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2014 Diary

Stephen Jones
THE BRITISH SOCIETY
CHAMPION   2013

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JANUARY

   The 23rd Dec and winds blowing and the rain coming down but all ok in the green house checking the cuttings which are still in the propagator. About ten pots were empty and no tubers to be found but not to worry I harvested about twenty after all the tops had fallen off and roughly thirty of autumn and spring cuttings are still growing steadily. The spring taken cutting tubers are a good size and should make good plants this next season .The autumn cuttings are very small and these will need starting only after a short rest period and once rooted and potted into 5”pots growing without flowering ready for the 2015 season.
   The 4th Jan visited the garden centre and purchased four bags John Innes number 2 and two bags of Sinclair’s 75 ltr potting compost. Three bags of potting grit, one smoke candle and for the first time some armillatox to wash pots etc. Went into the pound shop and got four packs of fleece guess how much they were ha ha so later on I can replace the existing covering the greenhouse vents. I did miss covering the side louver auto vent last year and had some caterpillar damage and found half a dozen chomping at the cuttings under the benches.
   Harvested about another ten small tubers from the propagator on 4th Jan and have carried on harvesting and about 20 cuttings still growing on today 21st Jan.
   I’m waiting for the weather to warm up before I start cleaning up the greenhouse and equipment.
   Next month should see more activity and when the season starts.
  

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