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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 27 Entries.
Thursday, January 5 View Page
The onions are fairly big for the time of year but I think 12 hours with the lights on is on the edge of to long so I've cut them down to 10 hours and well see how they go. It's an incredibly long crop to grow and only two plants leaves zero chance of mistakes but it does give me something to grow.
 
Wednesday, January 18 View Page
I made a bigger support ring for the onions and this one is 11inch cir and 8 inch high. The moisture is 10% and the EC is only 1.3. Looking at the plants now there is no tip scorch and at a guess the feed is somewhere near okay. If I had an EC of 1.3 on our crops that we grow at Pinetops I would be having kittens right now.
 
Friday, January 20 View Page
We have a lot of big changes in the patch this year and the pH and calcium are key.
 
Friday, January 20 View Page
Just a small croc but good fun all the same especially as the water was very coloured due to a load of rain. One of the onions has gone double so just down to one, hey ho.
 
Friday, January 27 View Page
The pumpkin year has started and it's taken 5 days to double dig the whole patch. I know it's a bit over the top but it works for us.
 
Friday, January 27 View Page
These are the roots of the onion that doubled up on me so I must be doing something right.
 
Friday, January 27 View Page
One of my buddies Derick kicked my butt yesterday with this huge 19.5lb croc. It was a PB for him and head to tail pretty much was the width of the boat.
 
Friday, January 27 View Page
He then went on to catch this 16.5lb pike (don't you just love it when a mate does this to you, that said my best from the lake is just over 30lbs) Seriously though I was chuffed to bits for him and very happy to photograph that smiling face.
 
Monday, February 20 View Page
This photo will probably come up upside down but I'm sure you will guess what's coming next.
 
Monday, February 20 View Page
Just over 25lbs, what a Croc.
 
Monday, February 20 View Page
This 4inch Bass pro Laser eye did the business.
 
Friday, February 24 View Page
This is last years (sort of) end of season soil sample.
 
Friday, February 24 View Page
You can see we've got the pH just right this year and it's gone from 6.2 to 7. The key thing for us is that the calcium has gone from 2584 (which we felt was low) to 3409 which is somewhere on the money. The Manganese is low and we will attempt to raise that later when the season starts along with the Nitrogen.
 
Friday, February 24 View Page
Iphones and BP diary entries don't mix.
 
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
Thank you all for making Niagara a great seminar and as friendly as ever. It was a great honour for me as I'm now the third President of the GPC and I have some big boots to jump into.
 
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
Stuart, Andy and I finally got to go fishing after storm Stella did her best to stop us. Here's Stuart with a beautiful Steelhead.
 
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
Andy was next to get in on the action. We shot his guns when storm Stella was doing her thing and it was a blast. Shooting the Magnum 357 (a girls gun) was my favourite but chilling, literally, with Andy, Christy, Tim and Amelia was a memory I will remember forever. Thanks guys.
 
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
Our guild Chris caught this stunning fresh run fish.
 
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
It took me ages to get a bit but eventually I managed to catch a small but very welcome steelhead.
 
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
The harder you try the luckier you get and right at the end I hooked into this 18lb Lake trout. It tried its best to spool me but Chris chased after it in the boat.
 
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
The Three Amigos.
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Our nursery is getting a lot bigger
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Lucky lucky pumpkins. Our six plants this year we be 3 x 2145 McMullen's 1 x 2634 Willemijns 1 x 1975 Wallace 1 x 2252 Paton Were going to sow on the 2nd of April because we want to aim for peak growth at peak long days and if the are finished growing they will just have to sit in the patch. Were going to plant a load of 2634, 1975 and 2252 seeds for backups.
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
I was round at a friends last night an we were drinking Port, as you do and we found this photo of my old school. Actually there is another building just down the road and Stuart had his class there but we did swap classes for fun. The seeds are in so our season is on its way.
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Our line up this year has changed as we only got one of the 2145's to germinate. So it looks like our final line up will be 2 x 2252 2 x 2624 1 x 1975 1 x 2145 The patch is a country mile better than last year with loads of improvements.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
I got in some fishing last week and caught one of my favourite fish. This Perch was just under 2lbs and a specimen. Check out the huge black eye used to spot its prey.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
This is Timothy custard with the caramel tail and yes that is his full name. He's getting and old boy now and 16 this year. Best friend in the world.
 

 

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