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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 35 Entries.
Monday, January 23 View Page
FlatNorm is ready to start the new season.
Thursday, March 9 View Page
55 degrees today so Flatnorm had to till his patch and stake out a provisional area for his 150 square foot contest winner.
Friday, March 10 View Page
What happened ? yesterday it was 55 and sunny
Monday, March 20 View Page
Flatnorm thinks this is the biggest bottle of beer he has ever seen. He plans to gather some pumpkin friends and enjoy it soon. Pumpkin-Olli brought it all the way from Germany to the convention in Niagara. It was quite an honor to receive it. Thank you Oliver
Monday, April 3 View Page
FlatNorm had to re-measure his 150 square ft patch to be sure it is the correct size. The white square marks where he will install the heating cables.
Friday, April 14 View Page
Finally, heating cables are in, drip lines installed and the new hoop house is completed in FlatNorms 150 square ft patch. Seeds will start soaking tomorrow.
Friday, April 14 View Page
oops forgot the picture
Friday, April 14 View Page
Flatnorm noticed his neighbors got a lot more space than he did.
Monday, April 24 View Page
Last year Flatnorm started the season with 3 seedlings but this year only 2. He hopes this is not the start of a new trend in his patch.
Monday, April 24 View Page
All tucked in and ready to grow.
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Flatnorm's 150 sq ft patch layout measurements.
Friday, May 19 View Page
somebody was spying on flatnorm's patch last year
Friday, May 19 View Page
Flatnorm had to make a modification to his hoophouse in the middle of the heat wave but all is well and his plant is almost 'down'.
Saturday, May 20 View Page
a couple weeks ago FlatNorm received some patch photos from one of the contestants in the 150 sq ft contest. This is a measurement photo from switter. he also sent close ups showing the tape numbers and the patch is 10 x 15
Saturday, May 20 View Page
Switter 150 patch on 9 May. His comment was "Here's an updated pic of my 150 patch. I'm about a week away from hitting the ground." While Flatnorm enjoys the updates they really belong in the growers diary.
Thursday, June 1 View Page
FlatNorm has his 150 contest plant out in the open and its ready to rip. He dodged a storm with hail last night and this morning FlatNorm is ready to put bnot, mobymike and Tiger girl on notice he is playing for keeps this year. Catch me if you can.....
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Looks like she opened right on schedule but flatnorm decided to cull this one immediately in anticipation of a later one, out a bit more on his 150 square foot plant.
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Flatnorms 'patch pig' better get out of the way especially with the warmer weather about to get here.
Friday, June 16 View Page
FlatNorm pollinated the first potential 'keeper' this morning even though it was cold and the forecast is for rain. Its either this one or the next one and he will be all in.
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
one should always be observant when spyinging
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Second possible keeper pollinated this morning.
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Third and final pollination on the 150 plant today. Only time will tell which one of the 3 will survive. Flatnorm likes them all but can only have one.
Monday, June 26 View Page
Flatnorm is all in with his pollinations in the 150 sq ft patch. He rearranged the main vine today to make the plant more compact and keep the latest pollination back from the end of the patch. He marked the 3 of them with 'flags' so you can see where they are in the patch. The plan is to terminate the main at the chosen pumpkin and then move it towards the center. Pollination dates are 16, 21, and 25 of June. Lets the fun begin.
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
Flatnorm deciced these 2 made the cut , cut off that is. He will post picture of the keeper as soon as he can get the mill fabric under it.
Thursday, July 6 View Page
FlatNorm started the day by chopping off a lot of his 150 square ft plant to make room for the mill fabric now that he has a 'keeper'. Nobody needs all those extra leaves, right?
Thursday, July 6 View Page
For better or worse here is the one that FlatNorm will pin his hopes on. Turns out it was the first one pollinated on the plant. Now its a sprint to the scale.
Monday, July 17 View Page
what a difference 10 days makes
Saturday, July 29 View Page
Seems like its time for FlatNorm to post another picture of his pumpkin. The 150 contest picture that got FlatNorm's attention is in another growers diary. Pick of the week in FlatNorms pinion ! http://www.bigpumpkins.com/Diary/DiaryViewOne.asp?eid=277995
Saturday, July 29 View Page
forgot to attach my own picture...
Monday, September 11 View Page
The end is near
Tuesday, September 12 View Page
looks like something is about to happen
Tuesday, September 12 View Page
Official portrait of Flatnorms 2017 pumpkin. He thinks it looks nice.
Tuesday, September 12 View Page
Flatnorms and friends pose for the weigh off photo. 'Traveling Flatnorm' couldn't attend because he is still roaming around Europe somewhere and never came home.
Tuesday, September 12 View Page
The scale was 'zeroed' with the lifting ring and all its associated parts so the weight shown is the true net weight. The pumpkin was subjected to a complete inspection by Judge Lloyd and his assistant. Once all the laughing stopped it was declared DMG once it began to drip and open at the bottom.
Wednesday, September 13 View Page
nothing left to say..............


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