Love to Grow

  • Haxnicks Helping Schools update: Naas CBS and 'Vegetation Nation'

    Before Christmas we were contacted by a schoolboy by the name of Seán Grassick from Naas CBS in County Kildare, Ireland, who explained that as part of his Business Studies course he would be setting up his own company.

    He explained that he needed to purchase products in exactly the same way as any normal business would, to gain the full experience of the buying and selling process.  We jumped at the chance to help him out, not only because we have always had a history of helping schools and societies, but because of Seán's enthusiasm for his project - let alone shrewd bargaining skills!

    We managed to settle on a really good deal so that he could buy our planters at a very low cost and sell them as part of a 'grow your own' pack that included other manufacturer's products too. We also provided product information and images to use in his company's promotional leaflets.

    At the start of the year Seán sent me an email to let me know what had happened since we sent him the goods...
    Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought onlineHaxnicks Garden Products can be brought online"Just to update you on our mini-company Vegetation Nation. When we bought the patio planters off yourselves, we packaged them ourselves with five packets of vegetable seeds (different seeds for the different size planters), a guide book and plant labels. We then sold them at the local country market, run by country women, on the 17th of December. They were very well received and we sold 32 planter kits. We have now currently sold 46 planters out of 60. We have a very large demand for seed potatoes with the planters. So we have taken this on board and are planning on making improvements to our product for sale in February."
    If you live in Ireland and would like to order any planter packs from Seán and his team then get in touch with them: v[email protected]
    We will be helping Seán again in the future and will let you all know of any exciting developments, and I for one will be keen to know what grade the project gets.
    If it's not an A* then I'll phone the headteacher!
    by Robbie (Marketing and PR guy)
  • Haxnicks 2011 - Ready to Grow!

    Welcome to the first blog of the new year.  We've got loads planned for 2011, so without further ado let's take a look ahead...

    Haxnicks Love to Grow
    A New Look for a New Year
    As many of you will already know, we have been busy creating a whole new look for Haxnicks.  Our packaging has become more distinctive, refreshing and contemporary than anything we've ever done before, and will be brightening up the grow your own sections of Garden Centres across the UK from January.  Take a look at our 'Garden Products' page for examples.

     

    Haxnicks Garden Cloche
    King Size Victorian Bell - just one
    of the new additions for 2011

    New Products

    We have already had so much interest in our brand new range of Natural Bamboo products, even before they've hit the shops!  Fruit cages, Sweet Pea frames, Decorative Arches, Pergolas and Tunnel hoops are all coming very soon - watch this blog for more news!
    New Offers
    Madeleine Cardozo Down to Earth2011 sees the launch of many great offers, here's a brief run-down of the first to sprout:

    Free Book when you spend £50
    'Down to Earth' by Madeleine Cardozo is a refreshingly simple A-Z guide to growing your own fruit and veg, and you'll be able to get a copy ABSOLUTELY FREE when you purchase £50+ worth of Haxnicks' products.  For example, you could buy a Haxnicks' Speedhoe, a pack of Vegetable Patio Planters, a 3 pack of Bell Boy Propagators and a pack of Birdscare and on top of all that a free book worth £14.99 - all for £51.96 - great value!

    New Competitions
    Our 'Love to Grow' competitions are always great fun, not only for winning great prizes but as a way of encouraging those that are not sure about growing their own fresh produce to take the plunge.

    3 Potato Patio Planters from HaxnicksComing soon: The Love to Grow Potato Planter competition - open to all and is the biggest and most exciting yet, featuring some fantastic cash prizes.
    There will be three competition classes in which to enter yourself/family/school/company:
    Potato Planter Photography Award- £100 for the best photograph of your Haxnick's planter full of potato flowers
    Hugest Harvest - how many can you grow in a single bag? £100 worth of Haxnicks' goodies up for grabs
    Supersized Spud - Another £100 of Haxnicks products for the largest spud grown in a Haxnicks planter. We will give more details on exactly how to take part when we formally launch the competition with terms and conditions, but you'd be wise to get ahead by ordering seed potatoes from your local garden centre ready to start chitting and a Haxnicks Potato Planter in time for planting them out in the spring.
    But that's not all.  Stay tuned to this blog (click the 'follow' icon on the right) where we will announce more really exciting new product developments, a new catalogue, shows, updates on media activity and some more Youtube videos all on the horizon.
    We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their patronage in 2010, and wish you all a very successful year of gardening ahead.
    ~Love to Grow with Haxnicks in 2011~
  • Rootrainers - Versatile plant growing cells - from George Pilkington

    Another article sent in from www.nurturing-nature.co.uk - thank you George.

    Haxnicks' RootrainersRootrainers I wholeheartedly recommend. It’s not often that I would recommend a product or sing its praises. Every now and then though, a product comes onto the market that I buy and try. Many are, to be quite frank, rubbish. Rootrainers are different.

    Designed by a Canadian professional engineer, Henry Spencer, in which to plant forest tree seedlings - it is obvious that he knew what he was doing and what was needed to achieve a genuinely first rate product. Rootrainers have been designed to open and close like a book. Each book contains 4 or 5 cells and each cell grows one plant or tree.

    The hinged book allows for easy root inspection, moisture checks and seedling removal. The closed books fit snugly together and several can sit side by side inside a clever little tray which holds them securely. Each cell contains vertical ridges which encourage roots not to spiral, and to form a good fibrous downward growing root system, whilst protected in the rootrainer prior to planting out. Upon reaching the aeration hole at the bottom, they are ‘air pruned’ which basically means that the roots stop growing downwards when they meet air, thereby encouraging more lateral roots inside the cell. If they were not air pruned, they would continue growing downward and along the bench, floor or wherever they were being grown. This would make it very difficult to remove from the cell.

    Haxnicks RootrainersInitially, they are expensive (as many patented products are) and a bit fiddly to clean. However, when you consider that I have had some rootrainers for 6 years, then the price pales in significance.

    They are so versatile, from acorns to peas, runner beans to onions all of which can be successfully grown in rootrainers. They do represent excellent value for money. Several sized cells can be purchased to cater for different plants, trees etc.

    Get your Rootrainers here, and have a look at other information from George on his website, www.naturing-nature.co.uk

  • Bob Flowerdew, Kris Collins and Anne Swithinbank...

    ...all use Haxnicks products, and can be seen in the pages of the magnificent weekly Amateur Gardening magazine.

    Your Gardening Week features Haxnicks

    Kris Collins using our Rootrainers

    Kris Collins, Gardening Editor of the magazine, says he is always happy to use Haxnicks' products, and includes them in a number of his own articles (see above).  We received an email from Kris earlier this month on the subject of Potato Planters - he had managed to reap 2.5kg of Maris Bard potatoes from one bag: "I was very impressed with my first go and will definitely use them again next year."

    The Organic Gardener features Haxnicks

    Bob Flowerdew and our Large Bell Cloche (left)

    Bob Flowerdew, also of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time, is planning on using our large plastic bell cloches to cover his pineapples: "I suspect their shape will be good for keeping them dry in the centres which should prevent winter losses"

    Using Haxnicks Easy Tunnels

    Anne Swithinbank with the Giant Aerated Poly Easy Tunnel

    Amateur Gardening is available from all good newsagents every Tuesday.  Back issues available by visiting the web site www.amateurgardening.com or by telephone: 01202 440840.

  • Vegetable Sack Video

    We want to show you easy it is to properly store vegetables. It is so important to get the most from your vegetable garden, especially with food prices as high as they are, none of us can afford to let vegetables rot and go mouldly.

    In this short YouTube video, Madeleine Cardozo, author of 'Down to Earth' show us how to extend the life of our Beetroots.


    We are also keen to point you in the direction of Madeleine's excellent new book where you can find out how to grow and what to do with your Beetroots. The book is available in all good garden centres, from our Web site (priced at £9.99) and also from Amazon.

    Madeleine Cardozo's Down To Earth Gardening Book

     

    All of Haxnicks videos are available on YouTube.com/Haxnicks
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  • Sowing Seeds in Autumn with Down to Earth author Madeliene Cardozo

    Sowing Seeds in Autumn with Down to Earth author Madeliene Cardozo

    Traditionally, broad beans must be sown before 5th November - Bonfire night - so you have a few weeks left to get ahead.  Last week, we watched our in-house author Madeleine Cardozo and her boys Orlando and Bruno sowing beans and sweet peas in Haxnicks' Rootrainers™. The broad beans have already started sprouting in the cold frame, so we are already well on the way.

    If you haven't already seen Madeleine's new book 'Down to Earth' do take a look, it is available to buy through the website.  In the meantime please enjoy this video.

    Love to grow? Stay tuned to www.youtube.com/haxnicks!

  • 2010 NVS Northern Branch Championships

    Haxnicks sponsored Class 1 of The Northern Branch of the National Vegetable Society's Championships this year.

    Peter Clark's Class-Winning Combo
    Peter Clark's Class-Winning Combo

    To exhibit in this class, each exhibitor could display one vegetable of each kind. The winner was Peter Clark, who was also awarded the 'Cockney Bowl' (wonder if he celebrated by doing the 'lambeth walk'?) for gaining the most points in the Championship classes - congratulations, Peter!

    His winning combination in Haxnicks' Class 1: Onion Dave Metcalfe strain, Cucumber Carman, Potato NVS Amour, Parsnip Palace, Leek Pendle Improved and Long Carrot New Red Intermediate.

    Second Place: Keith Abel Third: Trevor Last
    Second Place: Keith Abel Third: Trevor Last
    Fourth: Alan Pease Fifth: Steve Halifax
    Fourth: Alan Pease Fifth: Steve Halifax

    Some cracking produce here, and something for us mere 'love to grow' mortals to aspire to...

  • Haxnicks and Joe Swift at the RHS Autumn Harvest Show

    Haxnicks and Joe Swift at the RHS Autumn Harvest Show

    The much coveted RHS Gold medals will be on show under Haxnicks' Glass Bell Jars this year at the RHS Autumn Harvest Show in London.

    The show, a celebration of the season's finest fruit, flowers and veg, will be previewed by Presenter Joe Swift on tonight's BBC2's Gardeners' World (1 October).

    The programme will follow Joe as he attempts to take his vegetable growing to another level, with the aid of experienced Welsh grower Charlie Maisey.

    The question is - will Joe Swift be lifting a Haxnicks' Bell Jar at the end of the competition?

    To find out tune in to BBC2 1 October at 7 pm, staying tuned to the RHS web site and to this blog, and our Twitter and Facebook pages to find out the results next week.

    Haxnicks are very pleased to be supplying Glass Bell Jars to cover the medals at this year's RHS' Autumn Harvest Show, on this weekend at The RHS Horticultural Halls at Greycoat Street, SW1. Nearest tubes are St James's Park and Victoria.

  • Glee 2010 Review

    We have just returned from this year’s Glee.  The garden and leisure industry’s most prominent trade show.  It proved to be the most successful one ever in the company's history.

    Branding

    Firstly, we showcased our daring new branding.  In purple and green, featuring silhouetted family members hard at work in the garden.  The ‘love to grow’ strap line now accompanies the new logo design. Many of our customers stopped by to pick up the 2011 catalogue.  They also  complimented us on our new packaging designs. They enthused about the importance of appealing more directly to younger gardeners.  And also commented on the need to enhance our reputation as the innovative company we have always been.

    New Products

    New products announced for 2011 created a real buzz throughout the event.  Our new natural bamboo range was showcased at the new garden care products stand.  It drew in lots of inquisitive visitors.  Many of whom applauded our use of natural materials over excessive plastic and metallic structures. Look out for our Pergola, Decorative Arch, Pea & Bean and Sweet Pea Frames, Long and Round Fruit Cages and Tunnel Hoops available early next year.

    As well as completing our Victorian Bell Cloche range with the King Size Victorian Bell™ we also launched our brand new book, Down to Earth (by Madeleine Cardozo) which proved to be very popular, so much so that we discovered quite a few had mysteriously disappeared along the way!

    Our new point of display videos were a real hit – some of which can already be viewed on our YouTube channel. We’ll put up another blog post once the new Soft-Tie™, Potato Planters, Patio Planters™, Easy Tunnels™ videos become available.

    Trevor Pfeiffer (pictured) from Garden Trade News and Garden Radio was at the event, running through a few of this season’s best sellers. He chose to showcase our Vegetable Sack as it features in the GTN Bestsellers Garden Products Chart, and at one time it was the 14th most popular garden product!

    All in all a great few days – thanks to everyone who helped make Glee 2010 a rip roaring success!

  • GLEE 2010 - Birmingham

    Stand Number: 5C09

    We're here and we're set up and ready to greet you.  We have plenty of new products, lots of new brochures and are the talk of GLEE with our new product packaging which has been extremely well received.

    Haxnicks continue to turn heads and the dramatic impact of our new 'colours' is having the desired effect - people recognise the Haxnicks brand more than ever as the original brand within the garden care sector.

    We're going to update this post shortly, we want to keep you informed and up to date on Haxnicks.  Join us on Twitter to get the latest updates direct to your phones.

    Yours, the Exhibition Team at Haxnicks.

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