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October 2002

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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Continuing the tutorial on growing standard fuchsias - Part 4: We are now into the middle of October and have begun placing the standards into the greenouse to protect them from the elements. Here is a picture of three of them that were started in March of this year. As you can see, they have  been stopped, and have begun to form the the branches that will be the head of the standard.

We plan to keep these plants growing slowly over the winter months. The aim being not to overwater them, and to give them plenty of light. We will not feed them. With the lower light levels that we get in winter, feeding would only produce weak spindly growth. The very worst thing you can do in winter is to overwater, if you do, you WILL lose the plant. The plant would be unable to handle the excess water in the colder conditions, and it will drown, the roots will rot and turn brown, and you will have wasted all your previous skill in creating the standard. So please take care, pick up the plant, if it feels light, water it. If it feels the slightest bit heavy, don't water it. If you're unsure whether it's heavy or light, don't water the plant.

This second picture is of the mature standards that have been cut back hard and placed in the greenhouse ready for winter. By taking care and placing them close together, you can get dozens of standards in the smallest of spaces. If you have an abundance of free space, it's a good idea to lie the standards on their side. This helps the plant survive the long winter better, by keeping sap in the trunk. The same care should be taken when watering these, that is taken with the younger plants shown in the previous picture.

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