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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 27 Entries.
Thursday, April 20 View Page
The 1824 Shenoha....:) Shazzy....Thank you sir...:)
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
The 1824 Shenoha....:) Shazzy....Thank you sir...:)
 
Saturday, April 22 View Page
Planted Competition Tomatoes tonight, look at them roots along the side and bottom..Can we beat our PB finally and get to 5 pounds...we only need a 1/2 pound more to beat it....Planted 2-4.29 Timm, 1-8.41 MacCoy, and 1-6.57Boudyo...
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
The plants are in. Feeling a little disappointed though. The squash were in different pots, non flower pots and didn't have proper drainage. The first two or three leaves are warped and looked burned but they actually were drowning. I,m, always amazed at our own stupidity. After all these years its still so easy to screw up and make newbie mistakes. On a bright note, the pumpkins were looking better. The melons were a bit to wet to. Not to self. Make sure flowerpots have proper drainage. Idiot. lol
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
Alright, lets get this bp diary going!!! first pollination of the year, june 6!!
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
Its a 4 lober!
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
covered in pollen!! 5 males 1824 Shenoha x self
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
And of course we have tons of tomatoes growing, San marzano for sauce, cherry's, giants, black cherry's, etc.
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
Starting to make a bend in the vine. We are less aggressive then some and use bamboo stick to help move the vine. Its ok if this process takes a week or two since we have more then 3 months to harvest time. Trying to do this to fast can make you break your main vine, or even snap of the fruit once it gets bigger. I would rather have a crappy position for a big pumpkin then no pumpkin at all but a perfect s bend! Moving the pumpkin an inch a day once it gets bigger works well to. Obviously you have to do this well before day 20! lol
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
The plant right now, growing fast.
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
Our rocket fuel helps speedy growth. Biggest factor is the hot southern weather though. A friend early on, a foe later in the season.
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
And you have to inoculate of course. WoW and Hollands land "o Giants have been our sources for the year. Hollands has been a source for years and has always stood out to us for its prompt and speedy delivery. WoW is new but has been just as prompt and has been impeccable so far to. Thanks to both of them.
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
ghost peppers, very prolific in our hot climate!
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
We grow other stuff to, here our first try at artichokes. They were delicious!!!!
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Tina takes great pride in our eating vegetables and puts in a lot of hard work on top of the giants to keep them healthy to and the from yard to table food beats anything that comes from Walmart. Nothing as good as home grown food!!!
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Weird pollination on the 1844.5 squash. The whole plant has been somewhat difficult and seemed for a while to struggle in N uptake. After nutrient supplementation it has snapped out of it and leaves have increased significantly in size. This first pollination opened partially on one day and completely the next. We pollinated both day and although unexpected it took. 1844.5 x self.
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
And with all those different veggies and giant pumpkins/squash you need a decent spray program for bugs and disease. This year we use a mix of commercial chemicals and store bought milder versions.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
cow peas first time growing them, delicious!!! Tina made them mix in with rice, bacon, sausage, a sort of dirty rice !!!!
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
day 10: 27 inches
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
looooooong stem!!!
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Our little hulk took after a weird pollination!!
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
Japanese eggplant
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
And we have a flock of these gals to help supplement our home grown veggies, we fresh eggs. (and maybe meat in the future)
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
And what Tina does for maters, I do for the giant pumpkin and squash. And with work hours not always in sync with growing, at times after shift late at night I have to go out to get on some fungicides. This is something we were unable to do when we grew in the past, away from our home. Right now in the middle of Tropical storm Cindy, being able to apply fungicides in between rains during dry spells of 12 hours is priceless. Its tiring but hopefully will pay off in the end. No pain no gain!!!
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
When you apply fungicides be aware of these guys. unfortunately a lot of fungi and pesticides we use are of risk to honey and bumble bees. We kill our pumpkin enemy's but in the process some of the good guys to. Getting older and hopefully a little bit smarter, we try to minimize the use of heavy commercial pesticides and fungicides. And in our heat, and humidity I don't think there are many places that have a a higher disease and bug pressure then we have. We have been able to significantly reduce the amount of harmful chemicals we spray into the environment, and added more biologicals to our program. So if you can, work smarter and not harder, not dumber and more, but smarter and less!!!
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
This is Azzie, cruising towards day 20 while tropical storm Cindy is dropping some serious water in the south eastern part of the country!
 
Thursday, June 22 View Page
Oh and yes, we are growing melons to. But we will keep them of the radar for while until there;s something special to announce. There's a little one growing but we would like a better distance from the stump. Still in pollinating mode!
 

 

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