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Thursday, March 5 View Page
At long last I am in a state where I can grow a big pumpkin. Believe it or not I actually took pumpkin growing into consideration when I purchased my home. I have also a full acre to work with here in Centennial CO, with no trees or anything to shade the plants. I am considering growing two plants but will defiantly have at lease one. I have done nothing to prepare my patch so I figure this year will be my test run. I am going to gather some soil this weekend - which I should have done long ago - and send it off to get tested. When the snow melts I will till, try to plant a quick cover crop. When I'm ready to put the plants in the patch i will till again, put the pumpkin in hoops, rye outside the hoops and till again before they leave the hoops. I plan on putting the patch near the bottom of the hill, and a LG tank at the top of the hill to warm the water and let it de-chlorinate. If thats even necessary? Any tip-hint-suggestion is always welcome!
 
Monday, March 9 View Page
Patch got marked out and I did a little raking and tossed out some seeds to get a little cover. Birds seem to love them. Cover crop in the fall :-p. 20'x30' patch. I may do a second plot too as I have the room! Concerned about watering with the tap water... Thinking about putting a 100g tank near the patch to let the water gas off and perhaps warm before watering... Weigh off is Nov 4th, That puts my In ground day April 5th. Start growing the seed 3 weeks before that to give them a good start!
 
Wednesday, March 11 View Page
Soil sample is going to ship out to Western Labs tomorrow. Digging in my patch for the first time I noticed that it seems heavy clay. I will see what the soil test says but I figure I will be tilling in a few hundred pounds of soil to loosen it up and adjust to soil wherever it needs to be.
 
Monday, March 16 View Page
About a week ago I planted my pepper seeds and a few gourd seeds. A few weeks early on them – whoops. However I recently got some Myckos and Azos and really wanted to give them a test. 3 days ago my first seed sprouted – a luffa gourd, today I was checking the incubator and noticed the roots were already peaking out the top of the plug. Impressive! I want to use some of the Advanced Nutrients stuff on the pumpkin, Bubba - when you going to add a shopping page to your site?
 
Monday, March 16 View Page
Woo Hoo! I got the seeds I have been waiting for. Thanks to the CT club for the auction. So the plan is to grow 2 pumpkin plants and 3 tomato plants. Pumpkin #1 will be the 1738 Barron, which comes from a big family and its orange! Pumpkin #2 will be a seed that the WizzZzZz gave me which is also orange. Not sure if ill grow a BIG BIG pumpkin my rookie year so hoping for a nice orange pumpkin. I will also plant one each of the MacCoy tomato seeds. Wishing I could dig up more tomato specific information… Things are starting to take shape.
 
Monday, March 16 View Page
I also got a new camera a few weeks ago... I figure the best way to learn is record what I do - maybe i can entertain and help somebody else along the way. You will also find BattleBot and reptile videos. :-p https://youtu.be/LSlqdQADkuI
 
Tuesday, March 17 View Page
The last big hurdle that I need to figure out is my watering. Because im on city water I have chlorine and PH issues. I plan to overcome them by filling a tank near the house and then pumping the water out to my growing areas. Because I will have a tank I will be able to let the water gas off (or add a dechlorinator) and adjust the PH every few days to keep the plant happy. Dan @ Columbus Irrigation has been a huge help in getting me a good reliable system put together. The two tank system idea is what I was going to use to mix and additives however I am going to go with an injector so I don’t use the good/expensive stuff on the garden. I will have Tank > Pump > 2 zone controller > injector > pumpkin patch > garden / gourds Plan to get that ordered this week and set up by the end of the month!
 
Thursday, March 19 View Page
Got my soil test. Hmmm now if only I knew what it all means!?!?!?!?! Part 1
 
Thursday, March 19 View Page
Got my soil test. Hmmm now if only I knew what it all means!?!?!?!?! Part 2
 
Saturday, April 4 View Page
Took a trip around town to get a few things for the patch.
 
Sunday, April 5 View Page
So I went around and got some things to till into the patch. I really wish I would have don’t this in the fall but oh well – better late than never! 18cf of peat Alfalfa pellets 8-16-16 Boron Iron Manganese Copper Zinc Magnesium I am going to be getting 10-15 yards of dairy compost next weekend, 100lb of humic, several bags of perlite and maybe ill chop up the neighbors dog too and toss it in. haha. Also need to make plans for fence to keep dogs out and shade cloth… Awwww so much to do if I want to get my plants in first weekend of May. Need to check on Dan about my drip system too! Note to self...
 
Sunday, April 5 View Page
Funny story, a local grower named Calvin was telling me about how the heat and hail can really put a hurting on my plants. I was having a lazy Sunday and fell asleep at about 1PM in my chair. Waking up from a dream about my awesome looking pumpkin plant getting destroyed by hail I sprung into action! Looking at youtube for a few ideas and then off to Home Depot. 3 hours later its starting to take shape. Im going to need lots more glue and PVC. Haha. Also changed the patch size to 25’ x 40’. Now I just need some netting. And a door or 2. Darn you Bubba and all your videos!
 
Sunday, April 5 View Page
25' x 40' x 6' ill probably add a center spine to it after I till. Maybe not if I think its tough enough. ? . ? .
 
Monday, April 6 View Page
Today I went to home depot to get a 100’ tape so I could make sure this thing was square. After some fine-tuning it is now a squared up 40x25 rectangle. I was able to pound in the streaks on the other side and glue together some of the hoops. Still lots left to do. Each section will have two connections between one another but it will also have a (probably wood) spine that I will install after I till running the 40’ length. Suggestions..?.. Should I start both plants in the middle and grow them to the end? Or one at each end to the middle?
 
Tuesday, April 7 View Page
Hoop house is a little over 6' tall in the middle. Its been a really windy day and the structure seems solid.
 
Tuesday, April 7 View Page
Today I secured the kick boards on the second side, I cut the braces, glued sections together. 2 hoops are glued together so I can take it apart if need be. Tomorrow I need to find a home depot that has some crosses so I can finish! I also need to get a spreader so I can get my ferts down... I hope to get about 10-12 yards of compost this weekend as well as add everything else. Still waiting on 100lb of humid from the WizZ aaaaand some perlite. I think thats it.... Then start seeds and GO. Oh - need to order a shade / hail cloth.
 
Wednesday, April 8 View Page
Took the day off on working after work. Rest is niiiiice! I did get almost all the rest of my ferts though! These and others will get put down on Saturday.
 
Friday, April 10 View Page
Very productive afternoon! First I made my back single gate a double. This will allow me to drive my truck in for easy unload of compost tomorrow. Aaaaaaand hopefully unload a big pumpkin?
 
Friday, April 10 View Page
After the gate I put on all my fertilizer per the soil report. Went on the low side as I can always add more. Hard to take away. In total 200-ish lb.
 
Friday, April 10 View Page
and actually before the ferts I was able to finish the hoop house! Woo Hoo... If I get better at this pumpkin thing I do have room to grow more.
 
Friday, April 10 View Page
A few hundred pounds of peat....
 
Friday, April 10 View Page
And last for today.... Spread everything out. Ready for 10 yards of compost tomorrow. Current plan is 2yd of dairy and 8yd of yard compost. I still need to get my drip system from Dan - busy guy. Then next Saturday - I till and start my seeds.
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Big push to get the patch done this weekend. Needing to load, transport and unload 12-ish yards of compost.
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Dairy compost went over the whole patch. Then 2.5 yards per 10' of house. Was only able to get 2 loads in today as I had to go get some Humic from the RMGVC.
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
On the way back I stopped at the Hydro store for some other goodies.
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Spread everything out. . .
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Gave everything a till to break up the virgin soil and get the ferts going. Tomorrow the rest of the compost.
 
Sunday, April 12 View Page
So much shoveling! My back...
 
Sunday, April 12 View Page
All tilled in... Looks good I think!
 
Sunday, April 12 View Page
Hoop house is back up... Anybody head from Dan @ Columbus lately? Need to get my watering system! All that I have left to do is: -Make mini plastic hoop houses. -Set up watering system. -Order and install net -Install spine Starting my seeds tonight.
 
Monday, April 13 View Page
Today I found out that a woodpecker has made a home in one of my Tiki's... I saw the hole went to look inside and out comes a pissed off woodpecker. LoL... Defiantly not a Las Vegas problem! haha.
 
Monday, April 13 View Page
The hoop house starts to get its spine... I also spoke with Dan. Hopefully my system will be in the mail this week!
 
Monday, April 13 View Page
whoops - wrong pic. Start of the spine!
 
Tuesday, April 14 View Page
I was going to take the afternoon off. I have been going really hard at work then get off, come home and work on the patch till 7-ish. Instead I went to make one of my hoop houses. Should have taken the day off like I had planned. Doh.... Center support. Yeahhhhhhh
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
100 % sprout on my 6 seeds... Planted 4/11 - pop on most of them was 4/15. Game plan is 19 days inside for a planting in patch on 5/4/15. I want to transplant them once. Will a 1g pot be enough for 19 days total growth? Or should I go for 1.5g or 2g pot?
 
Sunday, April 19 View Page
I have been busy with work and doing normal person things like cleaning and doing a little relaxing + we had snow yesterday and the weather this week looks a big cold. Screen is on order for the house. Hopefully Dan can ship the drip system Monday. Need to build proper hoop houses however put some plastic down today to get the soil warming up. Eta to plants in ground = May 4th.
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
So I had a really bad case of anal glaucoma this morning and just could not see my ass going into work… The result was me bring productive with my plants! I made a stand last night for my new 4 bulb light… Then I transplanted my seedlings into 2g pots that I cut in half. I mixed the soil with Mycos and Azoz then gave them a watering with Marks Mix Root Keeper.
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
Plan A - seedlings
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
Plan B plants....
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
I secured all the joints on the house that were not glued. This will allow me to take the whole thing apart in sections.
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
Aaaaaand I almost finished the spine on the house too... All and all a good day to stay home! :-)
 
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
Spine is done!!! Now I need to figure out what I'm going to do with the ends... Im kinda thinking plastic...
 
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
Talking with Mark he said that long gourds were fun and easy to grow. I do happen to have this here which is about 15' tall. Thinking about growing the plant in a LG 40g fabric 'pot' that I have.
 
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
Finally got a picture of the main hole maker.
 
Saturday, April 25 View Page
Getting some dirt ready for the long gourds...
 
Saturday, April 25 View Page
330g water tank ready for system due in mid week. Patch in the background.
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
My leaves seem to have a bit of yellow starting to show... Suggestions with this?
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
Another leaf with the yellowing.
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
Bubba sent me some seeds last week... I started a handful of them today! Sunflower Cantaloup Long Gourd Bushel Gourd
 
Tuesday, April 28 View Page
Tilled in some goodies into the cantaloup patch. DONE!
 
Tuesday, April 28 View Page
Trimmed all of the posts on the hoop house. Screen, door and another till then this will be DONE.
 
Tuesday, April 28 View Page
Added goodies to soil for long gourd and then added wire up the sides and along the top. Long Gourd - DONE!
 
Tuesday, April 28 View Page
And a selfie for good measure. Don't try this at home kids...
 
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
Package from Dan! Woo hoo...
 
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
Got the 330g tank full. The 1hp pump. The timer/control that will turn on my 3 different zones. this will also turn on the pump only when a zone is on. Today I ran the feeder line and low voltage cable out to the patch.
 
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
The Fert injector and the solenoid manifold. I like!
 
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
A few people asked what the long gourd set up actually looked like from the ground.
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
I had to get real house type work done, so no patch work. I will be going out of town Friday-Sunday so no work will get done... But Monday when I get back - Its on!!! Here are all the pumpkin plants.
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
Plan A plants... 1916 Barron 1170 Grande
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
Plan B Plants. 1170 Grande 1203 Huston I also have a 1947 that I started as a back up. All 4 plants will get planted, only two will survive. The 1947 will be grown, at a minimum for pollen. However I have high hopes!
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
Tomato line up. All McCoy seeds.
 
Friday, May 1 View Page
I seem to have a few cooties on my plants already. Errrr look like tiny worms but zooming in i see legs. Any idea what they are and how I get rid of them? Errrrrr They seem to be feeding on the chlorophyll guessing by the tiny dead looking spots. Damn bugs!!! Any and all help with I would be grateful for. I know jack squat about garden type bugs and how to kill them other than the squish method.
 
Friday, May 1 View Page
Bugs...
 
Friday, May 1 View Page
little off green / yellow bastards. Thats them... They gotta go!!!
 
Friday, May 1 View Page
Google says I have Thrips... *sigh* Suggestions on how to kill them the best way for pumpkin plants?
 
Tuesday, May 5 View Page
Its been raining for the last two days almost all day. Uhhhhh. Figure I better get the irrigation system set up. Header line set and 25 drip tape valves stabbed in every 20".
 
Tuesday, May 5 View Page
Cutting 25 - 25" lengths of drip tape. I also made two cool frames that will go up tomorrow. Wanted to get the drip tape down first though.
 
Tuesday, May 5 View Page
8 ran, 17 to go...
 
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
Not quite as much rain today... But I got a package! A giant heavy package, probably the largest one I have ever had. Yes, my back hurts moving this SOB.
 
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
Rolling this damn thing out myself was harder than moving it to the patch. Ugh I need a girlfriend. Even better a girl who would grow with me!
 
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
Pulling it on. A pain, but not too hard.
 
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
Woo hoo, now to secure it. I also got all the drip tape ran.
 
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
Sides are nice and tight!
 
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
All I really have left to do is the ends and hook up the pumpkin watering system to the yet to be finished system as a whole. Work for tomorrow. Now early to bed. My back hurts!
 
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
But first... Check out this sweet double rainbow over the pumpkin patch. Thats gotta be good luck, right???
 
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Checking on my plants today i noticed that this had what looks to be a stripe of yellow. This the bad kind of yellow stripe?
 
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Ends caped and door made.
 
Thursday, May 7 View Page
electrician, yes. carpenter, no. Velcro? Why not???
 
Thursday, May 7 View Page
strung myself a cord the the watering area. Hopefully tomorrow I can get this thing running.
 
Thursday, May 7 View Page
And the weather... Goal was to plant Sunday. REALLY??? Monday it is...
 
Saturday, May 9 View Page
Was looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend when I got this on my phone. 5-10" of snow? SON OF A #)$(@
 
Saturday, May 9 View Page
First hour of snow.
 
Saturday, May 9 View Page
Inside still looks good.
 
Saturday, May 9 View Page
Another hour. Its dark now - snow flakes are smaller. The Colorado Cave is bending - a lot! However so far she has not broke. Wonder what the morning will bring. Thank goodness I have not planted yet!
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
So I have been busy lately, lack of updates… So the snow did not actually break anything with the hoop house, however, it did bend the toe boards and the steaks almost 90 degrees. It also stretched the PVC, all and all a real pain in the ass. To fix the issues without taking the screen off and PVC down I just added in more side supports. Good enough!
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
Skip ahead a few weeks… Plants went in the ground, and I tilled up 10’ out and put down my walking boards.
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
I am going to try some giant tomatoes in pots, 1 pot is a 15g the other is a 10g.
 
Saturday, May 30 View Page
1203 Huston was and is the fastest plant to send out the vine. Its on the small side but has lots of get up and go.
 
Saturday, May 30 View Page
1947 Clementz is looking really good. This was a back up plant that got put in the ground, I am really happy with its growth thus far.
 
Saturday, May 30 View Page
My two favorite plants, the Barron brothers. I will hate having to yank one.
 
Saturday, June 13 View Page
I have been rather busy with work and such. Giving my plants TLC every day. I should have time tomorrow to update this here diary! I do have lots of weed pulling, tilling and walking board making tomorrow.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
And a video so you all can get a good look. https://youtu.be/rcMNLE1wuno Lots of females gotta go.
 
Monday, June 22 View Page
23 days from my last post and BOOM, look at the plants! Holy moly... Hard to believe they grow so fast. Especially for a rookie, tons of fun and stress too. haha relaxing hobby my ass!
 
Monday, June 22 View Page
The 1900 Barron is off and running, I have my first female that looks like she will show at about 12', maybe another 10 days till that may be ready? Beside him going the other direction is the 1700 Barron, this plant is shooting off tons of females and look to have one at about 10' that I'm going to try. On the other side I have the 1947 Clementz that is rocketing, it was a back up plant that i planted but it is running, FAST!!!
 
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Today the 1900 Barron rolls past 12'.
 
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
And at the tip... A female!!! This plant has only had 1 other females. I expect this to be at about 14', hopefully it will take as I only have 20' to work with! I will be keeping a few females on the sides needless to say...
 
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Tomato plants are starting to mega bloom. Most are on small plants which I want to grow more before I get a fruit rolling. Neat to see such BIG blooms on a tomato plant.
 
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Mato.
 
Sunday, June 28 View Page
Full patch shot.
 
Sunday, June 28 View Page
Looks to be a triple or quad.
 
Sunday, June 28 View Page
Double me thinks.
 
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
This is the south end of the patch with the 1738 Baron and the 1947 Clementz.
 
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
North end of the patch with the 1916 Barron. 15' wide and 16' long. Will get pollinated tomorrow with the 1947.5 Clementz.
 
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
My first giant pumpkin pollination. Female is the 1738 Barron and 1947 Clementz male. Hopefully it takes!!! It was also hot the last few days and the tip of the main kinda got roasted. Hopefully it will still grow, if not I will then one of the secondary vines into the new main for the second half of the plant. I went and got some small tables to make shades. Live and learn...
 
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
Looks like I have a triple here! Nice. . .
 
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
megabloom single starting to roll.
 
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Picture is DAP#2 1738 Barron Pollinations are looking good. So far so good... 7/1 - 1738 Barron X 1947.5 Clementz 7/2 - 1916 Barron X 1947.5 Clementz 7/4 - 1947.5 Celmentz x 1916 Barron Hopefully they all take. I figure ill know by next Saturday. Ill be keeping all females past current sets.
 
Saturday, July 4 View Page
https://youtu.be/vXV8fa9lVKU And the weekly video of everything.
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
DAP 3 I think its growing...?... Just incase i cut the leaf and vine off at the node.
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
My best looking tomato plant with my biggest mega bloom. I was worried how I was going to pollinate this thing until I saw the video that Dan posted about using something that vibrates. lol... I used my toothbrush and an app that I downloaded on my phone that turns the buzzer on.
 
Tuesday, July 14 View Page
The Red Barron - 13 DAP.
 
Tuesday, July 14 View Page
Bubba - 9 DAP
 
Tuesday, July 14 View Page
Smashing - 12 DAP All the pumpkins seem to be growing well! Never put boards under your pumpkins alone... What a pain in the ass!
 
Friday, July 17 View Page
Started to measure my pumpkins yesterday so today I was able to track some growth. 7-16-15 to 7-17-15 Red Barron: + 7.78 pounds + 10 total inches. Weight = 51.66 (16 DAP) Bubba: + 6.66 pounds + 12 total inches. Weight = 36.58 (13 DAP) Smashing: + 5.56 pounds + 10 total inches. Weight = 35.98 (15 DAP) Tracking this on a spread sheet, should be fun!
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
I have 3 tomatos rolling. Tomato #1
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
Tomato #2
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
Tomato #3 my favorite!
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
Had to clean up the stumps today and put in the covers. All and all looking good. I think..?.. Stump Bubba.
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
Stump Smashing.
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
Stump Red Barron.
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
Gourds have made it to the top!!! You gotta get up to get down.
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
Todays progress from top to bottom: Red Barron + 13.87 from yesterday. Total weight = 75.53. 18-DAP Bubba + 9.07 from yesterday. Total weight = 50.83. 13-DAP Smashing + 18.5 from yesterday. Total weight = 61.66. 17-DAP Yesterday's rain sent some big weight to the pumpkins!
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
Videos if you want to watch. Weekly updates! July 11th video: https://youtu.be/Dl8xv-BpsYQ July 18th video: https://youtu.be/hjZHDxfzfvI
 
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
Im excited, i have moved into triple digits! Red Barron (1738 Barron x 1947.5 Clementz) hit 100 pounds today. 20-DAP. She is starting to pick up steam on the pounds per day!
 
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
Hope'n it will turn orange.
 
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
My largest tomato, still growing.
 
Saturday, July 25 View Page
https://youtu.be/gGcFYT1sxbM Weekly update of the patch!
 
Sunday, July 26 View Page
TODAY! Red Barron: 180.5 pounds. +21.25 LB in 24h. 25-Days Old Bubba: 157.02 pounds. +20.89 LB in 24h. 20-Days Old Smashing: 178.03 pounds. +25.39 LB in 24h. 24-Days Old
 
Sunday, July 26 View Page
Weigh off trending weights. Overall weight should really jump the next 30 days or so. Fruits going where is subject to change. 7.22 Pounds per day avg. 62 days left = 628.14 7.85 Pounds per day avg. 69 days left = 698.67 7.41 Pounds per day avg. 83 days left = 793.06 Hope to up the overall daily avg. to at least 13 pounds to get them to 1000 pounds. Fingers crossed!
 
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Pumpkins are doing great. Running towards 400 pounds fast! 2 nice orange and 1 cream-ish.
 
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
The last 3-4 days my water use has been going down despite me not changing anything. I took apart the drip system today at the fert injector and found my filter to be damn near totally clogged. DOH... Fixed that and I'm rolling again. Adding that to my bi weekly to-do list. And a few day old picture of the tomato. She is past 18" now. WizZ tells me I may have a shot at the state record! Wonder what everybody else has????
 
Thursday, July 30 View Page
So I am learning lots and lots this year. I had been reading the sheet that Matt D made and knew that I had powdery mildew. NOOOOOOOOO Amazon, Eagle-20 STAT!
 
Thursday, July 30 View Page
Eagle-20 in hand I gave the whole patch a good spray. Questions I was hoping some of you could help answer. -Is this a systemic product or work on contact? -Should I reapply, as in what if I missed a spot, or leaf? Hopefully this will kill it dead, this stuff is defiantly the strongest product I have ever used.
 
Thursday, July 30 View Page
The second problem I currently have is that I have 4 or 5 leaves that are a bit crispy. I have been sick the last few days and not in the patch much so not sure when this really took place. Steve Minor said too much Nitrogen. That would hold true as I have been upping my use of N. As such I will cut the use of N in half. Any other ideas, or thoughts on this?
 
Friday, July 31 View Page
18.5" around... From the 5.30 MacCoy seed. I have named her Miss Cheese. Fatty!
 
Friday, July 31 View Page
Knock on wood this may be a CO state record. Wonder what everybody else has growing? WiZzZY???? Bonus club challenge accepted!
 
Friday, July 31 View Page
My grandma came to visit me from vegas. She seemed impressed! This is the Red Barron... Once my largest, now the smallest and oldest. 30-DAP Over 100" Cir !!
 
Friday, July 31 View Page
Selfie with Smashing. This guy has been turning on the go juice! 40 pound + gains per 24h. Also well over 100" Cir even with a weird shape, I measure on the thin spots. 29-DAP 400lb soon!
 
Friday, July 31 View Page
Eagle-20 went on last night. Hopefully that will knock out the powdery mildew. I don't want anything to derail the trains. I will admit I am not super paranoid now ill do something to kill the plants. :-o
 
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
Smashing is getting to be a big ol' boy. 33-DAP. If I can get another 10-15 days of the 30+ pounds per day ill be looking good come the fall. If the plant stays healthy If the pumpkin stays solid If the weather doesn't flip out Ect...
 
Saturday, August 8 View Page
RMGVG Patch tour
 
Saturday, August 8 View Page
RMGVG Patch tour
 
Saturday, August 8 View Page
RMGVG Patch tour
 
Saturday, August 8 View Page
RMGVG Patch tour
 
Saturday, August 8 View Page
RMGVG Patch tour
 
Saturday, August 8 View Page
RMGVG Patch tour
 
Saturday, August 8 View Page
RMGVG Patch tour
 
Saturday, August 8 View Page
Go big tomato gooooooooo.
 
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
I was texting another grower about the bad weather moving in and look what popped up on the phone.
 
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
Amamarie sent this picture to me a few miles up the road. In the end I got no twister, just lots of rain. Whew!!!
 
Thursday, August 13 View Page
I gave the long gourds some attention today. . . Started off by culling a bunch of little guys.
 
Thursday, August 13 View Page
The current front runner... Maybe 2.5' long.
 
Thursday, August 13 View Page
smashing is trucking along. Having a real hard time getting a good tape on him all alone. Its big.
 
Thursday, August 13 View Page
Big for me anyhow... Big enough I can only get half of him in a selfie shot. I had a drip tape line bust inside the PumpkinCave yesterday, tracked it down today, just had to shut that line down as it can't be replaced.
 
Sunday, August 16 View Page
Today I cut off my big tomato with the help of two local growers! Calvin
 
Sunday, August 16 View Page
And Anamarie.
 
Sunday, August 16 View Page
Had hoped for 4lb but 3.41 is good enough to get me the CO state record. For now...
 
Sunday, August 16 View Page
Nobody wanted to buy the big one... :-p
 
Sunday, August 16 View Page
When I told them 700 pounds they laughed. Smashing is getting big!
 
Monday, August 17 View Page
Smashing is looking good. 46 days old. 43-57 days left to grow.
 
Sunday, August 23 View Page
Long gourds are almost 5' long. This one has a real nice snow flake look to it.
 
Sunday, August 23 View Page
All my tomatoes were picked today. 3.41 in the middle.
 
Sunday, August 23 View Page
Rolling past the 1200 mark... I mean 900. Or do I?
 
Saturday, August 29 View Page
My weekly video update. A little longer and different this week with what I have been and what I want to do next year. https://youtu.be/9Rzihpsr_TQ
 
Saturday, August 29 View Page
Doing about 4" a day. Go buddy go!
 
Tuesday, September 8 View Page
Red Barron. This may be my 'smallest' pumpkin but dang he is solid. I'm almost 100% he will go heavy.
 
Tuesday, September 8 View Page
Elisa napping on Bubba...
 
Tuesday, September 8 View Page
Smashing - still doing over 10 pounds per day. Grow man grow!!!!!!
 
Tuesday, September 8 View Page
Red Barron on the Left and Bubba on the Right. Less than 500sf per plant.
 
Monday, September 14 View Page
https://youtu.be/mq_BvslC0tk Video tour.
 
Friday, September 18 View Page
I built myself a tripod today and give my mower a ride to test it out. Seems like it will do the trick. Kyle made me a "king ring", BEEFY!!! 7 days left. Everybody is still growing! Mice. Damn mice!!! https://youtu.be/HWg_sElQ3aI https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoGiants
 
Friday, September 25 View Page
Getting Bubba ready to lift in the morning! Screen of the Colorado Pumpkin Cave!
 
Friday, September 25 View Page
Secondary vines cut and tossed into the compost pile!
 
Friday, September 25 View Page
Hoops down.
 
Friday, September 25 View Page
And frame out of the way. Ready to rock tomorrow morning!
 
Saturday, September 26 View Page
Jareds weigh off - 4th place pumpkin Est : 1025 Weight came in at 925 pounds. Not bad! Hopefully better next week!
 
Friday, October 2 View Page
Colorado cave has been taken down, plants pulled and we are ready to load!!! A quick time lapse of the whole thing. https://youtu.be/eoORjBHh6iE
 
Friday, October 2 View Page
Also picked the long gourds... Here is the best two.
 
Saturday, October 3 View Page
Taping my pumpkin (Smashing) 1916 Barron x 1947.5 Clementz Est = 1338 pounds
 
Saturday, October 3 View Page
Final weight = 1367 Good enough for second place!
 
Saturday, October 3 View Page
Leader board. Good weigh off!
 
Sunday, October 4 View Page
Thats a wrap. 4th place at FoCo 972 pounds! Just a 28 short of my goal! Doh... 1st place long gourd.
 
Sunday, October 4 View Page
Jareds: 1st Long Gourd 4th Pumpkin 925 pounds Nicks: 2nd Pumpkin 1367 pounds! FoCo 1st Long Gourd 4th Pumpkin 972 pounds! A grand total of 3264 pounds of pumpkin in 800SF of growing area. Now to get ready for next year!
 
Thursday, October 29 View Page
The 925 New getting ready to be carved...
 
Thursday, October 29 View Page
Came out not half bad! I wish I could have taken it out of the back of the truck.
 
Saturday, October 31 View Page
Instead I have to drive around with it in my truck. Naturally I leave the light on - people seem to enjoy it! Elisa and the Bubba at outback
 
Saturday, October 31 View Page
Lots of seeds from the 925 New. If you want any just shoot me a bubble... Message me and ill give you my address. I should have the seeds from 972 and 1367 Sunday. Ill give em away if you grow em.
 
Friday, December 25 View Page
Elisa is going to grow her own this year as such I told her she was on her own and got her a book for Christmas. haha. Merry Christmas from Colorado!!!
 

 

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