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Sunday, January 8 View Page
Test to see if turning phone straightened the picture. Sick of winter
Thursday, January 12 View Page
My view for the winter, separating big rocks from little rocks
Sunday, January 15 View Page
Bought a reptibator incubator off amazon for germination, came all busted up, built a new box cant wait to try it out. Practice, practice, practice! I got some great seeds i want to get in the patch this year!
Sunday, January 15 View Page
So the gvgo auction went nice today got me a 2624 hopefully it makes it to me safe and sound! Most ive ever spent on a seed
Sunday, January 22 View Page
On vacation in cancun, and I get a massage, this one caught my eye. But think iam going with the back, neck, and shoulders
Saturday, January 28 View Page
Very nice bubble sitting in the kitchen when I got home from Cancun, thanks SNGPG, 2 out of the 4 going in the patch are here for sure!
Saturday, February 4 View Page
Hauling dirt this morning, need me some overtime
Monday, February 6 View Page
So beautiful
Sunday, February 12 View Page
Didn't like the reptile incubator, so more brainstorming, plug in thermostat, heat mat and overhead light. Get it dialed in then organize the wiring and give it a test
Sunday, February 12 View Page
Hope this brings the sucess rate closer to 100%
Sunday, February 12 View Page
Iam liking this, see how well it holds its Temps. Thermostat is set for a 86, got 10 seeds soaking. We will see what happens!
Thursday, February 16 View Page
9 out of 10, do another 10 this weekend
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Practicing!
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Time to start the next 10, had to get on YouTube after I put the 1st air pot together wrong
Sunday, February 19 View Page
2 with the x are from my 1137, others are from my 1734x2145, that didn't make the scale, no sanding just soaking for a few hrs, then into the cooler or chamber
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Wish there was away to edit post, here's the pic
Sunday, February 19 View Page
1st of about 12, going in the screen house. Bet I had 300ft of drop cords running around
Thursday, February 23 View Page
Round 2 with the cooler germination, sucess! 10 for 10! Dropped the temp downtown 85. Do another 10 in another week
Thursday, February 23 View Page
1st test doing alright all 9 still alive, seem to like the bags a little bit better. Raising the lights a little bit higher had a leaf scolding
Saturday, February 25 View Page
Winter is back, so no wiring this weekend, was able to grab a soil sample the other day. And hopefully got the last of my outlets and wire today at menards.
Friday, March 3 View Page
Damn auctions! Cashing in the change can after winning a 2145 this week. My name is Pete I spent way more than I probably should have this auction season. That was the 1st step admitting I have a problem
Saturday, March 4 View Page
Dad running the pumpkin booth in Anamosa
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Well that's going in the patch this year! Thanks Matt, made it safe and sound!
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Test time results
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Pots removed
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Air pots, the one the right I put together backwards. Love how easily they came apart, but the plants were smaller
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Air pots, the one the right I put together backwards. Love how easily they came apart, but the plants were smaller
Sunday, March 12 View Page
1 gallon
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Winner 2 gallon grow bags!
Tuesday, March 14 View Page
East bound and down this time tomorrow!
Friday, March 17 View Page
Ready for a good weekend!
Friday, March 17 View Page
And we're off!
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Steve Connolly excellent speech
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Milan Lukes, kid is pretty smart for a 14 year old. Great
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Joe Ailts talking plant hormones
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Matt Brungard plant sap testing
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Mike rookie talk
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Skype with Mathias
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Don asking some pretty good questions
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Grower of the year
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Dave with his Hall of fame plaque
Sunday, March 19 View Page
That Ron Wallace guy, I can not get over how nice of guy he is. Can't wait to place another order with him
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Drive by photo, 15 dollar parking nah
Tuesday, March 28 View Page
Currently working 11-12 hr days 95 miles away hope we get a little closers soon, this is the beast I get to try this week, CAT 988K with a 12 and a 1/2 yard bucket.
Sunday, April 2 View Page
More grocery shopping, forgot to get human food again so looks like spagettios for supper
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Got another 4 ft 4 bulb t5 light, now I can spread the plants out, have one more 2 ft 4 bulb I can add to the line if I need to
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Shopping list complete! Over 1700# to hopefully get tilled in tomorrow
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Call me crazy, but I will let be able to monitor pumpkins from work this year!
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Yes Dan C. You know who your are, I will be watching! LMAO x 10
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Every pole has electricity! Took the broad fork to the spots I walked, she's still pretty soft. Did not get my amendments in today wind gust were consistently over 20mph. Want to do the patch not the neighbors yard.
Sunday, April 9 View Page
She insisted on helping
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Went ahead and started watermelon
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Camera works! cooler is getting peat pots warmed up, soak seeds in a little while. Watermelon are up
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Seeds that are soaking- 2624 Willemijns, 1872 Willemijns, 2095 Willemijns, 2261.5 Wallace, 2075.5 and 1944 Connolly, 2145 McMullen, and 1137.5 Caspers. 2 $$$$ seeds are guaranteed spots as long as they germinate.
Saturday, April 15 View Page
1400# of amendments take awhile in a 85# spreader, getting a better one next year still have a few hundred # to get in really wish this storm could have waited till it was tilled in
Sunday, April 16 View Page
3.5 inches of rain last night, hope I didn't lose to much of what I had on. On a good note I can check my Temps on germination chamber on my phone from anywhere. Little bit less stress
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
I see green!
Thursday, April 20 View Page
All transplanted! 1944 Connolly, and the 1872 Willemijns were no shows. Watermelons on the left, got 350 Kent, 302 Kent, 209 barber, and 3 of my 152's
Thursday, April 20 View Page
If I were to guess just looking at 3 day old plants my lineup would be 2261.5 wallace, 2624 Willemijns, 2095 Willemijns, and of course 2145 McMullen see what the next few weeks have in store
Saturday, April 22 View Page
Besides some perlite, officially amended, till in in a little while
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Out of the basement and getting some fresh air!
Sunday, April 23 View Page
The one and only time I plan on tilling this year
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Raised walkway, need more cinder blocks, patch divided by 4 equal areas. 1 pumpkin plant and a watermelon in each section
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
I talk to them when I'm bored at work, sometimes I think they wave back at the camera
Saturday, April 29 View Page
Wanted to get these done and out last weekend, but I am extremely busy and the weather hates me, rainy and windy today. Bought some soil heating cables today as well hopefully drugs up enough can get them out next few days and get pumpkins out next weekend
Saturday, April 29 View Page
Time to have a Wisconsin adult beverage
Saturday, April 29 View Page
Foundation solar vents, they close at 40f, they were cheap see if they work
Saturday, April 29 View Page
Babies went in the dirt 2 weeks ago tonight, left to right 2261, 2145,2095,2075,2624, and 1137.5
Sunday, April 30 View Page
All done, now give me some nicer weather please. Patch is to wet to mess with today
Friday, May 5 View Page
Hoops been out a few days soil is a little warmer going to add cables tomorrow, plants out on Sunday. Weather is finally cooperating. Walkway is all done
Friday, May 5 View Page
It's time!
Friday, May 5 View Page
Some of my genetics for some friends
Saturday, May 6 View Page
So several years ago I was in a movie, for 5 seconds. Showing alba before we get to work. The movie is "MEGAFAULT" starring Brittany Murphy, and Eriq LaSalle. I am running my loader, loading haul trucks at the beginning
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Got some work done, ready to put them out tomorrow
Sunday, May 7 View Page
2261 is outside and has my camera on it!
Sunday, May 7 View Page
2624, had really nice roots, think the transplant went ok
Sunday, May 7 View Page
2145
Sunday, May 7 View Page
Previous was 2095, they all look alike at this age, this is 2145
Saturday, May 13 View Page
Was hoping to get this on today, but the 7-9 mph wind I read yesterday for today, apparently is 17 mph now. Son of a
Saturday, May 13 View Page
Can't find my daughter, got to be around somewhere, 25 mph gust now. Not very happy. Putting zip ties every8 ft in the seams to keep seam failures to a minimum. 87 ft took 700 zip ties last august
Saturday, May 13 View Page
Mother nature let the wind die down at 7 pm, 4 bud lights, some beat up finger tips and 3 hrs later the screen is up! Now for a shower and bed. And tomorrow's Turkey hunt is cancelled
Sunday, May 14 View Page
And it's up!
Sunday, May 14 View Page
15 mph wind, and i can now let them enjoy some no hoop house time
Sunday, May 14 View Page
Watermelons are in the fround!, 152.5 Caspers x 2, 209 Barber, and 302 kent
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Strong winds all day, screen house held up nicely! 2624, 9 days in the ground
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
2145, 9 days in ground
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
2095, 9 days in the ground, i think it's going to be the 1st one to lay down
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
2261, 9 days in ground, my smallest plant hopefully it takes off soon, my 2075 was similar in slow growth
Wednesday, May 17 View Page
Another test I don't want
Wednesday, May 17 View Page
Had strong winds, couple houses down had a tree land on the roof. Screen house survived this test and apparently they are safe and sound according to the camera. Even had some hail
Friday, May 19 View Page
Nice package from Drip Depot, WiFi controlled valve so I can hit the misters from work on them hot days
Friday, May 19 View Page
Can't wait till these are on the ground, cooler temps, double the bamboo criss cross up to make the transition go a little smoother
Sunday, May 21 View Page
Getting tired of this crappy weather, 43 when I go to work and I have no choice need to blankets off at 4 am because it's going to get in the 70's
Saturday, May 27 View Page
Little fresh air before yet more rain
Monday, May 29 View Page
New camera view, for rest of the summer
Monday, May 29 View Page
This wire caddy is making drip tape a breeze!
Monday, May 29 View Page
2624, 2145, 30-35mph winds outside, 5-10 in here
Monday, May 29 View Page
2095, 2261
Wednesday, May 31 View Page
Well lost 2 out of 4 watermelons, according to all the flys in the Screen house I think they're to blame.
Sunday, June 4 View Page
To hot today for this stress
Sunday, June 4 View Page
It works, misters controlled via phone!
Sunday, June 4 View Page
1 more line from the injector to the drip tape and she will be done
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Should stay nice out of weather
Sunday, June 4 View Page
2624, 2145. Been hot last couple days been dealing with some leaf scorching finally getting some sidelines going
Sunday, June 4 View Page
2095, 2261
Friday, June 9 View Page
Injector is hooked up!:)
Friday, June 9 View Page
We had a visitor
Friday, June 9 View Page
We had a visitor
Friday, June 9 View Page
This camera has really came in handy at work, can tell when the misters haven't been on when I thought they should have, got that setting straight out.one more week then better cell signal
Friday, June 9 View Page
Get caught up on vine burying tomorrow
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Got some things done this week, including burnt. All plumbing is up and trying to get the misting schedule dialed in
Sunday, June 11 View Page
2624, just shy of 2 months after germination
Sunday, June 11 View Page
2145, probably my best all round plant
Sunday, June 11 View Page
2095 Willemijns
Sunday, June 11 View Page
2261, might be a July pollination, been picking up little more here lately. #Runt
Sunday, June 11 View Page
New toy, seen a bunch of the cool kids had it and really liked it . So here we go!
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Paton pot method, went through 70 pots today, probably could have done a few more. Peat is a pain in the $%#@ to soak. 90 didn't help me either
Sunday, June 18 View Page
Pollinated 2145 x 2624, (Only 1 male available). Pollinated 2095.5 x 2145 (3 males) both were 6 lobes. Finally have a cool day to get things caught up and I've been fighting a stomach flu for 3 days, which requires frequent visits to the bathroom. Hope I can get something done today
Sunday, June 18 View Page
2624, pollinating on Tuesday (I think)
Sunday, June 18 View Page
2145, pollinated this morning with 2624, not sure it will take. Forgot to shut my misters off
Sunday, June 18 View Page
2095.5, pollinated with 2145 this morning, same scenario on misters
Sunday, June 18 View Page
2261
Sunday, June 18 View Page
Pots seem to be doing trick, lots of roots coming out of the ones I did last week. Used 205 so far, been doing every other node because pots are expensive, and I am stretched for time
Monday, June 19 View Page
Screen houses not only protect from bugs, critters, wind and hail, but Apple trees as well! No damage, other than robbing from the short amount of time I get out there each night
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
Just pollinated a disappointing 4 lobe 2624 with 2145, wanted to go with 2261, but males weren't showing up today. And yes it was done at 4 am
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Airforce One, just so happen to be working by the Cedar Rapids airport at the moment. Didn't stick around for the convoy to slow me down, patch work needed 74 miles away
Friday, June 23 View Page
WTF, on top of vine burying, should be close to 4000 zip ties to fix this mess. Had to be close to 80 mph winds. Bent my metal pipes on the ends
Friday, June 23 View Page
Got 2 days to get this end up, then the wind will bother them
Saturday, June 24 View Page
1400 zip ties so far, got 200 left, then need to go get more hopefully closed up by 3
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Together again, plant protection is a must
Sunday, June 25 View Page
2360 zip ties in 20 + hrs of repair. In 20 mph winds
Sunday, June 25 View Page
2261 pollinating with 2624 in the morning
Sunday, June 25 View Page
2624 1st pollination might have not taken are temps have been all over the place, screen saved this one for sure 70 mph head on
Sunday, June 25 View Page
2145 x 2624 6 DAP
Sunday, June 25 View Page
2095.5 x 2145 6 DAP
Monday, June 26 View Page
2261 x2145 5 lobe, 2095 #2, 2145 #2 both 5 lines. Cool temps fingers crossed
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
2624 x 2261 4 lobe, slight deform on one lobe. 3 males ful of pollen. Storms coming, praying for a zip ties free weekend
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
I am about to go completely bald real soon, 24 hrs last weekend and at least another 20 this weekend
Friday, June 30 View Page
So getting tired of this s&$%, bought another 2600, zip ties. And a bunch of rope to help from parachuting. If my plants didn't look so good after getting hit 4 times in the past week with 60+ mph winds, I'd say the he'll with it. But got to protect them!
Friday, June 30 View Page
8 zip ties in, and of course here comes a small storm with wind. I may have a heart attack yet this summer
Tuesday, July 4 View Page
Getting sick of zip ties, 4800ish in the past 2 weeks, but plants are great!
Sunday, July 9 View Page
2095 Willemijns x 2145 McMullen 3 weeks
Sunday, July 9 View Page
2145 McMullen x 2624 Willemijns 3 weeks
Sunday, July 9 View Page
2624 Willemijns x 2261 Wallace
Sunday, July 9 View Page
2261 Wallace x 2624 Willemijns
Sunday, July 9 View Page
It was hot today bibs were soaked! Between being sick, patch repairs, patch plant work, and gum surgery I am down 20 lbs the past month.another 15 would be great
Monday, July 10 View Page
And just like that more zip ties, F U mother nature
Monday, July 10 View Page
Getting to be a normal part of my week, new screen next year with some modifications
Tuesday, July 11 View Page
Iam going to scream!!!@!@@%%^^^*&***#@
Wednesday, July 12 View Page
70mph for the past 40 min, don't want to look
Wednesday, July 12 View Page
1400 ft if rope kept the screen from getting any worse, need to fix a pic pipe, push some pipes back in place, and brace my 4x4 suports. Thought for sure it would be shredded or leveled. Now to work on 1.5 hrs of sleep
Sunday, July 16 View Page
Fitting made sure I used zip ties to hang it
Sunday, July 16 View Page
This is just one corner , I have ropes every where! Another 1200 zip ties this weekend. Hope I can get a break
Sunday, July 16 View Page
2145 x 2624, up 235# since last sun!
Sunday, July 16 View Page
2095 x 2145 up 185 # since last sun
Sunday, July 16 View Page
2261 x 2624 20 DAP
Sunday, July 16 View Page
2624 x 2261 18 DAP
Sunday, July 16 View Page
I told her camera sideways for diary, but beautiful either ways!
Wednesday, July 19 View Page
Better get on Amazon and get some more zip ties coming
Wednesday, July 19 View Page
Spent a hr and 20 minutes holding my parachute in a down pour, worst storm season I have dealt with ever
Thursday, July 20 View Page
Registered a pumpkin for the Iowa State fair this year, see what happens last year I had 2 that need a scale in August because of plant loss, really wanting to get the full potential out of them. See what happens!
Friday, July 21 View Page
Just got hailed on standing outside the patch in another storm, ran in the patch and got soaked with a mist instead, I need a vacation!
Sunday, July 23 View Page
2624 Willemijns x 2261 Wallace, 25 DAP estimated 188 lbs
Sunday, July 23 View Page
2261 Wallace x 2624 Willemijns 27 DAP estimated 289 lbs
Sunday, July 23 View Page
2145 McMullen x 2624 Willemijns 35 DAP estimated 624 lbs
Sunday, July 23 View Page
2095 Willemijns x 2145 McMullen 35 DAP estimated 514 lbs
Sunday, July 30 View Page
2145 McMullen x 2624 Willemijns, estimated at 823 on the app that needs a update, or 848 on the new chart
Sunday, July 30 View Page
2095 Willemijns x 2145 McMullen estimated at 687 new chart
Sunday, July 30 View Page
2261 Wallace x 2624 Willemijns estimated at 518 new chart
Sunday, July 30 View Page
2624 Willemijns x 2261 Wallace estimated at 396
Sunday, July 30 View Page
2624 Willemijns x 2261 Wallace estimated at 396
Sunday, August 6 View Page
2145, 4 digits
Sunday, August 6 View Page
2095, little slow this week, 840 est
Sunday, August 6 View Page
2261, est 720, love this pumpkin, love this plant, going to be impressive 8 weeks from now
Sunday, August 6 View Page
2624, est 611, finally got caught up on this plant, so much new growth, crushed old growth hopefully it will help with disease need the air movement
Sunday, August 6 View Page
Main on 2262
Sunday, August 6 View Page
Main on 2095, littlest main
Sunday, August 6 View Page
Main on 264
Sunday, August 6 View Page
Main on 2145, one little drip spot caught it pretty early, probably should have tped these before the 4th beer sorry for typos
Sunday, August 6 View Page
2145 circumference
Tuesday, August 8 View Page
Not bad for couple nights in the low 50's just under 4" on the circumference in growth
Wednesday, August 9 View Page
2261 taping 804, he s our #3, but bet he's #1 At the end, what a beautiful pumpkin!
Saturday, August 12 View Page
Great patch tour in Wisconsin today! Gro Gary Gro, fu mother nature
Sunday, August 13 View Page
Wish I could have enjoyed the open bar, darn 3 hr drive. Next Screen house blowout repair is sponsored by Garry Gantner! Thanks Garry! And thank you to the Wisconsin club for letting this Iowan feel like part of the Family!
Sunday, August 13 View Page
2624 Willemijns right around 800
Sunday, August 13 View Page
2261, 900 range my best plant
Sunday, August 13 View Page
2261 beautiful main vine
Sunday, August 13 View Page
2095 Willemijns 4 digits tomorrow, darn cool temps
Sunday, August 13 View Page
2145 front view
Sunday, August 13 View Page
Rear view, 178.5" circumference tonight
Sunday, August 13 View Page
Side view
Sunday, August 20 View Page
PumpkinmanDan, Dan Boelman 1st place state fair pumpkin. Happy he got his goal! Now for my goals!
Sunday, August 20 View Page
2145 rear, surpassed my personal best on gpc chart, doonh 22 lbs a day on a cloudy week!
Sunday, August 20 View Page
2145 front, am i doing this right Qtip? With child placement
Sunday, August 20 View Page
2095, in the 4 digit range
Sunday, August 20 View Page
2261, 4 didgits, love this plant!
Sunday, August 20 View Page
2624, right at 900, plant has some issues, but still growing!
Sunday, August 20 View Page
30" fan pointed on some ozzing, one of 19 fans on 24-7
Wednesday, August 23 View Page
Had to add more hard surface under the 2145 tonight out growing the concrete board. Gave me 3" today, and highs in 70"s lows in 50's, skin shoes signs of a lot of potential growth yet to come!
Saturday, August 26 View Page
Great patch tour up north in Minnesota, thanks Scott! beautiful setup!
Sunday, August 27 View Page
Washing and bleaching sheets on this cloudy morning. They look pretty!
Sunday, August 27 View Page
Raining, iam suppose to be measuring, all still growing as of Friday!
Sunday, August 27 View Page
Out with the white, in with the blue! Going to miss my duramax, just tired of things rusting away
Sunday, August 27 View Page
2" of rain in 1.5 hrs, might be a good thing if sun doesn't come out to strong tomorrow. This is the big wet 2145, from a side I haven't shown yet
Monday, August 28 View Page
5" since Friday playing with big boys now! Please pumpkin God if 1 of my 4 will make it please let it be this one!
Tuesday, August 29 View Page
Think that's it for tissue testing for the year, going to do twice as many next year
Saturday, September 2 View Page
New pumpkin/firewood hauler! Coming to a weighoff near you?
Saturday, September 2 View Page
Held camera sideways for this one
Saturday, September 2 View Page
The prettiest and healthiest main I have ever had heading into the final month
Sunday, September 3 View Page
2624, lot of main vine dripping he s going to get cut 1st, still growing
Sunday, September 3 View Page
2261, best plant in the patch still, lots of pink, and green should go heavy
Sunday, September 3 View Page
2095, white green and looks like he s on steroids
Sunday, September 3 View Page
2145, I wish I could get a picture that shows the true size, she's big!
Sunday, September 3 View Page
Other side
Monday, September 4 View Page
See if this makes any difference tomorrow night with low 40's, if it does I'll get another one to prepare for 30's. May spend some money on a 100' x 100' tarp next year. But for now it is what it is!
Monday, September 4 View Page
Looks angry
Monday, September 4 View Page
Supper time!
Tuesday, September 5 View Page
Upgraded lifting Rings, thanks Lee! Hope I give it a good test this year!
Tuesday, September 5 View Page
Like what I see! No critters! Dry! And not to much room !
Tuesday, September 5 View Page
Yes!!!
Saturday, September 9 View Page
Watermelons are getting kicked out of the big house next year going to build a minny screenhouse for them out of the old screen. Way to messy in my corners
Sunday, September 10 View Page
2145, still growing! Slowly
Sunday, September 10 View Page
2095 still alive
Sunday, September 10 View Page
2261
Sunday, September 10 View Page
2624
Tuesday, September 12 View Page
Fitting for this season!
Friday, September 15 View Page
My 4:15 am check! Caught a mouse, all is good
Friday, September 15 View Page
Ready to load
Friday, September 15 View Page
Ready for Cedarburg!
Saturday, September 16 View Page
Toad sitting on the main of the 2261, eat away friend! We're cutting this one last
Saturday, September 16 View Page
She went lite, but she's official, my 2624 is now the 1048 Caspers. 3 more to go!
Sunday, September 17 View Page
Still growing!
Monday, September 25 View Page
Well this little hot spell did it's toll, cut a 2 ft section out of the main of the 2145. 5 ft before stem . Seems health from cut to the pumpkin. And looks like my best main vine, best plant, the 2261 is officially harvested. Hope I found this quick enough it will make it 5 days, shpuld vine was still green, just squishy. 2095, just became the stillwater pumpkin
Wednesday, September 27 View Page
Not bad for winging it off Ricks picture and Garrys dimensions 60 x 60 will work for 2 out of last 3, might have to make one 72 x 72. God these better make it!
Wednesday, September 27 View Page
And 2" of insulation!
Wednesday, September 27 View Page
All that work and it's touch narrower by the tailgate, guess I'll just use the trailer, damn it
Thursday, September 28 View Page
2261, ready for Bloomfield on Saturday, was hoping for more with this one one little spot the size of a quater last Thursday on the main killed it 7 ft past the stem, she was still green and appeared good, but squishy, and amputation showed it was not going to last
Friday, September 29 View Page
Strapped and ready!
Saturday, September 30 View Page
Fun day in Bloomfield, highest finish 3rd place, and 2nd biggest pumpkin i ever grew at 1261, 16.5 lbs shy of my personal best, which should be shattered next week by a lot, and I mean a lot. As long as it gets there of course, oh this is going to be the longest 6 days of the year
Sunday, October 1 View Page
Last 2 pallets are ready 6'x 6' for next week, 5'x5' for stillwater hopefully I didn't build for nothing. Just need to add the 2" insulation board
Sunday, October 1 View Page
2145 down to final 5 days in patch!
Sunday, October 1 View Page
Side view
Sunday, October 1 View Page
Stem end
Sunday, October 1 View Page
Other Side
Sunday, October 1 View Page
2095, 12 days left
Sunday, October 1 View Page
Veins and green stem end
Tuesday, October 3 View Page
Picking the last 2 pumpkins tomorrow, 2-3" of rain starting Thursday afternoon through Friday night is the reason.maybe start getting patch cleanup sunday
Wednesday, October 4 View Page
It's time! 6' ladder
Wednesday, October 4 View Page
Tracked skidloader was nice! And only cost me a 18 pack of Coors light!
Wednesday, October 4 View Page
Now hopefully they suck for awhile!
Thursday, October 5 View Page
Checking the pumpkins is so much easier when they're in the garage!
Friday, October 6 View Page
Playing with my RPM's in the loader, thinking boy it would be nice to see these numbers on scale tomorrow!
Saturday, October 7 View Page
What a great day!
Saturday, October 7 View Page
1587 Caspers, 5th largest pumpkin in Iowa history to reach a scale!
Saturday, October 7 View Page
Kevin Walsh having a little fun, thought I should have a zip tie hat for my zip tie house, I mean screen house
Saturday, October 7 View Page
Receiving the "Pride of Iowa" award seen a lot of growers get this over the years, finally have my chance to enjoy it.
Sunday, October 8 View Page
John Barlow was nice of enough to let my dad borrow his state record 257 lb watermelon to display at some farmer markets coming up, was lucky it fit on the same pallet as my dad's giant pumpkin
Tuesday, October 10 View Page
Made the Cedar Rapids Gazette, yes I was praying 2% heavy, but went 2% the other direction
Wednesday, October 11 View Page
Stillwater pumpkin double checking measurements on pallet, hope it ain't loosing to much weight, been in garage a week, tapes over 1300, need 1152 for 4,000 club!
Wednesday, October 11 View Page
Stem end she's not really sucking much water, but main and all vines are still firm, trimmed 6 " off one section of main on Sunday, and it was pretty wet.
Wednesday, October 11 View Page
5x5 ft pallet, she better hit my goal, -5% ok -8% ok -12% I don't want to see
Saturday, October 14 View Page
With 1237 lbs, I earned my jacket with a total of 4085 on best 3, super happy
Saturday, October 14 View Page
Alba's monster watermelon, weighs as much as her!
Saturday, October 14 View Page
Grower picture with winner, Pete vanderweilen
Sunday, October 15 View Page
4 for 4
Thursday, October 19 View Page
Replacing patch soil, got some great Wisconsin virgin soil! May have gone a little to deep
Friday, October 20 View Page
The trio, dads got my little one
Friday, October 20 View Page
My progress board, every pumpkin I be gotten to scale since I got back in to growing in 2008. The numbers are getting bigger! Have a feeling the next column may see 1 or 2, over 2000. Just hope it doesn't make me wait till 3500 is the cool kids club
Saturday, October 21 View Page
All cleaned out and raked, spread the rest of the peat moss I didn't get into pots. Spread some mustard seed but doubt it gets to flower before it freezes. Seed what happens really want to broad fork the whole patch before the hard freeze comes and stays
Sunday, October 29 View Page
My 1048, dad carved it up, it's been all over at farmer markets, even made front page of local paper
Sunday, October 29 View Page
Lot of seeds had sprouted, was weighed Sept 16, seeds ate huge just like it's mommas seed
Sunday, October 29 View Page
Seed retrieval out of 1587, looked ok wasn't as thick on stem as I thought it would be
Sunday, October 29 View Page
Inside
Sunday, October 29 View Page
Alba had a marker, didn't have clue she had my artistic ability
Sunday, October 29 View Page
More art!
Sunday, October 29 View Page
Good seed count, all known tip with white ends, will test in a few weeks
Sunday, October 29 View Page
T- rex
Sunday, October 29 View Page
1048 (26242261)on left, 1587 (21452624) on right
Sunday, November 5 View Page
Seed retrieval on the 1261, had a fair amount. Wasn't real thick on stem end
Sunday, November 5 View Page
Seed retrieval on 1237, it had a lot!
Sunday, November 5 View Page
Seeds everywhere! 2095 Willemijns x 2145 McMullen
Sunday, November 5 View Page
1587 top right, 1237 bottom left, 1261 bottom right, 1048 had 102 seeds ( I think). Will be donating a bunch to a few clubs for seed packets, and fund raising
Sunday, November 12 View Page
Screen is off
Sunday, November 12 View Page
Now I need to think, spend money and start fresh? Or look at zip ties another year? Got some improvements i am going to do to help secure everything better. Decisions decisions decisions
Sunday, November 12 View Page
Got these straighten back out, (after picture) a normal summer next year would be wonderful 12+ 60-85 mph wind storms was a bit much
Sunday, November 12 View Page
Finally got broad forking starting, started with planting sites just in case winter decided to be a SOB and come to early. 16" and you can tell i did it last year to, much easier this time round
Monday, November 13 View Page
At least a half hour every night till all 3900 sq ft is done!
Wednesday, November 15 View Page
Well got my seed labels back from vistaprint, and for some reason I picked green for my 1587. Time for a reorder. Don't want people thinking it's a squash
Friday, November 17 View Page
In charge of handling the Midwest giant pumpkin growers auction. Lot of work, but getting easier! Thankful I have made some great friends by joining clubs, and going to GPC big shows! Wish I wasn't so damn shy
Saturday, November 18 View Page
And so winter is officially here!
Thursday, November 23 View Page
Just got done working this fork for a couple hours, now my belly is ready for the other fork! And a nap!

 

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