Sunbubble

  • The Potty gardener Growing Beans in Pots

    Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought onlineSince discovering the secret to growing beans in pots I have been impatient to put it to the test. Veg growers might not normally consider growing runner beans in pots, but these are not normal pots and, as you may have noticed, I am not a normal veg grower. I am some way off reaching the giant at the top, but the beans are certainly racing up and I can’t help but mutter fee-fi-fo-fum whilst tending to these lean, mean, fast-growing beans.

    Haxnicks Rootrainers used in Growing Beans early

     

    Growing Beans

    I chose an early variety of Runner bean; Scarlet Emperor which claims on the pack to be ''very popular'' and give ''excellent garden performance''. ...hmmm, I hope that this garden celebrity won't upstage me!I Eager to get an early crop, the beans were sown in Rootrainers 2.5cm, and placed on a warm windowsill to germinate. Once both leaves had unfurled,

    Moving them on...

    I moved them into the Sunbubble. Here in the cosy, moist environment they took only a few weeks to reach potting-on stage.

    Haxnicks Sunbubbles used for Growing Beans

    And this is where the secret of potted bean success comes... in the form of these felty green pots. Vigoroot Pots are porous, allowing the roots to be 'air pruned' as they reach the edges of the pot, and causing a much stronger root system to develop. The plants don't become pot bound and have such super roots they grow well with less space.  This may be the latest conspiracy theory, but I have a sneaking suspicion that when Jack swapped his cow for magic beans and went on to grow a huge beanstalk that his beans weren't magic at all...I think that actually he had discovered growing in Vigoroot!

    Moving on...and up...Once the bean plugs had grown out of their Rootrainers I potted them up in 10Litre Vigoroot pots and gave them a stick each to guide their ascent up the strings that I had tied in at the top of the Sunbubble. They are growing fast and furiously, needing plenty of watering and I am looking forward to the early beans and hopefully a goose who lays golden eggs at the top!

     

  • Grandpa Haxnicks tells of Adventures in a Sunbubble

    A Haxnicks Sunbubble was originally designed as an instant pop-up greenhouse, but we had not envisaged that it might become so much more than that. Some people have been extremely creative with their Sunbubbles and I would like to share the inspiration.

    Runner beans in a Haxnicks SunbubbleEarly this year our good friend, the The Potty Gardener, was tasked with growing runner beans in time for a display at the RHS Chelsea Flower show. The beans grew in Vigoroot pots and climbed up strings inside her Sunbubble.  With maximum daylight exposure in a cosy, moist environment the beans flowered early and produced great looking, healthy runner beans by mid May. Perfect timing for Chelsea.

    Using a Haxnicks Sunbubble as a tent

    One customer sent in this picture of a Haxnicks Sunbubble extension to his tent. A brilliant idea! Due to the great British weather, campers are often forced into the gloom of their tents. Now they can take a portable conservatory and enjoy the daylight.

    Haxnicks Sunbubble at a festival

    Then there were the festival goers who were thrilled that they could easily spot their Sunbubble in a sea of tents. Although they did have to remember that all in-tent activities were on view!

    Haxnicks sunbubble as an art studio

    But the most creative use of a Sunbubble this year has to go to Alice Maddicot who used it as travelling pop-up art studio. Touring Somerset in September, Alice invited members of the public to create work inspired by the landscape in a new location each day. You can read more about Alice's artistic adventure with a Sunbubble here.

    Haxnicks Sunbubble under cover

    Finally, we are not sure what is going on inside here. A pop-up circus perhaps?

    Goodbye for now,

    Grandpa Haxnicks

     

     

     

     

  • The Potty Gardener skips into her Sunbubble

    Haxnicks Garden Products can be brought onlineSome very exciting news…this weekend the Sun came out, and so did my brand new Sunbubble! Unfortunately it is now drizzling with rain again, but whatever endorphins were released whilst soaking up the sun in my Sunbubble are still coursing through my veins resulting in a Spring-like enthusiasm for the gardening year ahead. The Sunbubble was very quick to put up with just a little bit of help from Grandpa Haxnicks. I had a choice of two sightings for this fabulous pop up greenhouse. The first was at the bottom of our garden, a lovely sunny spot, sheltered from the worst of the prevailing wind. I skipped back and forth to this spot a few times trying out this potential journey from house to greenhouse.

    Haxnicks' Potty Gardener's Wellington Boots stuck in the Mud

    Unfortunately, as I soon discovered, well-trodden, sodden clay becomes quite hard to skip on without losing one or both of your wellies!   So, in order to be able to skip with spring-like enthusiasm to my Sunbubble, whilst at the same time maintaining my dignity, my lawn and my wellies it was clear that the bottom of the garden was not the spot for it.

    The Haxnicks Sunbubble

    The next best place to sight it was on the gravel next to the chicken run and conveniently close to the garden shed. So up it popped in this spot. There was the small inconvenience of drilling into the hard-core below the gravel to secure it in place, but luckily Grandpa Haxnicks is quite amenable when it comes to small inconveniences (such as me!). The Chickens had quite a lot to say about this alien invasion of their view but I am certain that they will be thrilled when they discover that I intend to fill it with all sorts of juicy greens. It's just as well that the Sunbubble has a zipped doorway to keep the greedy chooks out!

    The Haxnicks Rootrainers Racking StationI have since skipped back and forth many times to my exciting new growing space with both wellies firmly on foot and dignity intact. I have also skipped into my local garden centre for compost, seeds, Rootrainers and a Rootrainers Racking Station to keep things tidy and ensure that I will be making the most of the space in the Sunbubble. Then I skipped to the local recycling centre where I have been keeping my eyes peeled (Ouch ) for useful pots and planters. This time I struck lucky and picked up a pair of terracotta planters destined for the skip.....and guess what?... I skipped home with them!

  • Here comes Sunbubble!

    Haxnicks Large Sunbubble Plants being watered

    Hello
    Gardeners, I have some more exciting news from Haxnicks for you. Here on our website and coming soon to a garden centre near you is Haxnicks Sunbubble. You can create your own exciting plantarium in a bubble with this amazing dome shaped, instant plant house or conservatory. Like all Haxnicks products it is easy to use and solves a gardening problem in a new and innovative way. Not everybody has the right space, money or permission for a traditional greenhouse, so one that can be put up, moved or stored away quickly and easily is surely the answer, and Sunbubble does just that. It is made from UV stabilised PVC and flexible fibreglass rods and due to its patented one-piece, folding design it can be unpacked, put up, or packed away in an instant.

    What’s more Sunbubble will warm up quicker than a traditional greenhouse because its curved shape means that the surface stays at 90º to the direction of the sun all day long, achieving minimum reflection and maximum penetration of light, just what your plants need. And if you are craving some warmth and sunlight too, perhaps on days when it is too chilly to relax outside then Sunbubble makes the perfect shelter from which to enjoy your garden.

    Growing Plants in Haxnicks Large Sunbubble

    So grow crazy....

    Enjoying Breakfast in Haxnicks Standard Sunbubble

    or just grow lazy!

    There is plenty more news of new products coming shortly, but in the meantime have a look at Sunbubbles going up in this short video. Goodbye for now,

    Grandpa Haxnicks

4 Item(s)