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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.
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
We've made so many big changes this year it's a joke, we just always find improvements. So this year should be much better than last year as the extra calcium alone will help us get a pub. This is a 1975 Wallace
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
I had to do some work on the koi filters this week so I weighed Millie at 19lbs. Stunning.
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
Stuart's been looking after the patch as I've been unwell for the last few weeks and it has certainly been an unusual start to the season. We've had loads of double vines mainly in the 2252's and we only have this one left in the patch.
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
This is our only 2624 and believe it or not, our one remaining 1975 stem split and our last 2145 was a runt. The long and short of it is that Stuart had to sow another batch of seeds so we now have, in our patch. 2 x 2157 Paton 2 x 1947 Paton 1 x 2252 Paton and a 2624
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
Stuart's doing a great job in the patch and this is one of our 1947 plants. Four of the plants look similar to this one and our last two are a few weeks behind. That said there will be plenty of time them to reach there potential.
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
We have 4 plants around this size but this 2252 is the best looking of all the plants.
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
This is the first pollination on this plant using the 2624 as a pollinator. So the first biggest in the world crossed the forth biggest in the world.
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
Both of our other plants are small but plenty of time to go yet.
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
We did a bit of repositioning today and this is the 2624. This is the first year I can remember with no proven seeds in the patch so it's a good job we only need one to get over the line.
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
At 14ft out this is the 2624 X 1949.
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
This a 1949 plant
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
And this is our keeper 1949 X 2624. From this week we will be doing a leaf and soil sample every two weeks. I'm not actually sure how we did so well last year because our calcium in the soil and leaf was disappointing to say the least. That problem has been fixed this year and at the moment just a little short of manganese which were working on.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
Just two days on and although early days this 2624 pumpkin is shifting. I just wanted to point out the super aggressive S bend were going for this year.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
This is our 2252 plant and the best plant in the patch
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
This is our keeper at the moment on the 2252 X 2624. Again a super aggressive S bend.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
All of our plants look extremely healthy and we have not had to put one Epsom salt spray at all this year. Our last soil sample showed the Nitrogen was just beginning to drop but we are going to resist putting more on as these plants are pigs and don't always know what's good for them. We are ramping up the water from 50 gall a day to 100 on all four of the big plants with pumpkins set. The other two will remain a little on the dry side with 50 gall. Don't stand still in our patch they'll have you.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
This is our 2157 later plant and although behind our other plants the pumpkins on the early plants should be totally done well before the show. Our last plant is about the same size and doing its best to ribbon but we will keep working on her.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Just for interest here is this weeks soil sample. You can see the Nitrogen is dipping down. The Manganese is a problem although we have been working on it. The sulphur looks fine but look at the next entry.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
So here is out leaf sample. I told you pumpkins were pigs: look at the nitrogen. Manganese is a problem and despite Sulphur looking fine in the soil, like Ron, we are short it the leaf.
 
Monday, June 26 View Page
The patch is going well at the moment although will did pull the double vine plant. It's been very hot and our leaf samples show that we are in much better shape than this time last year. It has already showed up in some quite startling numbers and we did have to measure twice this morning. The 2624 on day 24 tapes 291lbs So to put that in context last year our 2157 Day 24 was 161lbs 2252 Day 25 was 203lbs 1949 Day 26 was 239lbs
 
Monday, June 26 View Page
Our 1949 DAP 22 is already 239lbs
 
Monday, June 26 View Page
I'm not a fan of the shape of the 2252 but that's how her Mom started and ended up the forth biggest pumpkin in the world ever.
 
Monday, June 26 View Page
This is another 1949 a long way out from the stump.
 
Monday, June 26 View Page
We mix the watering up these days with some underneath ,some over the top and all the time just piling in all the good stuff.
 
Thursday, June 29 View Page
Roots are pouring out of our pot system.
 
Thursday, June 29 View Page
We've had a few days with no sun and the vines behind the pumpkin won't go down.
 
Thursday, June 29 View Page
Stuart said to make a note in my diary that this 1949 feels like lead.
 
Thursday, June 29 View Page
There's a lot of plant behind it.
 
Monday, July 3 View Page
Here's a quick update on our patch. Our leaves are tiny after the pumpkin and probably not worth sending for a leaf sample. DAP 31 our 2624 is 623lbs up 332lbs for the week which is 47lbs a day. DAP 29 our 1949 is 534lbs up 298lbs for the week and 42lbs a day. DAP 26 our 2252 is 266lbs. As there is nothing between the top two I'm giving the star of the week to our 1949 because it's our seed. This sport is nuts.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
We've just had an amazing week in the patch and the thing to be watching here is the quality of the plant growth. The decision to give the pumpkin of the week to the 2264 is because on just DAP 38 she tapes 1027lbs up 404lbs for the week, which is 58lbs a day. Why do we grow these beasts; well there's your answerer.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
DAP 36 our 1949 is 916lbs up 382lbs for the week and averaging 55lbs a day. At a guess she will tape way bigger than the 2624.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
This pumpkin was very close to the star in our patch as on just day 26 tapes 415lbs which is another record for us. This is the one that Stuart thought feels like lead. She's a great shape and has a lot of top quality plant behind her.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
This pumpkin was very close to the star in our patch as on just day 26 tapes 415lbs which is another record for us. This is the one that Stuart thought feels like lead. She's a great shape and has a lot of top quality plant behind her.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
DAP 33 the 2252 is 518lbs up 252lbs for the week and all of a sudden the shape has improved. At only 36lbs a day you might think this is a lost cause but it is looking great at the moment.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
Our 2157 is just starting to move.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
All of our plants growth looks fantastic
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
All of our plants growth looks fantastic
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
I think this is the stem of the 2252 which is just a great example of what we're after. We decided not to bury the main vine before the pumpkin because of the problem of a rotting vine.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
We have two fans on the back of all of our stems to keep them dry.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
The stems are solid.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
My advice would be to try and ignore your pumpkin growth and concentrate on your plant at all times.
 
Monday, July 10 View Page
Ahh,how sweet to plants meet for the first time.
 
Monday, July 17 View Page
Well we've had a nice steady week with no drama in the patch which is always nice. Our 2624 DAP45 is 1357lbs up 330lbs this week and averaged 47lbs a day. Realistically she will not be the biggest in the patch but Stuart and I both think she will tape around the 2000lb mark on the new chart.
 
Monday, July 17 View Page
On DAP 43 our first 1949 is 1248lbs up 332lbs and averaging 47lbs a day. This could be a real lump of a pumpkin.
 
Monday, July 17 View Page
Don't ask me why the 2252 shape is now fantastic because I have no idea. This pumpkin and our other 1949 sat in the patch doing nothing for ages, we actually thought the 1949 had not pollinated. Stuart thinks they spent longer in the cell division stage which is good news. DAP 40 she is 896lbs up 378lbs this week and averaging 54lbs a day. She has absolutely no netting what so ever.
 
Monday, July 17 View Page
Our other 1949 also has a great shape and DAP 33 is 755lbs up 340lbs this week which is 48lbs a day.
 
Monday, July 17 View Page
Dap 24 our 2157 is 239lbs. We've been working on this one to try and keep her upright.
 
Monday, July 17 View Page
Just for interest here is this weeks leaf sample taken from in front of the pumpkin. As you can see the calcium is not making it past the pumpkin which is not really a surprise. We will have to get our head around the manganese next year.
 
Wednesday, July 19 View Page
The last few days have been wet, thundery and even in our glasshouse the climate is far to humid my our liking. Although we haven't taped the 2252 she will be over the 1000lbs today.
 

 

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