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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 14 Entries.
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
I guess it's time to get going on my diary for 2017 already! The giant watermelons were started on March 20th and the first true leaves are about to emerge. Planting two of these this year, one 290.5 Terry and one 192 McCracken
 
Thursday, April 13 View Page
Spent time last weekend finally spreading out the piles of horse manure sitting in the patch since December, then harvested some compost (pictured here) to spread over the top. I make my compost the easy, slow way - make a pile and let it sit for two years. I don't worry if there are still some undecomposed pieces in it, as long as the batch is about 80% finished. The rest will be food for all the soil microbes, worms, etc. which will keep nutrient cycling going all season for a constant fresh supply going to the plants
 
Thursday, April 13 View Page
The only element I wanted to boost more for this year is calcium, and I've made the switch over to crushed oyster shells for that. Surprisingly cheap, friendly to the soil microbes, and will be a slow release calcium source for a long time. I'm still going to be prepared to liquid feed calcium this year, as it may take a while to see a real benefit from the shells
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Spent some time this weekend putting heating cables in 2 of my planting spots. 48 foot long cables, should make the soil nice and warm for an early start. I'm doing 4 plants this year, so two will not have the cables. Started all the giant pumpkin seeds on Friday, April 14th and they are beginning to come up 4 days later. Lineup to be revealed shortly.....
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Turned on the soil heating cables today, they will run for one week before planting day next Sunday. Only the top two plants have the heating cables, there is black plastic down in the other planting spots and 80 degrees in the forecast for later this week. Looking forward to a quicker start and earlier pollinations this year. Plants are in larger pots now with a healthy dose of compost and myco mixed in. Lineup mostly set, still pondering the final choice since the 1861 Cutrupi failed to germinate. Only one out of 12 to not come up, and that is with no soaking or filing of seeds
 
Monday, May 1 View Page
Ok I'm going to start revealing my lineup finally, starting with a 1795.5 McCracken. This is the biggest of the 6 seedlings so it wins a spot in the patch. Note to self, take it easy on the potting mix next year. All my seedlings are looking a little shocked by too much compost/manure in the mix. Been watering them a lot to try to help the situation, and putting them in the ground should help too. What am I, a rookie or something? It's too damn easy to get overzealous in the spring, but one of these years I'll learn
 
Monday, May 1 View Page
All 4 giant pumpkin plants went in the ground yesterday, April 30th. Couple of chilly nights coming up in the forecast over the next week but shouldn't go below 40 (I hope). Anyway they are all covered as always, and 2 have heating cables so they'll be fine
 
Monday, May 1 View Page
All 4 giant pumpkin plants went in the ground yesterday, April 30th. Couple of chilly nights coming up in the forecast over the next week but shouldn't go below 40 (I hope). Anyway they are all covered as always, and 2 have heating cables so they'll be fine
 
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
Planted the giant watermelons out this evening. 290.5 Terry
 
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
And a 192 McCracken. Plants really were ready to go in the ground but we had 36 degrees the last 2 nights so I decided not to torture them with that
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Took some pictures last night of the plants. Here's the 1795.5 McCracken
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
And now the rest of my lineup - the 1843 Werner. You can really see the early misshapen leaves here, as well as the perfect ones forming now. Too many nutrients baaaaaaaaaad
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
2145 McMullen, might be my smallest plant so far and that is with heating cables. Go figue
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
And decided to go with another 1843 Werner. The 1861 Cutrupi did not germinate for me, and of all my backups this was the one I wanted the most. I think it's potential is great and growing two of them could pay off. Weather has been cool lately and not very much sun, yet I think my plants look better than they usually do on May 10th. 80s in the forecast next week, after we get an inch or two of rain this weekend. Here come the weeds
 

 

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