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Sunday, January 1 View Page
Let's have some fun. I did not grow in 2016. Focused on improving my soil. Brought in 10 yards of aged yard waste compost and grew 3 successive cover crops.
Sunday, January 8 View Page
I don't know about you but I need a target to work toward. So I created 2000 lb. benchmarks for 2017 that provide a target zone for pumpkin estimated weights (2013 GPC chart) for days 30-40-50 and 60 (and anywhere in between). So my target is to work hard to get in the orange powerzone starting on DAP30 and stay in the zone until after DAP60. That gets me to September on a winning trajectory. *The powerzone represents the growth pattern of 11 pumpkins over 2000 lbs. All 11 traveled through the zone on their way to 2000 lbs. (2009/2075.5/2624.6/2261.5/2307ouw/2032/2328d/2230.5/2109/2252.3/2106)
Sunday, January 8 View Page
The painful truth is that I have never grown a pumpkin that at any time has hit the zone. That's the bad. The good news is that I am seeing progress and getting closer. I will begin now to think about Day 30. Why have my pumpkins not been big enough? Spring amendments? Plant size? Water? Nutrients? Biologics? All things to improve.
Friday, February 24 View Page
Another 60+ degree day here in February. I don't think I have ever started my mower in February. Mowed the winter rye this morning. Nice brown layer of rotting material which is the peas, clover and ryegrass that were planted in the fall with the winter rye
Wednesday, March 1 View Page
I have a cracked seed that I want to grow this year. So I did a germination test run using some damaged seeds that I have received over the last couple of years. All seeds were stored frozen. Normally I soak the seeds for an hour in dilute H2O2 or dilute Humic/Fulvic then 12 hours in a damp paper towel then into jiffy mix in a peat pot at 89 degrees. With these seeds, I skipped the 1 hr. soak to avoid filling the seed with liquid. So 12 hours in a damp paper towel then into the jiffy mix. Of 6 seeds started, 5 popped thru soil and were moved to light between 108 and 132 hours. The only seed that did not germinate was a seed from 2011 that had a pretty mean looking chunk broken off. Picture tells the story. Look closely and you can pretty much match up little cot bruises to where the seed damage was. Of the 5 that germinated, 4 are nice looking. One is malformed.
Wednesday, March 1 View Page
I was curious to know if comments made here regarding germinating seeds with the pointed side facing down or seeds placed on their side made any difference. So I germinated 6 identical seeds. 3 planted in Jiffymix with the pointed side down and 3 on their side. All 6 popped at around 96 hours. I had to remove the seedcoat from 1 seedling from each group. Can't image it makes any difference.
Wednesday, March 1 View Page
This is a chart showing the in-season estimates of 13 amazing pumpkins that I could find data on. The colors are hard to differentiate but believe me when I tell you that Wallace 2307 could be something special.
Thursday, March 9 View Page
I had a group of 6 seeds from 2007 that I germinated this week. All seeds were soaked for 1 hour in liquid then moistened paper towel for 12 hours then into Jiffymix. Wondering whether 9 year old seeds would germinate, I used a gibberellic acid solution for soak and paper towel with 3 seeds (3 seedlings on the right). I used a dilute humic/fulvic solution for the 3 seedlings on the left. Watching the action closely in the incubator, I could not tell any difference between the 2 groups. All 6 seeds popped through soil between 60 and 96 hours and were moved to light. The 3 seedlings on the left look quite normal to me. The gibberellic acid treated group on the right looks leggier and less "normal". All seedlings subject to identical conditions.
Tuesday, March 14 View Page
It is roughly 7 days since these seedlings have been placed under T5 lights. The 3 untreated seedlings on the left continue to look nice to me. I can see 2 major differences with the 3 gibberellic acid treated seedlings on the right. They continue to be leggy despite keeping the lights only a couple of inches away (with fan running). Development of the first leaves is slower in the treated group. The untreated group has emerging 2nd leaves where the treated group only smaller 1st leaves. Eddy Z has commented that in his experience this type of behavior is consistent with seed treatment with GA that is too concentrated. I used a 0.1% gibberellic acid soak (1000PPM). So I assume that anyone who intends to use gibberellic acid to try and germinate some old seeds needs to be well below this concentration.
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
This cover crop was planted on Sept 1 last fall. Johnny's Fall Green Manure Mix. I blasted it with Ammonium Calcium Nitrate in mid- Sept and a good dose of ureamate in early October. The winter rye seems to have loved the mild winter and the cool wet spring. I mowed this crop as low as I could on Feb 24 and again today. Cuttings removed to the mulch pile and tiller ready.
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Finally was able to get into the dry patch today. Great sun-filled morning with almost no wind. Great day to put down some amendments. Dense cover crop not giving up without a fight. Areas for 2 greenhouses tilled and amended this morning. Will count on mother nature to water it all in tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 12 View Page
Seeds started tonight. Soaking in a dilute WOW Humic/Fulvic bath. Soil is inoculated with WOW Mykos and Azos and is warming. Goal for this season is 2009 x 2145 and back. Don't know if I can pull it off but that's the goal.
Saturday, April 15 View Page
One of life's little pleasures. Tulips of Skagit Valley in Washington State. Happy thoughts to all celebrating Easter and Passover this weekend.
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Easter Sunday. 85 degrees and full sun. Cables buried and greenhouses in place. Plan is to grow 2 plants back to back this year 950 SF ea.
Monday, April 17 View Page
All seeds germinated and moved to light yesterday. All popped between and 84 and 96 hours from initial seed soak. Very consistent this year with cooler at 89 degrees.
Thursday, April 20 View Page
All 4 seedlings developing nicely. T5 lights doing their job keeping the plants nice and compact. Plan to plant outside on April 29. Looks like weather will cooperate.
Thursday, April 20 View Page
Will up plant to larger pots in the morning. Soil mix prepared and warming overnight. Promix with Humic/Fulvic, Mykos, microbes and Pumpkin Power.
Thursday, April 20 View Page
Got 9 days to get the soil warmed. Greenhouses rebuilt and in place. Mid 50's is where we are today.


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