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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 29 Entries.
Wednesday, January 25 View Page
Happy New Year and good luck to all !! Thanks to a generous gift from Ryan I have my first seed for this year. It's his 1803 Hoelke. Also, Ryan has gifted a bunch of his 922 seeds for the Farmers Competition weigh off. For those of you who don't know, I live in a farming area and all the farmers grow the same seed for their competition. The only thing I do is to germinate all the seeds so that the farmers start on an even footing. The 922 is perfectly round and has great genetics. There could be some Howard Dill winners in there !
Saturday, April 1 View Page
Many thanks to Cindy for providing a couple of 1910's. It was great to have a patch tour to see these were actually grown.
Saturday, April 1 View Page
The fall rye is growing amazingly well considering our terribly long wet and cold winter. This stuff is tough!
Saturday, April 1 View Page
Another pic of the fall rye
Saturday, April 1 View Page
Soil sampled on March 28th with no additions or amendments to serve as a baseline. 9 samples taken at 7 inches deep.
Friday, May 5 View Page
Recommendations for the patch.
Saturday, May 6 View Page
The rye was getting taller than usual because I somehow ended up with a sore back(old age lol) and couldn't lift a thing for 6 weeks. Miraculously it got better and I have decided to grow only 1 plant...a 922 Hoelke... to save my back for next year. It has also been a record poor weather winter and spring delaying doing anything in the patch until this week. This will be the latest that I have ever planted.
Saturday, May 6 View Page
A bag of Perlite on the growing site.
Saturday, May 6 View Page
This is showing what a great job my cultivator is doing after just 1 pass.
Monday, May 8 View Page
Because the ground was so cold and wet I thought I would place all 3 heating cables to heat a larger growing spot. I'm also building a larger (15x15)hoop house than I ever have with the hope of allowing the pumpkin baby to catch up to previous years size.
Monday, May 8 View Page
My posting skills are rusty. The May 9th soil analysis should be March 30yh. And, this is a picture of the 3 heating cables in place.
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
This is my soil stats before adding anything.
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Yesterday was a beautiful day. Today back to normal....very wet and rainy. If fact areas near us are experiencing 200 year high flood levels!! Fortunately I did get some poly on the 15 ft x 15 ft hoop house. This just might save the soil from being super wet and the growing year.
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
Heating cables working nicely. Outside temp 50 F while soil temp is a nice 74 F.
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
I lost my touch with germinating seeds this spring and BOMBED!....zero...nada...nothing. Thanks to Scott(Spambie) for a couple of his spare plants to save the year. Only problem he got the squash and pumpkin mixed up!!! So, Kate, watch out...maybe...lol. I'm starting 3 weeks behind my normal schedule so it will be an interesting year. I've noticed in "diaries" those growers who had terribly wet weather this spring are not far behind normal growing years. I guess the moral of the story is to just start everything on normal schedules and let everything else fall into place. For this year, I have a larger hoop house, more(3) heating cables, and a fan. Thanks again Scott.
Monday, June 12 View Page
Did a second cultivation this year because the 1st one was not very good....too wet. Perlite was added at a rate of 1 bag(4 cu ft) per 200 sq ft. Soil looks great and the cultivator is working perfectly.
Monday, June 12 View Page
Plants are just starting to take off....at least 3 weeks late but they are healthy. Interestingly, since this year was so cold and wet, even the weeds have are not growing as usual(much less). Insecticide sprayed last week and so far so good...no bugs.
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
This is my new baby reborn after a very long year in the restoration shop. Reliving my childhood. Bought one of these brand new....V8, 4 on the floor....more than 50 years ago!!
Thursday, June 15 View Page
Another inch of rain today!! We call it "Junuary". Almost 4 weeks behind a normal schedule but the plants are in high gear.
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Pumpkin growing is a fascinating hobby. My current plant is starting to lay down and vine out but its only about 4 ft long. The little insert pics are of some of my other plants in other years but on the same day....June 20th!
Thursday, June 29 View Page
6 days ago these were 1/3 the size. What a difference a day makes. Today is the 1st day that the hoop house covers have been removed and they're on their own. Tomorrow I will remove the supports. The ground is still saturated from all the rain we've had in the past so very little watering has been done with the Netafim on a timer....3 minutes per day.
Thursday, June 29 View Page
A beautiful spot in our garden to dream about the "big one".
Friday, June 30 View Page
And more Perlite.
Friday, June 30 View Page
Perlite turned under. As you can see the soil is still very damp with absolutely no watering since the last rainfall.
Sunday, July 2 View Page
Need some growth after a late start.
Monday, July 10 View Page
Some very nice healthy growth with a baby on each plant. Pollination might happen on July 12th.
Thursday, July 13 View Page
Pollinated a perfect flower on the north plant today.
Thursday, July 13 View Page
Not perfect on the south plant.
Thursday, July 13 View Page
Plants are super healthy and leaves look really good. Now the fun begins!


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