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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.

Allotments

Allotments

Allotments

Allotments

Allotments

Allotments

and here are the latest photos of the plants

Giant Pumpkin plants

Giant Pumpkin plants

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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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“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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