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March 2001

All Aboard - Destination Unknown By Virginia Bickel

 This story takes four children: Amanda, Peter, Laura and Jason from New York City to a small town in west Texas and describes good times and bad times as they grow from childhood to adulthood


Virginia Bickel's newest book Come September  has just been released. Order it now!

  In Virginia Bickel?s second book, she turns from historical fiction to mystery. Come September is the story of Daniel Lindsey?s quest to identify the young woman found unconscious in front of his store, and to find out what she was doing on Mesa Street, in El Paso, Texas.  She brings to this genre her skill with character development and dialogue. You won't be disappointed.

Dr. Sarah Barlow






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We are now into March, and with the lengthening of the days the plants are now really starting to show new growth. They will all need re-potting or potting up. The standard fuchsias that we started off last year are now in 6 inch pots and ready for being moved into larger ones. Some growers move them up progressively by increasing the pot size by 1" or 2" at a time. I always move them from a 6" pot into a 10" pot. I then grow them on for the shows in this 10" pot. In the first photo you can see the plant in it's 6" pot and beside it the 10" one it will be moved into.

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The second photo shows me re-potting the plant into the 10" pot after knocking it from the smaller one. The trick here is to make sure that you keep tapping the pot on the table while you put the new compost around the rootball. This helps the compost fill in all air gaps that there may be. While you're doing this tapping, make sure that you have the plant in a vertical position, we want the plant to be vertical when viewed from any direction. The plant may also be more prone to wind damage if it's not vertical. 

In the third photo you can see the plant finally potted vertically in it's new 10" pot. We now need to persuade it to make lots of new roots into the new compost, the bigger the root system of a fuchsia, the bigger the plant you can grow. So we give it a good watering to settle the compost, and then we leave it without water until the compost is very nearly dry. This makes the plant feel threatened, it needs water and the only way it can avert the threat is to get it, so it sends out new white roots into the surrounding compost to search for it.

From now on, until the plant has filled the pot with roots, we will only water it sparingly, the whole aim of this exercise is to get that 10" pot full of new roots. When we have that, we know that we have the basis for a large standard fuchsia.

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