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Countdown   2012
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South Coast Area Show   &   National Show

Phil Champion

 8th. July
  
Now it's only 3 weeks to the show at Havant, the weather over the last week has seen plenty of rain and little sunshine. The one thing that has changed this year my new 500 ltr water butt (A) has not been anywhere near empty, so have been able to use rain water all year. My only concern is that rain water tends to make growth a bit soft and will therefore this week give a high potash feed to my Havant plants.
   With the weather so cool plants are not needing much watering at all, most of the plants are nearly going a week between watering. Overwatering is easy to do with the weather as it is plants tend to sweat very easy (B), I'm trying to keep my plants slightly drier. Looking at my buds (C) I am a little concerned over my timing though, will just have to wait and see, it's all in the lap of whoever. This weekend has prompted me to look carefully at my plants for the National with 5 weeks to go have decided to select the larger bud to most of my plants. This is the bud of Anniversary that was selected last week (D). This weekend was spent selecting buds from the rest of my National plants (E), also removing side shoots and basal growths. Some were used for cuttings (F) to hopefully allow for some pollen for hybridising later in the year.
   It's all getting a little crowded in the greenhouse and the shade house so to give a little more room some plants have been selected to sit on the floor of the shade house (G) and a couple that don't look quite up to the task have been moved out to the garden. So now everything has been stopped (H). The greenhouse plants are also now looking for elbow room (I & J) as well, but these will have to wait for another 3 weeks before they can be spread out.
   Now I can't wait to see some plants in flower in hopefully 3 & 5 weeks time.
  


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