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Thursday, January 12 View Page
New year, new start. I always like to start with the past line-up of fruit for quick reference. The 1463 line will be prominent again for me this year and it will be interesting to see what it produces with the 1495 Stelts line in it. It's interesting to see how the parents show through on the next generation. This was 2013's 922 Hoelke. It's a 1778 Daletas x 2009 Wallace. It was 8% heavy and I do believe the 1778 was an under-rated orange seed. They're all round, orange and heavy.
Thursday, January 12 View Page
Second plant of 2013, and this was the 1351 Hoelke (1146 Hoelke x 2009 Wallace).
Thursday, January 12 View Page
I went 3 for 3 in 2013 and finished with the 1463 Hoelke. It's a 2009 Wallace x 1778 Daletas +4%. This seed has grown great every time I've planted it.
Thursday, January 12 View Page
I lost 2 of 3 of my plants in tough 2014 season. I ended up with this one, the 1379 Hoelke (1985 Miller x 1789 Wallace).
Thursday, January 12 View Page
2015 was tough. I split 2 of 3 and couldn't get one pollinated on the third plant. Nothing to a weigh-off. This was the 1503 Hoelke DMG (1676 Daletas x 1873 Steil) weighed with a digital crane scale.
Thursday, January 12 View Page
This was another 2015 heart-breaker than split underneath in late August at Day 60. Weighed with a scale at 14% heavy and 1572 pounds with lots of time to grow. It was my first look at what the 1463 seed could do. You can see the orange from the 922 (1778 Daletas) come out. Brilliant colour, a tough loss. 1572 Hoelke (1463 Hoelke x 1873 Steil)
Thursday, January 12 View Page
After three years I finally got back to going 3 for 3 with pumpkins to weigh-offs. 4746 pounds on three plants were weighed in the fall. This is the 1143 Hoelke (1725 Harp x 1625 Gantner) picked early at Day 64 since I had a late pollination.
Thursday, January 12 View Page
1800.5 Hoelke (1625 Gantner x 1725 Harp). This was a fun ride. It grew late into the year, still moving at Day 100. I didn't know what to expect with the heavy % since it was a 1625 and could be anything, but I ended up with 10% heavy and 1800 pounds.
Thursday, January 12 View Page
The final fruit of 2016 is the 1803 Hoelke +14% (1463 Hoelke x 1625 Gantner). This one sort of flew under the radar. I didn't expect the 14% over the chart. I should have, since the previous year I grew the same seed to the same 14% heavy. I'll be growing this one this season, and it will be interesting to see what the 1625 Gantner adds to the already thick line. Hopefully some orange will show up since the 1495 Stelts had some orange in it's history. We'll see...
Thursday, January 12 View Page
Family photo. I finally got my seeds organized. I got lucky with good seed counts on 2016 fruit.
Thursday, January 12 View Page
Bubbles are going out now. European bubbles left today. USA bubbles next to go in a day or two and then Canadian bubbles to follow. I have a new found respect for the top growers who get way more bubbles than I ever would. There's some work there in filling out the envelopes and custom sheets. Much appreciated.
Tuesday, January 31 View Page
All seeds are finally shipped so if you don't see your seeds in three weeks let me know. The last group of Canadian envelopes went out yesterday. American and European envelopes have been sent now for 2 weeks. Everyone should have their seeds soon. Let me know if you don't get them. I've been ice fishing when I can get out this winter. This 35" lake trout was a fun battle on the 32" rod. I released it back under the ice, maybe some day we'll tango again.
Monday, February 20 View Page
Final group of late seed requests is in the mail tomorrow. You should get them in two weeks since most are international. Lots of snow this year. It will make for an interesting spring. Here's a shot a hundred feet from my garden back in January.
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Lots of snow this year. Still going to be a while until it's all gone. Weather seems to be finally starting to warm after a cool March.


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