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Thursday, January 19 View Page
Really Pap!! I thought you were kidding!! What a nice treat to come home to today!! Thanks for all you do and I'll wear it proud!
 
Friday, February 17 View Page
Bring it on!!! After today's storm we'll of had more rain in one year then the last 5 years combined!! The funny things is,,, I'm still having to water the cover crop in the greenhouse 2 to 3 times a week.
 
Monday, February 20 View Page
Had a great day with KC Kevin getting all the seed packs put together for the winners of the Southern California auction! This is a ton of work but having good company makes it enjoyable and fun! Thanks Kevin for all your hard work! It's been a great first year and we kicked some butt for our weigh off! Thanks again for everyone who supported us,,, even you Scott Marley!
 
Monday, February 20 View Page
Anyone that bid on Kevin's pepper seeds will also receive a small pack of his famous hot pepper pepper sprinkles to add a little spice to their food! Trust me, the stuff is good on just about everything!!
 
Friday, February 24 View Page
We finally have sun after the wettest winter in many, many years. We've put s huge dent in the drought and winter still has a couple months! This is where I've started my mornings for the past 40 years. Some much had changed but right here, right now still stays the same! The real pumpkin prep has begun!!
 
Wednesday, March 1 View Page
California gold! 80 degrees all winter has really helped the mustard grow. Even on the 50 degree days the house gets up into the 80's. A little water a couple times a week and 7' to 9' feet it grew! The top of the house is 10 feet and it's touching in a few areas! It's going to be a fun workout getting this cut and tilled but after my results last time I planted mustard it will all be worth it! Headed up to the Elk Grove meeting this Friday with KC Kevin. Always a fun time up there and looking forward to seeing everyone,,,,, even you Pingrey....
 
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
Had a wonderful visit from Dave C and his wife Janet today all the way down from Canada. It's always fun getting together with other growers and talking pumpkins! We had a nice lunch and then a little patch tour at my empty garden. Things won't be empty for long. Soil samples have been sent out and things are starting to happen! Thanks again for taking the time today guys!
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Last month I cut the mustard, tilled it under and watered heavy.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Taking my soil samples. I go across the patch zig zagging and like to take 40 to 60 small samples every few feet. I feel this gets the best results from our soil test. I'm told it's like a tiny eye dropper when getting the results back so I want to be as close as I can with the nutrients that will be needed.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Results came back just like I thought and with the help of a couple friends everything was added. I was only .96 on my organic matter so I added a good amount of really good compost.:) My organic matter should be about 4% now which is right where I like it now.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
I've added waterproof outlets on both sides of the patch. This took a ton of time to dig and prepare for but it's really going to be nice come grow time.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
This year the greenhouse will be twice the size. Here we are digging out the new side. I removed about 80 yards of bad dirt and replaced it with some stuff I made from the local dirt yard. We're calling it " moon dirt " lol
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Continuing to remove the dirt. The right side is ammended, tilled and ready to go!
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
All has been completed and ready to rock! Even though the my new soil came from the same place I'm still waiting on another soil sample. I'll add what's needed then the battle begins! I started 3 weeks sooner then ever before, I feel with much bigger plants, a different growing style and a earlier weigh off date this should be just about right. All seeds were planted on the 17th of April and all plants including backups were up in 4 days. No struggles at all this year with germination. I usually struggle with a seed or two.. I'll be planting out any day now. Just waiting on work to stop getting in the way.
 
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
Getting close!
 
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
Thanks again for the 2145's! You know who you are.:) Eddy was part of it and didn't even know, thanks eddy!! My plan now is to have two 2145's taking over the greenhouse this season. We'll see how it goes. Vince, did you start yet???
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
This went down today! Weeks ahead of any start date I've even had. I know your upset with me Matt W. but it had to happen.:) Here comes the madness for the next 4 to 5 months!
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
Some of the biologicals that were fed to the babies. I still have 600 gallons of rain water so until I run out they'll be getting a steady feeding of the good guys.
 
Monday, May 1 View Page
Kevin started loads of seeds. We showed each person how to transplant from small cups using Rons products into 1 gallon pots. People seemed to really like this!
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
We had our first ever growers seminar in Southern California! 30 to 35 people showed up and Kevin ( KC Kevin ) and I did the best we could to explain growing to the newer growers. All in all we were pretty happy with the way things went. Our main goal down here is to help the new grower and get more people excited about growing these giants.
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
Wow Wallace and all the little plants we potted up. It was a fun day, now it times to get busy in the patch. It's been cool, cloudy and wet here. Very rare for this area,,,,, I'm able to keep the greenhouse at 85 even on the cool days so the plants are doing well. Thanks again Kevin for all your hard work this weekend!:)
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
Still nothing going on in the patch. The plants have been in the ground two weeks and still taking root. Today I added the last few things to the second greenhouse and did final till. It's going to be so nice to have this extra room to grow in this year.
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
Backup plants are ready just in case there's a problem. All seems good at the moment. 2145 A in the background.
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
2145 B both plants have another week or so before they lay down. All healthy and things are going well. I haven't added a thing but some biologicals and one fungicide spray for good measures.
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
We're calling this stuff " moon dirt " don't ask. It did me well last year so I added a bunch more to the new grow area. It's very low in everything so I can add as we go through the season.
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
Greenhouse " moon dirt " With the help of Bry's calculator and Cecil's tech support we added just what we needed to balance things. I feed twice a day so having things low works just fine. The most important thing is having zero disease in your soil and starting fresh.
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
Slow and steady. 2145-A- Just starting to move. She's a little slower then the other plant but all will be the same in 4 weeks.
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
2145-B- The superior one! She's been the best plant since she broke dirt. Weather has been cool and the plants are loving it inside their home. I fed both of them a little " grow " this morning. Just 1tsp per plant.
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
Like last year I buried all the netafin lines 1" below the surface. I hate tripping on it and trying to weed around the drip lines. This worked great last year and it's just deep enough so I can watch the emitters for any clogs. 1200 sq ft of line per plant.
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
It's the calm before the storm, when the Irragation is completed, everything is set and your about a week out from covering nodes like a mad man. Cool and cloudy this morning and just finished a lite spray of magnesium.
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Main vine nodes are covered and the back 3 secondaries. This time next week things will be full speed! Will there be excitement this fall or major depression,,,,, only time will tell.:) Why do I do this to myself.......
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Lots of room to fill. With the square footage I have this year I can finally set the pumpkin with 600 sq ft behind the fruit and 600 sq ft in front of the fruit. I'm still having to shade the tips inside the greenhouse. The % shade the plastic gives is not enough on the sunny days. I burned a few tips early. That won't happen again.
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
If your wondering why my irrigation is turned on so far out in front of the plant,,,,,,,, inside the greenhouse I get zero rain and as I was digging down on Friday to check the moisture 10 feet outside the plant and I hit roots! I think the roots grow faster then the vines in soft soil.
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Weekend update. Nothing really going on,, burying vines, lite feedings, took my first tissue test today,,,,, I need to start watering a little more so will start that today. Babies are both in a good spot. It won't be long now!
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Oh yea,,, gave all vines a good kink today. Thanks for the reminder Q!:)
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Once again,,,,( it seems like I change my feeding schedule 100% each year ) I've changed my feeding schedule. A little more phosphorus,,, a lot more calcium,, a little less K,,, boron with every water,,,, I base all this off my tissue tests and soil tests from previous years. I've adjusted everything from the tissue test I just got back from western and I'll be testing every 14 days from here on. My leaves are showing me the new program can grow amazing leaves,,, now let's see if it can grow a monster pumpkin this far south!!!
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Once again,,,,( it seems like I change my feeding schedule 100% each year ) I've changed my feeding schedule. A little more phosphorus,,, a lot more calcium,, a little less K,,, boron with every water,,,, I base all this off my tissue tests and soil tests from previous years. I've adjusted everything from the tissue test I just got back from western and I'll be testing every 14 days from here on. My leaves are showing me the new program can grow amazing leaves,,, now let's see if it can grow a monster pumpkin this far south!!!
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Could a pumpkin grower ask for much more on Father's Day.. lows in the mid 60's,,, highs in the upper 70's,,, just perfect for early growth and staying away from burnt leaves and tips.
 
Thursday, June 15 View Page
After seeing shazzys post and talking to other growers I can never complain about the weather again,, ever... it's been cool and cloudy for the past few weeks but nothing compared to some of the heat others are dealing with. The sun came out this week and the forecast is showing upper 70's and low 80's for the long haul. The plants are moving and it's full speed vine bury time. I have pumpkins pollinated but my eyes are looking at the 17' to 18' mark. This should go down any day now!
 
Sunday, June 18 View Page
Happy Father's Day from the patch! My daughter and I pollinated a couple more, checked the Irragation, trained some vines and just had an all around good Sunday morning in the patch. Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! Many blessings to you today!
 
Sunday, June 18 View Page
The cool thing about growing in a nursery is walking through the greenhouses. Here's Faith way at the end of one of the 1000's of greenhouses at my buddies nursery. After pumpkin time we usually walk from house to house looking at the plants.
 
Sunday, June 18 View Page
Under the canopy. I dig 6" to 8" under each node and place all the goodies. I then place a good amount of dirt on the top for those upper tap roots. Once things have rooted in a couple weeks later,,, I come in with the house and spray all the dirt away from the vines. I get disease really easy and this really, really helps later in the season. Plant maintenance right now is full speed ahead!
 
Sunday, June 18 View Page
Once again,,,,, my diary entries are not coming in the order I put them in.. Sorry
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
The chosen fruit has been picked and all but one backup has been culled. After last years disaster where my chosen fruit took a piece of plywood through the blossom I learned my lesson!
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
Plant are plenty big enough with 18 side vines on one plant and 24 on the other. I'm crossing my fingers and doing everything I can to keep disease away. The longer I can push it back the bigger the fruit.
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
Slow and steady,, moving things a little each day and making sure to have lots of slack for big things to come!!!
 
Friday, June 30 View Page
All 60 feet is full in the back. One plant has the back secondaries terminated and the other will be this weekend. I would say half the plant is filled in and all vines are doing a foot a day.
 
Friday, June 30 View Page
This is showing the back half of the 2145 B. This plant has been the best plant so far and will get 36' for the width and 50' out front. A little wider then I wanted but here we go ! It's nice to finally have the room to do this.
 
Friday, June 30 View Page
The opposite side of plant B. I've been really diligent staying on top of my spray and drench routines and haven't missed one yet. Hopefully this can happen all year. With all the water we give these things disease is always just around the corner. Everything is pollinated and set, the next round of pictures will be of the pumpkins I plan on beating my personal best with!! My excitement is equal to my first year if not more!!!!
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
This morning I cleared off both mains. I bury them pretty good for that upper tap root then once all the roots have taken I go in and gently remove all the dirt to bring airflow in and help against disease later in the season. This really helps so you can see rot early and get on it.
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
Each fan placed at the stump will blow down the main 24/7 from here on out.
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
I like the soil to be off the main vine like this so air can get in this area. I've been lazy before and not done this and had to deal with rot all up and down the main,,,, not fun and I'm sure takes away from weight from the fruit.
 
Friday, July 7 View Page
Same thing going on for this time of year, burying vines, pruning, burying vines, a little more pruning, burying vines then repeat over and over again. I'd say I'm about a little more then halfway through this phase. 60' X 22' feet is pretty full, now about that much to go.
 
Friday, July 7 View Page
Neither fruit is at 20 days yet so no measurements until then. I've taken a look at the circumference but no true tape yet. Day 20 I'll post where the girls are at. All seems to be going well, a little smaller cc then I've had before but I expected this with some of the new things I'm trying out this year. Much bigger plants and less feedings but much more often. I'm feeding this year with every water just a little at a time.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
Pumpkins are starting to grow in the Dunn patch! Here's the 2145 (A) plant. She's only day 14 today. I'll take the tape to her at day 20. Just checking the cc now and again because I enjoy it.:) I'm really happy with the shape of both chosen fruit so far.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
Had some patch visitors tonight. They were very impressed,, lol it's fun when non growers come by the patch,,, the look on their face is priceless! They always ask if all that plant is for that one pumpkin. Day 21 today for the 2145 (B) on day 20 she was only 188 ott which is smaller then what I'm use to. She did do 35 pounds in the last 24 hours so things should be good for the next few weeks. Im usually completely terminated by this time of year and my pumpkins have much larger numbers early. I still have 10 secondaries growing full speed on both plants so I exspect smaller numbers now. I've really been working on those later numbers so I'm really hoping for that. Second tissue test is back and adjustments have been made.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
Another shot of the 2145 (B) fruit. I'm loving the shape and hoping for big and heavy!!!
 
Monday, July 17 View Page
Baby bottom smooth at day 25 today. This is the 2145 (B) plant. Amazing plant and still growing 8 secondaries full speed ahead so the fruit growth is smaller then I'm use to. I'll post day 30 numbers this weeeknd.
 
Monday, July 17 View Page
2145 (A) plant 22' out and 16 days or so. This plant is growing completely different from the other. She's been a real pain in the butt to control. Only 6 secondaries growing on this one. I'm hoping to cut the last set of secondaries mid August but it may happen sooner then that the way things are growing. I'll post 20 day numbers when I get there.
 
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Weekend on the pumpkins. 2145 (A) is only at day 22 and just starting to come alive. This is the other 2145 at day 30 with an ott of 290 or 563 pounds. Not the numbers I had on my biggest fruit last year but things are looking good for the long haul. Plant is really healthy and I'm not seeing any disease yet,,,,, fingers crossed!
 
Friday, July 28 View Page
Day 28 for the 2145 (A) fruit. She's getting some good color now hopefully she's also going to be big! I'll post 30 day numbers this weekend.
 
Friday, July 28 View Page
Day 35 for the 2145 (B) fruit. She started a little slow but is full speed now and cruising right along! I'm very happy with what I see so far. Day 40 to day 50 is where the magic happens and she either slows way down or keeps her stride. Any weight before day 40 Im learning is just a number,,,,,, day 50 and 60 will tell you a lot. I'll post 40 day numbers late next week.
 
Friday, July 28 View Page
Picture for two posts ago.
 
Tuesday, August 1 View Page
Who needs a greenhouse when the temps are like this. Fans are running, humidity is up and the nighttime temps are just right! Grow baby's grow! I hope those Oregon growers make it through the heatwave they have coming. I talked to a grower up there and he told me 109 and 110 a few days this week... that would suck! Hang in the guys.
 
Tuesday, August 1 View Page
Day 40 on my oldest. Not knocking the early numbers out of the park but I'm happy with what I see. 925 pounds and averaging 39 a day for day 40. If she can come down just a little slower then what I'm use to,,, a personal best should be reachable.
 
Tuesday, August 1 View Page
Another shot of the 2145 (B) fruit. She's starting to get her personality!
 
Tuesday, August 1 View Page
2145 (B) plant. This is the healthiest plant I've ever grown, I'm hoping this means good numbers for the next 6 weeks. I'm still burying vines and treating those secondaries like gold.
 
Tuesday, August 1 View Page
Here's my other 2145. She's much younger and been doing 39 to 43 pounds a day. A totally different plant and fruit. A ton more orange in this one! She's rolling back on her stem so I'm doing everything I can to keep her straight. Numbers aren't as good as my other pumpkin but I'm happy. I'll post 40 day numbers when she gets there.
 
Tuesday, August 1 View Page
Healthy plant overall but she's been a problem child from day one. I would of pulled her if I had another good backup plant. She's all in though so I'm giving her my best shot! Never give up baby, never give up!
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
Not a lot of time for tomatoes this year but I still have a few going. They take such little time I couldn't not plant a few and they're really fun when they start growing!:) My bigger fruit are all between 20" and 22" and going full speed. We'll see where they end up in a couple weeks.
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
Another mater. Kind of on cruise control with the pumpkins now. I have another week or two of vine burying but all secondaries are moving pretty slow now so there's no real rush like earlier in the season.
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
Another tissue test back. A couple very minor tweaks and a touch high on my iron for some reason. All in all I'm very happy and will continue feeding about the same,,,,, I'm just going to bump my K, ca, P and zinc a little.
 
Sunday, August 6 View Page
August 6th and plants look great! I'm really trying to concentrate on the plants this year like the Patons say. The pumpkins are going to do what there're going to do but if the plants are doing well and staying healthy there's a much better chance of packing on that later season growth. Will post 40 day and 50 day numbers when I get there.
 
Sunday, August 6 View Page
My baby girl came with me to the patch today,,, here she is with my Howard dill style pumpkin! She's getting more orange every day! She's been upper 30's so I'm looking forward to her 40 day numbers later this week. I really hope she makes it because this is the one that I would like to bring to Elk Grove for the pumpkin boat race! The weigh off sounds fun but I've always wanted to try one of the pumpkin boats!!! I may not be able to beat those russ guys up there but maybe I can beat them in a pumpkin race!
 
Sunday, August 6 View Page
Faiths 4 feet something now,,,, I need to find some smaller kids around the neighborhood. Side to side on this fruit is already 111" she's getting really wide and tall.
 
Saturday, August 12 View Page
Had some time today so I made the drive down to KC Kevin's patch. Let me tell you, he has the most beautiful 700 pound pumpkin Ive ever seen in this area! Perfect shape, shinny, good looking modeling and the plant is still very healthy for mid August !! All your hard work is paying off Kevin! Keep up the good work and I have a feeling your personal best might be doubled this year!!! And the lunch wasn't half bad either.:)
 
Monday, August 14 View Page
Just over 1000 day 45 and doing low 30's a day still. Nothing special but turning out to be a really nice looking pumpkin. Let's see where's she goes from here!
 
Monday, August 14 View Page
2145 day 52 and doing 28 pounds a day still. She sitting at mid 1200's. I was thinking this might be the one but I found a really bad spot of rot just before the pumpkin. The worse place to be so we'll see where this goes. I'm not to bummed if she's still doing upper 20's a day. Let's see how long she can keep this up! Fans, sprays and extra protection around the area I cleaned out for the rest of the season.
 
Monday, August 14 View Page
Another shot.:)
 
Monday, August 14 View Page
Biggest main vine I've ever had!
 
Thursday, August 17 View Page
Hmmmm,,,,, I haven't had much time for tomatoes this year but a did plant a few. Not my normal feedings and watering like I should do so I'm pretty happy with the first one weighed. A little under 5 pounds. I have a couple more that are 1 inch bigger so 5 pounds will happen! This ones off the 5.11 Dunn. Oh yea,,, my tomatoes are always grown in 40 gallon pots.
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
Not sure if I can catch Q this year but I'm trying! Lol
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
Faiths getting so big my pumpkins look small now. Today's day 57,,, cc-169, ee-105, ss-122 brings her just under 1400. I've lost half the plants energy to a large area of rot I found on the main vine just behind the fruit so I'm not expecting to hit one out of the park like I early did. She dropped way down to 19 pounds a day over the past week. I did the best I could with main vine surgery so that's about all I can do for now. I'm pretty sure I can limp to a personal best.
 
Friday, August 18 View Page
My other 2145 is turning orange! She's day 50 today and 1110 pounds. This pumpkin is my red headed step child. Time will tell where this goes but I'm happy for now. Lots of plans being made for 2018. It's amazing how many mistakes I make each year. Lots of notes and prep is already underway for next year!!
 
Thursday, August 24 View Page
Had KC Kevin by the patch today. Always nice hanging out with other growers, talking pumpkins and doing lunch! Thanks for the visit today Kevin! Kevin with my smaller fruit that we taped just a hair under 1300. She's still doing mid 20's a day.;) I'll take that almost being September.
 
Saturday, September 2 View Page
Weekend update and things are doing much better then expected! Both fruit are still growing well,,, all that plant growth from behind the fruit and wrapped forward is doing its job. I'm having main vine issues on one plant but still doing better numbers then I've ever seen going from day 70's upward. Weigh offs start in 3 weeks for me so looking really forward to making it to the end. Both pumpkins are way north of 400" ott. If all stays the coarse two personal bests will happen this year.
 
Saturday, September 2 View Page
This is my smaller 2145 that passed my personal best this week and still doing 20's a day!:) She still has 6 weeks so we'll see when she decides to slow down. I hope to paddle this wide load up at Elk Grove for the regatta! KC Kevin, you ready!?!?!?!?!
 
Sunday, September 10 View Page
Probably the last update until weigh off day. Both fruit are still growing and for this time of year if you still gaining your not losing pounds. Backside of the 2145 (A) plant. She's really wide and low to the ground. She's my smallest in the patch and past my personal best of 1452 a couple weeks ago.:)
 
Sunday, September 10 View Page
Backside of the 2145 (B) fruit. She's big all over now! I'm just counting the days to weigh off time. She gets weighed on the 23rd so not far out. She's either going to bring a big smile to my face or a HUGE smile,,,,,,, we'll have the answer in 13 days! I'm hearing lots of personal bests showing up at the weigh off so it's surely going to be a good day! A couple of the guys I've talked with may triple their best ever! So much fun!!
 
Sunday, September 10 View Page
Staying the coarse.:)
 

 

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