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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 74 Entries.
Monday, January 2 View Page
Happy New Year everyone , may 2017 be a great one..
 
Monday, January 30 View Page
I bet orange would grow good here.
 
Saturday, February 11 View Page
Winter Patch prep coming along just fine...
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Great day in Abbynormal's neighborhood...
 
Wednesday, April 12 View Page
Almost finished.. Not sure how much longer I can do the bottom two .. For some reason the tiller keeps putting on weight..
 
Friday, April 21 View Page
As of 8:30 this morning all seeds are filed and soaking.. The list is 359, 377, 777, 811, 975, 1044, 1059, 1146.5, 1223.5, and 1317 .. Best of luck to all this season... Orange rules..
 
Friday, April 21 View Page
All seeds in germ box at 1:30pm.. This is another up to the minute update from the land of abbynormal..
 
Monday, May 1 View Page
I am having some germination issues this season.. Three seeds I really wanted in my line up this season were the 811, 1059 and 777.. Well there will be no 811 or 1059 and I know it's May first but I put my last 2 out of five 777s in germ box this morning..
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Put the 377 Zunino, my 975, 1044 and 1223.5 and 1317 Clementz in the ground today.. Mixed up 4.5 cups of blood meal and 4.5 cups of feathermeal, used 1.5 cups of mix in every hut. I also put a handful of W O W happyroot in every planting hole and it's off to the races.. Best of luck everyone ..
 
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
Was talking to a friend about sharing a genetics garden with 6 plants, so this morning when I woke up at 2am I went rummaging through my seeds to see what I could come up with.. I found a 1059, seeing the previous two didn't germ I figured why not give it a try.. It has no value in a jar, plus it is my favorite orange seed.. Back to the genetics garden, I started a 525 and 931 Kaczenski, 827 and 494 Gansert, 809 Young and 755 Berard.. Going to be a busy summer...
 
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
Put two 823 House's in the germ box at 11:30am.. This is another up to the minute update from the land of abbynormal..
 
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
359 Foss went in the ground this morning... Thank you Mr. Bill..
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
All plants are finally in the ground... Due to germination issues ( no 777 or 1059 ) my revised line up is 377 Zunino, 359 Foss, 778 Gansert, 816 Gansert, 975.5 Gansert, 976 Rondeau, 1044 Gansert, 1223.5 Gansert and 1317 Clementz.. I hope they all are orange and HD winners.. Good luck everyone..
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
Pulled a soil sample today.. I am curious to see what the change is from last fall..
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Got a new mower with a fertilizer attachment..
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
Started a genetics garden with my friend Gene today.. Growing 494 Gansert, 830 Gansert, 809 Young and 823 House.. Each plant will have 2 or 3 pumpkins on it, all pumpkins on a plant will be same cross.. My grandaughter will get a pumpkin this year..
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
This is my 1223.5.. This and my 1044 are my first two to lay down.. I know that I am a little behind most but no worries all will be fine in the long run.. My soil test came back yesterday and I think all is good in the land of Abbynormal.. Thanks Bry for taking the time to make your soil estimator and thanks Bart for running the numbers for me..
 
Thursday, June 1 View Page
These two young ladies kidnapped me yesterday and took me to my happy place and I loved every minute of it..
 
Thursday, June 1 View Page
Not feeling the love here..
 
Friday, June 2 View Page
First two plants out of cold frames, 377 Zunino on left, 1044 Gansert on right.. This picture was photo shopped so mains look like they are 4 ft instead of 14 ft to protect the already stressed..
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
My 975, 1223 and the 1317 Clementz went out in the real world today.. The 1223 is closest and 1317 is in back.. Also had to spray a very light mix of warrior for the cuke beetles..
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
I acquired a new ez flo injector.. This thing is going to be a great improvement over last years abbytron..
 
Saturday, June 17 View Page
No need to water for a few days I think..
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
Took the day off and went to my happy place today..
 
Saturday, June 24 View Page
Polinated the 1317 Clementz with my 1044 this morning..Life is good..
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Polinated 377 Zunino with 1044 Gansert..
 
Monday, June 26 View Page
Polinated 1223.5 Gansert with 816.5 Gansert. Had an open on 377 Zunino, didn't expect that until tomorrow. Another one two ft down main. Life is good..
 
Tuesday, June 27 View Page
Did 5 polinations this morning, 1330 Gansert x 1317 Clementz, 1317 Clementz x 1044 Gansert, 778 Gansert x 377 Zunino, 359 Foss x 778 Gansert, 975.5 Gansert x 816.5 Gansert...
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
Polinated 1223.5 x 816.5 ( second one on main ).
 
Friday, June 30 View Page
Polinated 1044 Gansert with 377 Zunino..
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
1044 Gansert x 377 Zunino, 377 Zunino x 1044 Gansert, 359 Foss x 778 Gansert, all second on main..
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
Did three polinations today, 778 Gansert x 377 Zunino, 975.5 Gansert x 816.5 Gansert and 1223.5 Gansert x 816.5 Gansert and a horney Bee ( open ) this will be cut off in a day or two.. Cut off the open on 377, This is another up to the minute update from the world of abbynormal...
 
Monday, July 3 View Page
Polinated 816.5 Gansert x 975.5 Gansert, first one on plant. If it takes it will be only one..Also polinated 1317 Clementz x 1044 Gansert ( third on main and last ), cut pumpkin off 1317 polinated on 6-24.. Would like to do one more on my 1330 and I will be done.
 
Thursday, July 6 View Page
Polinated 359 Foss x 778 Gansert today.. The plant is small and not many side vines, if this takes I will keep it.. This will assure my grandaughters a pumpkin..
 
Thursday, July 6 View Page
So I am out burying vines like any fool with 9 plants would be doing.. I notice a squash vine borer wasp type thingie lands on the plant I am working on, I wait till it lands on the ground and I try and swat it with my shovel, reflexes ain't what they use to be. Can't be you say. This happens a few times and I come up with an idea..Get the hand bottle of warrior in the barn.. So I squirted the my new friend. Not sure if I killed it or just pissed it off enough to lay eggs on all my plants.. The end..
 
Friday, July 7 View Page
Last polination of season today.. 1330 Gansert x 1317 Clementz, way out on the main.. If it takes I will keep it, if not there is one 10 foot back, a little close, but that is life.. This has been another up to the minute update from the land of the not normal..
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
It was decision day, more to come tomorrow.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
Decision day two.. Anyone that knows me knows I like to terminate the main at the pumpkin.. This year I will have the main keep growing past the pumpkin on a few of my plants..
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
Final decision day.. All plants are down to one pumpkin.. A wise man by the name of Steve Sperry once told me the decisions you make now will either haunt or reward you for the rest of the season.. Lets hope there are some rewards in my future..
 
Saturday, July 15 View Page
20 day cc on 377 Zunino is 78 inches..
 
Monday, July 17 View Page
You can not hide, we will find you..
 
Monday, July 17 View Page
20 day cc on my 1330 is 64 inches.. With a little luck and help I will get a mat under this tomorrow.
 
Saturday, July 22 View Page
Went to my happy place yesterday. A day of no pumpkins, burying vines or weeding. Life is good..
 
Saturday, July 22 View Page
21 day cc on 1044 is 76 inches..
 
Saturday, July 22 View Page
20 day cc on 1223.5 is 71 inches..
 
Saturday, July 22 View Page
My neighbor came over last night and said he spotted a woodchuck in my other neighbors back yard.. Time to bait the traps.. Also time to play catch up for being a bad boy and taking a day off yesterday..
 
Saturday, July 22 View Page
20 day cc on my 975.5 is 69 inches..
 
Sunday, July 23 View Page
20 day cc on my 816.5 is 77 inches.
 
Sunday, July 23 View Page
20 day cc on 1317 Clementz is 72 inches..
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
20 day cc on my 778 is 76 inches..
 
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
30 day numbers on 377 Zunino are cc 122, ss 74, ee 72, ( 268 ott ).
 
Thursday, July 27 View Page
30 day numbers on 359 Foss are cc 100, ss 60, ee 58 ( 218 ott ).
 
Thursday, July 27 View Page
30 day numbers on my 1330 are cc 101, ss 80, ee 71 ( 252 ott ).
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
30 day numbers on my 1044 are cc 101, ss 71, ee 69, ( 241 ott ).
 
Tuesday, August 1 View Page
30 day numbers on my 1223.5 are cc 100, ss 73, ee 68, ( 241 ott ). For some reason this looked bigger from the Rocking Chair on the porch..
 
Tuesday, August 1 View Page
30 day numbers on my 975.5 are cc 97, ss 72, ee 69, ( 238 ott ).
 
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
30 day numbers on 1317 Clementz are cc 105, ss 70, ee 68, ( 248 ott ).
 
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
30 day numbers on my 816.5 are cc 112, ss 75, ee 72, ( 259 ott ).
 
Thursday, August 3 View Page
30 day numbers on my 778 are cc 109, ss 68, ee 65, ( 242 ott ).
 
Thursday, August 3 View Page
There goes the neighborhood, weeds are moving in, going to bring their next of kin..
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
40 day numbers on 377 Zunino are cc 139, ss 81, ee 79, ( 299 ott ).
 
Monday, August 7 View Page
41 day numbers on 359 Foss are cc 128, ss 74, ee 71, ( 273 ott ).
 
Monday, August 7 View Page
41 day numbers on my 1330 are cc 124, ss 96, ee 85, ( 305 ott ).
 
Thursday, August 10 View Page
40 day numbers on my 1044 are cc 121, ss 83, ee 81 ( 285 ott ).
 
Friday, August 11 View Page
40 day numbers on my 975 are cc 114, ss 82, ee 77, ( 273 ott ). No mega growth going on here..
 
Friday, August 11 View Page
40 day numbers on my 1223 are cc 106, ss 78, ee 72, ( 256 ott ). I have found my Woodstock Fair pumpkin.
 
Saturday, August 12 View Page
40 day numbers on 1317 Clementz are cc131, ss 82, ee 80, ( 293 ott ).
 
Saturday, August 12 View Page
40 day numbers on my 816.5 are cc 134, ss 87, ee 85, ( 306 ott ). Finally got one over 300 inches, good boy.. Woof..
 
Sunday, August 13 View Page
40 day numbers on my 778 are cc 126, ss 75, ee 73, ( 274 ott ). No mega growth here either..
 
Monday, August 14 View Page
50 day numbers on 377 Zunino are exactly the same as 40 day numbers... Two down . Who is next ? Welcome to the silly season..
 
Wednesday, August 16 View Page
50 day numbers on 359 foss are cc 139, ss 81, ee 79, ( 299 ott ).
 
Wednesday, August 16 View Page
50 day numbers on my 1330 are cc 131, ss 103, ee 90, ( 324 ott ).
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
Yesterday I took a day off from pumpkins and went to my happy place.. Life is good..
 
Sunday, August 20 View Page
50 day numbers on my 1044 are cc 132, ss 89, ee 87, ( 308 ott ). Not growing fast but still growing. Life is good..
 

 

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