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Saturday, February 11 View Page
Our local weigh-off has decided to go GPC in 2017 and there will be additional categories to try and get more people interested in growing competitively. I've decided to grow a couple giant bell pepper early so I can have seeds by fair time for interested growers. I'll do the same a bit later with giant tomatoes, field pumpkins and marrows. I also got my hands on 9 varieties of tall corn. Six came Columbia, all Montana race. Two from Mexico, Tuxpen race. One from Cuba, Tuson race. All these seeds were collected in the 1980's. Only planted 1 from each since I have a VERY limited supply on 2/4 and seven have sprouted. Started a second on the 2 no shows today. I hope to have nice size plants to put out in late April to very early may. Going to tinker with a handful of giant onions. Got a late start on from what I'm finding out. If anyone has a lead on some real giant onion seeds I sure would appreciate it.
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Mowed the rye for the 4th time as high as the mower will allow to keep it under control. Going with a much smaller line-up compared to previous years. 4 squash plants, 1445.5 Jutras, 2 - 1844.5 Holubs and a 1060 Holub. Pumpkins are 1585.5 Werner and 2075 Connoly. Will double plant all except 1060 where at least 8 will get started. Going to allow 900 square ft pet plant. Haven't gone with this few plants ever. I've found out I suck at grafting melons so I'm going 100% traditional. It doesn't break my heart as it will simplify my starting process, time and date. Melon line-up has changed just bit. Deleted the 199.5 Mudd but added the 290 Mudd and 305 Mudd. Both are 199.5 selfed from different years. 290 was traditional and 305 was grafted. Rest of the line-up if they sprout 157 Bright 04, 197 Leonard 07, 252 Neptune 10, 228 Carson 94,
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Hit the wrong button. Line-up balance 207 Cantrell 11 and 165 Cantrell (B) 10. Backups for the very limited seeds are 144 Cantrell 11 and 272 Neptune(K) 14.
Saturday, April 1 View Page
Went to the garden a couple days ago which consists of freshly planted broccoli, cabbage, and a variety of lettuce plants and the little devils were already out in numbers. Spotted cucumber beetles. Haven't even started competition seeds yet. Decided to start a few bait plants today that could possibly lead into me growing in the 150 sq ft challenge. Main purpose is to get them out there with a systemic well before competition plants go in. Started a couple 1545.5 Holubs which could lead to the next generation squash and several 123 Cantrells which should throw 50 squash plants.
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Took the seeds out of the freezer to start and one of my enemies heard the freeze lid close. I put the foot to it before I got the camera. Started melon and AG seeds on the 7th. Only have one 1060 Holub left to pop but not complaining since I started 8 of them. Double planting nearly all seeds this year with the exception of the 1585.5 Werner which will be a single. Multiple melon seeds started for each. So far the 252 Neptune is a no show and my 165 B has only 1 of several to pop. To my surprise 3 of 5 228 Carsons have popped. They are from 1994! Also overjoyed that both 197 Leonards popped.
Monday, April 10 View Page
Correction on the last post. The 228 Carson is from 19990 and 4 of 5 germinated. None of the 252 Neptunes will join the patch. They just didn't wake up. Plan now is to go with both 197 Leonards and possibly ad a second spot for another 228. I think it would be a great opportunity to get a comparison of some OLD to new genetics. With the exception of the Mudd seeds the plan is to self each plant. No idea at this time which direction I'll go with outcrossing the Mudds. First attempt at growing onions. A handful of tall corn seeds started yesterday. Three Montana varieties directly from the country of Columbia. Seeds are from the 1980's.
Friday, April 14 View Page
This has been the best weather I can remember for starting seeds. Made a mini "greenhouse" inside a small hoop house where I could keep everything warm at night. Seventy at night and 85 day. Full sun equals stocky plants. I'll transplant these melon plants in a couple days to larger pots. Still all the prep work to do in the patch. No rush.
Friday, April 14 View Page
AG seedlings not as uniform as the melons. Many seeds appeared to be a bit underdeveloped when started but some years that is what the fruit gives us. SEVERAL seedlings have ugly/damaged cots. I only started 1 1585.5 Werner, which I really want to grow, and it popped fine. Never broke ground. Dug it up and it's tip just stopped. Started my last one yesterday along with a 2008 Neptune as a backup.
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
My greenhouse in a greenhouse is nothing more than a bench flipped over on a bench with a heater under it. Pumpkin patch prep completed. Waiting on landscape cloth installation for melon patch completion. Second 1585.5 and 2008 both opened cots yesterday. Other AG's were not looking as green as I expected. May have overwatered. Letting them dry out and color is returning. Major seed corn maggot fly hatch is going on here. Safe to plant now but I'll wait till wind breaks are up and first drench of systemics are complete. No enemies sited recently!
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Only going with 6 tomatoes and they will be hydroponic again. Lineup 1-4.91 Brammer, 1-Slammer, 2-Mega Zac, 2-5.58 Nieuwenhoff. I'll move them to permanent site soon. Started sunflowers and long gourds yesterday.
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
6 lobed female found July 27,2014 on a 165(B) Cantrell. I don't have small hands.
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
A bit out of focus but the best I have. I've outlined the lobes. One of the better seeds for producing fat melons that hasn't seen much dirt.


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