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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 26 Entries.
Monday, February 20 View Page
The sun sets over the patch before the real work begins.
Saturday, February 25 View Page
Getting ready for 2017! (Hopefully) have solved the drainage problems, and will be making soil amendments in April, per recommendations of Western Labs.
Sunday, March 5 View Page
Gardening can take a lot out of a person.
Monday, March 6 View Page
Rudimentary sketch of this year's patch. Exact square footages subject to change.
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Ridiculously warm today and tomorrow, but we know that it's way too early to plant outdoors. Thus, I'm passing the time by conducting some germination experiments. I'm starting 72 seeds from my 128-pound watermelon from last year. 18 seeds apiece for soaking times of 1, 2, 3, and 4 hours, respectively. All of them will go into the incubator at a temp of 85-90 degrees. The experiment is to determine which soaking time may work best for when I start the premium seeds in about five weeks. Samantha approves.
Monday, March 20 View Page
To all of my dissenters on the Other Non-Pumpkin message board: Your opinions have been noted, and filed accordingly.
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Started (2) 1823 Cotterman this evening. Waiting another week to start the 1948 Werner and 1512 Butler. Why wait to start the second set? In the Oklahoma climate, I've found that simply keeping the plant alive until the beginning of October to be the greatest struggle.
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
Cover crop.
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
First tilling.
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
Soil amendments added.
Tuesday, April 25 View Page
Amendments tilled in. Ready for planting some time after these next few days of rain.
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Triple cot on the 1512.4 Butler. Will wait it out to determine if this will earn a spot in the patch.
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
1512.4 Butler and 1948.5 Werner under the ghettofabulous grow light.
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Started a pair of 305 Mudd seeds this morning.
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Current temp at 1:35 p.m. Based on the forecast, it's going to be a while until anything is planted outdoors.
Monday, May 1 View Page
Two 318 Kent up in less than 72 hours. Best ever for me. Still waiting on the 305 Mudd seeds, which have reached 120 hours.
Sunday, May 7 View Page
318 Kent roots eight days after seed starting. Roots on AGs were even better when transplanting, but I forgot to have my phone in hand to take pics. Product: Mark's Mixes Root Keeper.
Sunday, May 7 View Page
Left to right: 318 Kent (2), 1704 Clementz (2), 1948 Werner. Different start dates. Werner is at 16 days after seed start. The lonely start in the yogurt container is the 1395.5 Clementz. I had to segregate it because the ants found it, but they seem to have disappeared.
Sunday, May 7 View Page
All four 236 Terry came up in 66-78 hours! Nice surprise after both of my 305 Mudd failed.
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
1948 Werner and 1704 Clementz (2) went into the ground this evening, complete with wind/hail helmets at the ready. After all, this is Oklahoma in May.
Monday, May 22 View Page
1704 Clementz at 23 days after seed start.
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
Oklahoma sunset over pumpkins.
Thursday, May 25 View Page
A look at the final tilling before weed barrier implementation and irrigation layout. 55 Vester cantaloupes in the foreground, watermelons in the center, and AGs in the distance.
Thursday, May 25 View Page
Six 55 Vester cantaloupe hills, started today. Will narrow down to the best three later.
Thursday, May 25 View Page
Set up the first of four IBC totes this evening. Allowing it to remain full overnight to check for stability.
Thursday, May 25 View Page
Double-planted 236 Terry melons in the foreground. Another 236 Terry to the right in the background, and a 318 Kent to the left.


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