Extra Thick Fleece Blanket

  • Winter Plant Protection - introducing the Green Fern Fleece

    Good morning Gardeners! Are you wrapping up to go outside today? Coat, scarf, gloves, woolly hat perhaps? Well, if so, then spare a thought for your more vulnerable plants that might need something to keep the cold, damp and frostbite at bay.

    Fleece is the perfect answer.  And until now, unless you want to bandage your plants in unruly loose fleece, the Haxnicks Easy Fleece Jacket has been the only solution. This year we have added a new product to the range though.  The Green Fern Easy Fleece Jacket.  So if your plant is somewhere where you will see it, and you prefer it to look more leafy then you now have a choice.

    Both versions are a very effective way to look after larger tender or exotic plants.  In 3 sizes, small, medium & large they work for hanging baskets, and problem plants such as acers or tree ferns.  Simply slip them over the top of your plant and tighten the draw string.  If its going to be very cold then you can double or even triple them up by just adding another fleece on top.  Then if you have a mild day you can loosen the drawstring and take them off.  Exactly as you would with your own jacket when the temperature rises.

    Haxnicks small Fleece Jackets for Winter Plant ProtectionWe often receive questions about looking after container grown plants in the winter.  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. When it is really cold though, an Easy Fleece Jacket or Green Fern Easy Fleece Jacket (or two) should help to protect the foliage.  Importantly it will 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 though.

    If you have smaller plants in beds, or rows of veg on the go, then the Extra thick Fleece blanket is another way to protect your plants.  Simply secure with fabric pegs to keep the cold out.  Or for individual plants then Victorian Bell cloches will keep out the cold.  Watch renowned horticulturist and BBC broadcaster, Pippa Greenwood explain how Haxnicks Bells can help.

     

  • Grow at home: Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet_potatoSweet potatoes are a versatile and increasingly popular vegetable and is certainly able to grow outdoors in the milder areas of the UK.   They are grown more often in southern regions because they require at least four months of warm temperatures, though there are varieties that will grow in northern gardens, too. Here you may need to use a greenhouse, glasshouse or Poly Tunnel.

    Sweet potatoes are surprisingly easy to grow and just a few plants can produce a generous harvest.  It is a scrambling, tender perennial closely related to Morning Glories. Grow it as an annual and harvest in the early autumn.

    You can grow them from a sweet potato from the supermarket.

    1. Take a few clean sweet potatoes and place into a container
    2. Cover them with peat and keep damp
    3. Leave in a warm place
    4. When ‘slips’ emerge from the surface to a height of 20cm, trim them off
    5. Pot into Compact Rootrainers and allow to grow on.

    Wait for the frost danger to pass and plant them in their final position.  In late September, carefully dig them up. Leave for one week to mature in a warm place (allows skins to set and flavour to sweeten)

    Alternatively, order cuttings or slips, which will be delivered from late April onwards and pot the cuttings immediately into the Compact Rootrainers

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