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Sunday, March 30 View Page
Welcome to latitude 61.. as the new season has officially started ... for me at least .. germination day was Saturday .. so let the good times roll
 
Sunday, March 30 View Page
Welcome to latitude 61.. as the new season has officially started ... for me at least .. germination day was Saturday .. so let the good times roll
 
Sunday, March 30 View Page
I decided to leave the roof poly up this year ... you can see it can handle a foot of snow .. more work on snow clearing , but leaves to a faster start in spring
 
Sunday, March 30 View Page
Inside is actually pretty nice and I haven't even started any ground warming yet... the temps have been mid 30's during the day low teens at nite.. but plenty of sunshine
 
Sunday, March 30 View Page
This years line up..going to go with the 2032 over the 1874, 2 of the 1623 wallaces.. and the 1317 clementz... I'll start 4 plants but go with only 1 plant per greenhouse this year ..thanks pap and mark for the chance
 
Monday, March 31 View Page
potential backups if something goes wrong ..I really wanted to try the 1442 Matesa..but not enough space and I don't like germinating something that's not going to get planted.. thanks john and gene
 
Wednesday, April 2 View Page
ahh ... finally found the reason the 2932 won't come out of its shell
 
Wednesday, April 2 View Page
oops... that be the 2032.. dam bear got me all flustered
 
Friday, April 4 View Page
Well the good news is both 1623's germed really nice , one was really strong, the 1317 clementz also did very well ... the bad news is the 2032 has done nothing to this date .. nada .. zilch .. zero .. lol.. I germinated 14 seeds this season , 13 of 14 came up pretty fast ... 4 were from the year 2009, 2 were from 2010 and 4 were from 2013.. so I 'm semi confident in my germination approach.. it is just crazy that the seed I paid big money for didn't show.. crap... exnay those plans.. oh well stuff happens..going to let it sit in there for another few days maybe just a late bloomer
 
Friday, April 11 View Page
Working on my secret weapon .. I really think this is going to pay off.. bigtime...
 
Sunday, April 13 View Page
Plants finally got a chance to get a little sun ..as ground warming is in full bore, insulated concrete blankets make a huge difference , in getting the ground temp from 40 to 75 in a few days .. I'm going to start the transplant process this week as the temps look good, with nite time lows that are starting to climb into the low 30's .. as Shazzy would say.. let the grind begin..
 
Sunday, April 13 View Page
!874 is the newest team member ... big thanks to Scott Marley for the chance to grow it...awesome
 
Tuesday, April 22 View Page
Plants are waiting to be transplanted..the two 1623's went in the ground on Sunday.. theses go in tonight.. now my mission for the next couple of weeks.. is to make sure they don't freeze to death ..game on
 
Tuesday, April 22 View Page
the greenhouse in a greenhouse method ..a must for.. Lat 61 North's growing environment.. trying something new this year as each house will have 2 plants, planted perpendicular to each other . the general idea is the 1st plant to the middle wins.. hoping by that time any genetic defects will show up
 
Tuesday, April 22 View Page
Mark , 1317 looking good at Day 20 or so..
 
Sunday, April 27 View Page
Pumpkin Central is up and running .. this makes my early season a lot easier.. still tweaking a few things getting close to where I want to be
 
Sunday, April 27 View Page
my best plant by far ..the 1623 (A) is on mission.. I glad I put it in the honey hole spot of the GH...since I probably going to have special guests from across the pond coming to the patch this year
 
Sunday, April 27 View Page
Another angle of the 1623 Wallace.. its the first Wallace plant I ever attempted.. so I pretty excited.. good things come to those that wait..lol
 
Sunday, April 27 View Page
1623 Wallace (B).. Another strong plant ..both are looking normal so far, with no sign of any genetic problems.. nice
 
Thursday, May 8 View Page
I got some cool news the other day , the BBC is in Alaska this year filming , in one of the hour long documentaries , there is going to be a piece about giant vegetable growing. After chatting with Alex, one of the producers for a while during a patch visit, they're interested in doing a little filming in my patch ..as well as other giant vegetable growers in the state ..how cool is that.. now I just need to produce ..or be cut out of the action...lol.. so this year is all or nothing ... yikes
 
Sunday, May 11 View Page
got awaken by a 5.5 earthquake this morning around 6 am mother nature getting your attention
 
Sunday, May 11 View Page
Homemade solar collector up and running .. actually works pretty good .. I had my doubts
 
Sunday, May 11 View Page
The collector is tied into the GH return line using a injection pump.. nothing fancy ... the pump is controlled by a timer .. no need to run thru the collector when its dark out ..
 
Sunday, May 11 View Page
the 1874 Mathison .. about 10 days behind the other plants .. main is down and plant is starting to run
 
Sunday, May 11 View Page
The 1317 Clementz.. main around 6 ft mark now .. just a nice solid plant .. with no issues .. this will most likely turn out to be my # 1 plant for this GH... unless the 1874 puts on a amazing growth spurt ..
 
Sunday, May 11 View Page
1623 B ... a okay plant... but looking like it wont make it
 
Sunday, May 11 View Page
the 1623 A.. the big dog ..this thing has been doing really well..main is now at 11 ft..and a little mothers day surprise..
 
Sunday, May 11 View Page
the 1623 Wallace is showing the 1st female .. the mission now is to get a normal ..non irregular blossom .. and run with it... starting s vine curve tomorrow
 
Sunday, May 11 View Page
my guinea pig plant ..this plant has just left out in the elements...still trying to figure out with what I can get away with
 
Saturday, May 17 View Page
1st male opened on the 1623 ..looked good
 
Sunday, May 18 View Page
1317 Clementz Day 47 or so ..
 
Sunday, May 18 View Page
1874 Mathison Day 37
 
Sunday, May 18 View Page
1623 Wallace 's A and B around day 47
 
Sunday, May 18 View Page
side view of 1623 A .. by far the most aggressive of this years contenders
 
Sunday, May 18 View Page
the 1623 should be ready to pollinate in the next few days, should be my earliest pollination ever...fingers crossed
 
Sunday, May 18 View Page
1623 Wallace B .. this plant has 2 females showing , its probably just a emergency plant, at this stage in the game
 
Wednesday, May 21 View Page
1st female on the 1623 Wallace opened today.. nice 4 lober , that's the earliest pollination ever for me
 
Wednesday, May 21 View Page
luckily ...5 Wallace boys were in the neighborhood..
 
Monday, May 26 View Page
cool shot of the sun ..thru the smoke from the Funny river fire , on the Kenai peninsula that has burned over 250 square miles already..as the smoke blows towards us
 
Monday, May 26 View Page
a look at the 1317 clementz ... moving along nicely, has multiple females showing
 
Monday, May 26 View Page
another look at the 1317 .. growing great ..but so is the 1874 ... decisions
 
Monday, May 26 View Page
the 1874 also looking good, with multiple females showing
 
Monday, May 26 View Page
last test plant to compost land , this had pure 1161 genetics...would have loved to give it a shot
 
Monday, May 26 View Page
1623 Wallace on a roll , looks like the pollination has set , so hopefully riding this baby all the way to the weigh -off ...around 92 days from now.. grow baby grow
 
Monday, May 26 View Page
If , I have any chance to grow a big one , this has to take off and keep moving ..clock is ticking .. love the long neck and shape ..so far
 
Monday, May 26 View Page
the 1623 B, probably gets the axe shortly. I'm really glad I took the growers advice to plant both and yank the weakest, as there is a real difference between these 2 plants ..
 
Wednesday, June 4 View Page
the 1st female off the 1317 , around 15 ft mark... nice 4 lober
 
Wednesday, June 4 View Page
was pollinated by the 1623 Wallace.. those boys get around.. taking extra measures with this one , in case the weather goes to crap like last week ... clock is ticking
 
Tuesday, June 17 View Page
Finally , something to post about, this is the the 1st set off the the 1317 Clementz crossed with the 1623 Wallace.. I'm thinking DAP 13.. this plant has been trouble free
 
Wednesday, June 18 View Page
front view of the 1317 hopeful, I say that because the 1623 has aborted 2 sets already , during our cloudy and cool weather so far .. but # 3 opens tomorrow on the Wallace plant .. and not going to let this one slip by
 
Wednesday, June 18 View Page
side view of the 1317 set .. loving the shape and color ( looks like orange ) just grow . baby grow..the clock is ticking
 
Tuesday, June 24 View Page
patch view at the end of June ...they have maxed out at the 700 sq ft mark
 
Tuesday, June 24 View Page
the 1623 Wallace...
 
Tuesday, June 24 View Page
the 3 rd attempt of the 1623.. hopefully its a charm...if this set takes.. I still could be in good shape with over 60 growing days to go ..to the the weigh- off..
 
Tuesday, June 24 View Page
1317 clementz plant... main is poking out
 
Wednesday, June 25 View Page
looking nice
 
Wednesday, June 25 View Page
1317 clementz ..dap 20... looking like its going to be orange
 
Wednesday, June 25 View Page
1317
 
Thursday, July 3 View Page
1317 clementz Day 28
 
Thursday, July 3 View Page
ever feel like your being watched..
 
Saturday, July 5 View Page
beautiful July 4 th day in my part of Alaska .. greenhouses ventilation in full swing .. as plants are enjoying the sun and 75 degree temps...
 
Saturday, July 5 View Page
east GH .. and the 1623 plant
 
Saturday, July 5 View Page
west GH with the 1317
 
Sunday, July 6 View Page
1317 clementz .. on the move
 
Sunday, July 6 View Page
1317 DAP 32.. finally broke down and decided to tape it .. cc 127 ss 73 ee 75 .. est wt of 468 lbs ( 2012 chart )
 
Sunday, July 6 View Page
one of the 8 pollinations on the 1623 secondary's..probably the one I'll go with .. (1623 x 1874) DAP 14
 
Sunday, July 6 View Page
1st set on the marrow
 
Sunday, July 6 View Page
one of my cabbages... spudley is probably laughing right about now..lol..oh well
 
Sunday, July 20 View Page
the 1317 clementz at day 45 -- 157 - 87 -86 for a 330 ott and a est wt of 793 lbs
 
Sunday, July 20 View Page
top veiw
 
Sunday, July 20 View Page
1874 mathison moving along
 
Sunday, July 20 View Page
looking like the end of the line, for any kins of the 1623 .. never had a pumpkin do this to me before.. but sure looks like an abort... which is a shame because this a great plant ...maybe to great ..
 
Sunday, July 20 View Page
stump of the 1623 huge and healthy ..just like the vines.. I just couldn't get a pumpkin past the 30 day mark
 
Monday, August 4 View Page
the 1317 clementz still going strong
 
Monday, August 4 View Page
177cc- 97 ss- 97 ee == 371 ott for est wt of 1113 lbs on new chart
 
Monday, August 4 View Page
1874 mathison ..growing nicely
 
Monday, August 4 View Page
kin off the 1623 ..its still growing
 
Monday, August 4 View Page
side view of the 1623 .. this plant has been interesting to say the least
 
Monday, August 4 View Page
still fighting the soft blossom end issue.. its crazy its only soft for about a 1/2 inch in .. after scraping , applying fungicides and adding a fan . the underneath is really hard..... thought for sure the blossom end split was coming .. but not here yet
 
Monday, August 4 View Page
of course , while I'm worry about the other end , this appeared ..lol..yikes getting hit on both sides now ... but... being only able to plant a few plants a year,.. I'm just going to let it ride and have fun with it .. see how it turns out .. winters coming
 
Monday, August 4 View Page
giant marrow
 
Monday, August 4 View Page
giant cabbage
 
Monday, August 4 View Page
my new fence I have been working on .. taking up all my time ...main goal is to keep moose out and the dogs in
 
Monday, August 4 View Page
another view.. had to steam bend the wood on a few parts .. which was pretty cool ..
 
Tuesday, August 12 View Page
patch shot of the 1317 ...weigh -off is 2 weeks away
 
Tuesday, August 12 View Page
Dap 68 with a 189.5-99.5 -99 ott for a total ot 318 inches and a est wt of 1201 lbs... never had a pumpkin with this kind of shape before.. low to the ground and really wide
 
Tuesday, August 12 View Page
1874 .. curious as to what this will weigh-in at ..its solid
 
Tuesday, August 12 View Page
that should be 381 inches for the ott measurement..its late
 
Tuesday, August 12 View Page
and the cc was 182.5 also
 
Wednesday, August 27 View Page
must be that time of the year.. weigh-off day
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
had some special guest this year as a BBC film crew visited the patch , as part of an Alaskan program there working on
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
the pumpkin off the 1623 Wallace is airborne
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
camera man getting into it
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
the 1st fish in the boat ..1 done 2 to go
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
the pumpkin off the 1874 mathison ..heading up
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
heading for the truck
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
getting ready to lift the 1317 ...take one..those guys were hilarious
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
okay 1317 almost ready.. take 2
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
not quite .. had to add the go-pro...ready
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
an action..the 1317 is on the way ...Mark yours may be heavier .. but I'm higher..lol
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
touchdown...
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
After 10 1/2 hrs with these 3 guys...I was really running out of things to say ..bad jokes , stories ..ect..but just loved their stories
 
Thursday, August 28 View Page
want to say a big thanks to my buddies, Bruce the operator for his steady hands and Sam ,at Hotwire Electric..for helping out and and make this happen.. made my day so much easier ...lol
 
Sunday, August 31 View Page
the 1283 at the fair ..all decked out
 
Sunday, August 31 View Page
Scott Robb ...inspecting underneath the 1283 marshall
 
Sunday, August 31 View Page
A better look at this years kins..farthest back is the 772 ( 1623x1874) middle is the 1283 (1317x1623) and closest is the 753 (1874x self)
 
Tuesday, October 21 View Page
cool patch visitor the other day ..
 
Wednesday, October 22 View Page
My daughter , around the new fire pit I made .. my wife said she wanted for her birthday ...I was thinking flowers
 
Thursday, November 13 View Page
I decided to take the roof poly down this year .. its a real pain in heavy snow years .. but this year .. so far no snow
 
Thursday, November 13 View Page
classic stem slit into pumpkin
 
Thursday, November 13 View Page
under attack
 

 

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