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What's Happening ?     Last Updated: Tuesday 8th January 2019




FLASH! - On the Judges' Page (and with NVS approval), I have added in links to six PDF files of various pieces of Judges stationery that you may wish to print off and use rather than purchase hard copies direct from the NVS.



I have created a new page showing the results from the 2018 Show and have added some photos of the winning exhibits.

I have also updated our Programme of Events Page which now lists our planned activities up to and including January 2020. 


The UK Pumpkin record has been smashed again this year.  Read all about it here.

Black plastic, often used for seed trays, plant pots as well as food containers, is largely un-recyclable because the infrared waste-sorting machines used by local authorities cannot detect this pigment.  Taupe pots, however, are free from carbon-black pigment and the Horticultural Trades Association plans to work with local authorities to ensure that they are widely accepted for recycling.  Once trials with the taupe pots, made from recycled materials are under way, pot maunufacturers and growers can then start to to trial module preparation and carrying trays.  Although recyclable, the taupe pots are initially expected to cost as much as 20-40% more than conventional black ones.


NVS Subscriptions for 2019 are now due.  You can apply online here, or use the renewal form sent with the latest edition of Simply Vegetables.


I have archived all events from 2013 through 2018 in a new page hereIn future, Less Hot News will only cover those events held earlier in the current year (2019) I have also created a new page called Picture Gallery which will feature photos of general interest.

NVS has just launched a new 76-page booklet entitled Getting Started Growing Cut Flowers covering Chrysanthemums, Dahlias, Roses, Carnations and Pinks, Sweet Peas, Annuals, Perennials and Biennials, Bulbs and Shrub. Further details from here.  Keith Abel has a few copies for sale of this and similar NVS publications in this series.


What you are wondering in December

Can I grow potatoes like David Peel next year ?

Have I ordered all my veg seeds and plants for next year

Will I be able to create my own Christmas floral arrangement or door wreath this year now that I have been shown how ?


The second edition of the NVS Judges and Exhibitors Guide is now available to purchase.  It is in loose-leaf format and enclosed in a small ringbinder.  If you already possess a copy of the spiral wire-bound first edition, you can exchange it for the updated version for free, as I did with mine at Harrogate Show.  I believe Keith Abel will have a few more copies of the new guide to hand after his visit to the Northern Branch AGM in December.

I have updated Local Shows 2019/20 page as far as I am able. I have added 2019 dates for key events, where they are known, but if anyone wishes their Show dates to be advertised on this website page then please contact me in person, through the webmaster email link shown on the Home Page, the Guestbook link,  phone, or even drop me an old-fashioned note through the post.  Humberside Chrysanthemum Club is normally a very useful link for listing many shows, especially those held towards the end of the season, but, unfortunately, it does not appear to have been updated since 2016 and their Facebook page is also not responding to my questions.


Those of you on Facebook will no doubt be familiar with Giantveg blog postings. They have produced a number of instructional video clips and you can access them all via their website here. They may also be able to supply seeds for purchase. 

There is also a new Facebook Group Show Vegetables and Flowers for the Dedicated Exhibitor which has been set up for serious vegetable and flower exhibitors. A video showing the lifecycle stages of growing an 18lb onion can be seen here.

Advice on growing seed potatoes courtesy of JBA Seed Potatoes can be seen here.

For those of you interested in finding out more about chrysanthemums this book from Ivor Mace may be of interest to you.

Wyevale Garden Centres have sent me details of how to create and print off your own growing calendar for the specific fruit, vegetables and herbs that you wish to grow using a tool that they have developed. More details from here.

Morrisons the supermarket is giving away used coffee grounds from its cafes. You can read all about it hereAccording to Geoff Wilson's presentation, coffee spray is effective against whitefly, caterpillars, slugs and snails.

Ashridge Nurseries is offering a 10% discount to orders made online.  Just key in HORT10 at the checkout stage.

There are a number of organisations, including Marshalls, DT Brown and Dobies, which offer discount to NVS members. Full details from here.


Thirty eight people attended our Monday 27th November meeting when Paul Neve, our Vice Chair and Webmaster, presented an evening of 'Festive Fun' and produced five different flower arrangements depicting various events associated with this time of year.  The emphasis was on using simple materials, keeping costs to a minimum and allowing personal imagination to capture and interpret each chosen theme.  The hope was that members of the audience would be inspired to have a go themselves once they got home, having been shown the basic requirements for success during the evening's presentation.  

He started off with Thanksgiving, utilising a hollowed-out pumpkin as the base container and proceeded to explain how the 'Three Sisters', the growing companions of sweet corn, climbing beans and winter squash adopted by the Native Americans for generations past, saved the immigrant 'Pilgrims' from starvation back in the 1620s.  Thanksgiving Day, during which vast quantities of turkey and pumpkin pie are consumed today, celebrates the original harvest meal shared between the surviving immigrants to USA and their Native American friends.  St Andrew's Day was the subject of the second arrangement and featured components associated with Scotland such as thistles, heather, fish and whisky.  Paul also described the history of the blue and white Scottish flag or Saltire.  The third arrangement was a hanging Advent wreath featuring holly, ivy and the five candles associated with this period leading up to Christmas in the Christian calendar.  Paul had earlier described the history of Hannukah in the Jewish calendar which, this year, coincides with the start of Advent.  The fourth arrangement entitled Three Ships was meant to represent the Christmas Carol of the same name, although some people might consider 'Ships of the Desert' to be camels carrying the three wise kings bearing gifts on their way to Bethlehem.  The fifth arrangement was entitled Yuletide which is derived from the old Norse word meaning 'wheel'. The arrangement attempted to represent the winter solstice after which time nights become shorter and daylight length begins to increase once again.  Paul also gave a potted history of Yuletide activities including 'wassailing', yule log lighting and other pagan actvities.

Paul finished off his presentation by demonstrating different forms of wreath-making and the components required to make your own.  The five arrangements produced by Paul were raffled off to members of the audience at the end of the evening.


Please note the following change to the car parking system at Beverley Conservative Club where we hold our monthly meetings. Those of you who have attended recently will know that the entrance barrier to the car park has been changed to a pay-and-display system; the current cost is £2.50 for a ticket which covers three hours. The car park is now open to the general public. Until now we have been able to redeem our tickets against the cost of drinks at the bar, but  the Club has now decided that only paid-up Club members will be able to redeem their car-park tickets at the bar. EYDA has a general membership which allows us to book the room but this does not extend to NVS members or other guests. So, from 2nd January 2019, you will not be able to redeem the cost of your car parking ticket,unless you decide to join the Conservative Club as a member in your own right. The cost of this is £25.00/annum if paid in January – late payment incurs penalties. Should you wish to pursue personal membership for next year then the Club number to contact is 01482 867968. However, after 6.00 pm, free roadside parking is available in Beverley Market Place and on North Bar Within and North Bar Without which is, arguably, not too far to walk if you are able or wish to avoid the Club's car parking charge.





Following a recent spell of ill health, Tony Featherstone finally gets presented with his well-deserved

NVS Silver Medal at our Committee Meeting






Our next meeting will be held at the Conservative Club, Beverley on Monday 28th January 2019 commencing 7.30pm.  This will be the AGM and, following the formal business of reports and the election of officers for 2019/20, there will be a fun quiz with prizes to be won.

In the meantime, a happy and healthy Christmas to everyone and we will meet again in Beverley at the end of January 2019.


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