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  3.    <title> Diary for 'Gerald'</title>
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  17.      <title>10/13/2019 - with photo</title>
  18.      <description>Thank you to everyone who helped us with our giant pumpkin this year, including Alan Keen, Chris White, Fergus Lapage, Steve Travis, Terry, John and Mikey Means but especially Ron Schafer and David Sh...</description>
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  21.      <pubDate>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:58:18 GMT</pubDate>
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  24.      <title>10/11/2019 - with photo</title>
  25.      <description>Thanks to David, Alan and John for helping us shift mine and Oliver's pumpkins this afternoon. We'll see everyone tomorrow at Southampton!</description>
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  28.      <pubDate>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:21:02 GMT</pubDate>
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  31.      <title>10/06/2019 - with photo</title>
  32.      <description>Doing some final prep before getting ready to winch the pumpkin out of the polytunnel later this week. Once it's outside we can hoist it with sling + tractor in the usual way. I've not done anything l...</description>
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  35.      <pubDate>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 09:09:14 GMT</pubDate>
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  38.      <title>09/28/2019 - with photo</title>
  39.      <description>Pumpkin has pretty much finished growing at 1329lb. Now I just have to keep the thing intact until the show on Oct 12. This year I just want something to show. Next year I will try for weight!</description>
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  42.      <pubDate>Sat, 28 Sep 2019 09:13:55 GMT</pubDate>
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  45.      <title>09/22/2019 - with photo</title>
  46.      <description>Up 62lb this week and now taping 1320lb. I removed some of the vines closest to the pumpkin as I'd left the water on by mistake and I didn't want too much to be taken up. At this stage most of the nut...</description>
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  49.      <pubDate>Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:14:42 GMT</pubDate>
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  52.      <title>09/17/2019 - with photo</title>
  53.      <description>Quick pic of my other half without whose advice and support this pumpkin wouldn't exist! Just a few more weeks to go now!</description>
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  56.      <pubDate>Tue, 17 Sep 2019 03:23:30 GMT</pubDate>
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  59.      <title>09/14/2019 - with photo</title>
  60.      <description>We're taping 1257lb this week which is up 70lb since last week. The days are warm but nights aren't, getting down to about 10-12C. Still no sign of any rot or PM which is good, I will keep the fans on...</description>
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  63.      <pubDate>Sat, 14 Sep 2019 07:09:53 GMT</pubDate>
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  66.      <title>09/08/2019 - with photo</title>
  67.      <description>It's game over for Oliver as a sudden and unexpected frost last night has wiped out his plants, in fact all the curcurbits on the allotments have suffered the same. He has two pumpkins circa 200lb eac...</description>
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  70.      <pubDate>Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:37:52 GMT</pubDate>
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  73.      <title>09/07/2019 - with photo</title>
  74.      <description>At 1187lb and 14lb per day, the past week has been about half the rate of growth of the previous week. Cool nights and general cool temps as well as an ageing plant and the natural course of things ar...</description>
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  77.      <pubDate>Sat, 07 Sep 2019 04:39:27 GMT</pubDate>
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  80.      <title>09/05/2019 - with photo</title>
  81.      <description>It's taping 1169lb but to be honest the final weight isn't a priority, after what happened last year I just want something to show. The nights are starting to get cold now so things are slowing down a...</description>
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  84.      <pubDate>Thu, 05 Sep 2019 04:53:26 GMT</pubDate>
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  87.      <title>09/02/2019 - with photo</title>
  88.      <description>It may not look pretty but to me it's looking good. This time last year the stump was a tangled mess of vines and shoots and rot had set in. This year I've kept the whole area open, clear and dry and ...</description>
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  91.      <pubDate>Mon, 02 Sep 2019 15:03:17 GMT</pubDate>
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  94.      <title>08/31/2019 - with photo</title>
  95.      <description>Back home today at day 60, pumpkin tapes 1084lb which is up 184lb since last week. Not bad considering the irrigation lines were blocked and the soil is dry, and apparently it's been sunny all week to...</description>
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  98.      <pubDate>Sat, 31 Aug 2019 10:56:01 GMT</pubDate>
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  101.      <title>08/24/2019 - with photo</title>
  102.      <description>Ron came down to the allotments and took a pic of me at day 53 where a weekly gain of 160lb has given us a shade over 900lb. He'll be looking after things this week, which is forecast to be hot and su...</description>
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  105.      <pubDate>Sat, 24 Aug 2019 05:59:30 GMT</pubDate>
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  108.      <title>08/21/2019 - with photo</title>
  109.      <description>Soil analysis from samples taken last week. There's nothing 'low' but there might be problems with some elements out-competing others. The pH has gone up a bit but it's still acceptable. As of last we...</description>
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  112.      <pubDate>Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:48:22 GMT</pubDate>
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  115.      <title>08/20/2019 - with photo</title>
  116.      <description>That being said, it's a good looker that's just passed the 800lb mark at DAP 49.</description>
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  119.      <pubDate>Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:25:57 GMT</pubDate>
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  122.      <title>08/20/2019 - with photo</title>
  123.      <description>I assume the pumpkin is taking what it's lacking from the leaves, as it's only the ones closest to the pumpkin that are showing signs of ageing and distress.</description>
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  126.      <pubDate>Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:22:59 GMT</pubDate>
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  129.      <title>08/17/2019 - with photo</title>
  130.      <description>Despite the cool and dull weather the pumpkin grew 212lb this week which is pretty much the same as the week before, it now tapes 740lb @ DAP 46. I like the colour, stripy and smooth and with no webbi...</description>
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  133.      <pubDate>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 04:33:15 GMT</pubDate>
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  136.      <title>08/15/2019 - with photo</title>
  137.      <description>A quick view from the stump end. Th weather has been variable over the past couple of weeks with mostly cool and cloudy days with the odd sunny and rainy days inbetween. Typical English summer and not...</description>
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  140.      <pubDate>Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:23:54 GMT</pubDate>
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  143.      <title>08/10/2019 - with photo</title>
  144.      <description>Back from hols and the pumpkin tapes 529lb at DAP 39 which is a gain of 214lb over the week which is fine by me. Some of the leaves near the stump are looking old now. Other than that there are no sig...</description>
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  147.      <pubDate>Sun, 11 Aug 2019 07:09:35 GMT</pubDate>
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  150.      <title>08/06/2019 - with photo</title>
  151.      <description>It's a decent, clean &amp; thick stalk which gets a fan on it whenever I get round to changing the batteries. No sign of splits, fingers crossed. Nimrod, Avatar and Prestop was applied over the past few d...</description>
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  154.      <pubDate>Tue, 06 Aug 2019 19:09:27 GMT</pubDate>
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