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Saturday, April 1 View Page
Time to kick off a new diary to start the new 2017 season . last winter was typical of years past, cold with a lot of snow . it amazes me at how much weight 6 mil poly can actually hold up
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
I got most of the snowed moved around the patch, as it is germination I'm really hoping things start to warm up ..fast
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
a look inside , the main reason I keep the poly roof up over our long winter , is for a chance at a decent start.. only had to do roof snow removal 12 times ..temp snow load posts come out
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
potential line up , still on the fence with a few
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
some of my giant cabbage starts..really hoping to improve on last year 43 lb effort
 
Friday, April 7 View Page
Nice to see all my starts are up and ready to rock .. these first went into the germ chamber 7 days ago.. so been out of the soil for 3 1/2 days now..
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
The star of the show is the 2145 McMullen (thanks Gene) and the 2230 Wallace..with my own 1469 as backups ...(2145 x 1317) I dropped the paper towel method this year and just used 6" pots seemed to work out well..they will sit under my T5 8 bulb light for little while longer as I wait for the weather to improve
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
break up is finally starting as the temps are hitting mid 40's during the day and high 20's low 30's at night
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
my early season cabbage starts are moving along nicely.. a big shout out to my buddy john butler for some cornish giant seeds .. I also will be planting his long gourd seeds as well..also planting some os cross giant cabbage seeds
 
Wednesday, April 12 View Page
If you ever have some one take your picture with a infra-red app on his I-phone with a $250 plug in from apple store you probably look like this..lol..pretty cool
 
Friday, April 14 View Page
pumpkin starts at about day 10.. waiting for things to start warming up .. been hi 40's during the day and mid 20's at night .. hard to get excited
 
Friday, April 14 View Page
the start of my soil warming process.. polys 's down, soil moisture trapped, solar warming has begun
 
Friday, April 14 View Page
soil temp at 6 inches down (frozen ground) after that..so serious soil warming will start soon as I need to put the plants in the ground in the next 7 days or so..to keep on schedule
 
Friday, April 14 View Page
os giant cabbage start
 
Friday, April 14 View Page
Cornish giant start
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
concrete blankets and such laid down and radiant heat is turned on to maximize soil warming , since the nights were still dipping into the high 20's at nite
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
now all warmed up , amendments added and tilled in
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
pic for last post
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
trans plants at Day 20 above ground...2230 showing early indications of a double vine..crap..we will see
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
2145 ready to hit dirt at day 20 above ground
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
greenhouse within a greenhouse for the next 10 days or so ,as we wait for the temps to climb into the 40's at night 2145 is in at the left and my 1469 is on the right in a back up role
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
the 2145 at day 35 .. the main is down now and at the 6 ft mark... pretty aggressive plant
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
closer look at the 2145...trying a new approach at weed control this year with the landscape fabric...the plan is to pull more away as the plant grows
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
the 1 st female is showing on the 2145..not sure what to think about it ...if showing to pollinating takes 10 days .. that would make it around the 18th or so .. still pretty early ..umm
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
2230 still has double vine issues..day 35
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
vine tip of the 2230
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
1469 Marshall ..backup to 2230
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
back up to back up ..if 2230 gets yanked
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
time to update the season so far , this is the 2145 McMullen Day 50 above ground, this plant is cruising right along , but not without a few quirks
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
the 1st female slash side vine all fused together, the secondary broke on its on ..weird #2 is showing and should be ready for a early june pollination
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
side view of the 2145
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
the 1469 marshall as backup to the 2145, this plant will be kept growing , until the 2145 proves itself
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
this is the main plant in the other GH as of now , its another 1469 (2145x1317) as the2230 was pulled because of genetic problems
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
last look at the 2230 main..yikes
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
pollinated the 1469 today with the only 2 males I had off the 2145, there are 5 secondary's on each side behind it , so what the heck , the 2nd female is 10 days out , so a early pollination will give me 90 days or so till weigh -off, its a nice 4 lober
 
Wednesday, May 31 View Page
pollinated another 1469 female today with a couple 2145 males , hard to tell from pic but it is a nice 6 lober, probably wont be a keeper ,but you never know
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
1st pollination off the 1469 A plant..not in a great spot, ,but its staying for now ,dap 17
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
the pic
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
1st pollination of the 2145 in background (2145x 2145) I plan on selfing the 2145 this year,
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
flower on the 2nd pollination on the 2145, opened on the 9th, finally a real nice symmetrical 5 lober
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
east gh with 2145 , and 1469 back up
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
1469 A plant in west gh
 
Thursday, June 22 View Page
over all patch shot , plants doing good plenty of leaf growth, now hoping the pollinations kick it in gear
 
Thursday, June 22 View Page
potentials off the 2145 x 2145, weather has been cool and cloudy , so hoping one of them gets going
 
Thursday, June 22 View Page
so far my best kin is off the 1469 (2145x1317)it is not in a great spot along the vine , but with a early weigh -off its hard to cull your biggest pumpkin..for me anyway
 
Thursday, June 22 View Page
side view of the 1469 hopeful...also would like to give a big shout-out to Clint Nash, from the Utah giant pumpkin club for paying me a patch visit on his trip to Alaska , thanks buddy it was a good time , I definitely need to work on my long gourd trellis , after seeing pics of his..lol
 
Tuesday, July 4 View Page
overall patch shot ,as you can see plant growth is about done ,pretty much done pruning , now waiting on some sun so pumpkin growth can be attempted
 
Tuesday, July 4 View Page
so far my best hope at a new PB is off the 1469 A plant,its actually the only one who wants to grow, bummer it doesn't have much plant behind it
 
Tuesday, July 4 View Page
and here it is .. I hate when I do that
 
Tuesday, July 4 View Page
all in on this kin off the 2145x self .. but honestly nothing to get excited about.. so far.. but with only 2 days above 70 degrees here so far its been tough sledding
 
Tuesday, July 4 View Page
1469 B kin
 
Tuesday, July 4 View Page
new wood shed..you know you are having a slow season when you post stuff like this ..lol
 
Tuesday, July 4 View Page
water wheel ..what the heck
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
this is the pumpkin off the 1469B plant , a backup kin ,as the 2145 fruit had some issues.. then split big time.. it was a huge plant and a great grower, really aggressive
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
another look at the 1469B pumpkin , this plant wasn't even suppose to last this long , the plan was to prune it way back as the 2145 took off, another reason why I cram 2 plants in each gh , so if there problems with the chosen one , I still have something for the fair
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
my 2145 kin , looking kinda of iffy
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
my pumpkin off the 1469A plant , the weigh-off is only 24 days away , and this will probably be my biggest entry this year I hope to be taking 3 different 1469 kins off 3 different plants to the fair this year , since its the only weigh-off around and all 3 look differen tfrom each other
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
the 1469C kin, this plant has a 30 ft main ,with just a few secondaries as it was pruned way back into insurance mode
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
a look at the kins off the C and A 1469 plants, the C kin has some nice orange to it and shape
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
end of the greenhouse glance at the 2 kins, off the 1469
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
my only LG entry this year
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
and here's a pic for all the people in the 100 degree heat , taking on the way to kenai
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
sunrise
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
harvest time ,as today is weigh-off day at the ak state fair
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
contestant # 1 off the 1469 B plant
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
and onto the trailer
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
and the 1469 C is airborne
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
lifting crew ( son and son in law) along with ch 11 news as it heads for a landing
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
2 down one to go
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
ch 11 wondering why I have to take a sawsall to the greenhouse
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
some times that's the only way to get them out..as 1469 A emerges
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
please don't drop that on my truck.. but a new one would be nice..
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
and touchdown everyboby can relax now.. no drama this year lol
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
my buddy Bruce once again did a great job on the lifts,it would almost be impossible to grow up here without acess to a boom truck, it can be done but its a pain
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
well, its off to the fair and see how we make out
 
Wednesday, August 30 View Page
also I big congrats to my daughter Kayla who just graduated from UAA with a BS in nursing and patch dog Sitka who didn't I might have to put here in charge of the fert program..
 
Friday, September 1 View Page
this is a look at the weigh off entries , in the forefront is the 1231 Iles, next is the 594 marshall (orange ) then the 839 marshall and far right is the 1172 marshall..all 3 are 1469 x 2145 cross
 
Friday, September 1 View Page
a better look, the 1231 has a lot of squash in it a nice pale green color, the other 3 are all from my 1469 cross but all of them look different, the 594 was grown on a super small plant , the 839 on about 1/2 plant as it was pruned way back to allow the 2145 to grow, and the the 1172 was set at 7 ft out (probably a mistake ) and was left to grow, as it was the only kin growing at any pace at the time.. in our short season I feel you need to capture as many growing days as possible, the bonus part was all the plants looked really healthy, so that was a positive
 
Friday, September 1 View Page
In case your wondering , are weigh off is really small never more than 2 or 3 entries usually, sometimes only one so they allow us to weigh as many as you want but you can enter only one . This allows the audience to have a longer weigh off experience and lets a 30 lb pumpkin to finish 3rd and win 250 bucks a win win situation
 

 

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