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Sunday, February 19 View Page
Here we go... it's been warm and I might have to walk in mud if I don't put the shacks in now. North patch
Sunday, February 19 View Page
The south patch. Didn't quite get finished painting. Started to rain weighoff day and didn't quit until November. Then it was just snow. It's very wet under our minimal snow cover.
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Turned on the fan in the big greenhouse. Temp was 7 F less coming out the tubes than going in. That heat is added to the soil. The 5000 cfm fan is turning on at 50 right now. Soil temp is about 25 10" down. That's real good for this time of year.
Sunday, February 26 View Page
Not much happening. Sunny -16C for the high. Overnight still -20C. Not quite melting in the shacks.
Sunday, March 5 View Page
It will save some ink to just put it here. Started some peppers, cabbages, rutabagas and some watermelons. I might try some grafting on the melons. Apparently I should have started the cabbage a month ago. I think It will be fine for the purpose.
Wednesday, March 8 View Page
There was 6 or so pop up yesterday and about 3 more this morning. Rutabagas seem slightly faster than cabbages.
Thursday, March 9 View Page
-20c outside but inside +10c. Eventually spring will defeat winter.
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Cabbages and rutabagas are up. I'll thin these down to the best 3 each.
Friday, March 10 View Page
Some of the watermelons are popping up. These are from a 100 lb fruit I grew on the same plant as my 184. The cross is 285 Edwards x self. Years ago I started planting the seeds laying down. Most of the plants will come up without the seed casings. That was a real problem I had with watermelons. I'm using jiffy pellets for tomatoes. Much bigger, than the regular size,about 60 mm diameter.
Wednesday, March 15 View Page
255 melon is up. 10 year old seed popped up in 4 days. I repotted it into an even bigger pot. It's going to be a month before it gets to see the outside world. I have a 156 Thrower and a 100 Crews at similar age and size.
Thursday, March 16 View Page
It's starting to melt inside the shacks. Finally.
Thursday, March 16 View Page
Mutant Hunt rutabaga.
Thursday, March 16 View Page
Trying some melon grafting. I have zero experience. No matter what, I'm going to learn something.
Friday, March 17 View Page
I was still having some problems with plants getting leggy on my 2' lights. It was noticeable how stocky my plants were under my overdriven 4' lights. The 2' were overdriven some but I figured I could go more. I bought an extra 4 light ballast and ran one to each bulb.
Friday, March 17 View Page
While I was at it I decided to add a sunblaster t-5ho I had laying around. Trust me, it's not anywhere close to as bright as overdriven t-8s.
Thursday, March 23 View Page
Well, out of 6 I have 2 left. I'm mildly optimistic. I think I'll try hole insertion next instead of splicing. The pumpkin grows a little too fast compared to the watermelon. The graft kind of gets outgrown. I understand why they need to be kept in the dark.
Friday, March 31 View Page
Well. I give up. Snow won't melt. The soil is only thawed out 2" deep inside and that's being optimistic. By now the shacks should have settled into the soil and sealed themselves off. I scraped some of the soil around the edges to seal it up. Next I'll get the heaters out. Maybe I can melt it enough to get my heat cables in.
Friday, March 31 View Page
I think the graft took.
Friday, March 31 View Page
Just when all looks lost the sun comes out and kicks some ass. The snow all but disappeared and the soil is thawed down 8" + in the shacks. I'm sure the heaters helped a bit.
Monday, April 3 View Page
Hey! I managed to get a heat cable in the melon patch. The other 2 outside patches are too wet yet. The greenhouse is too dry lol. 5 days ago I thought it was hopeless. Bring the spring.
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
4 days after planting. 2145 McMullen and the 2230.5 Wallace are up. The light is bright enough to shine right through the tape label. My 1684 is a few hours behind. I err on the side of dryness for soil moisture. It doesn't take much more than damp soil to rot a seed. It does take a bit longer to germinate if the soil is a little dry.
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
I have 2 watermelons, one of which is grafted, a couple of peppers,a carrot, and 3 giant cabbages. It's going to be a while before I can put any of these in the ground. Going to be interesting.
Thursday, April 6 View Page
1684 Crews is up
Thursday, April 6 View Page
1684 is under the lights.
Thursday, April 6 View Page
This is the north patch. If you pretend that you can read the thermometer you will see that it says 75F. That's a little better than last Thursday. Still very wet.
Thursday, April 6 View Page
The melon shack had warm soil as well. My 255 Mitchell plant was in need of transplanting...last week. I might add another less ancient plant beside it and pull the loser. My grafted plants are slated to go outside, one day...
Thursday, April 6 View Page
Weeds in the shop patch. This was frozen solid a week ago. It's still very wet but I had to put the heat cable in. I have plants warming up in the bullpen.
Friday, April 7 View Page
Decided to plant the 100 Crews melon I grafted. I'll pull the slowest grower. The grafted plant looks really healthy.
Friday, April 7 View Page
That guy Murphy... I checked ever cable for proper operation before placing. I was in a hurry and had the dirt placed already when I realized I hadn't checked it. Turns out that was the only one I've had fail in years. Dug it out and replaced it but the replacement might have thermostat that runs too cool. After all that I find my stash of new cables. If I have to dig it out again I'll need a lot more beer.a lot.
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Breakfast BBQ is being rethought...
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Here are the babies. I moved the light up and turned the heat up a bit. The 2230 had a strange curled leaf that was growing upside down. Unfortunately my efforts at modifying that behaviour were futile. I just manually moved it this morning. It'll be out of the way of the true leaves now.
Saturday, April 8 View Page
The other grafted melon. Both are great looking plants and better than the other melons.
Monday, April 10 View Page
?Snowing outside ?? Level of frustration rising. ?Pumpkins need transplanting soon. Researching giant Dome. Need to upscale by factor of 100.
Monday, April 10 View Page
This is the south patch. I put the 1684 Est Dmg Crews in it. Soil is only 65. As I feared, this cable may run on the cool side. It's only been a few days of warming though. I wanted all my plants a little bigger than this at transplanting but there is more snow forecast so I had to take advantage of a +5C day.
Monday, April 10 View Page
2145 McMullen in the big greenhouse. My soil was all pulled out and replaced. It could use a bit more peat. There's a cold frame inside the big greenhouse. It's a little easier to keep the soil warm that way. Hopefully it warms up outside.
Monday, April 10 View Page
2145 McMullen in the big greenhouse. My soil was all pulled out and replaced. It could use a bit more peat. There's a cold frame inside the big greenhouse. It's a little easier to keep the soil warm that way. Hopefully it warms up outside.
Monday, April 10 View Page
2230.5 Wallace is in the north greenhouse patch.
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Nice! Soil temp is 70F in the south patch today. All transplants are doing good.
Friday, April 14 View Page
Ah. Yes. Winter storm warning. This is the coolest, wettest year yet. The second year I grew an ag, I planted outside without a cold frame, April 14 and we didn't have even a light frost until September. I learned a lot since then. This year is challenging..
Friday, April 14 View Page
I'll start my once a week pic series today. I'll usually do it on a Sunday but due to weather concerns I'll start now, just in case these are the last ones.
Friday, April 14 View Page
2230.5 Wallace
Friday, April 14 View Page
Watermelon . I'm not sure what I did to the 255. It isn't looking good. Grafted 100 Crews does. It's a selfed 285 Edwards that was grown on the same plant as my 184 Crews. The 184 is my best melon so far and has grown very well for me. The 100 is just more of the same.
Friday, April 14 View Page
2145 McMullen Had to start moving it over. I have a bunch of rutabagas in here in pots waiting.
Friday, April 14 View Page
1684 Crews Est Dmg
Friday, April 14 View Page
1684 Crews patch Not sure when the patches will be tillable. Probably June.
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Snowstorm over. It's -4C but I'm in my t-shirt. The sun is warm. All plants survive.
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Snow seemed really wet. Put some in a pail to melt. Kind of shocked... it was about 2" above the top but still...Getting a bad feeling about this season.
Friday, April 21 View Page
Snow almost gone. But, well, we will find out soon enough.
Saturday, April 22 View Page
100 Crews watermelon is vining out. 255 Mitchell is recovering. Going to have to make a decision soon. Want the 255 but it's small compared to the 100. Ignore the weeds. Their days are numbered.
Saturday, April 22 View Page
1684 Crews. This one looks the best of all.
Saturday, April 22 View Page
2230.5 Wallace is looking a little strange. I'm not worried. It looks like it's growing out of it.
Saturday, April 22 View Page
2145 McMullen is sort of flopping over. Its definitely ahead of the rest.
Sunday, April 23 View Page
So this is happening again. Think I'll put off the weeding for a while. At least it not the 15 cm that was originally forecast.
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Patch pics look the same as February so I'll leave a pic of the BBQ from this morning. Anyone remember the last time there was a sunny day? I think last Wednesday it was visible briefly in the afternoon... before that I think there were a couple of days but I can't remember for sure. Plants are behind but that's ok,there's nowhere for them to grow yet.
Saturday, April 29 View Page
2145 McMullen. Not flopping because the 2nd true leaf is a kickstand. Going to bend the kickstand. Watered a bit in preparation for the stem to bend into the moist soil.
Saturday, April 29 View Page
1684 Crews This is the only plant that looks normal to me.
Saturday, April 29 View Page
2230.5 Wallace is growing straight up like the 2145. It's got to be caused by a lack of sunshine.
Saturday, April 29 View Page
It pains me to do this but... I pulled the 255. I'll take a chance and grow the 100 Crews grafted. See what happens I suppose. I had a different plan for the grafted plants but let's see. Put some gypsum blocks under the cornstarch mulch so I can monitor soil moisture.
Saturday, April 29 View Page
The snow has almost melted. Forecast is for rain now. One somewhat sunny day in 2 or 3 weeks. ?? that's a thumbs up.
Sunday, April 30 View Page
2145 McMullen is down gently. Took me 2 days.
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Trying to germinate some seeds from some somewhat immature pumpkins. I was having problems getting them to germinate so I just dropped a few on a small pot of seed starter mix in the chamber. I just turned them over once. This one received enough moisture to pop just sitting on top.
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Milestone for the 1684 Crews. The flop over is happening. Amazing what a little sunshine will do.
Saturday, May 6 View Page
2145 McMullen is off and running. Shows some double vine characteristics.
Saturday, May 6 View Page
1684 Crews is going. Not completely down yet.
Saturday, May 6 View Page
2230.5 Wallace is picking up some.
Saturday, May 6 View Page
100 Crews grafted watermelon seems fine.
Saturday, May 13 View Page
2230.5 Wallace There has been some warm temps for a week now, a little too warm actually. The plants got a little hot in their houses, but it helped growth some. Now it's going to be wet and cool for a week. There's a good chance I may have to go zero till this year. The greenhouses need put up. It is too wet to touch the soil with equipment. That also means I wont get the micro nutrients in. I've worked harder this year than any other just to get here. Now I see 20 mm rain forecast tonight. Keep on keeping on.
Sunday, May 14 View Page
100 Crews grafted melon. It's going to need the greenhouse too. Huge big green leaves. Growing very well.
Sunday, May 14 View Page
1684 Crews is off and running. The coming long weekend better be nice, I have a lot of work to do.
Sunday, May 14 View Page
2145 McMullen has outgrown its hut. I haven't got the heater running yet, just relying on my subterranean heating and cooling system. Hope I have enough heat stored in the soil to keep frost off. I'll hook up a backup heater tomorrow. My propane tank sank into the wet soil on an angle and I need to get that fixed up before filling.
Thursday, May 18 View Page
Here's the main vine of the watermelon. It outgrew the shack and bent up at the end. It was really growing fast too. This grafting thing is like strapping a rocket to your back. Sure will be fast and fun for a few moments then ...
Friday, May 19 View Page
Here we go.
Friday, May 19 View Page
Mostly done. Luckily it didn't rain. For those of you that weren't here with me in the rain that was sarcasm.
Saturday, May 20 View Page
Got the micronutrients tilled in. Little wet. Probably cut some roots off. Long day. Good thing it's light to 10:00.
Sunday, May 21 View Page
1684 Crews in its bigger shack.
Sunday, May 21 View Page
2145 McMullen I'm getting a little behind on vine burying.
Sunday, May 21 View Page
100 Crews watermelon. Have quite bit of work to do yet. Drip hoses and mulch.
Monday, May 22 View Page
Now the 2230.5 Wallace has a bigger house. That's all I can do today. Back at it tomorrow. Good news, it's dried up enough that farmers are on the fields and we should get a garden on!
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
You can't always get what you want But if you try sometime you find You get what you need Thanks for a good weekend Mother Nature!
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
100 Crews watermelon looks better with some of the mulch down. It looks like it grew a lot since Friday. Too bad the main vine is gone.
Thursday, May 25 View Page
If I thought I was behind an vine burying before, well, I was almost losing the war by today. Got it done though! 2145 McMullen
Thursday, May 25 View Page
Field pumpkins are ready. Didn't germinate anything too special because I wasn't sure if was going to be able to plant considering the crappy weather we have had. For instance earlier today we were under a wind warning (100kph) a rain warning (75mm) a thunderstorm warning and something else about a special weather statement. Now it's just heavy rain again for a day or two. So far so good. This is from one of just a few from the small side of the twin 189. Have a couple from the big side too. Now If the rain will stop...
Friday, May 26 View Page
This is why I have greenhouses. It's more for wind than anything. We easily can have 75 -100 kph wind in a typical storm.
Friday, May 26 View Page
Planted the field pumpkins. This is the 189 Crews small side seed. I think there were less than 10 seeds. It was leaning the wrong way so rather than just let it run the same direction as the first leaf I forced it to go the right way. Ya, I know. Maybe I'll learn something.
Friday, May 26 View Page
The other 189 Crews.
Saturday, May 27 View Page
Trying to grow some rutabagas. Something keeps eating them. Those aren't weeds, that's a special cover crop nature developed for this area.
Saturday, May 27 View Page
Giant cabbage something ate. I'm thinking rabbits. Once it dries up I'll cut the cover crop.
Saturday, May 27 View Page
Giant beer
Saturday, May 27 View Page
Giant beet. I think auto correct is trying to tell me something.
Saturday, May 27 View Page
100 Crews watermelon
Saturday, May 27 View Page
2145 McMullen
Saturday, May 27 View Page
1684 Crews
Saturday, May 27 View Page
2230.5 Wallace
Sunday, May 28 View Page
Hmmm. Watermelon is going to make me crazy. Every thing is breaking off including young fruit before blooming. Plant is growing very fast. Not sure how this experiment is going to conclude.
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
Should I? It seems early but I have 13 secondaries before it. Hmmm
Friday, June 2 View Page
Oh oh. One of the vines died on the watermelon. Gave it a tug. It came of easy and left this behind, red,oozy,thick something.
Saturday, June 3 View Page
100 Crews watermelon. So far no more dead vines and the rest grew a couple of inches over night.
Saturday, June 3 View Page
2230.5 Wallace. Some leaf flagging this morning. Dry? Seems impossible. I think I'll plant some gypsum blocks later.
Saturday, June 3 View Page
2145 McMullen. Some leaf flagging here too. Water isn't a problem, soil is wet. Temp is about 78 thanks to my soil tubes and vent fans. Perhaps plant is outgrowing the roots.
Saturday, June 3 View Page
1684 Crews is getting pretty close to the end. One of the next 2 females has to be pollinated. I did one this morning but it's not quite far enough. Next one is perfect, the one after that slightly too far to fit in.
Saturday, June 3 View Page
1684 x 2145 June 3
Saturday, June 3 View Page
189 Crews small side.
Saturday, June 3 View Page
189 large side
Monday, June 5 View Page
2145 McMullen x 1684 Crews No male flowers on the 2230 but the 1684 looks the best of all anyway.
Monday, June 5 View Page
1684 Crews x 2145 McMullen This is the chosen one. Cool and rainy this morning. Good for greenhouse pollinations because the temp will be perfect. Convenient that both were ready at the same time too.
Friday, June 9 View Page
Last good positioned fruit on the 1684 1684 x 2145
Saturday, June 10 View Page
2230.5 Wallace Weeds pop up quick after running the sprinkler for cooling. I'm going to get this plant a little bigger before pollinating. Probably a week away. Plant is starting to pick up quite a bit.
Saturday, June 10 View Page
2145 McMullen Young fruit on the main vine. Missing a few vines now.
Saturday, June 10 View Page
1684 Crews Cut a softball size fruit off from June 3. It was growing quickly but was not far enough down the vine. The one I left will be much easier to manage. Decisions have to be made with haste. The next fruit will abort if I wait to long. If it doesn't work out it'll be one less plant to look after,lol.
Saturday, June 10 View Page
189 Crews field pumpkin. Left the lid open to catch some rain.
Saturday, June 10 View Page
189 Crews field pumpkin small side
Saturday, June 10 View Page
100 Crews watermelon Still growing. Pumpkin foaming crown treatment seems to have worked.
Saturday, June 10 View Page
100 Crews has a few pollinations like this one. Fingers crossed.
Saturday, June 10 View Page
156 Thrower I was hoping to use as a pollinator.
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Hunt rutabaga that keep getting eaten. Broke down the chicken wire to get it. I'm thinking a Night of the Lepus type incident. Going to watch behind me in the garden.
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Butler cabbage that also got eaten. They don't like hot days but these cold +10 days perk up the cabbage and rutabagas.
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
Spent some time setting up the fruit to grow. The 2145 decided to end the main vine growth so this is it right here. I'm not sure what happened. It wasn't hot, the tip was shaded and it was well watered. I've had this happen a couple of times when the fruit was a real strong sink...
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
Here is the 1684 Crews. I cut off a fruit that was a real strong grower. I hope this one grows as fast.
Thursday, June 15 View Page
2230.5 Wallace x 2145 McMullen Nice 5 lobe fruit. All my plants have perfect fruit this year.
Thursday, June 15 View Page
2145 McMullen 10 days
Friday, June 16 View Page
1684 Crews 10 days hmmm... Also caught my first mouse right beside it.
Friday, June 16 View Page
Grrrr. There's a learning experience.
Friday, June 16 View Page
I'm going to consider the main vine of the 1684 terminated. It was long and growing along the front of the shack. A quick right turn and it would have been outside. Made the right turn. Lol
Saturday, June 17 View Page
100 Crews watermelon. Yesterday it was very wilted. Had to emergency irrigate. Never saw a melon plant do that. It's part of the grafted root learning curve. Melon roots are ridiculously good at extracting moisture. Field pumpkins, not so. Probably why the plant was blowing up under the previous high moisture content. I need to keep soil moisture to the high side but not too high.
Saturday, June 17 View Page
2230.5 Wallace has picked up the pace considerably.
Saturday, June 17 View Page
2145 McMullen. These will be the last of plant pics. Hopefully it will be fruit pics from now on.
Saturday, June 17 View Page
1684 Crews has vines out the sides. One day the shop will have facia and be painted. But not till the season is over. Priorities.
Saturday, June 17 View Page
189 Crews
Saturday, June 17 View Page
189 Crews small side.
Friday, June 23 View Page
A risk of what? What the...
Friday, June 23 View Page
And then there was one. Culled the other ones. This one is on the vine the leaves wilted the least. Pollinated around the 15th.

 

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