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Tuesday, February 28 View Page
The credit card companies love me at this time of the year. They fall over themselves offering me special deals so I can buy more giant pumpkin growing supplies and get more in debt. FEED me...STEVE!
Monday, April 3 View Page
Line up for 2017: 1998 Jutras and 1912 Carter plus a 1114.5 Minor. Rain is forecast for the next 10 days in NW Vermont, and there is a layer of frost 4 inches down in my pumpkin patch. Hopefully, I'll be able to put together my hoop houses this week to help dry out my planting areas. I'm planning on putting plants in the ground by the end of April.
Wednesday, April 12 View Page
Seeds filed, folded in moist paper towels, placed in zip lock bags, and standing up on a plate inside a cooler/germination chamber. This has worked very well for me the past 7 years. Lineup includes: Five 1114.5 Minor seeds, one 1998 Jutras, and one 1912 Carter. I may panic and add another 2 big seeds.
Friday, April 14 View Page
1998 Jutras has germinated after 36 hours. 2 out of five 1114 Minor seeds have germinated. 1912 Carter is just sitting there. Time to put together some of Ron W's special potting mix.
Friday, April 14 View Page
All seeds have germinated in less than 40 hours. Five 1114 Minors, one 1912 Carter, and one 1998 Jutras. The 1998 Jutras is the most aggressive seed so far.
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Rain poured down last night. More rain is forecast for this afternoon and tonight. I'm nixing the mixing of potting soil for my planting holes. Wet heavy clay is worse than heavy clay. Today is the day I water all my plants in the house. This will take at least a couple of hours. Tomorrow, I will put together a temporary hoop house for the tomato plants and raise an electric heater on a concrete block to keep it 50 to 60 inside at night. I am impatiently waiting for my sprouted pumpkin seeds to break soil in their peat pots.
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
3 of 5 1114 Minors have broken surface of dirt. I'm waiting for 1912 Carter and last 2 Minors to show their heads.
Thursday, April 20 View Page
All of my 1114.5 seeds have broken dirt along with the 1998 Jutras. Only the 1912 carter is hiding. Time is running out for the 1912 to be a contendah.
Friday, April 21 View Page
1912 Carter seed finally broke dirt!!! Happy, happy joy joy!!!
Friday, April 21 View Page
I'm aiming for planting seedlings next weekend. Last planting hole should be filled this weekend. Heating cables will be turned on then. Let the games begin!
Saturday, April 22 View Page
What is best? To grow the giant pumpkin; To hear the oohs and ahs of the spectators; And to win the prize money!
Saturday, April 22 View Page
5 inch peat pots already drying out. they were watered with liquid myco, Azos and some Root. The 1912 Carter is really lagging. I need to check diaries to see how it did for other growers.
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Starting to give seedlings some sun, being careful not to over expose. The smallest one is the 1912 Carter. The biggest is the 1998 Jutras. All the rest are my 1114.5s.
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Overcast, but temp is over 60. I transplanted tomato plants and fed and watered(finally) the tomato plants in the hoop house--but they're still glaring at me for being neglected so long. Time to put pumpkin plants outside for exposure to the real world. I need to find a faith healer for the 1912 Carter plant. It may be developmentally disabled. It is 1/2 to 1/3 the size of the other plants.
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Accidentally baked seedlings under a row cover I was using to prevent sun damage. I used cool water to spray plant and watered for first aid. I need an on call shaman to watch my back.
Friday, April 28 View Page
Put some pumpkin seeds in germination chamber for a friend so she can have some jack o lanterns this fall.


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