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Saturday, January 7 View Page
W.g.p.g fish outing, john Barlow having fun.
 
Saturday, January 7 View Page
Gary gantner, jason grams, gene mcmullen, joe menting. We are having fun just wish it wasn't like -20 with the windchill.
 
Sunday, January 8 View Page
Hauled all the gear and the shack off the lake today.
 
Tuesday, January 17 View Page
My cat luna, short for lunatic. Playing in my bag of 1385's. I think She is rubbing them for good luck.
 
Tuesday, January 17 View Page
Uh oh, cats out of the bag now, my secret on how to grow big pumpkins.
 
Saturday, February 11 View Page
Mike finally found his long lost brother
 
Saturday, February 11 View Page
Margaret, Christine, and Jim helping out at the garden show
 
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Got 30 yards of sand to hopefully help with drainage this year.
 
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Got it all spread out, im about a week behind because of rain but hoping to have hoops up this weekend and plants out next week. Good luck to everyone this year.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Spread out all my ferrilizers, I thought I was going to get off easy this year. Added 1100 lbs of fertilizer. Next will be tilling and hoops.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Spread out all my ferrilizers, I thought I was going to get off easy this year. Added 1100 lbs of fertilizer. Next will be tilling and hoops.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Added fertilizer today, 1100 lbs of it. Next will be tilling and hoops
 
Friday, April 28 View Page
This is a picture me and toni had made, for our friends george and becky poirer, the pictures and seeds are from there 772 and the 1290.
 
Friday, April 28 View Page
shoot its sideways
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
Made to anamosa, I think we are a little early for the weigh off. And we forgot the pumpkin
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
Some how we ended up in kansas. Toni is not the best with directions. Lol
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
Stopped in des moines to spy on don, but toni got us lost again. So we went to the horse races instead. Lost our butts.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
2nd day in the hoops, thermometer says its 92 degrees in the hoops. Plants are all looking pretty good. Just a little behind. Pic is the 812 jutras squash. Grew 980 lber last year for us but we werent able to get it to the scales.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
1578 holub
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
302 kent my friend jlindley sent me, hoping I dont kill it.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Our 1057, which grew the 1756. I think Toni wants to kill it with the 1756
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
1756 h/j
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
1385 h/j. Hopefully I didnt give mike the only good one. :)
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
This is our 885 est. It never made it to a weigh. The cross is 2032 mathison x self
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
A 2nd 1385 h/j.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
This year were just hoping to get a big one to the scale. We had our soil tested for disease and we have high levels of fusarium, moderate levels of pythium, low levels of bacterial leaf spot( xanthamonas) . We will be trying to fight this stuff with biologicals and a cover crop of mustard in the fall and spring.
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
Nothing like the glow of heat lamps in the evening
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
1756 doing well so far even with cold and rain. I did forget to add granular insecticide before planting this year, as you can tell on the fly strip. I havent added compost and manure for 3 years. Not all the hoops are that bad. I will be spraying weed killer as soon as weather warms up a bit to leave hoops open and will cover plants with styrofoam cooler as not to kill them.
 
Thursday, May 25 View Page
The new neighbors are getting bigger. Terrorists in training.
 
Thursday, May 25 View Page
This critter is just waiting for me to take the hoops down. She made a home 15 feet from my patch. Shes been there for about a week.
 
Thursday, May 25 View Page
Finally got the patch cat trained to usr walking boards, now if I could only teach him how to catch a mouse.
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
This is our 11th year growing and im still learning. These are the fly strips from our hoop houses. Never before have I had to change them out. I believe these flys basically are from corn seed maggots. I havent seen any of the maggots but the plants are still healthy. We have not added any manure or compost to the patch in 3 years. So either conditions were right or they came from the sand I added this spring. So always add pesticides early. Unlike me.
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
Finally got my patch weeded, I think I got most of them.
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
885 h/j est.
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
1756 h/j best plant in the patch
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
Oops last one was 1385 h/j this is 1756 h/j
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
This is the other 1385 h/j
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
This is 1057 howell, mother of the 1756 h/j
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
812 jutras squash
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
1578 holub
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
A couple of pics of our hoops
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
6 peices of 1/2 x 2 foot rebar and 3 lengths of 3/4 x 10 ft pvc. Cheap and easy
 
Thursday, June 8 View Page
1385 h/j split in the main and has I kink in it also. Hopefully it will heal up and straighten out a bit.
 
Thursday, June 8 View Page
Heres a bug I found between my walking boards in the spring, never seen one of these before.
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
885 h/j est. First day out in the sun. Growing a little funky.
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
1385 #2 there doing pretty good. Dont think they like the hot sun or maybe cause I havent watered them in 4 days
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
1756
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
1385 #1
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
1756 I think I messed up pics again. :)
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
1057 howell
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
812 jutras squash, so far the fastest growing plant in the patch
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
1578 holub
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
All the hoses are run and half the fence is up. Tanks are full. Who said this was a fun hobby. :) Good luck everybody......
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
4ft fence to help as a wind block, doesnt always work so well
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
Thats why I have 2000 of these stakes, to keep the vines from pin wheeling in the wind.
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
7ft fence to help keep the deer out, doesnt always work either. Ive seen them go under, and the after math of when they jump through it.
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
These fences are just deterrent for some of the critters around my house. The only thing I know it keeps out is bigfoot, ive never seen one or any tracks in the patch. So I know all that hard work is good for something. :)
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Apparently the stakes dont help alot either, this is the main on the 812 jutras squash. Good thing I have one secondary before it. I pluck off 3 to 4 secondaries to hopefully help with foaming stump problem we have. Lost some leaves to 30 to 40 mile per hour winds
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
These are the test strips I have mentioned in a couple of posts. These test ph, chlorine, alkalinity, and something else thar is for pools. 10 bucks at the hardware store. This is a sample from our watering tanks. 1/3 cup of chlorine was added to the tanks 2 days ago for disinfection. The tanks will be emptied and rinsed. Or ph was higher than expected and is alkalinity after testing water from one of our faucets.
 
Thursday, June 15 View Page
Rick 1 Squash vine borers 0
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
I posted this pic last year, still dont know what it is. Im thinking maybe super svb. Anybody have any ideas let me know.
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
The first terrorist cell, known as s.v.b has been repelled. I do think some of them may be in hiding or gone underground.
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
Another terrorist cell known as d.e.e.r has been spotted in the area. The wall I put up around ricktonia has kept them at bay, thus far. They are sneeky and may find a way in yet.
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Patch is on high alert today. This terrorist was spotted inside the patch today. He is very elusive and sneeky. He will be very difficult to catch, if im not careful. He may go underground and not be seen for days. I believe he goes under the code name woody and he is the ring leader of the A.T.F (animal terrorist front)
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Patch is on high alert today. This terrorist was spotted inside the patch today. He is very elusive and sneeky. He will be very difficult to catch, if im not careful. He may go underground and not be seen for days. I believe he goes under the code name woody and he is the ring leader of the A.T.F (animal terrorist front)
 

 

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