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  • Spinach ready for eating?

    If your spinach is ready then here is a lovely recipe for you.  With a few tweaks it would also work with swiss chard if you have that ready at the moment.

    Spinach is a great vegetable, but you do need to have a lot of it to make an impression!
    Of course children generally don’t like it, so I would serve this perhaps as a light lunch for adults, and do a quiche Lorraine which has no spinach and plenty of cheese and bacon for the kiddies. Everlasting spinach has got to be the chosen one to plant as it lasts and lasts.

    Spinach Quiche

    Preparation: 40 minutes Cooking time: 25 – 30 minutes Serves: 5 – 6

    Ingredients:

    6oz (150g) plain flourCooked_Spinach_quiche_on_board

    3oz (75g) butter

    A small amount of cold water

    10 oz (280g) coarsely chopped spinach

    5 medium spring onions

    4 eggs

    2 floz (50ml) cream or crème fresh

    1 tsp nutmeg

    2 tsp chopped parsley

    4oz (100g) cream cheese

    4oz (100g) cheddar cheese

    Salt and pepper

     Directions:

    1. Put the flour and butter in a large mixing bowl. Rub the butter into the flour to make a fine breadcrumb texture. Add enough cold water very carefully to make a firm dough. If you put too much water in add a little more flour.
    2. Roll it out and place in a cold flan tin then put in freezer.
    3. Turn the oven on to 180°/ 350°/ Gas mark 4.
    4. Put all the spinach into a pan with 1/2 cm (1/4”) of water then cook fast for 1 minute.  This will shrink it so that it can fit into your flan tin. Let it cool. Chop the spring onions fairly thinly.
    5. Put the eggs into a large mixing bowl with the salt pepper and nutmeg then mix well.
    6. Add the spinach, spring onions, cream, cream cheese, cheddar and chopped parsley into the bowl then mix well.
    7. Take the tin out of the freezer and fork lots of little holes into the bottom of the pastry.
    8. Place the flan tin in the oven for 10 minutes, until light brown. This is called ‘baking blind’. The reason for baking blind is so that you get a good firm base to the quiche.
    9. Take the tin out of the oven and pour in all of the filling mixture.
    10. Put it back into the oven for another 15 minutes.
    11. You can eat this cold or hot, for lunch or supper it is delicious.

    For a printable PDF click here Spinach_Quiche

     

  • Fancy some foraging? Bramble is the best free food...

    Blackberry or bramble...  Love them or hate them?

    In my garden they are a BIG nuisance, terribly invasive they've overtaken the edges of the garden and each year they creep further towards the house.  Much as I dislike them at home, in the hedgerow on my leisurely stroll to work they are different,  Here they are an abundant gift from Mother Nature which will provide all sorts of treats when teamed with the thousands of apples that have come off my tree this year.

     

  • 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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  • 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.

     

    Haxnicks in the Press

     

     

  • Spring is in the air

    Spring is in the air, throw open the windows! We should be out in the garden getting some fresh air and exercise. There is plenty to do from clearing winter debris - twigs on the ground and hedge cutting - as it is time to smarten up your gardens and get ready for planting very soon.
    Jobs to do:
    Sow seeds inside: such as aubergines, brussels sprouts, celery, cucumber, fennel, kale, lettuces, melons, nasturtiums, marigolds, peas, rocket and tomatoes – if you haven’t already.
    You can begin to sow seeds outside too but to be on the safe side I would cover them with cloches to give them a better chance. You can sow, onion sets, parsnips, potatoes (if they are chitted), spinach, rhubarb(crowns) and strawberry plants.
    Chit your seed potatoes: this means place each seed potato separately onto a tray or in egg boxes and leave them somewhere cool and light. They must be kept away from any chance of a frost. You will notice that in a couple of weeks they will start to sprout shoots, when this happens you can plant them out into the ground.
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    Get your beds ready: Remember in order not to ‘do your back in’ only do the tiring jobs for twenty minutes at a time, such as digging. I have dug mine and added loads of manure and compost to raise the height of the bed, as last year it was so water logged and everything drowned. I am determined to give everything a better chance this year. Positive thinking. So digging an adding compost/manure are things that need to be done over the next couple of weeks.
  • No more pot bound plants

    Fed up with re-potting patio plants? Haxnicks
    new VigorootTM planters have a technically advanced growing fabric liner that
    encourages stronger roots and more productive plants, removing the need to re-pot as frequently.
    Haxnicks Vegetable Patio Planters
    Vigroroot Planters come in a range of sizes for different fruit trees and shrubs
    VigorootTM fabric liners work by ‘air-pruning’ the roots of plants, encouraging more
    vigorous rooting which in turn enables the plant to absorb more nutrients. When the root tips reach the side of the Vigoroot fabric an air pruning process takes place, enabling the roots to continue to develop without root-balling and thereby removing the need to re-pot. This enables plants to grow to a much larger size in a relatively small planter and fruit bushes may not outgrow the planter for several years.
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    Haxnicks Vigoroot Table Garden is ideal for growing fresh produce right outside your kitchen window
    Haxnicks has used the fabric in a collection of VigorootTM planters with decorative flat
    packed steel frames, ideal for growing small trees, herbs and vegetables on patios. The standard, large and long containers are great for patio orchards, ornamental and exotic plants whist the VigorootTM Table Garden lends itself to a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers.
    VigorootTM planters are available from garden centres across the UK or www.haxnicks.co.uk
  • Easy to open propagator

    This year, more gardeners than ever are propagating their plants using Haxnicks RootrainersTM, a unique propagating tray for seeds, plugs and cuttings. The deep grooved modules encourage the faster formation of straight roots and the trays open out like a book
    to avoid damaging the baby plants when planting out.
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    The Rootrainers propagator can be popped on a window sill
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    RootrainersTM have specially designed cells with grooved sides that
    encourage the main root to grow towards the drainage opening at the bottom
    where the tip makes contact with the air and dies off, encouraging vigorous
    root growth. This air-pruning produces a faster formation of straight roots
    without root balls which is particularly good for growing sweet peas where a
    long, vigorous root system is the key to strong plants.
    Haxnicks Rootrainers
    Opens like a book making it easy  to remove the plants

     

    When
    the plant is ready to be re-potted, the cells simply open like a book which makes it easy to remove the plug without damaging the root system. Each RootrainersTM pack contains a holding
    tray, propagating lid and set of cells and can be reused year after year for
    bedding plants, salads and herbs as well as for runner beans, fruit and
    vegetables.As your local garden centre for Haxnicks Rootrainers. 
  • Get chitting ready for planting your seed potatoes

    If you have a small or urban garden potatoes are the perfect veg to grow in a Haxnicks Patio Planter - we even have a special Patio Potato Planter!

    Seed potatoes are on sale from December and throughout the spring. Each Patio Planter is suitable for planting 3 seed tubers or 4 tubers if very small 'baby potatoes' are required. By planting each potato planter at 4 week intervals you will be able to harvest over a longer period.

    First you need to 'chit' your seed potatoes by placing them in a cool but frost-free place in egg boxes or shallow trays in full light, so that they can form sturdy shoots (chits) about 2.5cm (1 inch) long. This takes approximately 5 weeks.

    When they are ready to plant, you will need approximately 40 litres of good general purpose compost for each planter.

    Haxnicks Potato Patio Planters

    Pour approximately 10cm (4 inches) into the bottom of the planter. Plant your seed potatoes, with the shoots or eyes facing upwards, and cover with 5cm (2 inches) of compost. Keep the compost slightly damp, but do not over-water.

    When the shoots have grown 7cm (3 inches) high, add another layer of compost to leave the tips of the shoots just showing, keeping the compost damp each time. Repeat this process until the compost and shoots are 3 cm (1 inch) from the top.

    When the Potato Planter is full and the leaves of the plants are showing, feed weekly with a high potash/ low nitrogen soluble plant food. If there is danger of frost, cover with fleece and remove when the frost has passed.

    When the plant produces small white or pink flowers your potatoes are ready to harvest. Simply dig down into the planter to see if your potatoes are ready, and look out for the planter bulging, another sign of good potato growth. Remove a few potatoes at a time, or tip the planter out to reveal a bumper harvest.

    If you want larger tubers then continue feeding and watering for another few weeks. When the potatoes are ready to harvest, you can always store them in a Haxnicks Jute Vegetable Sack!

  • John Negus reports from Fernhurst Horticultural Society

    Gardening guru John Negus has been out and about giving lectures and talks to gardening clubs, W.I.s and many other societies. After chatting to the Fernhurst Horticultural Society in Surrey on planting to a make a garden beautiful in winter, he conducted a quiz in which the winner left with a pack of Haxnicks’ Micromesh Pest and Wind Barrier. Ideal for shielding tender crops from the elements, and safeguarding them from winged invaders, it’s a great ally.John added, "Well done Haxnicks for stocking what gardeners of all persuasions need."

     

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    John Negus (right) with ladies from Fernhurst Horticultural Society, Surrey

  • Don’t wait for the first frost

    To protect plants and trees from frost damage, they need to be covered. So when the weather forecast is for overnight frost, it is advisable to be prepared. Haxnicks’ Easy Fleece Jackets are ideal for potted patio plants as you can easily pull them over the plants and draw the bottom together using the integral drawstring which closes off the air flow giving the plant its own microclimate. With a choice of 3 sizes the Easy Fleece Jackets are ideal for both large and small plants as well as for hanging baskets.

    Haxnicks Garden Fleece Jackets

    Made from high quality 35gsm polypropylene fleece material, the jackets will protect your plants but also allow light and moisture to filter through to provide a healthy growing environment and the soft material does not cause harm to buds or leaves.

    Haxnicks Fleece Jackets

    Once the threat of frost is past, simply remove the Fleece Jackets, fold them and store them until the next time you hear the words “.....and tonight there will be an overnight frost”!

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