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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 26 Entries.
Sunday, January 1 View Page
I start this year's diary with my new PB from 2016. The 407 Croot (2016) 1395.5 Luders x open.
 
Sunday, January 1 View Page
...and here was my smaller pumpkin from 2016. 278 Croot 2016 (538 Mu.Se x open)
 
Monday, January 2 View Page
Happy New and I start this year's diary with my new PB from 2016. The 407 Croot (2016) 538 Mu.Se x open
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Today was my first day I could get down to my allotment, the ground has been very wet in the UK. I did a bit of prep work back end of 2016, so this is what it looked like today.
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
I managed to extend the patch to the right by 3ft. This is what it looked like at the end of today.
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Today I'm doing a germination test of the 624 Smith (2016), grown just 20 miles down the road from me in Hertfordshire. Thanks to SaladDoug for letting me have some of his seeds. Unfortunately he had a poor germination rate when he did his own tests, so I thought I might have a go.
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Extending this year's main patch 3 ft to the right.
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
2 car loads of manure from my friend who keeps 2 ponies.
 
Tuesday, April 4 View Page
My Father inlaw has a new toy. A Quadcopter (drone) with a camera on board. So he sent it up.
 
Tuesday, April 4 View Page
The view from above.
 
Tuesday, April 4 View Page
The main pumpkin patch will hopefully have pumpkins 1 and 2, depending on which ones germinate. The number 1 position has had the most input. The side pathc will hopefuly be large enough for a third pumpkin, which was my plan last year but I only really had the time for 2 plants. To the left is where I plan on placing 2x 1000 litre water tanks (IBCs), and attaching an irrigation drip tape system. I can run a hosepipe from the mains water tap in the top left of this picture. I did all my watering with a watering can last year.....so I just have a bit more digging prep work to do before it is time/possible to do any planting.
 
Monday, April 10 View Page
Slow going digging out the weeds as I go...and the nettles 'got me' again....
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
I decided it was a good idea to extend my patch by digging out the stinging nettles.
 
Wednesday, April 12 View Page
It took me 2 days to dig them out by hand...going down over 3 ft in places to get the root balls out = hard work.
 
Wednesday, April 12 View Page
A fledgling robin took great interest in my digging.
 
Wednesday, April 12 View Page
I think this is a song thrush.
 
Wednesday, April 12 View Page
I still want to take some of the curve off this part of the patch if I have time...but I think this will be my #2 planting site as it is sheltered a little by the mound of earth to the right.
 
Thursday, April 13 View Page
I thought I would do a germination test on my own 278 seed from last year. I have given quite a few of these away to new (younger) growers within my family so I wanted to be sure that they will actually be easy to germinate for them...this is the 30 hour mark...and my airing cupboard this week is cooler than normal, as we have already turned off our central heating boiler.
 
Thursday, April 13 View Page
This is the 1027 Bridges seed, that I test germinated as well. Also at the 30 hour mark. 3/3 = 100%. Happy days.
 
Monday, April 17 View Page
Seed starting day....a lot of the 624 Smiths as it is difficult to germinate...I'll hopefully get 1 or 2 out of those...plus it was grown only 20 miles from me, so might like my local climate/weather!!! The 1027 Bridges germinated well last week on my test run, so will hopefully do well for me. The 1109 Borgers is BIG and orange, and I am a sucker for orange. Also going to see what the (hopefully) orange 529 Wagler from Germany does. Happy days.
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Both 1109 Borgers and one 1027 Bridges are on their way at the 30 hours mark. Potted into warmed compost and left in the warm airing cupboard until they break ground.
 
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
This is probably the least technical/expensive germination chamber you will see on BP....the bottom of my airing cupboard, in with the hot water tank. It seems to work as here in pots are 5x 1027 Bridges, 2x 1109 Borgers and 2x 529 Waglers. NO sign of life from the 624 Smiths but early days yet. Happy days.
 
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
42 hours in and x3 of the 624 Smiths are waking up. Watch this space.
 
Saturday, April 22 View Page
A few beginning to break ground, 624 Smith, 1027 Bridges and 1109 Borgers. Now on the windowsill.
 
Saturday, April 22 View Page
First out of the starting blocks is the 1027 Bridges. I did use a slightly smaller pot for them though.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Planting spot #3 is now 12 ft x 16 ft. Slow going.
 

 

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