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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 43 Entries.
Friday, May 8 View Page
Flatnorm knows there is a 25 pound matter hiding in there somewhere.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
After 9 days they don't look much different especially when you put them in bigger pots. These are the first 6 of 8 with the other 2 still to small.
 
Monday, June 1 View Page
2 weeks later and we have 6 real matter plants watered in and off to the races. 2 more are still in pots waiting another week or two before they lose their pots and join the original 6.
 
Wednesday, June 3 View Page
Now what is Flatnorm growing outside his matter greenhouse?
 
Tuesday, June 9 View Page
Whatever it is seems to be growing well.
 
Tuesday, June 9 View Page
Finally all 8 plants are in the ground. Let the fun begin.
 
Monday, June 15 View Page
...and now it's flowering ?
 
Tuesday, June 16 View Page
Flatnorm has been very quiet this season, not his normal self. Perhaps it’s all this Covid stuff that has him off his game. It was recently discovered that he has been sneaking around at odd hours of the day so we know he is up to something but what. All the secrecy is unusual for him. Finally we caught him on camera all decked out in his finest Covid protection gear but he wouldn’t tell us what he was up to simply get back and stay far away.
 
Monday, June 22 View Page
Whatever they are they are in full bloom now.
 
Monday, June 22 View Page
Hi John.
 
Monday, June 22 View Page
Trimmed off a lot of low hanging growth.
 
Monday, June 22 View Page
We knew Flatnorm was up to something because he has been very secretive of late. The cat is out of the bag...he pollinated a perfect 5 lobe female today but he won't tell anyone the cross only shared this picture......
 
Monday, June 22 View Page
hmmm, for some unknown reason the picture didn't make it, try again
 
Monday, June 29 View Page
looks good but what happened to the flowers
 
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
tomatoes are doing well in the greenhouse.
 
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
Flatnorm had trouble with his camera exposure last week but he has consulted the book and took a picture of his 8 day old pumpkin. Looks like the pollination took and she is starting to swell. Needless to say Flatnorm is really excited about this one. He has never had a pumpkin set out as far as this one at 22 feet and take off so well. Big plant to push with.
 
Monday, July 6 View Page
Another week and Flatnorm is worried about these plants. Seems they have stopped flowering but looking pale/yellow and leggy. Some are starting to get tall and fall over. Is a crop failure eminent?
 
Monday, July 6 View Page
Flatnorm spent a lot of time this week inspecting his plants looking to learn what is wrong. In spite of the plants looking so bad a few have produced these little 'fruit' ? Not every plant has them and the ones that do don't have many. A lot of time and energy was invested in these plants for a mere handful of unknown fruit.
 
Monday, July 6 View Page
We know everyone is holing their breath waiting to see a good picture of Flatnorms pumpkin. He tells me it growing like gangbusters. Doesn't have an explanation for why its doing so well, better than anything he has grown before. Unfortunately he spent so much time with the 'sick' plants that he didn't have time to take pumpkin pictures for the diary.
 
Monday, July 13 View Page
The pig in Flatnorm's garden has been looking at these plants for weeks and they don't seem to look any better this week.
 
Monday, July 13 View Page
Inside his greenhouse is a very different story. While the pictures from week to week don't look much different , closer inspection shows another story.
 
Monday, July 13 View Page
small green orbs are starting to appear everywhere.
 
Monday, July 13 View Page
Flatnorm is delighted to find these among the leaves
 
Monday, July 13 View Page
Obviously Flatnorm still needs to work on his photography skills so the colors look better
 
Monday, July 13 View Page
each has it's own character
 
Monday, July 13 View Page
some are not as easy to spot
 
Monday, July 13 View Page
almost missed this one looking into the sun
 
Monday, July 13 View Page
Flatnorm sends his apologies this week for not having a pumpkin picture. He was so excited about the tiny green orbs that he forgot to take a pumpkin picture. He did say its growing well and is better than 20% above the curve. Best he has ever grown this way.
 
Wednesday, July 15 View Page
First Loser.....
 
Monday, July 20 View Page
Flatnorm checked off another one today....
 
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
Pig is trying to find a bit of shade among the dying plants
 
Monday, July 27 View Page
To hot for anything to grow well so there is no shade for pig to find some among his dying plants. Flatnorms pumpkin is ripping in this heat, seems to like now that all the vines are terminated.
 
Monday, July 27 View Page
just another cull.....
 
Monday, August 3 View Page
Pig has raised his white flag, everything in his garden is dead for sure except for the weeds. He has decided to take some time off before cleaning his garden and starting preparations for next year which has to be better than this one.
 
Monday, August 3 View Page
On a brighter note it looks like pig will be eating a big tomato tomorrow. It to has run it's course.
 
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
The greenhouse doesn't have a good track record in high winds so this one came off for the scale. 2 pounds 5.4 oz isn't much to talk about but it's better than gone with the wind.
 
Sunday, August 9 View Page
...gone with the wind is an understatement. The greenhouse cover didn't survive in spite of all the pre-storm preparations. The frame is held in place by several hurricane rated building anchors, lol As you can see it is pulled apart in places and much of the tubing is bent. Will not be going back up this year and maybe not next.
 
Sunday, August 9 View Page
The plants used to be as tall as the poles
 
Sunday, August 9 View Page
I'd say that one like all the others is a little bent over
 
Sunday, August 9 View Page
After the storm Pig was tired of looking at all his dead plants and destroyed greenhouse so he decided to pull everything out.
 
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Surprise ! Pig discovered buried treasure. This is a nice ending to what looked like a disappointing season for Pig.
 
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Pig learned there were 2 types of treasure. These were a round medium size and as you can see 3 pounds hiding under this plant.
 
Sunday, August 9 View Page
This type had fewer but they are longer and bigger and still about 3 pounds. Pig can already taste this feast. All in all there are 94 pounds of yummy tatters, not to bad for watching plants die.
 

 

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