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Sunday, January 1 View Page
Be Happy... don't worry... its 2017. The Frozen Tundra of my pumpkin patch awaits the warmth of April for another year of growing. I'm bored...The off season is sooo long.
 
Friday, March 17 View Page
Hangin' with Matt and Jim Debacco and Mike Fleming at Niagara Falls during a break from the seminar
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Green House are up. Solar heating the planting area's. Two more weeks
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Inside each greenhouse the soil is warm and there's a 3 ft diameter x 2 ft deep planting hole. I hope this hole helps to worm the soil deep down. Tilled under the winter rye cover crop already.
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
I'm starting to warm up the Soil/Peat mixture with Pumpkin pro/Azos in 1 gallon pots. Will plant the seeds in a week or so.
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
APRIL and its still snowing. Warm weather is hopefully around the corner
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
What a difference 1 day makes. Sunny and near 60F at the SNGPG Seminar
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Thanks to our Sponsers, WOW, Neptune's Harvest, Don Langevin, Davidson Industries, The Flemings, and a few others we were able to give away a lot of Door Prizes to the 60 or so that showed up today.
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Growers from all the local clubs were there today
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Ronnie was doing a brisk business today at the WOW Van.
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Multiple pallets of the good stuff was bought by the growers today.
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Even the SNGPG Club Mascot was at the Seminar today.
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
It was good to see everyone, This is about 1/2 of the growers. Nice presentations by Gene Lariviere, Ron Wallace, Alex Noel, and I got a chance to talk about last year too.
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
2 days of heavy Rain coming up , so I temporarily removed the 6ftx 10ft greenhouses and spread out some Worm Castings., Kelp and ProMix, around each planting hole. Will till it in in a couple days
 
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Grow lights are set up. What a lumen difference between the T5 Badboy grow-lights below, and the T8 grow-light bulbs above
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Filling the Pots with soil and some worm castings and Planting 10 pumpkins this evening
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
3 plants popped this morning. Lots more cracking the soil and still in the incubator.
 
Monday, April 17 View Page
Thanks Pap! I love the new Bird House.
 
Monday, April 17 View Page
Almost Ready. Tilled the garden again added some mollasas and epsom salts Got my Soil test results back today. The new soil added last fall appears dialed in...But Calcium should be 1000-1500ppm, and its 3602ppm. Magnesium should be 50-120ppm and its at 867 ppm. Not too worried All that magnesium should really strengthen the cell walls of the Pumpkin and Vines so the plant can receive essential nutrients.
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
True Leafs are starting to show on the Pumpkins. Way to cold to plant outside today to plant. Maybe this coming Sunday will be planting day.
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
More plants are up. The 279.5 English and 200 Larivierre Bushel Gourd broke through the soil last night. Got some very Orange potential Gansert seeds up too.
 
Saturday, April 22 View Page
The Plants are starting to outgrow their pots. I might move some out to the patch in the heated green houses tomorrow.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Finally!! Its planting day, as the 1944 Connolly hits dirt. Outside its 60F. I closed up the green house and it rose to 85F inside. Each plant was given a diluted drench of Humate, Azos, Root Shield, Pumpkin Pro, Neptunes Fish, Epsom Salts (magesium) and molassas.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Bottoms Up. The 2066 Geddes was tapped out of the pot upside down, but is now safely planted.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Getting the planting hole ready for the 2157 Paton. Next plant will be the 2307 Wallace
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
All tucked in for their first night out. Here come the electric bills for overnight heating
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
You are what you eat. The 2261.5 Wallace (on right) was fed a little too much nitrogen and the leaves turned a blue-ish color.
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
The wind was really bad today. But inside the anchored down green houses all is well.
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
These Giant Bushel Gourds and Pumpkins are getting used to the elements before planting in the other garden at Clover Valley Farm. I gave away a few other plants to some growers in need from Foxboro, MA that stopped by today.
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
My T5's have caught the attention of the neighbors. They want to know what I'm growing and if I'm under the 6 plant limit in Massachusetts. Yes I am!
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Here is the line up in Garden# 1.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
279.5 English and 200 Lariviere, Giant Bushel Gourds were planted today. These plants grow slower than the Pumpkins
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
My 1944.5 was lost because one of my heaters kicked out and the Frost got it. Thanks to Ron I'm back in business. He and Pap had a spare 1944.5 Connolly for me. Thanks Ron and Pap!!
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
I got to help Ron Wallace plant some of his pumpkins this morning. A 2145 McMullen and 2261 Wallace. It was an honor to help out the MAN.
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
Its going to be in the 30's for the next 3-4 nights. These Quanset huts will pay off with dividends these cold evenings
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
All tucked in. Nice and warm. See you in the morning....
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
Its 29F outside. I have a Quanset hut inside my Quanset hut, and the thermometer says its 65F inside the inner one.
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
This is cool. I bought a sensor called SensorPush on Amazon. Downloaded the App, synced it up with my cell and now I can monitor the temps inside each of my Green Houses, Shown is a reading from in greenhouse #1 with the 2075.5 plant. And it has a high/low audio alert, for too temps to low or too high, like on a cold night if the heaters don't work.
 
Sunday, May 14 View Page
4 Pumpkins and a Bushel Gourd. Definitely not liking this weather. In the 40's and rain today. Every night last week was 38F-43F. Its cold outside. Plant leaves even have some powdery mildew...
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
Touch Down! Finally.... they are all down and running.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
All the plants are tucked in for the night. Survived the 1st day (upper 80's) of the 3 day heat wave. Gonna be in the 90's tomorrow. Another tough day for thew plants. Will give the thena good watering in the morning.
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
Guttation is a great thing. The leaves on my 2075's were bleeding off too much of a good thing this morning. I Over-watered them last night. My 1944.5 and 1975 Wallace did not exhibit this, cause I did not water them last night.
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
Its going to be 100F today and looking at the 1944.5. These young plants with their shallow root systems may not survive that heat, So I clamped sheets in place to shade them from about 10am to 4pm. Both ends of the hoop houses are wide open. Will mist them at noon too.
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
Nice! Got a pumpkin showing. 4ft out on the main on the 2075.5-2. Looks like a keeper to me!!
 
Saturday, May 20 View Page
Drove over to Connecticut to visit Gene Lariviere today. He has the coolest Mastiff Puppy's. Gene Had an extra (200 Lariviere) Giant Bushel Gourd plant, which I desperately needed. They hit dirt in Sharon Mass, 1 hour after I got them.
 
Saturday, May 20 View Page
Planted both of the 200 Lariviere Bushel Gourds this morning. Nancy is preparing the patch.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
Putting some WOW Super Starter Paks in the soil near my 200 Lariviere Giant Bushel Gourds.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
Loading the roots of the 1944.5 Connolly up with some High Octane WOW Super Starter Paks
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
This is the 1944.5 plant. The mains on all my plants are about 7 ft. Side vines are starting to take off too.
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
One of my 2075 plants is outgrowing its 8 ft green house...
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
...So I improvised and built a 10 ft green houses. cause a couple more cold days are coming, then I can be rid of these cages for the summer
 
Friday, May 26 View Page
Weather has been terrible. In the 40's, with Rain and cloudy. Plants are still growing at a decent pace inspite of the weather, while in the mini heated greenhouses. But the lack of UV is not good.
 
Friday, May 26 View Page
Cold and wet. Nothing to do in the garden today so I decided to do some plumbing and join my water tanks. Scott Marley would be proud of my efforts.
 
Friday, May 26 View Page
Finished connecting two 300 Gallon Pumpkin water retention tanks together. Now I got to check for leaks
 
Friday, May 26 View Page
Done! Thanks for the 2nd tank Mike Fleming. Now I can collect 600 gallons of rain water from our Drain Spouts. Mother Nature has foresaken us with the cold weather up here in New England. But all the rain water I can collect makes it not so bad.
 

 

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