• WIN £100 & Haxnicks goodies


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    Potato Growing Competition

    You could win £100 and a bundle of Haxnicks grow your own goodies.

    All you have to do is send us pictures of your Haxnicks’ potato planter full of plants (or home grown potatoes) - it couldn't be easier.

    Don't fret if yours don't flower as you'd hoped - there are a couple of other ways to win:

    Growing the Hugest Harvest – How many tatties can you grow in one planter? Send us an image of the potatoes laid out on the ground next to or on top of your planter. Super Spud – photograph your largest potato on a flat surface next to a ruler or tape measure on top of the Haxnicks’ potato planter it was grown in. Extra snaps of how you grew it would definitely help your chances.Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought onlineHow to enter
    You will need:
    • A pack of Haxnicks Potato Planters
    • Some Seed Potatoes
    40 litres of compost per planter
    • A camera to record your progress


    When you come to harvest your potatoes (from June for early crops), email pictures of your produce to: [email protected].  Alternatively, you can write to us at Haxnicks Ltd, Beaumont Business Centre, Woodlands Road, Mere, Wiltshire BA12 6BT.

    Haxnicks Patio PlantersYou can also use our Facebook or Google+ pages to post comments and photos.

    Check out our neat 'how-to' YouTube video to help you get started with planting your very own potatoes.  Click here to see the potato planter (pictured, right) product page.

    Be sure to take photographs of your progress so you can prove that the potatoes were grown by your own fair hands, but if you get stuck let us know.
    Images submitted may be used on, and in promotional material.  Any personal details we receive from you, however, shall be kept strictly confidential and remain on our files only.


    Follow or search the blog for further information, tips and updates.  Good luck!
  • Potato Planting Competition & Amateur Gardening Magazine

    Robbie Cumming, our PR and Marketing Executive writes:

    In Amateur Gardening this week, gardening editor Kris Collins wrote about how to get started with growing potatoes, explaining how to chit and how many potatoes to use in each planter.

    Haxnicks Patio Planters are in the Press again

    Before I spoke to him about the article, I had already decided to choose a certain variety known as 'Sharpe's Express', which I bought from my local garden centre (see pic below).

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    Seed potatoes at Orchard Park in Gillingham, Dorset.

    The potatoes were described as being great for all manner of cooking methods and being disease resistant sounded perfect for me.  These factors are obviously rather important as I'm the one who is running the Potato Planter Competition!  The pressure is on, especially as the last time I grew potatoes in containers was when I was 10 years old - almost 2 decades ago now!  Luckily for me, the beauty of growing potatoes in planters such as ours is that it is a much safer bet than sowing in rows - especially as you can move your crop into the greenhouse, or porch, if frost is on its way.

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    Tip: Chitting

    Allowing your potatoes to 'chit' (I said 'chit'!) allows shoots to sprout from the 'eyes' of the potato and can speed things up, essential if you want to start growing early like I am.  However, you can still plant potatoes straight into the bags without chitting.

    I placed my seed potatoes in egg boxes (see picture) and placed them on a shelf in the atrium between our office and warehouse - it's light, cool, but protected from frost.  A few weeks have gone by, and the shoots are slowly emerging, but being the inquisitive yet impatient young chappie as I am, I emailed Kris to see if he could tell me anything about the potato variety I was about to plant out.

    "I grew Sharpe’s Express in one of your patio planters last year and got 2.5kg of potatoes – ended up being my best yield over all other varieties tried last year. Hope you have the same luck."

    Yes, I do have quite a smug look on my face, but my mother told me never to count my chickens before they've hatched (and she should know with all her bantam hens!).

    Having said that, I would like to throw down the gauntlet and challenge you all to a potato duel! Amateur Gardening is available from newsagents, supermarkets and garden centres nationwide every Saturday priced £1.99
  • Potato Patio Planter Planting Instructions

    Seed Potatoes are on sale from December and throughout the Spring, and again in July/August for planting for Autumn and Christmas. 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.

    Place your seed potatoes 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.

    For each patio planter you will need approximately 40 litres of good general purpose compost.

    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.

    You Will Need

    • 40 litres high quality multi-purpose compost/planter. (120 litres for the 3 planters)
    • 3 or 4 seed potatoes / planter (9 - 12 seeds for the 3 planters)
    • Liquid feed

    Now you can enjoy the taste of Home-grown Spuds!

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