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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 26 Entries.
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.
 

 

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