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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!
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
Saturday was a busy day in the Normandy Park Pumpkin Patch. Planted 64 pumpkin plants (Big Max, Howden, and Jack-be-little). The picture is looking to the South. There is a 45X45 spot a the SE corner where the soil is richer and deeper where the AG's will go. Six of the Eight seeds have sprouted and are thriving. They are now in the green house hardening off. They will go into the patch on Wednesday or Thursday. Weather looks to be warm and favorable for the next week....
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
The Hodge and Trychta AG's have been planted in the Normandy Park Pumpkin Patch.... Of the 8 seeds planted, only two were no-shows. Here are a few pictures. The first is the patch. The plants are covered to protect them from the wind. the clear plastic provides some heating during the day.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
671 Trychta
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
982 Trychta
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Hodge 1418.5
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Hodge 1336
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Hodge 1418.5 (2) this is the second plant.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Hodge 1418.5 (2) this is the second plant.
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Here is an update on the Normandy Park Pumpkin Patch. This week has been cold with some damage to the plants from the thunderstorm this past week. The sunny weather has been helpful to warming up the soil. The AG's have faired much better under their plastic coverings...
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Hodge 1336 Growing nicely...
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Hodge 1418. Growing well with a bit of wilting... it got a good watering on Wednesday.
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Trychtra 671. Doing well. it's twin that's not covered is about 20% behind. These plants like the heat....
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
Here's a picture of the AG's growing at the Normandy Park Pumpkin Patch. They seem to be doing fine, a bit upright because of the enclosures. The extra warmth and protection from the wind makes a difference. I'll post individual pictures later today....
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Here is the Hodge 1481 from Saturday
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Here is the Hodge 1336
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Here is the Trychta 631
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Here is the Trychta 982
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
And the Trychta 671
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
This time with the picture.... Trychta 671
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
Here's an update on the Pumpkin Patch. As you can see the 80+ weather we had over the long weekend really has kicked these plants into gear. I've been moving the plastic covered cages around onto the weaker of the plants. That 3-4 days of extra warmth really kicks them into gear. More detailed pictures this coming weekend..
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Normandy Park Pumpkin Patch Saturday 03 June
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Hodge 1481
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Hodge 1336
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Trychta 631
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Trychta 982
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Trychta 631 with the picture
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Three hours in the pumpkin patch today. Lots of work.... But those AG's are starting to take off. There is a picture of the Trychta 621 leaves. These are close to 18 inches wide!
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Normandy Park Pumpkin Patch 10 June...
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Hodge 1336
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Hodge 1418
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Trychta 982
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Trychta 671
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Normandy Park Pumpkin Patch with the picture...
 
Sunday, June 18 View Page
The Seattle area received close to an inch of rain this past week. Good for the pumpkins and weeds. Crab season opened on Friday here. Weeds or crabs, weeds or crabs... I need to get up to the pumpkin patch to bury vines and take on the weeds. Pictures later this week.
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Normandy Park Pumpkin Patch.... And I thought I had plenty of room. The AG's are in the lower right corner. I suspect after this weekend 80+ degree weather that I won't be able to get the tiller in to fight the weeds. It will be hand to hand combat from here until the end of the season. The AG's are coming along fine. Female blossoms are beginning to form at ~ 8ft. I'll post individual pictures later.
 

 

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