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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!

 

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