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Updated 17th July 2017
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The Vegetable Patch Poem by John Baldry It's less likely than an Aesop's fable to sow and grow for your own table. There are some who benefit it's true, it's the birds and bugs but it's not you. You till the soil and plant last year's seeds, for a lovely crop of this year's weeds. Wow what a skinflint I hear you you say, go buy nice new packets without delay. Supermarket seeds are not cheap, harvest needs be a tidy heap. Hot foot it home and get them planted, hoping aspirations will be granted. This time you missed the sow by date, but sown now they quickly germinate, but please now pray don't get excited, Be sure your crop will soon be blighted. Planting too late you missed the boat, now slugs and snails on seedlings bloat. Few plants make it against the odds, but kings of the crop are the gastropods. All your greens with a tasty flavor, Before ripe, birds and bugs will savor. It's not only the pests that you can see deep underground others make whoopee. Throughout growth attack never ceases From aphids, root fly, and diseases. At last wash off soil, cut out the rot, Lets eat the pathetic lot you've got. You serve distorted bits and pieces, their shape, cruel family wit releases. You mutter never, never again, to such pointless toil will body strain. In the supermarket seeds are seen, Next to fresh veg, so perfect, so clean. Earth Mother fetish has had its day You buy veges and throw seeds away
As    reported    at    the    AGM    the    EHS    archive    is    now    held    by    Emsworth Museum.      I   have   a   box   file   with   copies   of   papers   that   may   be   useful   for   any future   exhibitions,   e.g.   celebrating   the   centenary   of   the   Society   in   2019.     There   is   also   a   summary   of   the   minutes   from   1922   to   1985   held   on   a memory   stick   and   in   hard   form   in   a   ring   binder.      This   is   far   more   condensed than   the   archive   I   took   over   in   about   2008.      So   that   this   information   does not   get   disposed   of   should   I   leave   this   mortal   coil   I   would   like   someone   to take   charge   of   it   and   maintain   the   history.      This   could   just   be   a   record   of important   events   rather   than   boxes   of   papers   etc.      Please   let   the   committee know if you would like to take on the task
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Suzanne Holryod
AN EVENING WITH PIPPA PIPPA GREENWOOD PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH A QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS SECTION Pippa    Greenwood    is    a    British    plant   pathologist .      She   appears   frequently   on the    BBC 's    long    running    Gardeners'   World     television    programme    and    has been   a   regular   panellist   on   Gardeners'   Question    Time    on   BBC    Radio    4    since 1994.        She    also    was    the    gardening consultant   on   the   ITV   series   Rosemary   and   Thyme  (2003–6) She     studied     at     Durham      University , where   she   trained   as   a   botanist .      She then    went    on    to    gain    an    MSc    in    crop     protection     at    Reading   University .    For    eleven    years    she    ran    the    Royal     Horticultural   Society 's Plant   Pathology  Department at Wisley .
7.30pm, Wednesday 18 th  October At Hayling Island Community Centre Ticketed Event: £5 for non-members and £4 for HIHS members Tickets are now available from Lecture Secretary Gill Elton.  Phone 023 9246 1942
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