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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.

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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The greenhouse is like a chilli farm!

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

I’ve been catching up on planting out, tomatoes, chilli peppers (sweet and hot) in the greenhouse, this year has been so warm I’m weeks ahead (flowers already on my tomatoes!), the problem is, we can get frosts up until the second week of June, in these parts!

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But the plants are growing so fast, that they really need to be moved on into their final pots. The greenhouse is like a chilli farm, so many chillis germinated this year.

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So I now watching the weather for any frosty nights, the greenhouse is heated with a 2kW propane heater, and it’s also insulated with bubble wrap –  but this is just there to keep the temperature above 3 degrees C – to avoid jack frost!

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I’ve got a remote thermometer in the greenhouse beaming back live temperatures to the house!

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