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Saturday, February 18 View Page
Another year, and I'm feeling especially ambitious! The goals for 2017 are to grow a 2000+ pound pumpkin as well as the biggest squash of the year.
 
Saturday, February 18 View Page
Oh, one more goal: I want a repeat win at Half Moon Bay.
 
Saturday, February 18 View Page
The first soil sample was collected. The pH is a bit higher than I anticipated. The season officially started today: sample mailed to the lab and I anticipate results on Thursday or Friday.
 
Saturday, February 18 View Page
Happy Valentines Day to me! A load of lime is the way to win my heart!
 
Saturday, March 4 View Page
I got to speak at the Elk Grove pumpkin seminar! How fun. The California growers are great guys!
 
Saturday, March 4 View Page
Elk Grove seminar
 
Saturday, March 4 View Page
After my long winded talk...whew!
 
Saturday, March 4 View Page
I visited the Capitol afterwards to kill some time. It was a nice evening.
 
Saturday, March 4 View Page
It was so neat to go inside of the Capitol building and see that they had a beautiful statue on display in the rotunda depicting me on my Half Moon Bay float! I'm glad that Russ Pingrey, holding his pumpkin got sculpted too. Such detail! Thank you California for the beautiful and fitting tribute! ;)
 
Saturday, March 11 View Page
It's good to be me! Jack LaRue came by tonight with some late Christmas presents to add to my starting lineup. Yay!!! 2000 pounds here I come!
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
I got to speak down in Oregon at the PGVG spring seminar. Very nice and informative meeting!
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
I got to sit next to the illustrious Squash King!
 
Friday, March 17 View Page
This was my first trip to Niagara Falls for the Big Show!
 
Friday, March 17 View Page
I met one of my goals to be Top 10 in the Grower of the Year!
 
Saturday, March 18 View Page
I'm in very good company!
 
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Another goal achieved!
 
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Awesome!!!
 
Saturday, March 18 View Page
It was a fun Big Show! Now it's time to get the patch in order and plan for seed starting in a few short weeks. I'm super excited!
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
The cover crop is ready for a mow (if it would ever stop raining).
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Almost all of my amendments are at the patch ready to be spread (if this rain ever let's up...).
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
It has been an unusually wet March. I'm hoping to rototill this weekend...the forecast has a couple of dry days...I'll believe it when I see it though. Western Washington has had only 3 nice days since OCTOBER! My daughter graduates from high school in June of 2021...and after that I'm seriously considering a new, sunnier location to show my horses, grow my pumpkins and hang my hat.
 
Friday, March 31 View Page
The first sunny day of the year! I spread 1048 pounds of amendments and 4 yards of biochar by hand via a 5 gallon bucket and a washtub.
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
Rosalyn is growing 2 plants for competition this year! Today she is spreading her 600 pounds of amendments. She's grumbling about it...but in a good way...ha.
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
Her motivation: money for a car. She's 14 this year, so car buying will be here before we know it.
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
She's so cute!
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
Meanwhile....I've got more biochar to spread before the tilling.
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
It feels like a never-ending job.
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Rototilling day!
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Mmmmm....looks good!
 
Thursday, April 6 View Page
Things are getting serious in the Tobeck patch: I dug a ditch and am getting power patch side this week. No more running multiple extension cords to the house!
 
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Today I installed 6 soil heating cables...whew!
 
Thursday, April 13 View Page
The seeds are filed. The thermostat, heat mat and lighting are set up and tested!
 
Friday, April 14 View Page
The seeds are soaking for 8 hours in a weak kelp/ humic mixture while the 4" pots warm up. First thing in the morning the seeds will get planted! I'm gazing upon them dreaming of 2000-pounders and Half Moon Bay....
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
All finished digging and placing the uprights for 3 big greenhouses.
 
Monday, April 17 View Page
We're already pushing up dirt in 5 pots! That's pretty early! I wasn't expecting that until the morning! Yay, yay YAY!
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
As of 7 AM: 9 are up!
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
As of 4:30 PM, 16 are up!
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
As of 9:30 pm, 17 are up! The last three are backups, so a big sigh of relief that all of my competition plants germinated. Whew! Meanwhile tonight I got all of my big 1.5 gallon pots filled with all sorts of wonderful things. I anticipate transplanting them to their big pots the 19th or 20th.
 
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
100% germination success three years running! Let the games begin!
 
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Their area is all cleaned up, lights and reflective film and fan positioned .....grow babies grow!
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
All of the babies got repotted in their big 1.9 gallon pots tonight. My foot for size perspective....I'm anticipating a cool, wet spring, so they might be spending a bit more time in the house.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Roslyn and her friend learned how to install t tape.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
They did a GREAT job!
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Meanwhile the sprouts are growing and I'm building greenhouses.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Greenhouse #1
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
All three greenhouses: They're 20 x 25 feet. I've been working in the rain.....I swear, it never stops raining here.
 
Friday, April 28 View Page
Tuesday through Thursday we had some high winds that rocked my greenhouses. I spent the last couple nights making repairs, and anchoring them down better with heavy cinder blocks at each corner. Then last night I got the end pieces of plastic on in time for today's sunshine to heat up and dry out my soil.
 
Friday, April 28 View Page
The babies are looking pretty good. I did get my T5's too close one day and the newer 2nd leaves suffered. I'm not too worried since they're growing fast and those little leaves will soon be a distant memory.
 
Friday, April 28 View Page
The babies all get to be outside today for the first time. I'd normally be planted out by the 26th, but with my 1.9 gallon pots, I'm in no rush. I'll harden them off this week, get my soil warm and then get them in the ground before next weekend.
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
The patch has its own power as of today! Yay!
 
Monday, May 1 View Page
Jack and I had a fun road trip hauling this giant salmon back to its home after a salmon festival I held at school today. We talked pumpkins and tomatoes for 5 hours, which is always fun.
 
Monday, May 1 View Page
Once I got home at 8 PM, I was feeling quite motivated to plant the babies outside. The soil was perfectly moist and warmed to 70 degrees. Tonight will be mild, and tomorrow will be cloudy, so I figured it would make a perfect time to transition before we get into the 70's Wednesday and Thursday. So I worked nearly 3 hours transplanting. Everyone got double planted.
 
Monday, May 1 View Page
Here is the final line up for 2017.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Baby pictures!
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
More babies!
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
And more...
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Yay babies!
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Some baby squashes too!
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Those are all of my babies! Rosalyn still has hers under the lights and needs to get her hoop houses made asap!!!
 
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
I'm trying to look like the American Gothic painting. Ha! Anyway, it's our first day in the 70's, and my pale skin hasn't seen the sun since October 2016! The babies all look happy and did well in the heat. Weeds have germinated in the patch and some residual rye cover crop is growing so I spent some time spraying.
 
Thursday, May 4 View Page
Washington and Oregon growers can relate I'm sure!
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Good morning from the Tobeck patch! Annie just had a nice roll and is enjoying her breakfast. The babies are getting some kelp/humid today. Everyone is looking perky and ready to take off!
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Hoop 1
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Hoop 2
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
hoop 3
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Rosalyn finally built her two greenhouses and planted out.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Here it is before covering with plastic! She built two of them.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Here is Rosalyn getting ready to plant with some granular fertilizer, Pumpkin Pro and Azos.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Planting her 1910 and 1625 in her hoop #1
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Here she is in hoop #2 watering-in her 1545 Holubs.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Here are her two hoop houses, complete with automatic opening windows on both ends with fans. She wasn't willing to dig soil heating cables....oh well. I choose my battles!
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
So far, I'm liking the 2145.
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
This 2145 looks to be the better of the two also.
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
I like the third then the first 1844's the best.
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
Battle of the 1910's.
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
Both of these look great, but I've pretty much got to give the nod to the 2624 barring any accidents.
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
Both of these are beauties! This will be a real dilemma! Do I go with the proven, even though I already have two others....or go with the unknown???
 
Sunday, May 14 View Page
Despite the cold and wet weather, my plants are growing pretty well. I've been pruning tendrils for over a week now. I took a measuring tape out to the patch this morning and measured the vines. Here are my longest: 1910: 20"; 1904: 20"; 2624: 17"; 1844*: 22"; 2145: 24". I know better than to think this means anything at all, but I am surprised they're growing in this lame weather!
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
Look at that beauty! They're growing well in the cold; I can't wait to see how well they do in the warm weather coming up on Thursday!
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Finally! The sun should really help to accelerate things!
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Hoop 1
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Hoop 1
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Squashes in hoop 2
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
The other end of hoop 2 with the other world record.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Hoop 3
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
The other side of hoop 3 and my biggest plant with a 3 foot main already!
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
The new logo has been released....guess what I'm thinking about....I want to bring another big pumpkin down there!
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
I got my drip lines all untangled and repaired where needed then fired up the system!
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
Here is the back side of the patch. Vine burying started today, and my longest is 4 foot 4 inches, with the others in hot pursuit. Since they've laid down nicely, I was able to make culling decisions on most of the plants. So far in hoop 1 the 1910 is selected; in hoop 2 the 2624 and 1844 are my chosen ones, then in hoop 3 my 2145 gets the nod. All I have left to decide on are the 2145 vs 2307 and in hoop 3 the 2145 vs 2075.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
The 1910 Tobeck is looking happy!
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
It's hard not to love the 2075...argh.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
A couple more beauties.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
My squash plant is huge!
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
The longest vine in the patch! It's as long as I am tall!
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
This one has the biggest leaves in the patch.
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Little ladies are showing themselves on three plants. My vines are going crazy! 6 footers!!!
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
Lots of burying and pruning tonight. We had a windstorm last night and the 2307 got a twisted vine, so it's no longer a contender, and I'll keep the 2145 next to it. My most beautiful plant, the 2624's fan landed on its last 18" of main vine tip, but no damage was done-whew! On my final inspection of the hoops tonight, this guy scared me half to death! He was trying to get out and I was trying to keep him from flailing into the 2624 and 1844* plants! He managed to calm down, and I persuaded him successfully to the exit.
 
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
Quail...right-side-up.
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
Patch tour!
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
Squash
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
2145
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
2145s neighbor....
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
And another 2145...ha!
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
2624
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
1910 is so lovely!
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
Males in bloom on the 2145. This is the earliest I've had them!
 
Friday, June 2 View Page
I taught Rosalyn how to spray weeds.
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
This weekend is all about horse showing! I'm missing my pumpkin patch, but having fun and winning a lot at the Regional Championship show. My mare, Annie won all of our working hunter over fences classes. She's so cute!
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
Annie says hi!
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
I'm back home from the horse show and am so tired, but mustered up enough energy to get totally caught up in my patch. I sprayed the soil with some micronutrients, foliar fed the plants, pruned and buried vines.
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
The north side. The plants on this side aren't quite as long as the south side, where they're all out of the hoop houses a few feet.
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
1910 Tobeck
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
2624 world record progeny
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
2145 #3
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
2145 #1
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
The stud of the patch: 1844.5* Holub
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
2145 #2...my big one!
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Rosalyn and her 1545 Holub.
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Happy Sunday! It's patch tour day! Normally this weekend if do my annual measuring of the vines...but I've come to realize that has absolutely nothing to do with the final weights if my pumpkins, so I won't be doing that. All of the vines are quite respectable and long, and more importantly, every one of them is poised to pollinate in my perfect time frame and in perfect position in the coming days! I see little babies on each tip, so I'm shooting for the 20th-29th as my target. I'll have a few before that, including 2 tomorrow.
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
North side of the patch. These plants are a few feet shorter than the south side.
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
1910 Tobeck
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
2624
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
2145 north side hoop 3
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
2145 south side hoop 3
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
1844.5 Holub squash
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
2145 south side hoop 1
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
South side of the patch and I'm getting ready to bury vines after 6 days s8nce some wind and rain are coming tonight.
 
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
This is pretty much what I look and feel like after burying vines on 6 plants in the hoophouses....
 
Thursday, June 15 View Page
My giant cabbage is looking decent.
 
Thursday, June 15 View Page
I'm making 50 gallons of tea for tomorrow's drench.
 
Sunday, June 18 View Page
1910
 
Sunday, June 18 View Page
2624
 
Sunday, June 18 View Page
North 2145
 
Sunday, June 18 View Page
Hoop three 2145 south
 
Sunday, June 18 View Page
1844.5*
 
Sunday, June 18 View Page
2145 Hoop one
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
1844.5* x self
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
North 2145 x self
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
The big south 2145 x self
 
Saturday, June 24 View Page
The hoop houses have been off for 3 days and the plants have acclimated well. 90+ degrees for a couple of days, so I brought some overhead sprinklers out to cool them in the afternoons.
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
2145 Hoop 1 x self
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
1910
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
2624
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
2145 north
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
2145 south
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
1844.5* (My fav plant)
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
2145 Hoop 1
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Rosalyn weeding and pruning her two plants.
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
2624 x self
 
Tuesday, June 27 View Page
1910 x sib
 
Tuesday, June 27 View Page
1844.5* x self @ 19'
 
Tuesday, June 27 View Page
2145 south x self
 
Thursday, June 29 View Page
2145 Hoop 1 back up pollinated.
 
Friday, June 30 View Page
2145 north back up pollinated.
 
Friday, June 30 View Page
Today marks 100 days until Half Moon Bay! I can't wait to go back there!
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
Horse show weekend! I love coming home to see the pumpkins' growth!
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
Patch tour! Everything is pollinated it seems, so right now my world is all about pruning, vine burying, fertilizing and foliar feeding. Soon they'll kick into gear and I can cull, sand and position.
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
1910 plant
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
1910 fruit x sib
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
2624 plant
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
2624 fruit
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
2145 north side plant
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
2145 north fruit
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
2145 south side plant
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
2145 south youngest fruit
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
2145 south 2nd choice fruit
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
1844.5 Holub squash offspring
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
Squash choice #1
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
Squash choice #2
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
2145 Hoop house 1
 
Sunday, July 2 View Page
2145 hoop1 fruit...oozing slightly because I just scratched it...doh! I patched it up with a pumpkin flower petal as a band aid (it really works!).
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
North side of the patch this morning.
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
South side of the patch.
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
1910 x sib pollinated 6/27
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
2624 pollinated 6/26; I am not in love with the shape of this one....
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
2145 north pollinated 6/23. I love this pumpkin!
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
2145 south pollinated 6/27.
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
Believe it or not, this is a squash...really! It's so very light green. 1844.5* x self pollinated 6/21.
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
2145 West (hoop1) pollinated 6/25.
 
Thursday, July 20 View Page
I have been getting nice phone calls and emails wondering if I'm ok and wondering where their pumpkin queen is...ha! Don't worry, I've been horse showing out of town, and got back a little late for my usual patch tour last Sunday. I didn't think anyone would even notice I was gone....here are Agate and me on a cross country course last Sunday.
 
Thursday, July 20 View Page
And here we are in our working hunter class:
 
Thursday, July 20 View Page
And my cute boy won his division championship!
 
Thursday, July 20 View Page
The next day I went on a patch tour at Charity's then a hike to the most beautiful waterfall I've ever seen: Lower Lewis Falls in southwest Washington on the Lewis River. Once again, by the time I got home, it was too late for a patch tour. But tomorrow I shall put on my overalls and show you around the Tobeck patch. Things are growing nicely! There are a few big ones, and a couple UGLY ones too. So until tomorrow...
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
Hello from Littlerock!
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
1910
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
2624...ugly
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
2145 North
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
2145 South
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
1844.5*
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
Ugh...what a disappointment. Someone hot my 2145 West with an ugly stick.
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
Another 1910
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
1545
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
Thats a wrap from the Tobeck patch!
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
Camping trip on the Olympic Peninsula; goodbye pumpkins for 4 days!
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
Rosalyn' s patch is looking pretty decent...time for her to weed, prune and bury! 1910 in front, and 1545 behind.
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
A peek at my patch....
 
Monday, July 24 View Page
I've wanting one of these and I FINALLY have one: a Siamese twin baby! It's on my 1910 and I will try to pollinate it! I have seen 2 field pumpkins who were Siamese twins, and they each had an inner wall which made them substantially heavy. I don't know of a mature twin AG, so this could be exciting! I have a pretty pumpkin growing on the 1910 right now, but this is too exciting to not at least try!
 
Thursday, July 27 View Page
We're getting away from the patch for a road trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Goodbye pumpkins for 4 days!
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
Patch tour! Here is the north side of my patch.
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
Rosalyn's patch is looking pretty good.
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
1910 Siamese twins are getting ready to pollinate! A triple pumpkin mega bloom!!!
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
1910
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
2624 is not quite as ugly as last time!
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
2145 North: 46 pounds a day!
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
2145 South: 45 pounds a day!
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
1844...if it's going to turn green, it is certainly taking its sweet time! Well, whether it decides to be a squash or pumpkin, it's doing well: 50 pounds a day!
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
2145 west
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
My cabbage is getting big and dense!!!
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
Rosalyn's 1910
 
Monday, July 31 View Page
Rosalyn's 1545
 
Tuesday, August 1 View Page
I've put up shade cloth over all my young growth in anticipation of the heat wave. Additionally, I have scheduled overhead watering during the heat of the day to supplement my drip tapes. Grow pumpkins, grow!
 
Tuesday, August 1 View Page
Here is our forecast. This is Seattle; For Olympia/Littlerock, it'll be 2 degrees warmer each day. Not the Hell-like conditions my friends south of me in Oregon will be facing, but nonetheless, I'll be ready.
 
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
The 1910 triple megabloom got pollinated today x sib. Rosalyn saved me 4 flowers, and now there are no more blooms.
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
The Thurston County giant pumpkin growers got together for a patch tour! Here are Jeff Uhlmeyer, myself and Jack LaRue at the last stop: my patch.
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
Rosalyn's 1545
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
Rosalyn's 1910
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
My 1910
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
2624 (the ugly side)
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
2145 North
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
2145 South
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
1844.5
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
2145 West
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
We visited Jack's patch at around lunch time and Sherry fed us well!
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
Jack has some nice tomatoes growing and I was hard pressed to find a single weed in his large greenhouse!
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
Jack's tomato greenhouse
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
Megabloom tomatoes everywhere!
 
Friday, August 4 View Page
We started at Jeff's, who has incredibly healthy plants and some impressive fruit. The last time I saw his plants was in early May when I rescued them all from collapsed greenhouses while he was out of town. It was nice to see what a great season he is having after such a violent storm nearly ended his season.
 
Saturday, August 5 View Page
It looks to me that the 1910 megabloom was successful!
 
Friday, August 11 View Page
The pumpkins are growing! I've been so busy with my crazy life lately, I haven't had time to post! Bad news: the 1910 conjoined twin aborted. Boo.
 
Sunday, August 13 View Page
The patch is mostly filled in, and they're outpacing last year by 200+pounds! Grow, grow, GROW!!!!
 
Sunday, August 13 View Page
2145 south
 

 

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