Slug Busters

  • The Potty Gardener At War With Slugs

     

    Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought onlineEating a freshly picked salad, followed by a bowl of home-grown strawberries in the sunshine is the perfect lunch for me in this lovely sunny weather. It is also the perfect lunch for slugs. I have been battling to make sure that they don’t help themselves to more than their fair share. There has been a brief truce during this hot, dry spell when I guess they have travelled (on foot of course) to damper destinations, but I am armed with a multitude of slug-busting strategies ready for the next stealthy invasion.Slug Damage on a Leaf

    In my be-more-tolerant-to-molluscs moments (usually at the beginning of the growing season), I find that gently removing the slugs from the vicinity and hurling them into the field next door strikes a good balance between welfare and warfare. A slug’s homing instinct has a range of 20 meters, so be sure to calculate the slug’s flight path carefully. If you are attempting this operation without gloves or a catapult, then you may need to de-slime afterwards. Vinegar is an excellent de-slimer.

    Catching Slugs on Oranges with HaxnicksIf you want an easy way to round up a large group of slugs, rather elegantly known as a cornucopia, then oranges could be your answer. Hollow out some orange halves and place them upside-down near vulnerable plants. The citrus-loving slugs will crawl under the oranges for a midnight feast, where they should remain in their departure lounge until their early morning flight into the field next door.

    Slug-Buster Slug Trap from Haxnicks

    If you think that this all sounds rather unkind, then maybe stop reading. As the summer goes on, my slug tolerance levels go down and I turn to another strategy that involves a medieval style slaughter…drowning in a vat of ale. The Slug-Buster is a neat, discrete little execution device that sinks surreptitiously into the soil. Filled with beer, this tempting hideout becomes not so much a departure lounge as a pub with a permanent lock-in where the sloshed slugs slowly sink….say that after a few beers!

     

  • Grandpa Haxnicks announces this year's exciting new products

    Hello Gardeners,

    I have lots of exciting new Haxnicks products to tell you about. After their successful launch at GLEE (the biggest UK garden trade exhibition) we are looking forward to seeing them out on the shop floor and on our website very soon.  This year our new products range from small essentials to great ideas and monumental showstoppers.

    So let's start with the small essentials...

    Water Waiters from Haxnicks

    Meet our cheeky new Water-waiters who have arrived to serve water to your plants whilst you are away. This simple self watering system draws water into the soil as needed, preventing under and over watering, and allows you to happily go on holiday without worrying about thirsty plants. They come in a pack of 3.

    Slug Busters from Haxnicks

    Slug-Busters ( 2 in a pack)  are non toxic and reusable slug traps. They are simply filled with beer or salt water and sunk into the soil to attract and trap those greedy slugs and snails that might otherwise be heading for your crops.

    Haxnicks Easy Riddle

    The EasyRiddle is a lightweight garden sieve that takes the strain out of soil sifting. Unlike a traditional riddle, it is flexible and lightweight so no vigorous side to side shaking or bouncing is needed, and what's more it folds flat for easy storage.

    Haxnicks Leaf Picker in full use

    More Haxnicks innovation.....The Leaf Picker! An exciting, new, fast and efficient way to collect leaves. This durable and lightweight tool is designed to spike up the leaves and then, using the instant release slider on the handle, the leaves are cleverly pushed off the spikes into your wheelbarrow or leaf pile. It's ingenious! Click on this link to see Leaf Picker in action.

    Next come our show stoppers!  An exciting new range of iconic plant frames designed for ornamental vegetable growing. You can create beautiful and impressive displays with your climbing veg. Beans, gourds, cucumbers, squashes and melons all taste great, but now they can look fabulous too. Those of you who have never considered growing gourds, squashes and pumpkins due to limited ground space can now grow upwards and use sky space instead.

    Haxnicks London Eye Plant Support Structure

     

    Haxnicks Eiffel Tower Plant Support Structure

    These are just two of the Frames in our range which includes a Big Ben Bean Frame as well as a long and a square ornamental growing frame. All of them are made of fully galvanised steel with a high quality powder coated finish. They come flat packed and can be easily taken down for winter storage.

    Oh and there is more....  StrimGuard a tough wrap around plastic mesh to protect young saplings from the evils of nylon strimmer wire and finally we will be bringing olive green coloured Cane Toppers  into stock soon.

    More news coming soon, but in the meantime Happy Gardening!

    Grandpa Haxnicks

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