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Tuesday, April 4 View Page
A new giant pumpkin season..., yeah! It's been a couple of years since I gave it a try. This year the city of Normandy Park has been helpful in providing a large plot next to their pea patch to grow pumpkins for their annual Zombie Festival that is held in September. This year two fellow growers from this site Dustin and Mikkal have "lent" me a few seeds. A big thanks to them. Enclosed are a few pictures of the Normandy Park Pumpkin Patch... Note the big rock that came out the pumpkin patch. I named if after my son Christopher. Christopher's rock.,
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Spent Saturday morning with a drive out to Baxter Farms in Fall City. Great place to get a load of manure. Spent the rest of the day unloading. 3.5 yards of the good stuff. If the weather stays dry, this will all be tilled in on Monday or Tuesday.
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Here's the pumpkin patch at the Marvista Park.
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Started my seedlings this afternoon. These are Houden and Bix Max with a few other things. The soil temp is ~70 degrees. This is a mud mixing tub with an old plate warmer in the bottom. This year the lighting is LED. We'll see if it makes much of a difference from the fluorescent tubes. It takes about seven days before they start to pop out of the ground.
Saturday, April 15 View Page
The NP Pumpkin Patch is ready for the pumpkins. Nice clear warm day for one last tilling before we get the starts in the ground. This picture is looking at the pumpkin patch from South to North. Those dark spots are the piles of composted manure. Tillers and manure.... Well you get the picture. That's done. The seedlings are just starting to poke through the dirt. Planted on the 11th, germinated and growing in 4 days. If the weather holds we should have these howden in that patch later this week. We'll start germinating the AG's once these other pumpkins are out of the way...
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
One last picture this evening. Made some progress on my "green house" this evening. This is for the hanging baskets and tomatoes. I need to figure out a way to close off the ends. Most likely will use 6m black plastic for that.
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Here is the 2017 AG's. They were planted tonight in the "Warming Chamber" We'll see how quickly they pop this year. Thundershowers today with off and on heavy rain.
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Look at these! These pumpkins and other things were planted one week ago. Had to get them out of the "warming chamber" to make room for the AG's that went in tonight.
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Here are the 2017 NP Pumpkin Patch AG's. Planted on 18 April. We'll see what they do in the next week or so.
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Here's the picture...
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Looks like we are going to have a season after all. These AG seeds sat there for seven days and nothing. I put a temperature probe down in the dirt to check the temp... a cool 67 degrees. Raised the temp to low 70's and what do you know? They started to grow!


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