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Onions & Leeks

Friday, 15 February 2013

Yesterday I took the onion and leek plants out of the light cabinet under my propagation bench where they've been under fluorescent lights sinse christmas.  I potted the onions from a 40 cell tray into 9cm pots and the Leeks from 9cm pots into 13cm pots.   I now have them under a sodium lamp that is on a timmer.  It switches on at 8am till 10am then it comes on again at 4.30pm till 10pm.  I find it can be too hot between 10am till 4pm if its sunny. 

Many years ago a fire brigade along with two police officers called at my front gate and asked if the could come through my garden to gain access to the mountain behind my house to atennd to a grass fire.  Of course I said yes.  When the police officer saw the grow light in the greenhouse he said 'what have you got in there mate'  I said would you like to take a look.  I said they're my big onions, he replied.  'Well you are odd mate'  I take it he first thought I was growing cannabis. 

Leeks & Onions under a Sodium Light.

Chrysanthemum Cuttings rooting on the propagator.

All my carnations are now potted.

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Chrysanthemums:- The Ultimate Ebook

Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Since Paul and I have launched the updated version of Chrysanthemums- The Ultimate Ebook, I am pleased to see most of the original purchasers have downloaded the updated version. 

We have had steady sales in more than 10 countries and it has put me in touch with quite a few people across the globe.  I would like more feedback if possible.  If you would like to leave a message I would appreciate it.  Next year who knows we may well update it again and I would like to know if there is anything you would like to see included.

I have thought about a contribution from overseas growers to highlight how conditions differ from those we experience in the UK.

I must say if we had produced a paper copy we couldn't have contemplated an update until the first edition had sold out. Keeping the Ebook up to date appeals to both Paul and myself.  We have to face facts and accept that in the great scheme of things chrysanthemum growing is a minority hobby and it would be impossible to keep a paper book up to date in the same way as an Ebook.

I would like to thank Paul for his work and expertise in putting the Ebook together as well as his contribution towards the text and photos.

Also my daughter Sian who has created this website so that a dummy (like me) can add content to it, and of course organising the Ebook sales and downloading facility.  Who would have thought when she was a little girl she would turn out so clever. Oh well she must be taking after her mother.

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Spring is nearly here.

Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Well not quite I suppose

Thankfully the snow has gone.  I have sent out quite a few carnation cuttings since it eventually melted away.  I must say the snow held me back and its been frenetic since then.  Carnations are a devil to pack. To pack them so that the compost doesn't shake out of the pots and bags full of shredded paper to stop them rattling about in the box.  Well I've decided to end sending out carnation cuttings.  Its a never ending job.  Next year if anyone wants rooted cuttings they can collect, then you'll need to tell me what you want before the 1st October.  Then I will root them along with my own cuttings, but no more posting and packing.

I'm busy with chrysanthemum cuttings now and next week will see the first batch being sent out.  These are much easier to pack.


The snow! a delight for children but a nightmare for an old bloke like me.


Carnations ready to dispatch, and of course once they have gone I've managed to pot

my own up.

The first 2 batches of chrysanthemums on the propagation cable.

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Fertilisers for growing chrysanthemums

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

In recent years it has been difficult getting hold of base fertilisers for chrysanthemum growing.  Vitax have for some unknown reason began producing their Q4 and Q4HN range in pelleted form.  This makes it difficult to mix into compost and its not very good for weekly feeding either.  I've found the answer.  Medwyns of Anglesey stock their base fertilisers in powdered form.  Medwyns complete base fertiliser is very much like Vitax Q4 and Medwyns complete high nitrogen base fertiliser is like Q4HN.  They supply it through their online shop in 3 different sized bags,  Problem Solved.

Take a look at Medwyns of Anglesey website

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Chrysanthemums - the ultimate ebook

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

I'm pleased to announce that the updated version of the ebook is now ready to download, everyone who have already bought the ebook can download the new version free of charge, 

For anyone who might like to purchase Chrysanthemums - the ultimate ebook.  It is now even better value.

I have had a few people ask could we produce it as a Chrysanthemum Book.  I would just like to explain that if we did this.  We would be holding a lot of old stock that we might not sell, and this would prevent us updating the book on a regular basis as we have done.  I'm sure you will all agree that our present format makes it easy to distribute all over the world and allows us to upgrade it periodically. Postage costs are also prohibitive these days.  I shudder to think what a paper copy of a chrysanthemum book would cost of the size of the ebook with unlimited use of photography.

As I write these notes, barely a few hours after releasing the new version it has already been downloaded in more than 6 countries.

I would also like to thank my ebook partner Paul Barlow, I'd like acknowledge his IT skills, in the  way he has put the ebook together.   

Also my daughter Sian who has built and maintains my website. If anyone gets any problem with the purchase of the ebook, or downloading a replacement copy I'm sure Sian will only be too pleased to help you.

I'll just leave you with a Chrysanthemum photo or two that might cheer you up on a cold winters night. OK a cold winters night in the UK, because yesterday It was 32c in Australia  and 22c in New Zealand so my chrysanthemum friends tell me.


Ivor                                                                                                                                                        McKinley



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