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Worlds smallest pumpkins!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

I’m not quite sure, what happened to trying to grow giant pumpkins this year, looks like I’ve grown the world’s smallest pumpkins!

World's Smallest Pumpkins!

World’s Smallest Pumpkins!

Not very successful, better luck next year, and I’ll start earlier in the year.

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 29 July 2019

Monday, July 29th, 2019

This giant pumpkin plant is taking over like a triffid! This spell of rain we’ve had in the past few days, it’s really grown!

It’s started to flower so I’ve been selecting flowers and hand pollinating to get it to fruit.

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 26 July 2019

Friday, July 26th, 2019

A few updates as you can see a giant plant!

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 1 July 2019

Monday, July 1st, 2019

A few weeks have passed, and they’ve taken, although one of the plants is deformed.

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 16 June 2019

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Time to plant out, a little late in the year really for a giant pumpkin, but I’ve had issues with germination, batches of seeds, and today when planting out we had the heaviest hail storm for years, and I got very wet!

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 4 June 2019

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

I’ve been preparing the location at the allotments to transplant the young plants.

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and here are the latest photos of the plants

Giant Pumpkin plants

Giant Pumpkin plants

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To the Allotments and Back

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

A quick flight to the allotments and back…

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Mantis Tiller modification

Monday, June 16th, 2014

A few years ago, based on the recommendations from my Bro’ at Groundscaper, I purchased a Mantis Tiller, it’s brilliant, but I have just one complaint which I think is a design fault, the plastic throttle body, which is built into the carburetor body, keeps snapping off, as this is a weak spot.

The petrol 4-stroke Mantis Tiller uses a Honda GX25 engine, which is common to many petrol operated garden tools. The problem is that Honda do not supply the plastic throttle body as separate part, and you need to purchase a new GX25 carburetor body, price from Mantis UK – £95!

The support man from Mantis, did state, they could be purchased on eBay for £10!

This is the replacement part I purchased from Hong Kong – here, if you look closely at eBay, there are some available with a metal frame here

Originally, I was just going to transfer the plastic frame from the new part to the old part, but it did not fit, so a complete carburetor body swap was required, but before fixing back onto the engine, I made the following mod, to strengthen the plastic throttle attachment (Thanks Mike B. for the suggestion!)

some pictures

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Let me take you down
Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real

(c) John Lennon, 1966

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Okay, not exactly Strawberry Fields, but my allotment!

But it still my favourite fruit, and Beatles Song written by John Lennon!

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Too Hot for My Bee Suit!

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

by joe, it’s hot today, I’m now hiding from the sun today, yesterday, I weeded the allotment for a few hours in the midday sun, and got sunburnt arms!

and today, at 1pm was in a full bee suit, inspecting the bees…must have sunstroke! I ate some honey comb straight out of the hive the other day, it was delicious!

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not sure but these could be - Supersedure cells?

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Supersedure cells – bees have decided to make themselves a new queen, either the queen is damaged, not laying, disappeared, or old.

Update – these could be drone cells, and not Supersedure cells because they are too small and not vertical.

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