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Sunday, March 5 View Page
Spring is on its way! An orange start to the year with my first round of Chrysanthemums. I was in a nursery on a school trip last fall trying to buy these as our bus was loading to leave and the credit card machine was broken. A woman in line saw me set them down sadly, realizing I couldn't hold the class up for the purchase, and told me if I took them and learned from them, she would pay cash for them as a gift to my education. So here is my promise kept, exhibition style, grown as dis-buds over the winter. Front pots are 7" x 7", back pots are 9" x 9".
 
Sunday, March 5 View Page
This round wasn't for any show, more just to learn the growth characteristics and timing of the blooms. The variety is 'Coral Cavalier' football mum, and while not the largest out there, should be respectable once fully open. These were grown under a 240w G8 LED (full spectrum) for the duration, and so far I'm very happy with the quality of this light. Next part of learning is in the sun, which presents challenges of rain and UV damage to blooms, as well as pests, but as with most show quality horticulture, overcoming those challenges is part of the allure for me. I hope everyone is gearing up for a personal best this year and good luck to it!
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Topped out at 4 1/2 inches across for my first try at it. The color on this one got washed out a bit from light intensity, so I'll have to look into how to 'bag the blooms' for my outdoor flowers.
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Three blooms is the standard for judging so I put together this vase to see how they compare in uniformity. All in all, a beautiful orange start to my growing season. Good luck to all this year, hope to see you at the scales!
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
So as a veteran, I appreciate my benefits as well as my fellow veterans. Our Welcome Home center got a grant for a high tunnel as part of a community teaching/gardening project, so I decided to join the crew and volunteer to help build it. A soggy day full of rain but as the old saying goes 'if it ain't raining, you ain't training!'
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Today was full of sunshine, though the wind was fighting us this time. I don't like heights to begin with, so a windy day on a ladder was no fun, but I like to challenge myself to do the uncomfortable. Made good progress while on Spring Break this week and should be ready for plastic soon!
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
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Sunday, March 19 View Page
Got to help set up a hot air ballon while we were there. Pretty cool experience! It was tethered for rides, but the wind kicked up right after setup, so we stayed on the ground, but still pretty fun.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
7th place overall in Hardscape installation. 2 hours to build a fire pit and patio.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
13th overall in wood construction. 2 hours to deconstruct a blueprint and build a planter box. Relatively math based as you have minimal scrap and little time to figure it out.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Rounding out my day was 1st place in truck and trailer operation! I like to practice safe pumpkin hauling.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Even thought we saw Bart in Utah with his new truck!
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Lol, don't even think he's this old! I love people with a sense of humor.
 
Thursday, March 23 View Page
My wife supports me a great deal, so I try to be a good husband and support her as well, even if it means going to law school events like tonight's charity auction. Was a ton of fun and I haven't eaten that much since Thanksgiving! WVU LAW puts on a Great show!
 
Thursday, March 23 View Page
Even tripped across the most random silent auction item, so I HAD to have it! Money went to support public interest attorneys. My new 100 lb scale :)
 
Wednesday, March 29 View Page
A few end panels and I'll be all set! Thanks Team-Pumpkin, great info you guys are putting together! Won't be long now...
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
All snugged up! One with cables, one without. Hope it pays off.
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
If there is one thing that life has taught me, it's how to dig a good hole... took a beating this weekend, but got this project knocked out just in time for the season to ramp up.
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
All set to divert 3 gutters worth of rainwater to the yard instead of our gravel driveway. Bring on the Spring Storms, I'm ready to test it out!
 
Monday, April 10 View Page
Decided to change things around a bit after soil tests came back. This is the new patch I started prepping last fall... the one where I popped myself in the lip. As you can see just from what I dug out of the soil cable area, there's lots more work to be done yet, but this will make things easier for the wife and I this year. Every garden has its challenges.
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
Looks like it's go time here...
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
296.5 Barber in front, 290.5 Terry in back, will keep one of each.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
1912 Carter in the ground. Thanks for the bubble Danny, let's see what happens!
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
2106 Schmit in my other larger spot. Time to fear the beard!
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
I went with my own 631 from last year for my 150 patch. This one had the most uniform walls of all my pumpkins last year, and was growing fast until the staple got it. This is the first of my own seeds that I have ever planted, so I'm excited to see what happens. I have some of my 982's in towels for a 20 x 20 patch as well.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Lol! Same watering can Ron Wallace uses... SURE to hit 2500 this year!
 
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
Panax quinquefolius or American Ginseng :)
 
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
I didn't get all the seeds planted before frost, so I threw some in trays under the lights I already had going to overwinter a few tropical plants. Ended up getting some nice starts out of them. The bud at the stem end is where next year's growth will come from and is also how you are able to measure the age of the roots.
 
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
A lot of chatter has been going on about "club root" since it is seed starting season, so I thought I would share this pic. I did some searching but wasn't able to find any pictures of it, so hopefully this is an accurate representation. It has been said that the club root talked about here is not the same as the disease caused by Plasmodiophora brassicae. The radicals formed 2 days after placing in paper towels but were barely showing, so we're left just a bit longer. After 4 days in towels, they looked like this. The tap roots have either died off forcing the branching or were stunted in some other way.
 
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Watermelons are going ok, Barbers are starting to fatten up a bit. The Other melons in the back don't wanna get in gear, so I might just swing one of the front plants around to the back.
 
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Doing 5 carrots this year just to see what happens. My best is 5 lbs so that is what I'm trying to beat this year.
 
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Have a couple nice ones so far. Thank you for the seeds Peter, cucumbers are next!
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
Here goes the 2106. She's trying to stretch out, but mostly reaching for the sky early on.
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
Better view of the profile so far. Trying to gradually help her lean, but no wind inside the hoop, so also just letting her do her thing.
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
1912 is starting to stretch out. Last year I wasn't at this point until last week of May, so just slightly ahead as far as starting the season goes.
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
631 Trychta is up next in the 150 spot.
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
Not doing the icosagon thing here, just a good ol' fashioned rectangle will suit me fine.
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
And the length. Raised bed type of plot about 4" above grade, same exact spot the 631 grew last year.
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
A view from afar, 150 is in top left with the hoop. 2 x field kin plots, also 150 each, to the right of that.
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
Barber melons up front, Terry melons in back. Back two were pouty until about a week ago, but starting to at least show some movement now. Front two starting to head in opposite directions.
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
Some Yellow Icebox melons that were a hit last year. To the right with the tires is where I'll plant my lopes when they're ready.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Carrots are asking for a bit more room
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
These were in 3 gallon pots. Hopefully some of these roots start to fatten up a bit.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
I have these bags that are made for insulating food in the mail. They're made of bubble wrap with a reflective layer on the outside. Didn't think they'd be strong enough to use as grow bags themselves, so I sunk a couple 10 gallon pots and a 15 gallon into them to try to cool the soil a bit. The lip on the pot created a nice air pocket between the bags and the pot, so we'll see what happens.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Best 3 got the bigger pots, other 2 will go in a raised bed. Little bigger than a half dollar right now. Really helped putting a twist tie around the tops for transplanting.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Best 3 after tucking in.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
An idea of the soil I'm trying to work with here. This is where the 671 grew last year. Couldn't tell you how many wheelbarrows full of rocks came out, but it's over 20 so far. Every one out is another full of good topsoil in though, so it'll be sorted out soon enough.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Decided to pull out the equipment for the new patch. This is the patch I busted my lip in last year, so I decided to get a good deep till with the backhoe before going back in with the tiller. Spot is behind the 2106 and should have a squash soon.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
As you can see from what came out of a 20 x 20 spot, I'll need to keep going for the rest of the patches. Went through the top 12" or so before finding a boulder, so that's good enough for this corner. Time to get busy, weather is picking up!
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Got it :)
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
Did some careful digging around the 2106 today, about 2800 of 3000 sf dug out now.
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
A view from the rock pit... err I mean cockpit.
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
So my mom insisted on a day of garden help today. Boy did she pick the WRONG day to come garden at MY house! Lol! Yes, I did in fact enlist her in rock picking duties and got a good sized haul out. Whatever it takes, right? :) surface rocks and tiller busters should all be done by tomorrow, hope to be finished planting this weekend.
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
LMAO! Orange with sandbags... oh how true it is...
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
Oh what a difference a week has made in the patch! Starting to look and feel like a decent garden.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
Mike has a sharp eye, noticed it trying to ribbon about a week ago. Tip seems to have pulled out of it, hopefully I just get some extra roots out of it.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
Unfortunately the wind caught it today in a nasty burst. More just a kink than a snap so going to try to save her. There was a heavy leaf just on the far side of the bend that probably was the culprit, happened just past the triple root node.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
1912 is pushing out well. Won't keep this one, but nice to see it's ready to go.
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Caught this crazy woodpecker pecking my front post again. He was after carpenter bees last year, so they must be back.
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Having same kind of trouble with my 631 as I am the 2106. This one is actually trying to go backwards. Very stiff too, not able to move it much with stakes.
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Other than the tip looking at me, it looks ok.
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Couple 982 Trychta in my last spot. Was gonna leave this spot open, but couldn't not grow this one myself.
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Field kins went in today, first up are the 189 Crews (that wierdo mutant one). I like fasciated fruit, I think they're neat, so this one caught my eye last year as soon as I saw that He kept it. Thanks for the seeds Don!
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
188 MacKinnon gets the other spot. A little ahead of the Crews sprouts, but not by much.
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Melons are looking good, will probably have the hoop down this week sometime.
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
1511.5 Haist squash
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
1060 Holub squash x 3... I fried a couple on the heat mat :(
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Lopes went in today, will keep two of these. 55 Vester coming at ya! Thanks for the seeds Danny! First try at these guys, so it'll more than likely be a personal best no matter what.
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Heavy cukes went in today as well. Not sure of the exact variety, seeds are from Peter Glazebrook. First try on these guys as well, thanks Peter!
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
Did a little weeding today and found these :) German iris and Calla lily. I have a near black iris that I was trying to pair with these but the bloom time is a little off. I sure do LOVE orange! Alliums in the back of the vase.
 
Thursday, May 25 View Page
Kelp meal bowl I used on Tuesday... been a steady light rain for about 48 hours now. That's my sidekick and patch protector Roxy getting some rainwater. Puddle water is her favorite. Doesn't look like it's drying out any time soon, but patch is draining well after the deep dig.
 

 

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