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  • Grow at Home: Companion Planting

    Companion Planting

    Companion planting is where two or more crops are grown together for the benefit of one, or all. The most successful combinations mirror nature.  They can be an important part of planning a successful and productive garden.

     

    Deterrent Smell

    Plants have natural affinities with others of their kind.  The smell of volatile oils from many plants can above all discourage pests, making them excellent companion plants. Perhaps the most well known is the relationship between the tomato plant and the strong smelling French Marigold.  This is said to deter whitefly, for instance.

    While there is little scientific proof of these associations working, if you talk to any experienced gardener they will certainly provide plenty of anecdotal evidence.  Tomatoes like to be grown with Basil and Parsley.  Useful for cooks as well as gardeners.  And separating rows of brassicas with onions has always been popular.  This is possibly due to the strong scent of onions confusing the cabbage pests.

    Companion_planting_marigold_carrotsAttracting Pollinators

    English Marigold (Calendula) can provide welcome splashes of colour in the kitchen garden.  The added benefit is that they attract pollinators.  Along with Yarrow (Achillea) and Hyssop they also attract hover flies.  The hover flies will lay their eggs around these plants and when they hatch the larvae feast on aphids.

    Lavender_in_pot_in_flowerEnhancing fragrance

    Some gardeners know Chamomile as the 'plant doctor'.  This is because of its alleged ability to encourage the production of essential oils making their scent and taste stronger. It is attractive and easy to grow so a worthwhile addition to any planting scheme.

    Another garden 'must have' is the super fragrant Lavender. This acts as a general insect repellent whilst still attracting bees to your plot.

    Crops and their Companions

    Different combinations work in different conditions, so experimentation and experience is the best guide. Below are some combinations of crops and their companions that work well in most situations:

    • Asparagus: Tomatoes, Parsley, Basil
    • Beans: Carrots, lettuce,parsley, spinach
    • Beetroot: Onions, cabbages
    • Cabbages: Celery, mint, thyme, onions, nasturtiums
    • Carrots: Peas, radish, chives, onion, leek
    • Courgette: Nasturtiums
    • Lettuce: Strawberry, beetroot, radish
    • Onions: Carrots, beetroot, chamomile, courgette
    • Parship: Garlic
    • Peas: Potatoes, radish, carrot
    • Spinach: Strawberry
    • Tomato: Celery, basil, marigolds, foxglove
  • Salad anyone?

    We have returned back to a very grey and rainy England with not much hope for our little shoots after slight neglect for a week. However, we were greeted with huge shoots bursting to get out of their Rootrainers!  Seems like time to get the husband out building the Haxnicks Raised Bed with it’s very handy Raised Bed Polythene Cover to keep those courgettes, cucumbers and tomatoes growing upwards and outwards into something edible for my plate.

    Haxnicks Raised Bed with polythene cover on and plants inside I have plants now in my Raised Bed

    Most of all, the joy of this Raised Bed is that you construct and locate it wherever you wish, so for convenience it is sitting right outside our kitchen garden door.  As much as I love my garden who wants to traipse to the end of it to pick their veggies!  We have added a variety of herbs too - why not!

     Haxnicks Raised Bed with polythene cover off and salad plants showing  

    Pull back the polythene cover for easiy watering and as you can see we have a little bed of very healthy young plants which we hope to harvest sometime in July.  We will be back in July with an update!

    Haxnicks Raised Bed with polythene cover off and slightly larger salad plants inside Really growing now - here comes summer!
  • Don’t wait for the first frost

    To protect plants and trees from frost damage, they need to be covered. So when the weather forecast is for overnight frost, it is advisable to be prepared. Haxnicks’ Easy Fleece Jackets are ideal for potted patio plants as you can easily pull them over the plants and draw the bottom together using the integral drawstring which closes off the air flow giving the plant its own microclimate. With a choice of 3 sizes the Easy Fleece Jackets are ideal for both large and small plants as well as for hanging baskets.

    Haxnicks Garden Fleece Jackets

    Made from high quality 35gsm polypropylene fleece material, the jackets will protect your plants but also allow light and moisture to filter through to provide a healthy growing environment and the soft material does not cause harm to buds or leaves.

    Haxnicks Fleece Jackets

    Once the threat of frost is past, simply remove the Fleece Jackets, fold them and store them until the next time you hear the words “.....and tonight there will be an overnight frost”!

  • Glee 2010 Review

    This year’s Glee, the garden and leisure industry’s most prominent trade show, proved to be the most successful one ever in the company's history.

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

    New products announced for 2011 created a real buzz throughout the event.  Our new natural bamboo range, which was showcased at the new garden care products stand, 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™ and CaneToppers™ 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!

  • Runners around the Maypole

    The Haxnicks Garden Maypole

    First of all, just because something is practical doesn’t mean it has to be boring. The new Haxnicks Garden Maypole Plant Support is an attractive frame for climbing plants. Suitable for flowers such as sweet peas or vegetables such as runner beans.  It bridges the gap between functionality and ornamental interest.

    Though Instagram would have you believe it, decorative vegetable gardening is not a new idea. For many years vegetables and herbs have been a feature in ornamental gardens. Many have interesting textures or colourful foliage and flowers.  Many also smell great.
    As a result, when grown alongside traditional ornamental plants, they really add interest.  Their shapes can create wonderful contrasts and harmonies. Simply designing your vegetable garden in a different way can make a big difference and make it visually more appealing.  Introducing trellises, archways and other architectural features is quite simple and can be stunning.

    Haxnicks Garden Maypole stands over six feet tall.  It creates an elegant frame for climbing vegetables.  Runner beans, French beans, mange tout and peas are all ideal. The Maypole is tough and durable year on year. It is strong: the material selected for the centre pole and decorative finial is black powder-coated steel. From this eight rot-proof, polypropylene strings radiate out.  Finally strong galvanised-steel anchor pegs complete the package.  Like most Haxnicks products it is easily packed away and stored once the season has ended.  And can be used again the following year.

    Vegetable Garden

    Runner beans are one of Britain’s most popular home-grown vegetables.   From sales of the Garden Maypole it seems that Britain’s gardeners are getting more adventurous about where and how they grow them too.

    As long as gardeners are having fun with their plot and creating something they love then we are happy.  However, if you always grow your beans up canes.  And if the beans are always right next to the strawberries. Just behind the lettuces. Next to the onions.  And if it just might be time for a change to happen.  Garden Maypole might be the answer.

    If you decide to go for a redesign then please tag us in your Social Media posts.  We would love to see your new improved garden.

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