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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 29 Entries.
Sunday, March 17 View Page
almost ready for 2019
Thursday, March 21 View Page
Wednesday, April 3 View Page
just when you think things are under control...mother nature decides to do a charlie brow kite trick to the greenhouse
Wednesday, April 3 View Page
did a fine job bending everything out of sorts and made a few holes in the cover.
Saturday, April 6 View Page
took a couple days and a lot of beer but looks close enough
Thursday, April 11 View Page
after installing significantly better anchoring and fighting with the cover to fit the slightly misaligned frame it's time to try again.
Monday, May 20 View Page
On 24 March while everyone was being distracted by Flatnormís new greenhouse, Flatnorm himself was secretly busy opening his tightly protected seed vault where his most desirable pumpkin seeds were secured. So secret are these seeds that we donít dare mention their name even with whispered tones in dark places out of view. A select few were taken before securing the vault away.
Monday, May 20 View Page
It was no surprise to Flatnorm when 2 days later they all germinated using his wet paper towel method.
Monday, May 20 View Page
On 26 March Flatnorm spared no expense when acquiring the best 4 inch peat pots for his seeds. Each pot was filled with some sort of potting soil and moistened. He use the time honored method of poking his finger into the soil to make a hole for the seed.
Monday, May 20 View Page
Ö 26 March, This is followed by pushing a little soil over the top of the seed and finally watering everything in with a small volume of nearly unadulterated tap water provided by the city.
Monday, May 20 View Page
What flatnorm didnít show or tell you on 3 April was all his precious seedlings were in the greenhouse when it decided to do the Charlie brown kite trick and they all got upended along with the greenhouse. Flatnorm quickly stuffed them back into the pots knowing that these special seeds would take it in stride.
Monday, May 20 View Page
10 May A month later and all the upended plants are doing well but one is a clear standout and will become the Ďkeeperí. This special status may entitle it to extra care including a robust watering once a month if Flatnorm remembers.
Monday, May 20 View Page
20 May Flatnorm is giddy over how well his chosen plant is responding to itís special care. It would be the envy of any growers patch. 2 months and it already has 2 leaves at the same time !
Thursday, May 23 View Page
I've been a little concerned that with all it's vigorous growth it could become 'pot bound' so I peeled away some of the peat pot to inspect the roots ! WOW !!again, I'm impressed that it still had plenty of room for root growth in it's 4 inch peat pot.
Thursday, May 23 View Page
I hope it doesn't suffer to much from being separated from it's happy home. I didn't have another 4 inch peat pot so it will have to make due with this left over plastic pot I found when cleaning the shed.
Saturday, June 8 View Page
Itís been 2 and a half weeks since Flatnormsí pumpkin was moved to a new pot where it has been a struggle to keep it alive after so much trauma. Here you get a peek at the secret ultra high tech method for supplying extra CO2 for the plant. Once I got the CO2 ratio adjusted the plant finally seems to be responding.
Tuesday, June 11 View Page
Flatnorms plant isnít looking to good. Like the rest of us, too much of the good life has it falling down and not able to stand up. Had to provide it with a bamboo crutch to keep it upright and he will need to reduce the co2 ration until it learns moderation and can stand on itsí own.
Wednesday, June 19 View Page
Well it's been another week and all Flatnorm's extra care is starting to pay off. His plant is finally starting to develop a little color. Just goes to show how hard work pays off eventually.
Saturday, July 6 View Page
Flatnorms pumpkin plant is out of control so it was ejected from the green house
Tuesday, July 9 View Page
Necessary equipment
Tuesday, July 9 View Page
To express its discontent with its new location it decided to present this.
Thursday, July 11 View Page
A few days later the first little female turned brown and fell off.
Saturday, July 13 View Page
There must be something it doesn't like about it's new location.
Sunday, July 14 View Page
It seems a stern talking to and a dose of flatnorms secret pumpkin elixir have changed his plants attitude.
Wednesday, July 17 View Page
Don't even ask. He won't tell anyone whats in it.
Wednesday, August 7 View Page
By the size of it, Flatnorm is sure this will become a pumpkin one day.
Monday, August 19 View Page
Flatnormís pumpkin plant expressed its dislike for its new home in the bigger pot by letting the entire stump die. Itís now simple a shell of its former self. Flatnorm thinks too much emphasis is placed on the size of ones stump anyway.
Monday, August 19 View Page
Stumps are over rated so Flatnorm spilled some of his Magic Pumpkin Juice on the vine and look what happened. He thinks maybe he used to much.
Monday, August 19 View Page
Flatnorm knew his was a powerful seed but still is amazed that it only took 149 days to find this one hiding at the end of his 6 ft main vine. Who would have thought you could go from seed to this in only 149 days. There is a good reason he keeps them secured in his seed vault obviously.


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