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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.
Monday, May 1 View Page
I have my 8 yards of mixed compost and sand. As soon as the weather cooperates, the fun begins--with a large garden cart replacing the weight sled.
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Here's my plan. Tomorrow night is supposed to be in the 30s. Thursday is supposed to be partly cloudy with temps in the 60s, so I'll plant then. Tomorrow will be batten down the hatches day with finishing touches on the hoop houses. The plants are under lights right now, jacked up with beneficial microbes for root development. I hope I get HUGE plants this year with HUGE(HUGE!!!) pumpkins. Only time will tell.
Friday, May 5 View Page
1912 Carter, 1998 Jutras and 1114 Minor planted under hoops and watered. Biological innoculants will be added in a few days.
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
They're ALIVE! In spite of not being hardened off, in spite of being baked to the point of looking like wilted spinach, and being cooled overnight in hoop houses with temps in the 40s...they LIVE! First pic is 1912 Carter, a slow starter, but starting to pick up.
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
1912 carter
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
1998 Jutras
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
1998 Jutras
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
1114 Minor
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
All plants have been in the ground 1 week.
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
1912 Carter has bulked up. I'm glad I didn't toss it in the compost.
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
1998 Jutras is the heavyweight so far this year.
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
My 1114 is in the spot that gets the least sun. Doing well for the time being.
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Rabbits aren't rodents, but may as well be. This cottontail is patiently waiting for my vegetables to get planted so it can snack on them. Eating greens may be a special treat, Thumper, but not in my garden.
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
All plants are 9 days in the ground.
Wednesday, May 17 View Page
"I have a bad feeling about this", Part II. Dug 2 holes for pumpkin plants on land owned by Island Arts(a non-profit organization) as Step 1 of growing an AG. Topsoil is only 6 inches thick. Hard pan below topsoil is really HARD. Came back home to find wind had snapped main stem of one of the two plants destined for the Island Arts plot. I have a bad feeling about this.
Friday, May 19 View Page
1114 Minor decided to run in the direction of the first true leaf. I began the slow process of helping the vine grow in the "correct" direction. Cue the mild swearing in the background.
Saturday, May 20 View Page
Update on the 1912 Carter: It was the last to germinate; it was a slow grower; I almost tossed it into the compost; it struggled in the hoop house; 2 and 1/2 weeks later, it's the largest most vigorous plant out of the 3! There's a moral to this somewhere.
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
21 day update. 1114 Minor doing well in shadiest part of the patch.
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
1998 Jutras is the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the 3 after 21 days. HUGE leaves.
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
1912 Carter, the seed that germinated last and was the slowest to develop, is the faster runner of the 3 I have planted. Length is about 3 feet. The other 2 are about 2 feet long.
Thursday, June 1 View Page
Had a nasty hail storm hit yesterday. Fortunately, hoop houses are still up, so AGs were safe, but other, unprotected Halloween pumpkin seedlings were damaged, along with other vegetable crops. Time to think about hail netting.
Sunday, June 4 View Page
1912 Carter had to be set free, 8 feet long and 6 feet wide. 1998 Jutras is inches from same dimensions. 1114 Minor has 1.5 feet to go(about 2 days) before it has to shed its shell. Discovered cuke beetles after pics in peppers and eggplant, but rain killed any chance of spraying.
Sunday, June 4 View Page
1912 Carter
Sunday, June 4 View Page
1998 Jutras. A real monster.
Sunday, June 4 View Page
1114 Minor in the shadiest part of the garden.
Sunday, June 4 View Page
All plants 30 days in ground--3 weeks ahead of 2016
Monday, June 5 View Page
1998 is poking out of hoop house. 1114 will be out tomorrow or the next day. All plants needed magnesium. Started a tablespoon of Borax per 20 gallons. Male blossoms popping out.
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
Started insect and disease spraying with some micro-nutrients. First up, bifenthrin and chlorothalonil.
Sunday, June 11 View Page
All plants doing well. Gusty winds are causing me anxiety about pulling hoop house off 1114 Minor, but it has to be done. Photos coming soon.
Sunday, June 11 View Page
1114 Minor, doing well at 8 feet long in spite of the shade. Hoop will have to come off tomorrow in spite of wind and temps in mid 90s.
Sunday, June 11 View Page
1998 Jutras 10 feet long and slowing as secondaries explode and temps go into 90s.
Sunday, June 11 View Page
1912 Carter is also 10 feet long and slowing in 90 degree heat with secondaries running full tilt.
Monday, June 12 View Page
Took hoop house off 1114 Minor. One female on a secondary and one on main vine. Erected a line of wind protection and will bury vines tomorrow with temps 20 degrees cooler than today. This plant is the healthiest of the 3 in ground.
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
First female flowers on main vines, and some on secondary vines. I have to pass for next females because plants just aren't large enough yet to support a fruit. Sprayed last week for bugs and disease--had to spray again for cuke bugs tonite(they were like mosquitoes on the plants). Maybe I should take up knitting instead of growing giant pumpkins...
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
The wascally, wily woodchuck has been caught--or at least one of them.
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
First female on 1912 Carter. Not enough foliage yet to support it at about 11 feet.
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
1114 Minor at 9.5 feet before clean up and vine burying. Females forming on secondaries.
Wednesday, June 14 View Page
1998 Jutras female flower is about 12 feet on the main vine.. This could be "The One". I will name it "Neo".
Friday, June 16 View Page
Winds blew over 40 mph from south today. A few leaves on each of 3 plants were damaged, but main vines survived, and main vines are fine, thanks to close positioning of wind fence. Side vines grew 6 inches overnight.
Sunday, June 18 View Page
1114 Minor, 44 days in ground. First female at 10 feet.
Sunday, June 18 View Page
Bad shot of female on 1114 Minor
Sunday, June 18 View Page
1998 Jutras at 44 days in ground. First female at 11 feet out.
Sunday, June 18 View Page
1998 Jutras female.
Sunday, June 18 View Page
1912 Carter at 44 days in ground. Female is at 10.5 feet.
Sunday, June 18 View Page
1912 Carter female.
Monday, June 19 View Page
1912 Carter pollinated 7:30 am at 73 F with 3 males from 1998 Jutras. Ventilated plastic bag placed over flower. Two ice packs placed on either side of vine, with an aluminized blanket placed over the flower and weighted down with a stone on all 4 corners.
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
1998 Jutras pollinated with two 1912 Carter males(all that were open) at 7:34 am at 54. Ice packs place on either side of flower to insure pollination and insulated blanket over everything.
Friday, June 23 View Page
I'm impatiently waiting for pollinations to show some progress. I know it takes about 10-14 days for fruit to start making visible gains in size, but all the same, I'm feeling nervous. My 1114 should be pollinated in the next few days.


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