

  • Product Bites: Water Saucers

    What are Water Saucers:

    water_saucer Water Saucers are a simple self-watering system for potted plants.  The Saucer sits under any plant pot.  The plant roots draw up the water they need via the super absorbent capillary wick.  

    What crop are they for:

    They work for any plant in a pot.  Anything from geraniums to runner beans can benefit.

    They are perfect for pairing with Vigoroot pots and great for watering when away for a few days

    Where can I use them:

    Before planting up a pot, simply thread the capillary wick half way up the pot (if the pot has no drainage holes you will need to cut or drill a small hole in the base of your pot).  If you already have a plant in a pot you can retro fit the wick - see the YouTube video for how to do this.

    What's so special about it?

    The plant can get water as and when it needs it.  The wick sits in the water-filled saucer enabling the plant to independently draw up water as required. You can also add liquid feed to the water supply and the plant can self-feed too! Over and under-watering will no longer be a problem as plants will be provided with a consistent water supply. The large capacity of the water saucers will mean that  plants can be left to look after themselves for extended periods too.

    Water saucers are perfect for pairing with Haxnicks Vigoroot™ pots and mean that much less room is needed to grow veg for example crops such as runner beans can be grown in pots as small as 5 litres.

    Find out more: 

    See it in action: To see it in action head over to our YouTube channel Water Saucers 

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use Grow at Home: Broad Bean Experiment

    Buy it Now:  Find it here Water Saucer

     

  • Product Bites: Haxnicks Strawberry & Herb Planter

    What are Strawberry and Herb Planters:

    strawberry_flowersThe Haxnicks Strawberry & Herb Planter is a large patio planter (40 Litres)  that has 8 planting pockets for your strawberries and herbs to grow from.

    It comes in a pack of two so you can have one for your strawberries and one for your herbs.  Or use both for strawberries if you love them as much as we do!

     

    What crop are they for:

    Any type of strawberries from small alpine ones to lovely big English summer strawberries.  Herbs such as thyme, chives, basil, mint - whatever you use most of. You could even plant Cut and Come Again leaves at the top and strawberry and herbs plants in the pockets to make the most of the growing space.

    Where can I use them:

    Haxnicks' Strawberry Patio PlanterYou can use them wherever you have 35cm x 35cm of spare space!  So just outside the back door, in a sunny spot by the shed, on your balcony or in your back yard.

     

    What's so special about it?

    The planter keeps you precious crop of strawberrins up off the ground away from all but the most determined slugs and snails.  (A simple Slug-Buster trap will prevent the rest making the climb) The spacing of the pockets mean that all the plants get enough air and light and you don't end up having to scrabble round on the floor to pick your fruit.  It is also easily moveable so you can simply turn it to ensure that all the fruit gets its share of the sun.

    Find out more: 

    See it in action: To see it in action head over to our YouTube channel Patio Planters

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use Grow at Home: Super Strawberries 

    Buy it Now:  See the full range here Strawberry & Herb Planter

     

  • Product Bites: Down To Earth

    What is Down to Earth:  

    Down_to_Earth_book_open_coffee_mug_SpeedHoeDown to Earth, by Madeleine Cardozo, is a quality hardback book providing a practical step by step guide to growing a wide variety of vegetables.  It is suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced gardeners wanting to expand the range of veg they grow.

    What crop does it include:

    It covers 40 vegetables from the every day ones like potatoes, tomatoes and salads.  To the less often grown veg such as chicory, fennel and asparagus.

    What does it cover:

    It talks gardeners through from preparing the beds to harvesting the crops.  It also covers how to grow in pots and planters as well as in the ground.  And the best time to plant and harvest each crop.  Plus the odd recipe and serving suggestion.

    What's so special about Down to Earth?

    Down_to_Earth_book_openThe A to Z style makes it suoer easy to use.  No hunting in the index - you just turn to the veg you want to grow.

    Beautiful photography means it is equally good on the coffee table as in the potting shed.  It is the sort of book that will be passed down through the generations and makes an ideal gift for gardeners.

    Find out more: 

    Buy it Now:   Bamboo & Sustainable Gardening

     

  • Product Bites: Haxnicks Potato Planters

    What are Potato Planters:

    Potato Planters are the super easy way to grow potatoes.  A pack of 3 large planters with good drainage that make it easy to grow this kitchen staple.

    What crop are they for:

    Any type of potatoes from little salad ones to large baking types.  They take 40 Litres of compost and come in a pack of 3.  Each one will take 3 to 4 seed potatoes.

    Where can I use them:

    Use anywhere in the garden, patio, balcony or terrace.  They are 35cm in daimeter so you only need a tiny space to get growing.

    What's so special about it?

    Pink_potato_flower Potato flower

    They take all the hard work out of growing potatoes.  There is no digging to prepare the bed.  Simply fill them a third full to start and plant your seed potatoes.  Then as the plants emerge just cover them up again with compost. Repeat until the planter is full.  This is much easier to achieve in planters than in the ground where you have to dig large trenches.

    The other big advantage is at harvest time.  To harvest, spread out a large plastic sheet and tip the planter over onto it.  Search through the compost and you will find your lovely crop.   Much easier than having to dig the plants up and hunt for the crop.

    Find out more: 

    See it in action: To see it in action head over to our YouTube channel Potato Planters

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use Grow at Home: Potatoes

    Buy it Now:  See them here Potato Planters

     

  • Product Bites: Vegetable Sacks for storing your root veg

    What is/are Vegetable Sacks:

    storing_vegetables_potatoes_in_jute_sackVegetable Sacks are veg storage bags made from 100% biodegradable vegetable fibres.  They are indispensable to keep home grown veg in peak condition until you are ready to eat it.

    The tough, woven fabric makes the best possible storage material for root vegetables.  It allows air to circulate so condensation doesn't build up inside. Vegetables are kept cool, dark and dry.

    What crop are they for:

    Ideal for all root vegetables - especially potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, swedes and beetroot. You can also store onions (in a separate bag to the other veg)

    Where can I use them:

    Keep them in a cupboard or hang the bags somewhere cool dark and dry if possible to allow air to circulate.  The shed or garage would be perfect provided it is relatively pest free.  Check every now and then to make sure that there are no issues.  Remove and use any veg that are not looking their best straight away.

    What's so special about it?

    The natural fabric allows air to circulate meaning that the crop isn't ruined by condensation.  They are also reusable year after year and compostable once you have eventually finished with them.

    Find out more: 

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use Grow at Home Shallots

    Buy it Now:  See the full range here Vegetable Sacks

    See more: Haxnicks has a great YouTube Channel where you can pick up all sort of tips and tricks and see the prodcuts in action.  Check it out here YouTube

     

     

     

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