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South West Visit July 2009
Ian Rhys Williams

Page 2 - Ron Haines

   Ron Haines is a remarkable man. Since he was very young he has needed to use walking aides to aide mobility. A cobbler by trade, Ron had his own business for most of is working life and it was not until retirement, that he stopped working. He has exhibited at the highest level, exhibiting over many years at the National, when it was held in London, winning many top awards. Ron's two glasshouses were immaculately clean, with no clutter. Everything was neatly in place and each pot was spaced well apart, to allow air circulation and ease to handle plants. I was impressed by his enthusiasm and his eagerness to experiment with different composts to further improve his growing. At the time we visited, Ron had been trialing, four different compost mixtures. I have to say, that the majority of his plants looked in A1; condition. I spent a long time with Ron, discussing his methodology and was impressed by what he had to say regarding the differing composts which he was using.


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A.  Ron shares a joke with Ralph Trinder.
B. One of Ron's outside pots, containing Mandalay, which looked remarkably well considering the heavy rainfall.
C. The right hand side of one of Ron's glasshouses. Different pots contain different composts.
D. A picture of health. Plants grown in Singleton's J I; No; 2; mixed with Perlite and Singleton's Multipurpose.
E. A general view of glasshouse no; 1. Some plants are doing better than others depending on the composts used .
F. Look at the excellent condition of these begonias, spaced well apart, with not a blemish to be seen on any plant.

IAN'S SOUTH WEST VISIT 2009
Page 1 - John Chiswell          Gary Dando Part 1          Gary Dando Part 2          Page 4 - Lakin Earl

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