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Sunday, April 9 View Page
Plan is to grow the 2185,2145,1965,1724, all others are back ups. I've been working every day on the patch getting things in order, plastic on the greenhouse goes up next weekend, tomorrow I'll be hauling in some leaf compost, today I sprayed the patch with insecticides to kill any grubs that might be hiding under the soil, soil test goes out Tuesday, the soil test will just be a reference for my soil drenches I do daily.
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Patched more holes that I could count in my film, for those of you that didn't read my 2015 diary I had baseball size hail in the summer.
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Did minor updates on the greenhouse structure last week with the help of my younger brother.
Thursday, April 13 View Page
Seeds are in the ground, soaked in water for an hour, and in the pots they went.
Thursday, April 13 View Page
10 trailer loads of leaf compost was added to the patch, plastic goes up this weekend, then I can start working on the irrigation system.
Friday, April 14 View Page
Plastic film was put up today, took about 5 hours to get the double layer film secured, then I huge around for the next 6 hours while it inflated, needless to say a lot of work got done in the patch.
Sunday, April 16 View Page
5 segments to my irrigation misters, I had to set it up in 5 segments because our well pump can't supply enough water to the 500 plus mister heads, in 2015 I had 3 segments the 2 new ones this year get the very edge of the greenhouse which I had to hand water in 2015, there were days the edges got super dry while I was at work which resulted in the secondaries burning up... so hopefully I got that taken care of
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Plants are up! Plan on transplanting to the garden this weekend.
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Adimins where added and tilled in yesterday, ended up adding 500 pounds peat moss, 100 pounds of mycros, 50 pounds of rainbow mix grow & 50 pounds rainbow bloom. The soil looks great, after having winter rye over this garden for 2 years the soil was very hard, will do one more till on it this morning then I'll add my 48 foot heating cables.
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Winter isn't done yet!
Saturday, April 29 View Page
Ever since the seedling sprouted they have been getting the following fertilzers every time I water (Per Gallon) 3 ml Fish emulsion , 1 ml Structural integrity Silicate, 1 ml Orca liquid mycros. Sometime this week I'll do a 70 gallon drench over the whole patch with Companion Biological fungicide, then a few days later I'll do a 70 gallon drench with Orca liquid mycros at 5 ml per gallon.
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Cut one of the two cot leaves off the 1965 Brandt, it was keeping the plant from lying down so it had to go.
Sunday, May 7 View Page
Drenched the garden with 70 gallons liquid mycros + 70 gallons of Companion, rototiled the garden for the last time this year, I'll be spraying 4 gallons of round up over the garden in a few days once the weed seeds on the surface begin to germinate this will kill just about everything and helps with weeding later on.
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
2145 McMullen had to cut off 2 nice leaves to get her to lay down properly, but the plant is healthy and ready to start ramping up the growth.
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
1965 Brandt, I'm have trouble getting it to lay down, I have my fan cranked up (trying to blow it in the direction I want) but she's not wanting to go down without a fight, it doesn't help that the stump is incredibly thick for it's age.
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
1965 Brandt on the left & 2185 Brandt on the right
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
2145 McMullen on the left & 1724 Schmit on the right, weather has been cold and rainy for the most part this spring, plants are about 4 days behind my plants from 2015 at this day.
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
All plants have at least one pollination, earliest pollination is on the 2145, 8 days old with 14 secondaries behind it, I might go with the next one down that one is at day 2, tough choice. 2145x2185, 2145x1965, 1965x2145, 2185x2145, 1724x1965 crosses so far
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Not much going on in the patch, I've been doing a lot of work keeping things healthy and happy, I really want to bring the world record back to the states and I'm giving it my all, I just need luck on my side the remainder of this season, there won't be any pumpkin pictures in my diary this year so I believe this will be my last post, Good luck to everyone at the weigh offs I hope to see you there in the fall.
Friday, August 18 View Page
Dap 63
Friday, August 18 View Page
Dap 63
Monday, August 28 View Page
Look close at the stem of Mike Schmidt's 1724 it has little black hairs on it, so after consulting Scott Steil we have come to the conclusion Mike may have put a little bit of his own pollen in the cross if you know what I mean... the pumpkins trying to grow a beard!


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