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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 31 May 2019

Friday, May 31st, 2019
Pumpkin plants

Pumpkin plants

Pumpkin plants

Pumpkin plants

After some fettle-ing, the seedling on the left has emerged, and hopefully it’s real leaves will appear.

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 29 May 2019

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
Pumpkin Day3

Pumpkin Day 3

Pumpkin Day 3

Pumpkin Day 3

I’ve had to “fettle” with one of the seedlings carefully because it’s leaves were stuck in the tissue paper.

I’ve moved the seedlings into to the greenhouse this morning, because the glass porch gets too hot (45 degrees C) and burns the seedlings.

The greenhouse is also more humid, so better for the emergence of the first leaves.

Pumpkin Day 4

Pumpkin Day 4

Pumpkin Day 4

Pumpkin Day 4

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 28 May 2019

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

I normally try and grow two pumpkins to carve on Halloween. But this year I’ve challenged myself to see if I can grow a Giant Pumpkin!

The seeds were obtained from a Championship pumpkin in the UK (Douglas Smith – 217kg)

Giant Pumpkin

Giant Pumpkin

It has taken me four weeks to get the giant pumpkin seeds to germinate… and after trying with 7 seeds, I’ve managed to get two to germinate!

After transplanting into compost, (the germination method is a secret!) here are photos of Day 1 and Day 2.

Pumpkin Day 1

Pumpkin Day 1

Pumpkin Day 2

Pumpkin Day 2

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OH @!#?@!

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Here is a little video from the CCTV system which caught me trip on Friday evening.

I tripped and fell through the glass porch window head first. I suffered a cut thumb and forefinger, cuts to hand, chest, head and bruises.

But I’m sore and bruised but okay.

I now need to find a glazier!

Andy

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All the parts have now arrived for my project! which is a …….

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

All the parts have now arrived for my project! which is a …….

Parts for my project

Parts for my project

The parts and where I purchased them from are as follows:- (UK, US and China!)

  1. Jetson Nano
  2. Samsung 64GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSD EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter (MB-ME64GA/AM)
  3. DC Gearbox Motor TT Motor 200RPM Tire Wheel DC 3-6V for Arduino Smart Car 1:48 Male Connector (Pack of 2 Sets)
  4. Motor Driver – DC Motor + Stepper FeatherWing Add-on For All Feather Boards
  5. 1″ Diameter Caster Ball (1 inch Diameter Solid Delrin Polyoxymethylene (POM) / Celcon Plastic Balls)
  6. 10,000mAh Power Bank Battery with two 5v/3A USB outputsemail me about this! (after discussions with the manufacturer Topstar, this battery is now available in the UK via Amazon UK and it fits)
  7. USB cable pack Type A to Micro, right angle
  8. PiOLED display – Adafruit PiOLED – 128×32 Monochrome OLED Add-on for Raspberry Pi
  9. PiOLEDheader
  10. 3D Printed Chassis
  11. 3D Printed Camera Mount
  12. 3D Printed Caster based
  13. 3D Printed Caster shroud
  14. Raspberry Pi Camera V2 Camera
  15. Camera lens attachment 160-degree FoV
  16. M2, Intel Wireless-AC 8265 Dual Band 2.4/5GHz WiFi card
  17. WiFi antenna with U.FL connectors (Antenna Wi-Fi 3.3dBi Gain 2483.5MHz/5850MHz Film) (two)
  18. Adafruit Skinny Wheel for TT DC Gearbox Motors [ADA3757] (two)
  19. 20 x Hexagonal M2 screws, 8mm self tapping.
  20. 4 x Hexagonal M3 bolt, 20mm long.
  21. 4 x Hexagonal M3 nut.
  22. 4 x 20cm jumper wires.
  23. Adhesive Pads.
  24. Hexagonal screwdrivers

to build a JETBOT

A Nvidia Jetson Jetbot (robot)

A Nvidia Jetson Jetbot (robot)

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“Patchway Peony” Spring/Summer 2019

Friday, May 24th, 2019

This Peony plant originally came from my Poppy’s and Grandma’s back garden in Patchway, Bristol. I remember it in my youth when I used to visit my Poppy and Grandma and ate their rock cakes (drop scones) in the 70s and early 80s.

They later moved to Gloucester and took the plant with them, when my Poppy passed away, my Grandma relocated to South Wales and it was planted in her back garden. When she passed on, the plant was split into three, my parents had one, my grandfather had one, and I had one.

It has taken it’s time to establish itself in our garden now, and this year is the best it’s looked in 13 years. These plants must be planted in full sun for their best. This year we have 5 flowers, and 7 more flower buds.

A reminder that once I was a Bristolian! and reminds me of my Poppy and Grandma.

"Patchway Peony"

"Patchway Peony"

"Patchway Peony"

"Patchway Peony"

Credit: to Lindsey for weeding  around the Peony, cutting the hedge and making more bright sunlight available for the plant.

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