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 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?

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    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: Template

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    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: Avocados

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

     

  • 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

     

     

     

  • Product Bites: Easy Seedling Tunnel

    What are Easy Seedling Tunnels:

    Putting out a Haxnicks easy Seedling Tunnel.Easy Seedling Tunnels are mini growing tunnels for starting off seeds which;

    • Provide a cosy moist microclimate for germination and rapid seedling growth
    • Lock in moisture
    • Protect from harsh weather and pests
    • Warm the soil ready for sowing

    Easy Seedling Tunnels come in a pack of 3 and are made from tough U.V. stabilised polythene and galvanised steel hoops.  They are an inexpensive way to maximise sowing success. Seeds are far more likely to germinate and grow healthily in a warm, moist  environment protected from birds, and other pests.

    For those without a greenhouse or a spare windowsill to propagate seeds, the garden soil can be warmed using the tunnels.  This enables earlier sowing giving a longer growing season.

    What crop are they for:

    They are one of the most versatile bits of kit in the garden and can be used for virtually any seedlings.   So everythinng from your veg seeds to your border plants will thrive in the Easy Seedling tunnels.

    Where can I use them:

    They are suitable to use all over the garden.  Simply push into the soil where required.

    What's so special about it?

    One of the advantages of these particular tunnels is that they do not need ground pegs.  As with all Haxnicks tunnels, peg the steel hoops straight into the ground to keep the tunnel firmly in place.

    Another major advantage is that after use the tunnels fold up neatly for storage.  It you keep the original packaging then you can just fold them flat and hang on a nail in the shed until they are needed again next season. Then they can be reused again and again.

    Find out more: 

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

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use Grow at Home: Winter Salad

    Buy it Now:  See them here Easy Seedling Tunnels


     

  • Product Bites: 5" & 6" biodegradable Bamboo Pots

    What are Bamboo Pots :

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    Bamboo Pots are ordinary pots made out of an extraordinary material. They are made from sustainable bamboo fibre, rice starch and resin made from naturally occurring organic compounds. This material is free from petroleum-based plastics and BPA.

    They last 3 to 5 years and are biodegradable.  So, after use you can dispose of them on their 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.

    They are part of a rangle including 3", 4", 8" pots and saucers as well as Plant markers and a Plant Scoop.

     

    What crop are they for:

    The 5" and 6" can be used wherever you would have previously used a plastic pot.  So, they are suitable potting on or starting off many veg plants.  They are also perfect for small house plants.  And ideal for herbs such as mint so you can have it available there on the kitchen window cill ready for use in cooking.

    Where can I use them:

    They are designed for both indoor and outdoor use.  These soft colours and the finish on pots will look just as good with herbs on a kitchen windowsill as in the greenhouse.

    What's so special about it?

    BAMBOO_POTS_+SAGE_GREEN_CLOSEuP_MANS HANDBamboos 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.

    It’s estimated that 500 million plastic plant pots are sold every year. The majority are sent to 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.

    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: Avocados

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

     

  • Product Bites: Soft tie - the original and best plant tie

    What is Soft Tie :

    Soft_Tie_tying_cane_tipeetipeeSoft Tie is a reusable, soft, strong plant tie for a multitude of garden uses.  It comes in two widths; Original and Slim.

    Original - designed for use with the thinner, more delicate stems of climbing annuals, young vegetables and shrubs, tall perennials and houseplants

    Slim Soft Tie - superior cushioning and strength and is the perfect choice for tying up plants that are heavily-laden with growing crops, or for tying up the thicker stems of trees, shrubs, roses, large climbers and fruit bushes.

    What crop is it for:

    It can be used for everything from fruit and veg to flowers and trees.

    Supporting young trees:  the ideal size to support branches it cushions rather than strangles.

    Supporting fruiting trees : particularly useful for heavily laden branches it has the strength to hold the weight, and the gentleness to not cut into the bark.

    Training the new growth of climbers and ramblers from Roses to Runner Beans : Starting with a small loop that encircles the shoot, but does not constrict it in any way, the ends can be firmly tied around the frame or support. The tie will now be immoveable, but the shoot will be able to grow through the loop without being impeded.

    Tall plants : Delphiniums, Gladioli,  Sunflowers, Hollyhocks and Foxgloves need to be able to bend with the wind, but when tied to canes they can chop themselves off at the tying point. Soft-Tie’s hard wire core allows it to be bent into a ring that is large enough to let the plant wave about in the wind, but the soft sleeve stops the wire bruising or cutting the stem.

    Where can I use it:

    It can be used in all manner of ways, not just to support plants. Keeping electric cables tidy, hanging pots, tying canes, emergency bicycle clips, temporarily securing drain pipes.  The list is endless!

    Soft-Tie™ is easy to secure with a simple twist.  No knot knowledge required! And can be cut with a sturdy pair of scissors.

    What's so special about it?

    Woody_Soft_Tie_around_plantSoft-Tie™ can do any job that garden twine or string can but with greater strength, more gently and it can be used again and again. Unlike copy-cat versions Haxnicks Soft-Tie™ is made from superior quality materials which last longer and perform better. The steel wire is galvanised so it won’t rust and it is thicker than competitor versions making it stronger. The rubber coating is UV stabilised.  It is also made to a specific formula which makes it just the right squidgyness !

    Find out more: 

    See it in action: To see it in action head over to our YouTube channel here for an amusing video sure to inspire! Soft Tie

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use Introducing Soft Tie

    Buy it Now:  

    Original

    For thinner, more delicate stems of climbing annuals, young vegetables and shrubs,.  Also for tall perennials and houseplants.   Original Soft tie or Woody Original Soft Tie

    Slim Soft Tie

    Stronger for heavily-laden plants with growing crops.  Or for tying thicker stems of trees, shrubs, roses, large climbers and fruit bushes.   Slim Soft tie or Woody Slim Soft Tie

     

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