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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 37 Entries.
Sunday, January 7 View Page
2252 Paton x 867kg Oliver DAP 80.. OTT 319 with a gain of just 1 sheís stopped growing and I have some major stem problems youíll see in the next pic
Sunday, January 7 View Page
I donít know if Iíve done the right thing or not but Iíve cut all the rot off the stem and dusted with sulphur powder and fan on 24/7 . To make things worse it hasnít stopped raining here for a couple of weeks. Doesnít look good and only 12 days to go :(
Sunday, January 7 View Page
The 717kg Oliver x 2252 Paton has also stopped growing at DAP 50 .. OTT 273 with some stem issues as well so I removed the bad bits off this one too. Fingers crossed we make it to the weigh off
Thursday, January 11 View Page
Harvest day came a little early but thatís okay. Here she is.. The 2252 Paton x 867kg Oliver at DAP 84 and weighing in at 300.5kg / 662.48lbs and I couldnít be happier with this result this is my new PB :)
Thursday, January 11 View Page
Harvest day came a little early but thatís okay. Here she is.. The 2252 Paton x 867kg Oliver at DAP 84 and weighing in at 300.5kg / 662.48lbs and I couldnít be happier with this result this is my new PB :)
Thursday, January 11 View Page
The 717kg 0liver x 2252 Paton at DAP 52 weighing 218.5kg / 481.71lbs surprisingly going 6% heavy.
Thursday, January 11 View Page
A big thank you to Dale for all his help.. honestly he does so much for everyone here trying to grow a big pumpkin. We really appreciate it and I canít thank you enough Dale. Youíre a legend mate
Thursday, January 11 View Page
A sneak peek of my pumpkins in the shed. Nice cool dry spot for them here.. hopefully they keep till next weekend. So much rain predicted for this week again so this is definitely the best place for them right now.
Thursday, January 11 View Page
One more photo of the Paton x Oliver :)
Thursday, January 11 View Page
And my husband Murray (another legend) and Dale did such a great job getting the pumpkins on the pallets and up to the shed with no trouble at all. I was so happy and relieved!! haha. Thanks so much boys
Thursday, January 11 View Page
Last pic I promise.. Murray and I with my pride and joy :)
Friday, January 19 View Page
What can I say but this is bloody awesome!!! :)
Friday, January 19 View Page
What can I say but this is bloody awesome!!! :)
Sunday, January 21 View Page
Well we made the 2 hour journey over the mountain range to the small country town of Kyogle. It poured rain the entire trip terrible roads here at the moment with all the flooding rain weíve had. So many pot wholes and some parts of the roads have been washed way in the recent floods. So it was always going to be a mission getting my pumpkins to the festival in our old truck ĎBettyí an old 1958 Bedford that hasnít driven more than 20km in a very long time. It was a bit of a wild ride and I donít think I took a breath the whole way but gosh I had fun. What is that feeling of your big pumpkins on the back of your truck.. WOW!!! I just love it! haha :)
Sunday, January 21 View Page
Here she is on the scales..Dale and John weighing my Paton. She came in at 299kg that I couldnít believe. So she only lost 1.5kg sitting in the shed for 12 days. I was expecting her to loose up to 10kg so that was a very nice surprise.
Sunday, January 21 View Page
The 717 Oliver on the scales.. weighing in at 217kg same thing just a loss of 1.5kg after sitting in the shed for 12 days. So it pays to keep them cool with those fans going a sheets still on while theyíre sitting around waiting for the comp.. oh and some good music too of course
Sunday, January 21 View Page
So.. I was very pleasured to get 3rd place with the Paton in the Open Pumpkin over 250kg Comp. I can not believe I got my foot on the podium with the Big Boys..wow! If I didnít have the Big Pumpkin bug before I sure have it now haha. John got second place at 328kg and Tony winning the comp with 357kg. Great job boys.. but next season Iím coming for ya! haha ;) jokes
Sunday, January 21 View Page
Me with my beautiful granddaughter Matilda who also got 3rd place in the junior section with her 62kg baby Oliver that exploded when the boys got her off the truck when she got home haha. Iím glad it didnít happen at the comp or there would have been tears
Sunday, January 21 View Page
Matilda and I <3
Sunday, January 21 View Page
With my beautiful mum <3
Sunday, January 21 View Page
And last but not least with my beautiful little family <3 <3
Monday, January 22 View Page
Hi guys I have a new Instagram account if anyone is interestedÖfarmerlilli_big_pumpkins_ Thank you! :)
Thursday, January 25 View Page
Nice big seeds from the 2252 Paton x 867kg Oliver Iím guessing thereís around 300 to 400 hundred seeds .. well hopefully
Thursday, January 25 View Page
I only ended up with around 200 seeds from the 717kg Oliver x 2252 Paton half the seeds had already germinated.. I guess thatís what happens when you stand around looking at your big pumpkins on the back of your truck for too long hey!
Friday, January 26 View Page
The patch all cleaned up and ready to sow sorghum seeds before the rain comes in this afternoon. I am preparing a much bigger pumpkin patch for this coming season itís about 4 times the size I just had. Itís going to be great having so much space to work in. Canít wait for the season to start
Friday, February 2 View Page
While thereís not a lot going on in the pumpkin patch at the moment I thought Iíd share a few fishing pics.. This is a Longtail Tuna also known as the Northern Bluefin Tuna.. I caught this beauty at Moreton Bay just up the southeast coast of Queensland. This is my favourite fishing spot only an hour from home :)
Friday, February 2 View Page
A nice GT I caught at Fidos Reef off the Tweed coast next to Cook Island. This is our local fishing spot.
Friday, February 2 View Page
And this was amazing, a reef shark took a bite out of my Snapper as I was reeling it in. Also at Moreton Bay. Iím looking forward to getting back out there this week. Love fishing :)
Saturday, February 3 View Page
The Sorghum cover crop is looking good
Saturday, February 10 View Page
Bowie checking out the cover crop <3
Saturday, February 24 View Page
Beautiful sunrise over the patch this morning
Saturday, February 24 View Page
Beautiful sunrise over the patch this morning
Tuesday, March 12 View Page
First cut on the Sorghum cover crop.. and you can smell the goodness :) Probably cut it two more times over the next couple of months.. ending this crop late May. Then followed by a Rye cover crop for June and July.
Tuesday, March 12 View Page
First cut on the Sorghum cover crop.. and you can smell the goodness :) Probably cut it two more times over the next couple of months.. ending this crop late May. Then followed by a Rye cover crop for June and July.
Monday, April 8 View Page
Awesome day fishing at Bulwer Ledge Moreton Bay today. This is my catch of the day a nice Painted Sweetlip.
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
Chipped Palm frond compost.. we have so much of this piled up from the 40 or so large Canary Island Date Palms that line our driveway. We prune and chip the fronds every six months and over the years it builds up. So I decided to trial it in my pumpkin seed raising mix. Itís lite and airy, very moist but not mushy and just feels perfect to just soften our custom potting mix that we usually use. If the trial does well Iíll also use it in the patch.
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
This is the trial of the 50/50 palm frond compost and potting mix. Looks great lots of fibrous roots very happy with the result. Thumbs up

 

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