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Saturday, January 7 View Page
I'm stoked! It is all coming down to this. One large flower on one 4.66 Russian Oxheart. The closest plant to the lights. The Big Zacs are not flowering and the other Oxheart has small one's. It is cold and snowy outside for Oregon standards. Inside it's 75F and 45% humidity.
 
Thursday, January 19 View Page
This is the next flower. The winter growing challenge is pretty much a challenge with myself. Trying to get a flower to just open, pollinate and grow is the biggest challenge. I cranked the air temp up into the 90's to try to stimulate something. Otherwise I have a mangle of 4 plants with the only one showing any sign of flowers being the Russian Oxheart closest to the lights. The flowers prior didn't really open and just fell off. Being in just a well pump house outside, the soil temp has been cold in the 60's and hard to heat up.
 
Saturday, February 4 View Page
Our annual PGVG seed packing party. Really, a great group of people.
 
Saturday, February 4 View Page
The previous two flowers of this 4.66 Russian Oxheart did not fall off, but did not pollinate so getting closer to an actual pollination. This next flower is the biggest so far resembling the one the 4.66 came from. Hopefully next week I will finally post an actual tomato and I will be on board!
 
Thursday, February 16 View Page
My entry into the winter tomato challenge! Off my 4.66. Saw it was starting to turn so it was time to go. Couldn't use the tape measure so used the calipers. 0.01 oz. isn't too bad is it? At least it registered on the scale. I tried. Couldn't get them pollinated.
 
Thursday, February 23 View Page
We have a heartbeat! Finally something took. Actually, two of them. I saw visible pollen with these. Moving the red/blue lights to direct light just on this plant instead of the 3 others made the difference. Also, turned down my heated fan speed to keep them from drying out. Look out bnot!
 
Saturday, March 4 View Page
Through out the winter I have trying to grow a tomato in my insulated pump house. Also, have been feeding the birds with bird seed at the feeder. Every so often I see a chipmunk fill up with bird food. Something has been digging in my large tomato pots. A week or so goes by. Small plants are growing out of the digging spots. They look like sunflowers. Weird, I let them grow. A week after that the varmint digs in the same spot and eats the maybe 20 2" sunflower sprouts. This cycle has continued 3x, digging in seeds, letting them grow, coming back and eating them after they grow. Trying to grow a tomato this winter has been frustrating, yet entertaining. The one tomato is 5" with two weeks to go until the end of winter. Thought about trapping the little guy as he is making mincemeat out of the plant roots. I think it's karma I didn't kill the damn thing yet. That's why I finally have a tomato.
 
Friday, March 17 View Page
OK, couldn't wait any longer. It even started to turn since I cranked up the heat to 90F for the last week. Here is my tomato for the winter challenge: 3.1 oz or 0.19 lbs. It was a lot of fun. Will try it again next year but definitely will need more light.
 
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Here is my tomato for the winter grow effort. The 3.1 oz or 0.19 lb Spaziani. My opinion on growing tomatoes in the winter is different than when I started. Next year I will need more light and hopefully will break 1 lb!.
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
2017 competition tomatoes. Started seeds 8 days ago. Have been watering with willow water that I made. Stimulates root growth. Had a great germination rate. Many of the missing were due to a chipmunk that found its way into the cooler. Bastard! Could of been worse as many of the missing were from some of my own low budget seeds including my winter challenge effort and a few Big Zac no name seeds. But what did come up are the important one's including the names of Porkchop, LaRue, White, Megadom, Slammer, Konieczny, Sutherland, MacCoy, Foss, and a few of my own. Also, it wasn't a complete Megamutt meltdown! Out of the 6 Konieczny Megamutt's that I planted, I have one each of the "D" cross and "Z" cross in the bottom left row of the photo. All of my 6 PGVG competition seeds germinated. I have been keeping my temperatures up high from 95F-102F. This was a gamble but I think it attributed to a quick and successful germination. This is the Rebel part of my handle Garden Rebel.
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
Oh, and that bunch of greens in my seed starts is from the chipmunk burying bird seed in one of the pots! It could of been a lot worse. As it did all winter in my winter tomato pots, he comes back after a while and eats the greens. He's a garden rebel also.
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
Tomatoes and peppers started 40 days ago. They need to get into the garden this week.
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Finally got all 42 comp tomatoes in the ground. I am trying this solar plastic that heats the soil but keeps out the rays that make weeds grow. We have had a cool and wet spring so any heat will help. I am trying a few air pots and using the 100 gallon plastic water tank again for tomatoes. Didn't till this year, just used a broad fork to aerate the soil some.
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
A fine day last week to make some chili on the tripod. My son has discovered a drawing pad instead of an iPad and seems to like that more lately.
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
This 4.66 Russian Oxheart was started last Fall for the winter tomato challenge. Couldn't kill it because of the $ it cost to keep it warm all Winter so it lives for another season.
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Really tried to get them in the ground earlier this year to take advantage of the first flowers which I find are always the biggest overall. This is an early 8.41 MacCoy for the first flowers. The roots are not big enough to support growing a fruit at this stage so will have to wait. Many of the plants have some nice megablooms early on. My goal this year is the same as last: at least break 5 lbs! I tied my personal best last year with a 4.69.
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Even the 4.66 Russian Oxheart is trying to get into the act with its first flowers. Really want to make a cross with these this year.
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
Trying some container plants. Included are the Megadoms in the water tank and a Slammer or two in the air pots.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Here I am with tomato flowers again this year. Promised myself I would cut down but can't help myself. For you Chris, out of my two Megazac's both show early nice flowers for their first blooms. Too early to tell if they are ribbon vines. Either way the weather has been really crappy and these flowers will have to wait.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Here is the other Megazac 1st flower. A long way from pollination. Plant is too small anyway.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Here is the 5.30 McCoy first flower. About 16 of my tomatoes were transplanted to 1 gallon pots. They are much bigger and farther ahead than the one's transplanted to 4" pots that are the same age.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
This 5.13 LaRue BZ for the PGVG comp has a nice first flower going.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Pulled some Giant Belgium seeds out of my stash and thought I would give them a whirl. Would like to have this one take. May be a waste as the weather has been cool and rain the past week. Some 70's and 80's coming up for the next 10 days. All my larger plants are 15" tall. Probably not big enough to support a tomato but either way nice to see some blooms.
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Here is the 4.69 Spaziani (7.05 Porkchop) first flower. Several others from this seed are similar. This is from the largest tomato I have grown. Well I tied this weight from the year before. Either way, there is no "third time is a charm" with 4.69. Hope to at least get 4.70! Good luck everyone. I will be over and out for a couple of weeks.
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
Came back home after two weeks (Hawaii brag brag) to find many nice surprises. Won't post all the nice blooms because you know like posting those so I will post just one. I have several ribbon vines. This is the biggest in the 5.13 LaRue (5.84 Foss). It was a busy day trimming 40 plants, weeding and tying plants to posts. Also, attempted my first cross (7.15 White x 4.66 Oxheart), even used tweezers! We will see.
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
Another of the 5.13 LaRue. All systems go! Feel really good about the plants this year. They are on tomato watering time, not pumpkin, so watering much less. I'm sure that's what causes the leaf curling in previous years. Also, I'm sure the WOW starter packs have something to do with it. I put two in each hole when I planted.
 
Saturday, July 1 View Page
Forgot to add the photo..
 
Thursday, July 6 View Page
Really happy with the garden this year. It is such a relief to not have to fret about a pumpkin plants. The pepper plants are coming along too. Considering none are labeled as when they were seedlings I dropped the whole germination tray into a heap and don't know one from the other. I think I can tell the cayenne peppers vs the ghost peppers. I think I can tell the bell peppers from the peter peppers.
 
Thursday, July 6 View Page
Hope this 4.69 Spaziani (7.10 P.chop) takes. It's been a couple of days since a few days of toothbrush vibrating. If the this ribbon/megabloom from the first truss doesn't take there are currently only singles above.
 
Thursday, July 6 View Page
Since I am only showing plant parts instead of an actual tomato might of well throw this in. Check out this side vine from the 7.10 Foss. I went to pick it early on and I think it bit me! That's inbreeding for you. There is a mangle of leaves and stems at the end right now, looking for that mega. I don't think an OBGYN can find a flower in there at this point. Only time will tell.
 
Thursday, July 6 View Page
And here is a big ass ribbon mega from the 5.55 Caleb White. A seed straight from my home state of Alaska. There is a good cluster of flowers at the end. Took the toothbrush to it this morning and the pollen flew! It's a good sign anyway. More flowers will be opening up in the coming days. This is a good example of first flowers. The plant doesn't have its act together yet as far as organization of flowers until the 2nd trusses on up. You guys want more of these, plant early in the garden after the first few leaves like Wixom Chris does. This is where I got the idea. I did it this year and it's working. Don't let them grow for too long in the pots. By the time the first flowers arrive the roots and plants need to be established and ready to support a monster on the first flowers, otherwise those first flowers will dry up and blow away.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
I made a cross and am documenting my steps. This is a 7.15 White BZ I thought I would try back on 6/30.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
The anthers cones (that hold the pollen) were still closed and hadn't dropped pollen. I began the process of pulling them off so it wouldn't pollinate the flower through the female part (Pistil).
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
I carefully pulled off the anther cones with tweezers to expose the stigma where the pollen sticks to.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
I went to the 4.66 Spaziani Oxheart plant and got a few flowers that were full of pollen that was dropping. I pollinated with several flowers for several days, even different times of day. Wasn't sure when the female was actually ready to receive pollen. Them females are picky!
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
Another picture of pollination using the tweezers. I even used a magnifying glass to see the pollen stuck on there. I get close to my work.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
So 13 days later I have a new variety growing! So, 7.15 White (Big Zac) x 4.66 Spaziani (Oxheart) = Zac Heart. Not sure how big it will get or if I will get seeds. Another 7.15 White the same age looks identical to this one.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
7.05 Porkchop at 13 dap. Container grown in a 20 gallon air pot.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
6.88 McCoy around 10 dap. I have another identical 6.88 on another plant. Many other plants with tomatoes around this size.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
Yeah! The 6.23 MegaZac! Of two plants this one has the nice megabloom right on top. The other plant had one until the deer munched it, now only singles as far as the eye can see.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
The 4.69 Spaziani (BZ) from 7.05 Porkchop around 8 dap. Pretty excited about this one mostly because it is from my seed.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
Ooooh baby! If I am ever able to reach my goal of 5 lbs it will be with this one. The 5.55 Caleb White (BZ) at 3 dap. Flowers starting at one end taking one day after another. The weather has been very cooperative with 80's/50's, sunny and dry for at least two more weeks.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
The 5.55 Caleb White is crazy small! It is only 18" tall and topped with its own flower. There was a wayward branch growing out of the back of the flower that I had to clip off. This is the plants first flower and only flower.
 
Friday, July 14 View Page
One picture was suppose to be a close up.
 
Thursday, July 20 View Page
Finally, a nice flower on one of the 8.41 MacCoy's.
 
Thursday, July 20 View Page
This 4.48 LaRue BZ (7.10 Foss) is putting out some nice one's. Some flowers in this mega have already taken. High hopes for this one.
 
Thursday, July 20 View Page
The 4.69 Spaziani BZ (7.05 P.Chop) at 15dap.
 
Thursday, July 20 View Page
6.23 MegaZac is leaping out of the gate with this monster at only 6dap. Chris named it "The Monster" for a reason. Don't expect anything less than 6 lbs with this one. This is one hell of a cross.
 
Thursday, July 20 View Page
7.05 Porkchop at 20 dap. Measured at 11". Will need to put support in soon instead of taking pictures.
 
Thursday, July 20 View Page
5.55 Caleb White at 10dap. From the 6.88 MacCoy from the 5.03 Boudyo. From here on out it will be..."The Kraken", the legendary sea monster.
 

 

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