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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
Happy Valentine's day to me! A load of lime is the way to win my heart!
 
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
Here is my Valentine's day lime from the earlier post.
 
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 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 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 feel 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 game 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 1.5 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
Last night I got my probes hooked up. They measure greenhouse air temp, soil temp at 10 and 30 cm., electrical conductivity, relative humidity, soil volumetric water content % at 10 and 30 cm., and send results online so I can monitor anytime, anywhere. I really need to get the soil warmed up now.
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
The patch has its own power as of today! Yay!
 

 

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