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Wednesday, February 15 View Page
First post of the New Year! Fired up the germinating box and tested all 2016 seeds. Was very happy to see some poor quality incomplete 2307 seeds ( I did not send any of these out ) all germinated 6 for 6 and looked great! Best of luck to everyone this year, I am still deciding on what to plant. I will only be planting a few this year, as I am solarizing patches for 2018 and beyond. Ron
 
Wednesday, February 22 View Page
Last of the test germination's are done. The 2261 seedlings look great!
 
Friday, February 24 View Page
Finally after 3 years, WOW Wallace Organic Wonder and my slogan, "Grow like a champion" have a Registered Trademark!
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
Here is the spot where I will be growing this year. I have note grown here since 2012, when I grew the 2009. I need to expand this patch a bit so I can obtain 1,000 sq ft per plant.
 
Saturday, February 25 View Page
Recent warm temps have made the soil ready for a sample. I get lots of emails from new growers wondering how to take a sample. I do have a soil probe that I use, but in this photo I have shown that a probe is not necessary to take a proper sample. My shovel depth goes to 12 inches deep. I simply dig my shovel down as far as it will go, I then rock it forward and pull the shovel out of the soil. I then dig the shovel back in and take a shovel "wedge" of soil out. This gives a perfect representation of the root zone you will be growing in. I take 6-8 samples over the patch and mix them in a wheelbarrow. I then place a 2 cup sample on a tray and let it dry at room temp for a few days before labeling and sending off to my soil lab for testing. My soil today was dry enough to take a sample, as the soil did not stick to my shovel. If your soil is still wet, wait until it is dry enough to enter and take a sample. This is a very early test, due to a mild winter.
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
New 1- Pound Premium WOW Mycorrhizal Inoculant ready for shipping! This product is the same as "Pumpkin Pro" It was designed out of request by growers who frequent local "Grow Stores" I changed the label a bit and removed the name "Pumpkin Pro" so it would look better on shelves. If you know anyone who works or manages in your local grow store, I would appreciate it if you could have them email me for details ron@wallacewow.com Thank you. This product is also for sale on Amazon Prime and will be sold through major distributors in the very near future. Thank you everyone for all you support! Ron
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
Here is the back side packaging label.
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Green houses up and ready for the start of 2017 season. Came very close to taking the year off but decide to grow and will put off projects till 2018. 78 degrees today, the warmest day since last October.
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Irrigation system installed
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Also had time to install the fountain in the pond.
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
In my diary this year I will have lots of basic stuff for beginners as I get many emails from growers just starting in our wonderful hobby. Seeds are first filed with sand paper along the edges ( see photo ) I then wash the seed with a 10% bleach and water solution to remove any bacteria that may be on the seed shell. After that i will rinse the seed with cool water. Seeds are then placed in labeled cups with 1/2 strength seaweed and humic / fulvic acid for 1 hour. Make sure you always label all your cups you are soaking your seeds in and only rinse 1 seed at a time to avoid confusion.
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Soaking for 1 hour. Will start 10 or so seeds to fill 4 spots this year. The fewest amount I have grown in the last 25 years.
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Seed Starting mixture is amended with Pumpkin Pro Mycorrhizal Inoculant and Azos Nitrogen fixing bacteria. I also "sprinkle" a little pumpkin Pro and Azos right where the root will emerge ensuring fast direct root contact. Pots are placed in germinating box at 85-88 degrees.
 
Monday, April 17 View Page
Seeds all germinated, and been under T 5 lights for a few days. I keep a fan oscillating a ft or so away from the seedlings, temps under the lights get very hot, the first day they got too warm and curled a few seed leaves a bit. Temperature currently 75 degrees under the lights with fan running with light 16 inches from the table. Without the fan it would be near 90 degrees and that's too warm for immature seed leaves. First biological soak today with the following soil drench rate: Root: 1 Teaspoon per gallon every 2-weeks Companion: 2 Teaspoons per gallon every 14-21 days Essential: 1 Tablespoons per gallon every 21 days Above rates will change when planted in patch, Tomorrow 1/2 strength seaweed/humic fulvic acid.
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Transplanted seedlings today to 2 gallon pots. I mixed about a 4 ft cu bail of potting mix and I amended it with the following: 2 bags Vermiculite 1 pound Pumpkin Pro 1/4 cup Azos 1 cup Kelp Meal 5 cups worm castings 1/2 cup Humic / Fulvic Acid 2 cups blood meal
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
I add a bit more Pumpkin Pro and Azos directly where the roots to be transplanted will be.
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
After only 3 days under the lights the seedling roots were already starting to touch the bottom of the peat pot.
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Here they are back under the T 5 lights, with lights 16 inches away, fan running and still a nice 82 degrees under the lights.
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Added 8 pounds per 1,000 sq ft today of Elemental Sulfur. My pH is hovering around 7.6, this will drop it in about 2 months to 7.2 or so. Sulfur must be consumed by microbes to make it available to the soil to lower ph. This process takes a few months as soil temp and moisture play a role along with the microbes consuming the sulfur, then excreting it out.
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Pap out of retirement today for tilling duties.
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
All boards down in patch along with electric, about 10 days away from planting..
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
60 degrees and not a cloud in the sky in Green today and the 5x7 green houses are 112 degrees! Soil is very dry and warming up. Soil temp today 60 degrees and climbing.
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Planting hole dug, you can see just how much sandy loam we have, very little clay until you hit about 4 ft down. This patch "consumes" nutrients and drains very fast.
 
Friday, April 21 View Page
Seedlings under the lights on a cold wet day, 10 day forecast looks a bit below average. The 2 gallon pots allow me to hold them a bit longer if I have to.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Lots more room under the grow lights as friends came over this am to get their plants. Plants should be in ground later next week. I will have a few tough choices to make as to what will make the final planting.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
A nice day to start exposing the plants to natural sunlight. I should have started this process a few days ago but weather and my work schedule did not make it convenient to do so. The plants will stay outside till 7 or so tonight. The next few days will be cloudy with rain so the plants will go back under the lights, Thursday, through Sunday look good to go back outside as I will start to expose them to more direct sunlight. Timing for planting in ground looks like May 1st or 2nd.
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Plants starting to grow faster every day. We have had no sun for the last week or so, these plants have not had the opportunity to see natural sunlight yet. One day I could have put them out I would not have been home from work till after 11:00 pm so the timing did not work. This will slow them down a bit when they get transplanted next week as I will have to use a bit of shape cloth for the first few days to harden them off. After the lights are turned off at night the area the plants are in gets down to 55 degrees so they are hardened for some cool temp. Inside my greenhouses the temp rarely ever gets below 55 or so. For the first time ever I noticed aphids on the plants so I had to apply a light spray of Merit, the aphids had to have been on a tomato or house plant that "hatched" under the 78 degree grow lights. Watered plants with Root, Seaweed and Humic / Fulvic Acid today.
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Plants starting to grow faster every day. We have had no sun for the last week or so, these plants have not had the opportunity to see natural sunlight yet. One day I could have put them out I would not have been home from work till after 11:00 pm so the timing did not work. This will slow them down a bit when they get transplanted next week as I will have to use a bit of shape cloth for the first few days to harden them off. After the lights are turned off at night the area the plants are in gets down to 55 degrees so they are hardened for some cool temp. Inside my greenhouses the temp rarely ever gets below 55 or so. For the first time ever I noticed aphids on the plants so I had to apply a light spray of Merit, the aphids had to have been on a tomato or house plant that "hatched" under the 78 degree grow lights. Watered plants with Root, Seaweed and Humic / Fulvic Acid today.
 
Friday, April 28 View Page
They say the sun could come out today and reach close to 80! When they said sunny and 70's the other day, they sat outside in cloudy cool weather, so here is hoping they are correct today. Shade protection will be applied for a few days removing a bit more each day till they are ready for full natural sun light. The T 5 lights certainly help the "curb" of exposing them to full sun light. Plants will go in ground Monday, or Tuesday of next week. Last year I was in the ground today the 28th, so I am a few days behind last year.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Its planting day! My mix for the planting site consists of the following: Pumpkin Pro, Azos, worm castings, vermiculite, and seed starting mix.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
My most aggressive plant in years, this 2145 is ready to go! Seed given to me by my friend Don Black. # legend!
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
2261 makes the final cut.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
50 gallon black barrel filled with water to warm, added to water: 6 ounces TKO, 4 ounces Companion, 3 ounces Essential, 6 table spoons WOW Humic / Fulvic Acid and 12 table spoons WOW Seaweed Powder.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
The 1975 made the cut.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Who wants to have some fun this year? Anyone up for the unknown grower contest? Best photos first, second or third place wins a prize.... Send photos at any time during the year (cut off date is October 31st ) to ron@wallacewow.com I will post the photos in my diary as i receive them...
 
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
Early morning view of the patch layout for this year.
 
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
Timer set to go on in the green houses at 9:00 pm and off at 7:00 am as a frost is expected tonight.
 
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
As you can see the cattle fence makes a Quonset hut like structure over the plant. The light is about a foot or so away.
 
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
A sheet and a blanket goes over the hut to tuck them in for a chilly night!
 
Thursday, May 4 View Page
5:30 am Temp inside my 5x7 greenhouse
 
Thursday, May 4 View Page
Temperature under my Quonset hut style protection.
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
Not much to report from the Wallace Patch. Tuesday will be 2 - weeks since the plants have been in, growth has been very slow due to temps struggling to get to 60 with limited sun. Next week sun finally returns! Plants are a bit behind last year, here is my best plant the 1975 as some always seem to grow better even during a poor stretch of weather. Next watering will be time for liquid Azos, Seaweed, Humic / Fulvic and TKO, Essential and Companion. I may also give them a small shot of Cal Nitrate mixed with Epson Salts to green them back up a bit.
 
Thursday, June 1 View Page
Been awhile since I posted, I am off to perhaps my worst start in recent memory. Weather has been rainy and cool, today was the first time we hit and went over 70 degrees in almost 2 weeks. In looking at photos from last year I am about 10 - 14 days behind as 4 of my 6 plants are still in 5x7 greenhouse.
 
Thursday, June 1 View Page
2261 has started to show some aggressiveness as I had to remove the greenhouse to accommodate growth. I have always viewed June 1 as a critical time as I figure you have about 10 days to push the main vine out close to 12 ft, so when the first pumpkin opens for around June 21st I would be between 12-15 ft out, perfect for pollination. For all but 2 of my plants I will not meet that goal this year, I will wait till the plant is big enough to pollinate, with enough side vines behind it to sustain proper growth. If that date is closer to July 1 so be it, I would rather have a big enough plant set farther out for the stretch run.
 
Thursday, June 1 View Page
The 1975 in the photo has started to spread its wings and is growing well despite the weather and it looks to have plenty of side vines as well. This one should make my pollination "goal date and distance". Left in the greenhouses are a 2009 and 2-2145's. Both of the 2145's were flat vines that I pushed hard with calcium nitrate to get them to go to a single main. They are both far behind.
 
Thursday, June 1 View Page
After 8.5 inches of rain in May I have not been able to water much, today I was finally able to give the plants a much needed biological "treasure bath" of Azos, Companion, Essential, Seaweed, Humic / Fulvic and some TKO. I also started to ramp up my Boron levels adding 1 tsp per 35 gallons of water. Boron is critical for calcium uptake and cell division in fruit. "Calcium is the truck, but Boron is the driver"!
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
It is a sad day for many of us as John Castellucci passed away peacefully at home, he was the most generous and kindest person I have ever met. He mentored not only myself but many other growers in Rhode Island and around the world. Back in the early days John financially supported the new RIPGA (Rhode Island Pumpkin Growing Association) until we could raise enough money for ribbons and prize money. John was a 5 - time Rhode Island pumpkin champion, GPC Hall Of Fame member, but most of all he was a beautiful person.
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
John with Pap at my house, I believe it was 1993 helping lift our 567 pound pumpkin.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
Finally tilled in soil amendments, I am 17 days behind doing this compared to previous seasons. I only have Tuesdays off and it rain on days I could get everything done. In looking at photos from last year the plants are running a little over 2 weeks behind, but they are finally "kicking it in gear". Added to soil: Kelp Meal, Humic / Fulvic Acid, 0-0-50, K mag, Borax, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc, Copper and Manganese sulfate.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
Finished product, wind fences up.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
In previous photo that is mustard growing on patches that I am resting for next season.
 
Thursday, June 15 View Page
50 Gallon batch of WOW Wonder Brew Compost Tea is ready for drenching, at completion of tea I add liquid Azos to it.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Drench of TKO Phosphite this am. 8 ounces in 50 gallons of water with Humic / fulvic acid, and 6 ounces of Epson Salts.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
I ran this sprinklers for 5 minutes after the drench to make sure the TKO was off the leaves and into the soil for root absorption. I also do foliar applications of TKO at 2-5 ounces per 1,000 sq ft depending on the time of the year.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
The 2261 is starting to grow aggressively. Having problems with my 2145 as side vines are growing very flat and wide, anyone else seeing this? Looks like my first shot at pollination's will be near the end of the month about 12 -14 ft out. Might not have as many side vines and distance as I want but I might have to pull the trigger on a few of these as my next chance would be in early July.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Pap has finished the Unknown grower awards, and I have already had a few submitted and they were very funny!
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
Finally some sun today after 5 days of clouds and just over 4 inches of rain, some plants wilted worse than others because of this. Patch is too wet and the vines are thick and brittle because of too much rain, so today I will let them dry out a bit and tomorrow I will vine bury with Pumpkin Pro and Azos combined. Pumpkins are starting to show so I am about 7-8 days away from pollination. I will miss my key target date of June 21st, the summer solstice. The plants are really starting to throw lots of roots and show significant "drive". 1975 show in photo
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
The 2307 was started and put in about 7 days later, but is really starting to turn it on!
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
2261
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
This 2145 has given me a bit of trouble but may be growing out of it. Was a double vine to start and side vines started to grow flat and wide, but is showing signs of straightening itself out.
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
2009 has a pumpkin that will open tomorrow but at 11 ft it will be too close, there is one about 3 ft past it that will open next week. At 11 ft after I remove side vines for the pumpkin I would only have 7 vines on each side, if I keep the next one I will have 9.. I may pollinate the one tomorrow just in case there is a problem with the next one.
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
This 2145 was also a double vine that has grown out of it, main vine split and is "butterflied" about 3 inches wide and 8 inches long on the main. Plant is still growing nice, dont know how much that will affect the pumpkin growth, I guess I will find out soon enough.
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
Always amazed how fast the plants grow when they "catch" Take a look at the photo from Friday the 16th of the 2261 and then look at today's photo 4 days later.
 
Thursday, June 22 View Page
Mustard loved the rain and nice temps, and will be ready to chop and till next week. When mustard flowers, it is ready to chop and till, after that I will water, wait 3 weeks for it to break down and then plant another crop of mustard.
 

 

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