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The Committee has planned a full programme of events up to February 2019. (See Programme 2018-19)

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What's Happening ?     Last Updated: Friday 13th July 2018



I have updated the Programme 2018-19 page to include the events planned for 2018.  Dates and timings for a few of the events are indicative only and subject to confirmation in due course. However, the annual Show date and venue have now been confirmed as Sunday 30th September 2018 at Cherry Lane Garden Centre, Beverley. Details of our 2018 Show can be seen here.

I have archived all events from 2013 through 2017 in a new page hereIn future, Less Hot News will only cover those events held earlier in the current year (2018).

NVS has just launched a 76 page new 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.


What you are wondering in July

Will this drought never end

Have I got enough water butts and will my arms grow much longer after carrying all these watering cans?

Will I have any flowers left in bloom to be able to stage my show entries in the coming months?


The NVS Judges and Exhibitors Guide is now available to purchase at £8.50 per copy, or £10 including post and packing. Keith Abel has some copies available for purchase. 

Please note that, since publication, the Sweet Corn Page 94 has been updated to mirror the existing RHS pointing criteria. There is an erratum slip available showing the correct points awarded for Sweet Corn as Condition 5 points, Uniformity 4 points, Size 3 points, Set of Grain 3 points, Colour 3 points = Total 18 points.  A self-adhesive paper erratum slip is also available to cover and amend the existing Page 126 entitled - NOTES which provides no details of the definitions of Salading and Root Vegetables.  There is also an error for Page 57 - Loose Leaf Lettuce. However, all you need to do is to delete the three points currently assigned to firmness and texture and reduce the total points awarded from 15 to 12. The final line on Page 8 should read  - Remember a dish must consist of only one cultivar. 

The Winter 2017 edition of Simply Vegetables says that all members who have bought an existing Guide will be issued a free replacement as soon as the new print run becomes available.  The summer 2018 edition of Simply Vegetables has just arrived through my letterbox,  Please note that the NVS National AGM will be held at 4pm on Friday 14th September at Harrogate Show since this is also the venue for this year's National Championships.


I have updated Local Shows 2017/18 page as far as I am able. I have added 2018 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. 

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 here. According 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.


During the afternoon of Monday 25th June 2018  a party of 20 stalwarts braved the intense heat of our typical British summer at the Stockbridge Technology Centre, Cawood, Selby.  Julian Davies gave our party a guided tour of the premises which involves trials with various growing techniques adapted for individual companies who pay for the research services available from this independent company. Current trials focus on hydroponics, LED lighting using lights of different colour/wavelengths, trials with blight resistant potatoes and the testing of various growing mediums and feeding regimes. There were also methods shown of how to layer tomato plants in order to achieve up to 25 trusses per plant, in the expectation of achieving a return of 500 tonnes of fruit per hectare.  All in all, it proved to be a very interesting afternoon and members of our party were even able to pick their own strawberries. It’s amazing what this hot weather can achieve in a very short time. Temperatures rose to 29 degrees during our visit but it was certainly much hotter than this inside the greenhouses!


Please note that our allotment visit on Monday 30th July will now be at Pocklington. Please assemble for 6.30pm at the main entrance to the allotment site (the one furthest away from Pocklington Town) and which is situated at the Mile, Pocklington.  Sat Nav reference YO42 1TW.

Further information, if required, is available from Keith A Tel: 01964 552307.


Please note that the Conservative Club car park entrance barrier has been reactivated and now requires £4 (not £3) in appropriate coinage to allow entrance.  The car park ticket can be redeemed against puchases at the bar and any change due is refunded in cash.  I noticed that the barrier was raised for our May meeting but it is unclear whether this is to be a permanent arrangement for our meetings.


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