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Friday, March 10 View Page
Sad to say due to the Fox Valley Park District's new garden plot rules, I will not be growing giant pumpkins this year. :( :( Biddygoat has posted the rules on grower diary. Also, this will be our last year gardening at the community garden plots.
Saturday, March 11 View Page
I have been thinking it over about growing giant pumpkins. We can only use a 4' metal fence and might not be able to afford it, but I will go ahead with it and GROW THEM PUMPKINS BBBIIIIGGGGG!!!!! : ) : )
Monday, April 3 View Page
I have been busy building planter boxes that are 2' x 2' x 6' in size for my mom(biddygoat) to plant in at our house. I am making two of them and have completed one of them. I made them from pallet wood, wooden stakes, and other wood that had been used in our garden before.
Monday, April 10 View Page
Today, I finally mailed my soil sample to Western Labs. I was not sure if I really wanted to send it in, due to the changes in the rules at the garden plots. I will be growing giant squashes this year instead of giant pumpkins, so maybe they won't be stolen. The squashes I will be growing are the 890.5 Porkchop 15 and 513.5 Weibel 15, they will be crossed with each other. The backups are the 598 Reinhard 15 and 1103.5 Sherwood 14. I will start the seeds indoors on April 13th. I hope to GROW EM BIG! : )
Thursday, April 13 View Page
Prepared two large plastic pots filled with Burpee's seed starting mix, added Pumpkin Pro, and Azos. I moistened the potting mix with Essential Plus 101 before adding the Pumpkin Pro and Azos. Put them on a plastic tray, covered them with plastic wrap, and placed a high dome plastic cover over top of the tray. I put the tray on a heat mat to warm up over night.
Friday, April 14 View Page
Today, I just finished filing the edges of two giant squash seeds I will be planting the 513.5 Weibel and 890.5 Porkchop. They are currently soaking in a solution of Essential Plus 101 for 4 hours.
Friday, April 14 View Page
The giant squashes are planted 1" deep. Sprinkled some Pumpkin Pro and Azos at the bottom of each hole before planting the seed flat in the hole and them with a solution of Essential Plus 101. Can't wait to see them sprout! : )
Friday, April 14 View Page
Today, I found out that when I checked my e-mail for some reason the Postal Service had sent my package with my soil sample to San Joaquin, CA 93660 instead of Parma, ID 83660. They also stated that the package was undeliverable and will be returned back to me and I did file an inquiry for my package, but have not heard anything yet. WHAT THE F!@#! HAVE I JUST BEEN POSTALED!!!! >: (
Friday, April 14 View Page
My squashes are planted. : )
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Dug two 3'x 3'x 3' hole in my patch where my giant squashes will be planted. My brother and my mom helped me fill them in by mixing in compost with the original soil. This is to help with drainage. I also started broad forking on the Southwest corner of the patch.
Monday, April 17 View Page
The 890.5 Porkchop started sprouting thru the soil this morning! : ) Also, my soil sample made it to Western Labs, I'm so glad.
Monday, April 17 View Page
Porkchop started sprouting in just three days!
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Soil test results for 2017.
Wednesday, April 19 View Page
Western Labs recommendations.
Thursday, April 27 View Page
I finished broad forking earlier today, cold and windy. Will start my back-ups this weekend.
Friday, April 28 View Page
Applied Root shield Plus (granular) in the morning to the patch before it rained.
Saturday, April 29 View Page
This weather sucks too much rain and too cold, but I am very happy that I had finished broad forking my patch before it rained.


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