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Thursday, January 5 View Page
Plant stand I got for Christmas.
 
Tuesday, January 17 View Page
Filed. Soaked 1.5 hours warm water. Damp paper towel. Ziplock. Heat mat for 2 days.
 
Tuesday, January 17 View Page
Not Filed. Soaked 1.5 hours warm water. Damp paper towel. Ziplock. Heat mat for 2 days.
 
Monday, January 30 View Page
All of my test germinations show that my plants in miracle gro potting mix are taller with bigger leaves but the plants in Pro Mix starter soil look stockier and healthier but the leaves aren't quite as big.
 
Monday, January 30 View Page
Here's another
 
Monday, January 30 View Page
One more
 
Saturday, February 18 View Page
Got a couple of my dads old seeds to germinate. This pumpkin was grown in 2001 so the seeds are 15 years old. Pretty neat.
 
Thursday, February 23 View Page
New 20x20 veggie garden dug today. Moisture in soil was ideal. Hard to believe it's just February 23rd. Now my 50x50 patch can be just for my pumpkins and squash.
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Got 2 yards of poop spread on the new veggie garden. Now need some peat moss and till it in and should be ready to go.
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
2 yards of poop added to veggie garden. My back hurts.
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Rough sketch of Giants patch. Orange are kins and green is squash. Duh
 
Tuesday, March 14 View Page
Latest plot thought. Will be growing a 1385, 1947, ???? Gansert, ???? Green Squash and undecided for the 150 challenge. Probably something big and ugly.
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
12'x16" raised bed awaiting some garden mix soil. Gonna fence it in and plant princess, blue moon and night fire pumpkins.
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
Put together a 4'x8' hoop house today. Just need to wrap it with plastic and it'll be ready to go.
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
Was gonna try a 150 challenge but decided I just don't wanna give up the room in my main patch. I have about 145 square feet here but it's so skinny I just don't think it's worth the hassle. Might throw a couple long gourds in here and let them grow on the ground and get all curly.
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
Subject to change: 2017 Lineup 1385 H/J in 750 sq ft patch 2 seeds to start 1947 Bubba in 750 sq ft patch 2 seeds to start 1044 Gansert in 500 sq ft patch 2 seeds to start 1175 Holub SQ in 500 sq ft patch 1 seed to start 1362 Pugh SQ back up if needed 1 seed to start
 
Saturday, March 25 View Page
Hand dug all the holes with a post hole digger and a digging bar for new fence around the veggie garden today. My entire body hurts.
 
Saturday, March 25 View Page
Oops. Who put that drain pipe there? Luckily I barely busted through it and was able to tape it with some super sticky and thick aluminum tape. Four layers ought keep it good for years and years.
 
Wednesday, March 29 View Page
Threw some plastic on and put a thermometer inside to see how it heats up.
 
Wednesday, March 29 View Page
Got fertz & amendments? I do...haha look out pumpkin world.
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Fence is up. Thanks to my wife for her help. Planted peas, onions, lettuce and some radishes. A bit to wet but already a couple weeks behind on the cool weather crops.
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
My daughters little setup. She planted onions, radishes, and peas. She decided on the 1947.5 Clementz for her competition pumpkin. I'm growing a 1385 H/J and a Gansert. Stupid upside down pics.
 
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Hoops up. Lower half of garden still a mud hole. Might look into French drain to see if it helps.
 
Friday, April 14 View Page
Dug trench to see if it helps dry out lower section of patch. Hate to lose the square footage but it's really doggy on the low side.
 
Friday, April 14 View Page
Raised bed is full of top soil, mushroom manure and sand mix. Delivery truck got stuck when bringing it. No fun.
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Water Buffalo set up and leveled. Hoping to let my well water warm up before watering the plants.
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
And we're off. Soak started this morning. Warm h2o a dash of peroxide and a pinch of seaweed. 1947 Clementz 1385 H/J 1044 Gansert 1175 SQ Holub and 1362 SQ Pugh. Going with 3 AG and One SQ. Good luck everyone.
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
Potato towers started yesterday
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
I hope this doesn't happen once the plants are out. Yikes. This could put a hurting on a growing season.
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
After 2 days. Signs of life from both 1385 H/J, both 1044 Gansert and 1362 Pugh SQ. All potted up now. Still waiting on 1175 Holub SQ and both 1947 Clementz to pop. All 3 of these seeds are bulky heavy seeds so not surprised they have not sprouted yet.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
1385.5 H/J was first to emerge followed by a second 1385.5. Had to help both seed coats out. Plant #2 not looking so good.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
1385.5 #2. Cots look mushy on tips.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
1947.5 Clementz coming up
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
1362.5 Pugh SQ pushing dirt
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Drying dirt for my Spring soil test. Told my wife I was drying my dirt and she looked at me like I was crazy.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
My new favorite hat I won as a door prize at the PGPGA beginners seminar today.
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Was a toasty 102 degrees in the hoops yesterday. Still hoping lower end of patch dries up soon.
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Most of my cots look weird and/or formed funny. Hopefully it won't effect the overall health of the plant. 1947 Clementz is the early leader. Some early beans I'm starting.
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
I seem to have a clear leader on each of the seeds I've started. Wonder why???
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
1947 Clementz
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
These are my backups. 1662 Steil
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
Squash seeds were not started at the same time. Lost my starter and my backup so these are my backups to the backup. Not sure if that even makes sense. Haha
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
Pumpkin selfie. Don't mind the look. I just got up from a two hour nap. Love me some weekends.
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
Wishing the forecast was warmer for this week. Ground inside hoops is ready for plants but below average temperatures and rain means the plants will stay in 1 gallon pots until things improve later this week.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
My secret weapon??? Fingers crossed.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
1385 H/J. Best looking plant so far. All of my plants are getting repotted into 2 gallon grow bags tomorrow. Forecast for next week looking crappy so just gonna keep them going in the house for a while longer.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
1044 Gansert looking good.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
1947 Clementz with sunburn from my T5's
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
1195 Holub Sq. She's several days behind the AG's.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
1401 Jutras Sq
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
1662 Steil backups. Trying hard to earn a spot and they are winning me over. Biggest cots of anything I've planted yet and looking very aggressive. May let one compete with a 1947 Clementz for a spot. These were planted 6 days later than my other AG's.
 
Thursday, May 4 View Page
So I go to Agway and ask for molasses and they get me this. Just what I need to attract more deer to my plot. Haha
 
Thursday, May 4 View Page
Some stuff I saved from when my dad was growing AG's.
 
Thursday, May 4 View Page
More leftovers from Dad
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
SOOO....yesterday it's 70 degrees and sunny on my way home from work so I decide to put plants in the ground. My daughter plants her 2 1947 Clementz and I plant, with her help, our 1385 H/J, 1044 Gansert and 2 squash plants. Bout halfway through its starts raining and hasn't let up since. Bad omen? No pics cause of the rain.
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
Wow, my execution is horrible. First the nonstop rain after planting and now this. Plants are double planted in hoops and then covered with a large clear storage bin with a 90 watt floodlight in each bin. Went down to 40 last night with low 30's expected next few nights. Covered the bins with old comforters. Go out this morning to wake everyone up and find some pretty substantial heat damage on several plants. My best plant so far, 1385 h/j, looks pretty much like a crispy potato chip. I'm to embarrassed to post a pic so you'll have to use your imagination.
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
Not as bad as I originally thought. Except the one 1385 H/J which looks toasted. See following pics.
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
Squashes
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
Poor baby
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
Close up of damage
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
My second 1385
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
Clementz plants
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
New set up borrowed from Ron W
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
All tucked in.
 
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
Thanks Tractor Supply. $1.00 per bag.
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Squash
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Gansert
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
1385 H/J
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Clementz
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Bedtime
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Patch pic
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
1385 that I cooked has bounced back nicely in just 4 days.
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
4 days growth on 1947 Clementz
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
All mini hoops within the big hoops removed today. Small heaters in each hoop for the first time. Set on low. Checked right after dark and temps were hovering around 70.
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
1044 Gansert. Nearly three straight days of no sun is not helping. A little yellow. All plants got an epson salt drench either yesterday or today. Hope they green up.
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
1385's in their new hoop house.
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
1947 Clementz starting to vine.
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
New hoop house.
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
Some plants for our fall pumpkin display.
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
A couple more
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
Watered AG and SQ with these from WOW
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
Pic for last post
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
Squashes
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
Gansert
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
H/J
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
Clementz
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
This is my new overhead sprinkler system for this year. It will be hooked up to the water buffalo (next picture) and fed via inline pump (which leaks like crazy). Add it to my "want" list.
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
Water tank and pump.
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
Darn plant wants to grow straight up. Lay down already!!!
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
Squashes
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
1044 Gansert. These are our best looking plants IMO. Only one can stay. Gonna be tough choice to make. Sharing hoop with squashes in the background.
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
1385 H/J
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
1947 Clementz. Plant on left is aka Beanstalk. Gotta get her to lay down. Hopefully before this weekend as I'll be away for a couple days.
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
Squashes
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
Not sure what's causing yellow color.
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
These went from our best looking plants to our worst. I think we went a little overboard with Eight bug spray. Definitely hurt a couple leaves and stunted plant. If doesn't pick up soon will be culled and 1662 Steil A will be trained to grow in its place.
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
Both 1044 Gansert on ground and running. These are by far our best looking plants. Wish we could keep them both but one is gonna get culled soon. Main vines around 5 feet each.
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
Hoops down. Silt fence/windbreak up.
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
Backup
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
Backup
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
Patch view
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
Wish I could get rid of the two giant oak trees on the left side of this picture. They are currently blocking a good 2 hours of sunshine per day. They are way to big for me to handle myself and I can't justify the expense of paying someone to cut them down for me. Plus I do actually like these trees. They are quite majestic.
 
Monday, May 29 View Page
Misc decorative kins long gourds giant sunflowers and Indian corn for our pumpkin display.
 
Wednesday, May 31 View Page
WOW Super Starter Pack vs no WOW. What a difference!!!
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
Final amendments added and tilled in today.
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
Anybody want to donate a tractor and tiller to me? Haha This hand tilling is brutal on the body.
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
Squashes. Not happy with plant color or rate of growth.
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
By far the best plant in the patch. I culled her sib today. She's growing about 4 inches per day and secondaries are starting to get going as well. Good green color on this girl.
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
I can't get these plants to green up. Added some 12% Nitrogen and watered in to see if they will green up.
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
Well.....we pulled both 1947 Clementz today and transplanted a 1662 Steil in their place. Lost a bunch of roots when transplanting so guessing she will take a good while to get back on track. The one 1947 was not doing much and the other had a split vine. Both were yellow and ugly.
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
Patch shot
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
1044 Gansert
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Squashes
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
1385 H/J's
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
1662 Steil. Transplant looking good this afternoon.
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Decoration garden. Cinderella, Nightfire, Blue Moon, long gourd and Indian corn. Sunflowers too, almost forgot them.
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Baby Cinderella pumpkin
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
Garden Crocs rule. Don't be jealous. Go get yourself a pair. You'll love them. Culled my 1401 Jutras Squash and one of my two 1385 H/J today. Started burying vines on my 1044 Gansert and the 1662 Steil.
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
1195 Holub. Hopes she's green.
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
1044 Gansert
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
Vine burying began today
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
One day after transplant. Looking surprisingly good imo. Started burying the main today. See next pic.
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
1662 Steil
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Wish my plants were growing better. This plant is lucky to be growing an inch or two per day and no secondaries in sight. Ugh
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Growing around 4-6 inches per day with secondaries starting to grow. There's a baby pumpkin on this one. See next pic.
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
First female of the year.
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Growing so SLOW. Come on already. First open male flower of the year. See next pic.
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
A male bloom opened up this morning.
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Suffered some serious flagging today due to lack of root structure from being transplanted last week. This plant is growing though and has a nice green look to it. I took pic early this morning before the sun got to it.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
Baby squash showed up today and she looks green. Yay!!!
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
This plant is finally greening up and starting to move a little bit. Baby squash looks green to me.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
Finally throwing out some side vines. You can see them in this pic. Main vine is at least 8 feet long and growing 6+ inches per day.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
Baby pumpkin showed up today on this plant as well. Just barely starting to send out some side vines. Newest leaves are looking nice and green. Growing a couple inches per day.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
Baby kin on 1385 H/J. If it grows me one half as big as Mr Beard's grew last season, I'll be ecstatic.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
Strong grower even though she was late to the game and transplanted to her final spot just 11 days ago. Still flags in heat of day but perks right up once sun sets.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
Wish my AGs were growing as well as my decoration pumpkins. I believe I overdosed them with the systemic insecticide when I transplanted my main patch. Must remember that for next year.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
Decoration patch. It's gonna be a complete nightmare in a couple weeks. Gonna try my best to keep it from getting powdery mildew but other than that, don't plan on doing much else.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
Before and after of our chicken coop rehab. Hopefully the lower nesting boxes will discourage the girls from sleeping in them.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
New flock 2 Speckled Sussex 2 Buff Orpington 2 Black Star 2 Blue Laced Red Wyandotte 2 Bourbon Red Turkey
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Female's @ 7' & 9'. Next 2 female's on main will hopefully be a keeper. Side vines growing really strong now. 12 side vines before female @ 9'. Will bury more vines tomorrow, weather permitting. Wish all our plants were doing as good as this one.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Squash is taking her good old time growing.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
I'd pull this plant if I had another backup in a good place but unfortunately my final backup is on the other side of the patch and to big to move at this point. She does have a baby pumpkin now so hopefully she will take off sooner than later.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
This is the plant that replaced our 1947 Clementz. She has quickly become a good grower and has her first baby pumpkin at the mains tip.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Patch after I moved silt fence back a few more feet this evening.
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
Even though I have tried so hard to do everything right this year, my plants just don't want to cooperate. I am so discouraged at this point I'm almost ready to give up. Growth is so slow except for the 1044 Gansert plant but she is missing half her side vines. This is our 1195 Holub Squash that is just not sprouting side vines.
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
Side view
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
First 2 females on main look like they're dying before the blossoms even opened. Third female is gonna be just past 12' on the main. Praying I can get her pollinated in about 10 days.
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
Some side vines starting now.
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
Another view
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
Barely a side vine to be seen on this one.
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
Side view
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
Backup
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Inching along
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Taking off now.
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Side vines kicking in
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
We pulled my daughters 1662 Steil today. Baby kins were green. She will now focus on our remaining 1662 Steil that we kept going as a backup. See following pics.
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
New view
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
She's now my daughters project but I will be helping her out.
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Grow baby grow!
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Baby on the new 1662 Steil. Looks a lot yellower than her sisters baby kins. That's why she stayed.
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Princess
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Blue Doll
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Messy vines going everywhere but not many kins and no bees around for pollination
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
Yikes
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
Double Yikes
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
Will it ever end? May need a boat to get to the pumpkin patch.
 
Saturday, June 24 View Page
Not sure why but my females are aborting before they even bloom. After about 5 days from showing up, they stop growing and wilt. Started to let females go on side vines now cause I'm getting worried. Next female on 1044 main is at 14'. Only have about 10 more feet of plot space til she hits the fence. Fingers crossed that she makes it. Placement would be ideal. Striped pole along main is at 12'.
 
Saturday, June 24 View Page
Lots of side vines but they are slow growing. Greenie female at 6' on main but not sure if it's gonna bloom. Will know in a couple days. Unfortunately I won't be home to pollinate for next two days so if she does make it she'll be an open. Not that I really care though as long as I get a fruit set.
 
Saturday, June 24 View Page
Side vines are coming on strong now. Female on main but it wilted and died.
 
Saturday, June 24 View Page
Growing nicely now.
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
All plants have a female in the tip of the main vine. Hopefully I'll be busy 10 days from now.
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
1662 Steil
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
1195 Holub
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
1385 H/J
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
Don't like the look of these leaves. It got into the 40's overnight and hoping that's all it is. Fingers crossed.
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
Another
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
And another
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
All four plants have similar leaves
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
1195 Holub Squash looks the worst
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
1044 Gansert
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
Pollinated with self and 1385 H/J and left open for bees to help. Looks like a deformed 4 lober
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
Here's one from a side vine on my 1044 Gansert pollinated with 2 1385 H/J and 2 1662 Steil males. My plants seem to be making some gains but new foliage still doesn't look right. I do not believe the round up I sprayed caused my trouble because new growth still shows issue.
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
By far the best plant in the patch. She's slowly coming around and growing again. Female in main tip about 17' out. Wish me luck.
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
This poor girl is a mess. The main has grown about an inch or so in the past 4 days. I'm still hopeful that she will pull through. Couple more pics to follow.
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
It pains me to look at this.
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
Closer view of the leaves. If anybody has a thought as to what happened to her please email me. Thanks
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
Growing again but very slow.
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
Girl in tip.
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
Picked first cucumber and first green beans today.
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
Beans
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
Off to Western Labs for tissue test tomorrow. Maybe I'll find out what I screwed up. Thanks to Lee Zappa for the patch visit today.
 
Tuesday, July 4 View Page
Six pollinations this morning. Not many males to pick from. Mostly side vines but beggars can't be choosy. All left open.
 
Tuesday, July 4 View Page
Squash looking worse so pulled it today and replaced with a 91.5 Zappa Field Pumpkin. Thanks Lee for the plants.
 
Tuesday, July 4 View Page
Put in 2 91.5 Zappa field pumpkins where the 1195 Holub was supposed to grow.
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
Here's a look at the patch. Moved wind break out to fence. Cut out bad sections of leaves. Plants seem to be coming back to life. Especially the 1044 which has side vines growing strong again. Pollinated a bunch of kins and side vines on 1044. Will keep one if can't get one set on main. Couple kins along main should open in next few days and hopefully can get one of them set for a keeper. Both are around 16' out.
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
1044 Gansert is coming on again. I was really worried there for a while but looks like she's gonna be okay.
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
1385 H/J is trying to break out of its funk. Wish it would hurry up. Cut out most of the funky leaves and cleaned up around the stump today. Baby kin in tip. May be only chance to get one set in next couple weeks. Not much plant to support a kin. If things don't improve it will be pulled to let Field pumpkins grow in its place.
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
I think the Steil plant is gonna be okay but gonna be a late set if we can get one going. Cut out bad leaves and keeping fingers crossed. This plant has the biggest leaves of all our plants.
 
Thursday, July 6 View Page
Hopefully can get her pollinated and set. Good spot and running out of main vine chances. Have some side vine options if needed.
 
Thursday, July 6 View Page
On a side vine 5 DAP but looks like she took. 3 lober. Hope to cull in favor of a main vine set but you never know.
 
Saturday, July 8 View Page
Really need this pollination to take. I used 2 male flowers from itself and 2 from our 1662 Steil.
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
Variety of plants
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
This plant is back to full growth mode. Now I need a pollination to set. All of my main vines are completely twisted up following the "event". Western Labs should have my results back tomorrow but I'm pretty sure it was the drift from round up that hurt my plants. Won't make that mistake again.
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
Finally growing again. Crooked main vine. The arrow is pointing at the main, not a secondary.
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
Another crooked main vine on the 1385.
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
Crooked main closeup.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
Got my tissue results back. Looks like I need to add a few things. Any suggestions? Please email me at jayyohe@yahoo.com
 
Tuesday, July 11 View Page
Pollinated a 1385 H/J x self x 1044 Gansert x 1662 Steil this morning. Used what male flowers were available. Not being picky. Covered with red solo cup because of rain in forecast.
 
Wednesday, July 12 View Page
Made some stump covers today. Thanks Dustin Trychta for stopping by today and giving me this idea.
 
Wednesday, July 12 View Page
Yeah it's starting to look like a pumpkin plant again. Grow baby grow.
 
Wednesday, July 12 View Page
Slowly starting to resemble a Christmas tree. The pumpkin I pollinated a couple days ago is looking good. Not much plant but I'll take it and hopefully set another one in a week or so.
 
Wednesday, July 12 View Page
Finally got some plant size but now having trouble getting a pumpkin set. Lots of babies on side vines that will be opening within the week. If I can get one set the main vine will be chopped off.
 
Friday, July 14 View Page
Tea brewer going strong
 
Saturday, July 15 View Page
This girl opened this morning in the 1044 Gansert. I pollinated it with whatever males I could find. Not many to choose from. Left open for help from the bees.
 
Saturday, July 15 View Page
Here's another pollination from this morning. Same situation as last pic. She's on a strong growing sidevine very close to the fence but fences can be moved if needed.
 
Sunday, July 16 View Page
Another beautiful baby pumpkin pollinated this morning on the 1044 Gansert. Looking like another 8-10 days until next chance to pollinate on the 1385 and 1662. Gonna be really late with those two.
 
Monday, July 17 View Page
Found main vine cracked and barely attached so off it came. Dusted with some Sulphur. Would have made it to edge of patch soon anyways so not that big of deal.
 
Tuesday, July 18 View Page
My field pumpkins are starting to vine.
 
Tuesday, July 18 View Page
While everyone else is posting their DAP pictures, I'm over here like "check out my plants". Ugh
 
Tuesday, July 18 View Page
Have 3 females that should be ready within the next week or so. If one of those don't take the plant is getting yanked.
 
Tuesday, July 18 View Page
3 females on this one as well. No sets by August 1st and she goes in the trash. Tired of babysitting these two slackers. (1385 and 1662)
 
Tuesday, July 18 View Page
Still waiting to see if my 3 pollinations took from this past weekend. Fingers crossed. Side vines nearing the fence so they will be termed soon. See next pic.
 
Tuesday, July 18 View Page
Side vines running out of room. They are growing about a foot per day so probably be terminated by this weekend.
 
Tuesday, July 18 View Page
Cinderella pumpkins
 
Tuesday, July 18 View Page
Thanks Lee Zappa for the sunflower seeds. Starting to flower now at around 11 to 12 feet. I don't have supports for them so expect them to come crashing down soon.
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
Pollinated this morning. Looks like it has roots growing from the blossom end???
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
Another one from this morning. Busted up the blossom hunting down a cuke beetle. Little sumbeach. Will be spraying this evening.
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
Looks like we will have females on both the 1385 and 1662 opening this weekend. If everything takes, we're only 2 weeks or so behind last year so who knows. Maybe a new PB is still in reason. Plus we have way more plant then we did last year at pollination time.
 
Saturday, July 22 View Page
First female of the year on the 1385 H/J. Pollinated with 1044 Gansert and 1662 Steil. Covered with red solo cause it's gonna rain today. Second female should open in a week.
 
Saturday, July 22 View Page
Dang it dang it dang it!!!
 
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Scraped out the brown then sprayed with peroxide water mix. Dried with fan and dusted with captan. Put up rain protection and left fan on. All this trouble and I think a later pollination on a side vine is growing better. We'll decide in about a week on which one to keep.
 
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Rain protection I made from pvc and a tarp. Space is just about filled. Will need to terminate a lot of vines this week then hopefully the pumpkin growth takes off.
 
Sunday, July 23 View Page
First pollination yesterday looks good so far. Lots of females showing up now. Better late then never I guess. Vine growth is taking off as well.
 
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Side vines on this plant grow straight up off the main. Been a real pain trying to control them. Had our first pollination on this plant this morning.
 
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Here's the first pollination on my daughter's 1662. She's on vacation so I pollinated it for her.
 
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Another side vine pollination this morning in the 1044 Gansert.
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
I believe my plants do not like Eagle 20 fungicide. This is similar to the issue I had previously that nearly killed my plants three weeks ago. I used 10ml for 4 gallons. Needless to say, I won't be using it again. Only a couple spots look like this.
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
Result of spraying Eagle 20. All this time I thought Round Up drift jacked up my plants before but now I think it was the Eagle 20.
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
Leader of the pack right now.
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
Cut mushy stub off this one. Sprayed with peroxide/water, stuffed it with captan and put a fan on it for a couple days. Removed fan today. Putting my efforts to another kin that's in much better shape. Will leave this on for a bit longer as a backup.
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
Only kin on the main. Not happy with this at all. Plus it may be aborting. Looks a bit off. It will be culled once I'm sure my other kin is growing strong.
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
I want this to take SO bad. Come on baby girl.
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
Got shade/rain tarps up. Pollination on the 1385 which is the closest plant in the photo looks dull so I'm guessing it's not gonna take. Next female on main is probably a week out.
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
Moved fence to make more room. Slowly moving pumpkin into a better position. If it takes, I will need to do a lot of trimming and maneuvering to get it leveled out and mill Fabric in place.
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
My daughter Nicole's plant.
 
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Drawing not to scale and just going off my memory of where the secondaries are. Vines not termed yet have arrow at the end. However, vines on right side and bottom side of pic are up to the fence already so they have no place to go really. Right now I think the kin labeled 7/16 No Problems is best looking kin and want to go with it.
 
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Main vine
 
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Side vine
 
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Side vine
 
Friday, July 28 View Page
Pollination dates of July 15 and July 16. Gonna be tough to choose which one to keep. They are all very similar in size shape and growth so far.
 
Friday, July 28 View Page
Not sure if this is gonna take or not.
 
Friday, July 28 View Page
Same goes for this one.
 
Saturday, July 29 View Page
I decided on a keeper for the 1044 Gansert. Left other 2 kins on until I make sure all the trimming and maneuvering didn't hurt the chosen one.
 
Saturday, July 29 View Page
Other two plants still not sure if pumpkins that were pollinated set. Doesn't look to promising at this point but I'm still hopeful.
 
Saturday, July 29 View Page
Pic for last post
 
Saturday, July 29 View Page
Current status of the 1385 H/J
 
Saturday, July 29 View Page
Moved fence back to gain more room to walk around. What a difference this makes. Well worth the effort.
 
Saturday, July 29 View Page
Seeds from Lee Zappa's 24.5" sunflower. My tallest one is just at 13' tall. The 12' 2x4 is way short of where it needs to be. Trouble is, I can't figure out how to get up there to add on and get the sunflower secured. My 6' stepladder only got me to around 10' up to tie it off.
 
Saturday, July 29 View Page
My daughter Nicole in comparison to a 13 foot tall sunflower.
 
Sunday, July 30 View Page
Pollinated this one just before leaving for the OVGPG Patch Tour.
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
Funky lobe female on the 1385 pollinated this morning.
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
Nothing here but salad. 4 females should open within the next week. If they don't take, it's pretty much lights out for this plant.
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
Not much better here. Had 2 pollinations the past two days. See next pic.
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
Please please please set. At least one of you.
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
All but a few vines terminated on this plant. Allowing some third stage growth fill in a couple bare spots. Have two kins about the size of a basketball and one softball size and a fourth that is baseball size. The best looking kin is in a terrible spot but it is the better looking of the two bigger kins. It's right along the fence near my water storage tank and pump. The second bigger one doesn't have as nice of skin as the other one but that's the one I'm planning on keeping because of its placement, which is not ideal either. The two smaller ones are only being left on in case the two bigger ones punk out.
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
Bad position but better looking
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
Better position but not as nice looking. Still hoping to keep this one though. That big leaf stem will come off as soon as I am 100% sure this is our keeper.
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
My Zappa field pumpkins are back to growing after being OD'd on Eagle 20.
 
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
Still waiting to see if one of these gals wants to join in on the fun.
 
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
The vines on the 1662 are trying to grow to the moon. Still nothing pollinated on this plant. Have at least 2 females that should open in the next 2-3 days. Then a few more about a week out.
 
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
Cinderella's that grew outside the fence. Loving these things.
 
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
Both on same plant. Pumpkin on the right is my planned cull but I'm seriously considering just cutting the vine it's growing on near the main and see what she does. Only considering this because these are currently the only two pumpkins growing out of our three plants.
 
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
Underside of the 1044. Unfortunately some white fuzzy mold has shown up on the soil under this plant. Currently have 4 fans blowing on it now to try to dry things out. Left these two little kins on for backups.
 
Thursday, August 3 View Page
Wasn't quite sure if this was ready to pollinate or not but I cut it open and pollinated anyways. Hope she takes. On a sidevine of the 1662.
 
Thursday, August 3 View Page
Cull day for the 1044 Gansert. The bigger one was 42.5cc and no doubt was headed to be an orange beauty.
 
Thursday, August 3 View Page
It just killed me to cut this girl loose. Sure hope I made the right call. Her sister that I kept is one day younger and has a cc of 42.25". Now she needs to get her butt in gear and pack on some pounds.
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
Still trying to get one set on the 1385.
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Pumpkin is picking up speed but Day 20 numbers are way below last year which is surprising since I have 4x more plant than last year. Hopefully see bigger gains soon but cooler temps for next 10 days may not help.
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Looks like these two took. The later pollination on the right looks slightly bigger. In a week I'm making my decision and culling the smaller kin. Don't have time to wait til day 20 to decide. I need growth now. So far behind.
 
Sunday, August 6 View Page
Still fighting to get a pumpkin set on this plant. Crazy
 
Tuesday, August 8 View Page
Shape is good. Color is good. Growth is slow though.
 
Wednesday, August 9 View Page
My Zappa field pumpkins
 
Wednesday, August 9 View Page
This one started growing into a ribbon vine I believe but then it pulled out of it. Males are blooming. Hopefully the females show up soon.
 
Thursday, August 10 View Page
Baby field pumpkin showed up today.
 
Saturday, August 12 View Page
Finally on the chart. Yay!!!
 
Saturday, August 12 View Page
Culled everything but this kin on a side vine and one on the main. The kin on the main looks funky and not sure if it's dying or what. It's the next pic. Trying to position with some old nylons my wife gave me.
 
Saturday, August 12 View Page
Here's the kin on the main. Not really growing much.
 
Saturday, August 12 View Page
Really want to grow this one. Only 5 lober in the patch and she's on the main.
 
Saturday, August 12 View Page
This one on a side vine has a head start on the one on the main but hoping the kin on the main is "the one".
 
Monday, August 14 View Page
This is the last of the Mohicans for the 1385 H/J. Got her all set up with mill fabric and a nice shade/rain block. If she aborts the plant is coming out. She's on a sidevine just like our kin on the 1044 Gansert. The one on the main quit growing a few days ago so I cut her loose today. Fingers crossed. Last hope for this plant.
 
Monday, August 14 View Page
Day 29 for the 1044 Gansert. She did 17# in the last 24 hours. Just starting to take off. Lots of healthy plant to feed her. Positioning is horrible. I have to be a contortionist to get into her shade structure.
 
Wednesday, August 16 View Page
Hit day 30 yesterday. Not great numbers but at least she's growing.
 
Wednesday, August 16 View Page
1662 Steil all set up and ready to grow. This ones on the main.
 
Thursday, August 17 View Page
Since there is not an OTT weight estimation app for IOS users, I made my own that us iPhone/iPad users can use. It's not an app but it works with the numbers app on your iPhone or iPad. The pic is just a screenshot from my iPhone. Email me and I can send you the file for getting it setup. It uses the 2017 chart and works for both Microsoft Excel and IOS Numbers.
 
Thursday, August 17 View Page
Microsoft Excel screenshot.
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
Should hit 200# tomorrow
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
We named this one Moe
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
This is Luke. He has nasty stem splits already. See next pic.
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
Dusted with sulfur and they are dry but they are SO close to the kin. These have me worried.
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
This ones name is Luke also. Either this Luke or the other Luke will eventually be culled leaving us with one Luke. He also has stem splits. What's up with these two. If anyone has 1662 Steil seeds, throw them away. This plant has been a headache since day one. See next pic for pics of the stem splits.
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
Luke2 stem splits. Sorry the bottom picture is blurry. The split is literally under the stem and I had my phone on selfie mode and couldn't back it away far enough to get it to focus. The other split is away from the pumpkin at least. Both of the stems on this plant split at less than a week old.
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
Plant size
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
Plant size. You can barely see the pumpkin under the shade tarp. Still working on a name for this one. My son likes Chippy.
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
Plant size. Still a ways to go to fill up all her allotted space but she's getting there.
 
Tuesday, August 22 View Page
Pictures from today. Garden is pretty much a swamp. Lots of rain this afternoon but dodged the big winds and hail. Busted down a few leaves but all in all not to bad. Disgusted with all the work I put in this season without nearly the results I was hoping for. Leader of the patch but not much in weight gains. Highest daily gain was 21 pounds but most days in the 12-15# range. Pathetic!
 
Tuesday, August 22 View Page
1385 H/J Just getting going. Cool weather next week or so will most likely slow her down. Lows in the 40's Wednesday and Thursday. Yuck
 
Tuesday, August 22 View Page
Culled the kin on the side vine that was 3 days older than this one. Bad stem cracks on this girl but we're gonna go with it anyways.
 
Wednesday, August 23 View Page
Did some measuring today. Also foliage sprayed molasses and cal-sea-hum.
 
Wednesday, August 23 View Page
This is the baby of the patch.
 
Wednesday, August 23 View Page
Showing signs of wonkyness to come. Bulging on the right side.
 
Thursday, August 24 View Page
The 20 DAP circumference on this 1385 H/J is 7.75" greater than the 20 DAP circumference was on our 1044 Gansert. Yay!!!
 
Friday, August 25 View Page
This thing's taller than my house!!! I think I could have gotten by with 12' posts.
 
Friday, August 25 View Page
The plan was to grow the long gourds on the ground but this one was close to the sunflower support so I tied it up to see what it does.
 
Friday, August 25 View Page
Nicole with "Chippy" at around 280#
 
Monday, August 28 View Page
Try as I might, I just can't seem to get anymore out of this kin. Barely gaining any weight at this point. I've checked the plant over to look for a problem but can't find anything that looks wrong. Weather is definitely cool for August but not cold. Lows have been in the 50's for the last week.
 
Monday, August 28 View Page
This one is still growing at a decent pace even though the temps are cool.
 
Monday, August 28 View Page
Another slow grower here.
 
Monday, August 28 View Page
Pic for last post.
 
Tuesday, August 29 View Page
Found this nonsense today. Hope she's gonna be ok. 24/7 fan and under tarp since a baby. Maybe this is why she's barely gaining weight.
 
Tuesday, August 29 View Page
My last minute long gourd project. Need a better way to hang it though.
 
Tuesday, August 29 View Page
This nightfire pumpkin forgot it's orange stripes. Not sure what all the little indents are about.
 
Tuesday, August 29 View Page
Really happy with the condition of the plants. Last year at this time my plants were barely alive.
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
Still pollinating pumpkins. Very long female fruit on a sidevine. Another on main ready in a day or two.
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
This one is on our second 91.5 Zappa and she's on the main vine. First try at a big field pumpkin. Thanks for the plants Lee.
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
So I measured the long gourd today.
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
And I measured all the pumpkins as well. Unfortunately, I think Chippy here has bailed out. Not sure if it's the little split I found yesterday or not. Sad too cause she sure is purdy.
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
Putting on 10# per day avg. Can't tell from the picture but she sure is lopsided.
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
First crazy shaped pumpkin I've ever had. 14# per day over past two days. We call him Moe and hopefully he will quickly pass Chippy as the leader of our patch.
 
Thursday, August 31 View Page
This is hopefully the last pollination of the year.
 
Thursday, August 31 View Page
RIP 1044 Gansert aka Chippy
 
Thursday, August 31 View Page
Insert sad face here
 
Thursday, August 31 View Page
Cover crop will go in soon
 
Friday, September 1 View Page
Still going despite the cold weather.
 
Friday, September 1 View Page
Wish we had more time for this one to grow. Looks like it could have been a slob.
 
Saturday, September 2 View Page
May just be a spectator at the weigh offs this year. Noticed the blossom end looked weird a few days ago. Should have whacked it off then. Found rot in it today that went into the pumpkin about a 1/4". Scraped. Peroxide. Sulphur. Fan. Nothing I can do but wait now.
 
Sunday, September 3 View Page
Seems to be drying out nicely.
 
Sunday, September 3 View Page
Not sure how fast these are supposed to grow but at least it's growing.
 
Sunday, September 3 View Page
Sorry wrong date on those last couple pics.
 
Sunday, September 3 View Page
Some of our field pumpkins.
 
Monday, September 4 View Page
Measured today. 1385 did 15.3# per day over past 3 days.
 
Monday, September 4 View Page
1662 averaged 10# per day over past 3 days. Really cool week predicted weather wise so who knows if they'll keep it up. I sure hope so.
 
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
+ 21# per day over past two days
 
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
+ 12 # per day over past two days
 
Sunday, September 10 View Page
91.5 Zappa A
 
Sunday, September 10 View Page
91.5 Zappa A
 
Sunday, September 10 View Page
91.5 Zappa B
 
Sunday, September 10 View Page
Last 4 days Luke has grown 10.75# per day. Never really put on any decent growth. Not sure why.
 
Sunday, September 10 View Page
Moe on the other hand is doing really good. We've had temp in the low 40's the past couple nights and still did 70# over the past 4 days. Hey Dustin, tell Kirsha I'm coming for her. Haha
 
Sunday, September 10 View Page
Got Nicole to pose for a picture with Moe.
 
Monday, September 11 View Page
And just like that she laid down.
 
Monday, September 11 View Page
Starting to see daily gains on the field pumpkins. Here's the biggest one on a sidevine of the 91.5 Zappa.
 
Wednesday, September 13 View Page
Up 124# in the last week. 17.7# / day avg. Very happy with the growth of this one.
 
Wednesday, September 13 View Page
Up just 71# this past week. Not as much plant as the 1385 but still think gains should be much better.
 
Wednesday, September 13 View Page
First half hearted attempt at a long gourd. Not gonna break any records but I'm having fun with it. Still gaining length slowly.
 
Wednesday, September 13 View Page
I'd be thrilled if this got to 7' long. Almost there.
 
Thursday, September 14 View Page
Took blankets off following rain and couldn't help myself. Had to measure Moe again. Picked up another 19# in less than 24 hours. Good for an estimated 402# on the new chart. Walls seem thin though when giving him a knock. Grow Moe grow!!!
 
Thursday, September 14 View Page
91.5 Zappa A sidevine
 
Thursday, September 14 View Page
91.5 Zappa A mainvine
 
Thursday, September 14 View Page
91.5 Zappa B main vine "Stubby"
 
Friday, September 15 View Page
Removed side vine pumpkin from 91.5 Zappa A.
 
Friday, September 15 View Page
Found this on my LG where it was rubbing against the 2x4 support. It's not soft yet. Hopefully it will survive but have big doubts that it will.
 
Saturday, September 16 View Page
Pumpkin selfie haha
 
Saturday, September 16 View Page
Measured again today. 18.5# per day for last two days. PB is now in sight. Yay!
 
Saturday, September 16 View Page
Slowly putting on weight. About 10# per day.
 
Saturday, September 16 View Page
Shorty
 
Saturday, September 16 View Page
Lengthy
 
Sunday, September 17 View Page
+18 # today
 
Sunday, September 17 View Page
+16 # today
 
Monday, September 18 View Page
It's so cool that these two kins are on separate plants that are both 91.5 Zappa plants. Completely different shapes.
 
Tuesday, September 19 View Page
Unfortunately it looks like it's game over for my one and only long gourd. The brown spot is spreading. Just waiting for it to split in two at this point.
 
Tuesday, September 19 View Page
Moe is still gaining 18# per day. 6 more days of these gains and I have a good shot at a PB. Did find a little bit of oozing where stem connects to vine so scraped, sprayed, sulphur and put fan on high to keep him happy. Nothing to be worried about at this point. I hope!
 
Tuesday, September 19 View Page
Luke is getting taller and taller. His SS measurement is actually bigger than our other pumpkin by more than an inch. But his EE is small. Would have made a good Cinderella. He had the most perfect 5 lobe blossom too. Weird stuff.
 
Tuesday, September 19 View Page
Measured the FP's today. Tricky to get a CC with the thick stems they have. This one is around 16 pounds. I think Mr Zappa crossed this with a zucchini. Haha
 
Tuesday, September 19 View Page
Here's the other one. Not big enough yet for chart. My guess is 10 pounds. Both of them have a goo like substance coming from blossom end but they both seem to be having less and less of it.
 
Tuesday, September 19 View Page
Found these in the trash this morning. Should make nice pallet toppers. Thanks neighbor.
 

 

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