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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 28 Entries.
Friday, February 14 View Page
Happy Valentine's Day - My pumpkin now has a hole into the cavity...
 
Friday, April 17 View Page
El Bandito del Calabazas - I was headed to Sardini Italy this summer to sail around the island in a small boat. Now it appears I’ll be propagating giant pandemic pumpkins…
 
Friday, April 17 View Page
Spring Sprout - When they start poppin’ out of the patch like this, I figure it must be plantin’ time...
 
Friday, April 17 View Page
Weeds Be Gone - The patch is overgrown with weeds and such. Gotta hack and wack some real estate for the pumpkin sprouts...
 
Saturday, April 25 View Page
Double Dig – What goes down must go up. I always like to do a double dig in the planting area. This year 10 ft by 20 ft was double dug in phases...
 
Saturday, April 25 View Page
Buried Bones - Along with some oyster shell, compost and other goodies were tossed into the trench, tilled in deeply and the topsoil replaced...
 
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
Pandemic Poppies – I’m seeing red as the great poppy pandemic propagates around my house...
 
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
Pumpkin Plop – My two pumpkin sprouts plopped down in the middle of the patch today. On the left, 1191 Urena and the two on the right, 1211 Ailts - lookin’ for a bit of color in the fall...
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
Half Moon Bay Weighs In – Bring your pandemic pumpkins to HMB for proper weighing and measure. The organizers announced that they intend to weigh - with all due deference to bugs and bureaucrats. The saga continues on October 12, 2020 in HMB. Pictured: Leonardo Urena and his 2175...
 
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
Carnage in the Poppies – I started clearing the poppy jungle in the patch. So far, I’ve found a ground squirrel hole, a gopher mound and extensive tunneling by one or more moles. Poppy fields make great habitats for some of our small furry friends...
 
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
The Eyes of Moai – Gazing into the heavens above are the Eyes of Moai. The right eye, 1211 Ailts. The left eye, 1911 Urena. Swimming in a black sea of compost, they peer into infinite bliss...
 
Friday, May 22 View Page
The Hammer and the Dance – I’ll let you guess which one is the 1911 Urena and which is the 1211 Ailts. First crush it with the hammer, then dance away with nimble feet and arms held high above the head...
 
Thursday, June 4 View Page
96 Degrees in the Shade – Heat wave boiling the last few days. The girls put up their parasols and are fanning themselves with their big leaves to stay cool. They asked for lemonade and ice but I give them an occasional cold shower instead...
 
Tuesday, June 16 View Page
Bipolar Spring – The patch is being whipsawed between alternating heat waves followed by days of blustery cold gusts. Blustery today with a three day heat spell to follow in the forecast. The girls had me setup their sunscreens as wind breaks. They’ll be clamoring to duck under them tomorrow in the heat. Of course I’ll oblige. When the girls are happy, I’m happy...
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Solstice Showers – Nothing like a cold shower on the first day of summer. Low eighties today with a light breeze from the ocean. Both plants have females on the main due to open tomorrow on Father’s Day. I’m gonna be a dad. Life is good...
 
Thursday, June 25 View Page
Holy Moly! - Bad stuff can happen if you stick your nose into someone else's business...
 
Thursday, June 25 View Page
Pork Out Potential – Spent the morning with the girls burying vines, watering and setting up shade structures over the vine tips. The 1911 Urena is now massive and growing quickly. There is a little lady 20 feet out (under the white bridal veil.) She has plenty of lettuce behind her so the full bounty of her curves depends on how much she cares to indulge...
 
Thursday, June 25 View Page
The Umbrella Effect – Shading the vine tips during hot weather not only reduces leaf burn on the young leaves but also takes a lot of stress off the entire plant during the long hot afternoons. The mature leaves in full sun don’t flag as much and stay healthier long term. I don’t know if this makes for bigger pumpkins but the plants are prettier and a lot happier...
 
Sunday, June 28 View Page
Hammer Time! – Pollinated a perfect 5 lobe female 20 feet out on the 1911 Urena this morning. I decided to self this keeper because of the plant’s aggressive perfection. Hope to produce the most perfect pandemic protest pumpkin on the planet...
 
Tuesday, July 14 View Page
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Anna Pandamit is my little dancer. She’s climbed a pole some 3 feet above the patch now and likes to wear stylish hats. A selfed 1211 Ailts, she’s light on her feet and likes to boogie woogie. Good thing she’s tethered to the planet or she might just tango away...
 
Tuesday, July 14 View Page
My Lady – Anna Pandamit (1211 Ailts) and her large entourage of loyal leaves...
 
Saturday, July 18 View Page
Peter Pandemonium – My 1911 Urena has turned long, low and lumpy. This pumpkin appears to be protesting just about everything under the sun including symmetry, style and size. Only 60” circ. at day 20, I’ve dubbed him Peter Pandemonium the Petite. At 20 days, the smallest and the most cantankerous pumpkin I’ve ever grown...
 
Saturday, July 18 View Page
Behind the Green Bucket – Anna Pandamit has ducked into a green bucket. We’re not talking about what is going on in there. Some things are best left unsaid...
 
Wednesday, July 22 View Page
Bucket Piqué – Anna Pandamit has slipped out of the bucket and assumed an en pointe position for the remainder of her dance. Her pirouettes are a bit clumsy but her form is sublime...
 
Monday, July 27 View Page
Redundant Remonstrations – My petite protest pumpkin Peter Pandemonium hit a pathetic 106.5 circ. at day 30. Peter strives to be politically correct in his protestations, so he stays protectively masked and socially distanced at all times. Today he is protesting the persistence of the protesters. Methinks thou doth protest too much, he says...
 
Monday, July 27 View Page
Mystical Twinklings – You can almost hear the fairies as they flit among the flowers where Anna Pandamit works on her glutes. She’s been doing strength training to improve her loft...
 
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
Charge of the Scarlet Runners – The living temple dedicated to the pumpkin gods is filling out nicely. Hopefully, they will bestow many blessings on Anna and Peter...
 
Wednesday, August 5 View Page
Rumble in the Jungle – Taping 200 pounds at day 26, Anna Pandamit doesn’t like sitting around. A little too big for ballet, she’s now into the monster mash and less subtle forms of modern dance...
 

 

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