Love to Grow

  • Winter Plant Protection

    Haxnicks small Fleece Jackets for Winter Plant Protection

    Good morning Gardeners! Are you wrapping up to go outside today? Coat, scarf, gloves, woolly hat perhaps? Well, if so then spare a thought and a few pennies perhaps for your more vulnerable plants that might need something to keep the cold, damp and frostbite at bay. Wrap them up with a Haxnicks Easy Fleece Jacket, an Extra thick Fleece blanket or a Victorian Bell cloche. We often receive questions about looking after container grown plants in the winter (listen in Potty Gardener), one of the most common being cordyline palms. I would suggest gathering all the leaves together and holding them in an upright position with some string or soft-tie, but when it is really cold an Easy Fleece Jacket or even two should help to protect the foliage and stop the frost getting to the growing point of the palm. Do make sure to remove the jackets when the weather is warmer to avoid rotting.

    The Royal Horticultural Society offers some good advice on protecting plants during the winter months and unless I am very much mistaken it looks like they have opted to spend their pennies on a Haxnicks Victorian Bell Cloche.

    Growing White Flowers with Haxnicks

    Many plants bravely push on through the cold without any protection but one in particular never fails to give me a childlike surprise every year. Spotting the first modest blooms of snow drops in my garden always makes me smile, but if they are still hiding in your garden then why not wrap up and warm yourself inside and out by a visit to a snowdrop display in someone else's? The National garden Scheme has a list of snowdrop gardens open in aid of nursing and caring charities in February.

  • Seed potatoes and Spring cleaning

    Haxnicks Potty Gardener

    The Potty Gardener

    There are some peculiar brown, wrinkly things lurking on my kitchen windowsill. They may be small and silent but rather alarmingly they seem to be growing poisonous eyes on stalks! Grandpa Haxnicks assures me that they can’t see me (I have my doubts), but I am relieved to know that in a few weeks I can safely bury them out of sight. If they continue to grow and possibly reproduce I am told that it is quite reasonable at some stage to dig them up, boil them alive and eat them (shhh maybe they have ears too).

    Haxnicks Tips on Seed Pots

    These chitting seed potatoes, sporting the racy names of ‘Swift’, ‘Rocket’, and ‘Red duke of York’ promise to give a good summer crop and I’m told are ideal for growing in planters. Who gets to choose potato names I wonder, because if these little chitters don’t live up to their names I shall be offering to rename them (shhh maybe they have ears too)? If my potty ramblings haven’t satisfied your curiosity about growing potatoes in planters then have a look at Haxnicks Potato Planters

    Haxnicks Patio Planters

    Anyway, as well as keeping a careful eye on those potato eyes I have gathered some pots, planters and grow bags ready to create my self-contained garden. Grandpa Haxnicks has kindly delivered some goodies and I have scrubbed up some old pots. I have also cleaned up and cleaned out the greenhouse and green it was, every pane coated in verdant mould, so I scrubbed the glass with a vinegar solution which apparently made me smell like an old gherkin. Lovely!

    The next stage in my plan is carrots, Amsterdam Forcing Carrots to be precise. I also wonder who names the carrots? They sound even more imposing than the potatoes, why not something gentler like Nether Wallop Nudging or Trumpton Tender? Any more suggestions…..?

  • Grandpa Haxnicks says Make way for EasyPath

    Haxnicks EasyPath

    Good Morning Gardeners!

    February is a good time of year for you to take stock of what is in your sheds and greenhouses, to clear out the old and make way for the new. This is not a phrase that I am entirely comfortable with, but it leads me on nicely to giving you news of something new from Haxnicks. I am very pleased to tell you that Haxnicks EasyPath is poised to appear in garden centres any minute now.

    Haxnicks EasyPath PE Wheelbarrow

    It is a fold-out pathway that goes between rows of vegetables, herbs, flowers or strawberries so that you can work between the crops without having to use planks of wood and, what’s more, because it is made of a tough outer weed barrier with a strong internal structure it keeps the weeds at bay and can also be used to protect wet lawns from wellies and wheelbarrow traffic. It has a carry handle and loops along the edge to peg it down, and when you want to put it away it folds up neatly into a 30cmx30cm square.

    Haxnicks New Garden Products at GLEE

    Grandpas are entitled to a little boasting, so I’ll also tell you that Haxnicks EasyPath won the 2014 New Product Award at GLEE trade show in September. It will soon be available at a garden centre near you and with various online retailers, or you will be able to find it here on our website. There will be lots more exciting Haxnicks news to come and I will keep you in touch.

    I hope you enjoyed hearing from our new friend The Potty Gardener earlier this week, I’m just off to visit her and give some advice on seed potatoes…a 'chit'-chat if you like!

    Goodbye for now.
    Grandpa Haxnicks

  • Growing without the Garden

    Grandpa Haxnicks would like to introduce you to The Potty Gardener talking to anyone who will listen, mostly herself....

    Haxnicks Potty Gardener

    Hello from The Potty Gardener!

    There is definitely an air of spring on its way this morning. No sign of a frost, some chirpy birdsong and a glimpse of sunshine. Of course, it won’t last but it is fuelling enthusiasm for my new project.

    The kitchen table is strewn with gardening magazines awash with smiley, rosy cheeked experts inviting me to join in their plant-based passions. 'Sow', 'Create', 'Transform', 'Cultivate', 'Titivate', 'Rotavate', 'Motivate'!  Further fuelling of enthusiasm for my new project.

    Vigoroot Pots Full Of Life from Haxnicks

    So what is my new project, I hear you ask (or is that just the voices in my head?)? Well I'm quite happy talking to myself…potty, completely potty….and that is my new project. The potty garden. This year I am going to grow everything in pots, planters and bags. Why (voices in my head again)? Not because I am potty, but because I am living in a rented property where every inch of growing space is a knotted nightmare of ground elder roots. It invades the dry stone walls, penetrates the weed matting and is resistant to roundup. But it is possible to be motivated to sow, create, cultivate, titivate (maybe not rotavate) without the garden.

    I am making a plan that starts with potatoes in planters, but that ultimately helps me to get growing and glowing like they do in the magazines. I want my pink cheeks to match the flowers in my garden like Carol Klein, to use my hands as spades like Monty Don and develop an organic grin as satisfied as Bob Flowerdew, so watch this space!

  • 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

     

     

  • Start them gardening young!

    Haxnicks My First Vegetable Garden/Sandpit is an ideal educational product for getting children into growing plants from an early age. This brightly coloured 75cm square patio planter will encourage children to grow herbs and vegetables in their very own raised bed which creates an ideal growing environment for small plants that the children can tend themselves from digging to watering and harvesting. And if they don’t have green fingers, it can double as a sandpit!
    My Child's First Patio Planter from Haxnicks
    Kids love the Haxnicks My First Patio Planter/Sandpit
    Why not try radishes which are a great starter vegetable for kids because they are easy to grow and are ready for eating within a month of
    sowing. Courgettes are also easy to grow as are carrots and lettuces.
    Children will love having their very own "garden" to tend!
  • 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.
    Haxnicks Rootrainers
    The Rootrainers propagator can be popped on a window sill
    Haxnicks
    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!

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