Children's Vegetable Patio Planters

  • Self Watering Tower garden

    The Self Watering Tower Garden is self watering. That's right!  Self watering!

    Haxnicks Self Watering Tower Garden water reservoir

    It does what it says on the tin, or would do if it came in a tin.  But why is this important when actually, plants love water and I quite like watering them too?  Don’t know about you, but for me it’s a calming activity during which I contemplate life, the universe and beyond.   This watering zen is the ‘ideal’ though and some weeks the ‘ideal’ is as rare as a blue rose.  The plants will survive my inattention.  The rub is that not only do plants love water but more than this they like regular water.  Otherwise it can have a drastic effect on their output.  Who hasn’t taken their eye off the ball and ended up with split tomatoes?

    Cue the Haxnicks Self Watering Tower Garden . So on those weeks when the cat needs the vet, the kids need new shoes and the fridge definitely needs a clean out the ingenious wick is doing what you can’t and keeping your plants happy and healthy.  No more coming back to dejected looking plants and a guilty conscience. Problem solved.

    Haxnicks Self Watering Tower Garden with Vigoroot pots Self Watering Tower Garden with Vigoroot pots

    My Tower Garden is in its second year and the Vigoroot pots can be washed at the end of the season and stored flat by the organised gardener.  I am not an organised gardener though (must have been one of those weeks) so I had just emptied them and stored in the shed.  A quick brush off left them looking as good as new though and I was able to start planting.

    Not only does it solve your watering issues but it also allows you to grow a staggering amount of plants in a very small area.  My garden is large but with building work about to start most of it is off limits for this season.  The 3 layers allow me to have 12 x 5L pots  in a tiny space.  Each layer has 4 Vigoroot pots which air-prune the roots to give healthier plants with better roots that lead to higher yields.

     

     

    Three Layers:

    Haxnicks Self Watering Tower Garden with strawberries, herbs and tomatoes Fully planted!

    I won't even have to worry about watering when I go away for a week's holiday in summer which is a bonus. All that is left to do now  is to make sure that the water reservoirs are full once a week and then and wait to pick my very first crop.   Might just have to plan a nice bruschetta recipe for all those glorious tomatoes...

  • Start them gardening young!

    My Child's First Patio Planter from HaxnicksHaxnicks My First Vegetable Garden/Sandpit is an ideal educational product for getting children into gardening.  Growing their own plants from an early age is fun and hopefully something they can take with them into later life.  This brightly coloured 75cm square patio planter will make gardening easy for them.  It will allow children to grow their favourite herbs and vegetables.  It creates an ideal growing environment for small plants that the children can tend themselves. It's their very own child-sized raised bed so they can reach in to tend it without trampling their crops.  They get to practice digging, sowing, planting, watering.

     

    Gardening Education

    It is a great thing for kids to understand where their food comes from.  Many children are now aware of climate change and food miles.  Consequently they are likely to be eager to get involved and grow their own food

    What to Grow

    Why not try radishes? They really are a great starter vegetable for kids.  They are easy to grow and are ready for eating within a month of sowing. So no need for lots of patience.  Courgettes are also easy to grow too. The best things to grow are the things they like to eat.  So try something like strawberries, small bush tomatoes, carrots, lettuces or even some fun cucamelons.  Chances are that a lot of the harvested crops will not even make it into the kitchen!

    Children will love having their very own "garden" to tend.

     

     

     

    Kids love the Haxnicks My First Patio Planter/Sandpit
  • Haxnicks' Vegetable Patio Planters reach the Top Table

    Vegetable patio planters are a must for those who want to marry food and gardening.  So where better to look than the Observer Food Monthly.  However, it is far from this website's purpose to even lean towards the political.  So we'll keep this neutral, but we thought we would share this with you.  Enter, Sarah Brown demonstrating that she is clearly a lady of taste, using the original Haxnicks Vegetable Patio Planter. Enjoy...

    Vegetable Patio Planters_Sarah_Brown

     

    Vegetable Patio Planters

    Specially designed for use on patios, balconies and in small gardens, each pack of Vegetable Patio Planters contains three planters of different depths - deep, medium and shallow - ideal for different types of vegetables.  So, it will be great for courgettes, tomatoes, salads, herbs, pumpkins, spring onions, radishes etc.  There really ins't much you can't grow in one of these containers.

    Made of a tough polythene with reinforced drainage holes and handles on each side they fold flat for easy storage and can be reused again, and again. Each pack comes with a helpful growing guide with lots of handy advice including a list of varieties suitable for each container and how many to plant in each.

    Sources: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/2010/apr/18/sarah-brown-downing-street-fair-trade & http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/competition/2010/apr/12/ofmapril

    In this paragraph, I’m going to discuss a few reasons why practice is important to mastering skills. Firstly, the only way to truly learn a skill is by actually doing what you’ll have to do in the real world. Secondly, I think practice can be a fun way of putting in the necessary hours. There are, however, some people who will disagree. Thirdly, and most importantly, it is said that people tend to remember only 10-20% of what they read or hear. Moreover, that number rises to as much as 90% when you put theory to practice. In conclusion, following up explanation with practice is key to mastering a skill.

  • More Tips on Tomato - growing in Patio Planters.

    Haxnicks' Tomato Patio PlanterTomatoes are one of the most rewarding things to grow, because they taste SO delicious when freshly picked - Some say you'll never eat a supermarket tomato again.

    Growing Tomatoes in Containers

    Using patio planters makes growing your own tomatoes easier than ever.  You can choose between the Climbing Tomato Patio Planter, which has a three sided metal climbing frame, or the Bush and Trailing Tomato Patio Planter, designed for tomatoes that are happy growing without a climbing frame.

    Also, you can use one of the three general use Vegetable Patio Planters (we recommend the deepest one for climbers, or the medium one for bush tomatoes.)

    If you're using a planter without a frame to grow climbing tomatoes, you'll need to provide some kind of support - 2 or three ordinary garden canes should be adequate, then use some of our Soft-tie to gently tie the plants to the canes as they grow (it's a good idea to leave space for the stems to grow when you tie around them).

    If you plan to grow from seed we recommend rootrainers for the best start, or you can buy some small plants from your local garden centre who will be able to help you choose the right sort of tomato.

    Haxnicks Patio PlantersTwo tomato plants should be enough to fill a Tomato Planter. The planters have drainage holes in the bottom, but we recommend adding a thin layer of gravel/stones at the bottom to assist with drainage. Then fill with a good-quality multi-purpose compost to about 4cm from the top of the planter.  Water the plants and allow to drain before planting them.  Also water after planting, but be careful not to soak the compost.

    Do not place tomatoes outside until after the last frosts.  Keep them in a light sunny position. As the plant grows, side-shoots must be removed.  Just pinch them off with your fingers).  Otherwise you'll end up with lots of foliage, and not much fruit.  Side-shoots grow from the joint between the main stem and the leaf branches.
    Lower leaves should be removed if they start yellowing, to reduce the chance of infection. Frequent watering is vital but we have to add dry periods lead to splitting tomatoes.  You can also just rub off Aphids with your fingers, or spray them off with water. Finally you will have a better crop if you feed your planter regularly from mid-summer onwards.  Feed with a good liquid feed.  you will  find many are available in your garden centre. As soon as the fruit is ripe, pick and eat! - This is a) delicious, and b) encourages more fruit to grow. Best of luck with it.
  • Growing Carrots And Parsnips

    Haxnicks' Vigoroot Pots Full Of Life
    Growing carrots just got easier.  Carrots and parsnips are sown directly into the garden but they can be sown in our Patio Planter range and then they can be either left outside the Kitchen door or on a Balcony for easy access or transplanted when they reach a suitable size.

    Both Carrots and Parsnips are crops that can be grown all year round.  As is the leek.  They will grow in all conditions except extreme heat. A crop rotation system with leeks, onions, garlic and other root crops is very recommended if you have the space. However with Patio Planter this is not necessary!

    If you do plant out it is a advisable to intersperse the carrots with rows of onions or garlic.  The smell will keep pests away from the carrots.

    Once the seedlings are about 2” tall they should be thinned out.  Thin to about 1” apart and when 6” tall to 2” apart. At this stage excessive or overwatering should be avoided as it will tend to crack the roots.

    Remember if you still are growing carrots and parsnips and they are still in the ground by mid-November they should be lifted before the heavy frosts.  They can then be stored in a cool place for up to 5 months.

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