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Sunday, March 5 View Page
Started a few giant lopes this weekend. This is my first attempt at lopes. Big thanks to Jeremy Lindley and Danny Vester for giving us some great seeds. The 3 on the right in the container are 53.4 Lindley and the 3 on the left are 45 Vester. The 3 pots in front are Rampart rootstock. This grafting thing is kinda neat so I might graft one of these just to see how it goes. Good luck everyone!!
 
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Finally got my little pile of Kent dirt home and ready to start tilling it in. Good luck with cucumbers this year Chris!
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Well look at that! I haven't had my old Kent dirt a full day and I'm already getting some of those purple weeds that the Kent dirt is famous for growing. Maybe it's a sign of good things to come!
 
Thursday, March 23 View Page
Melon season officially started for us today. Started these seeds today with hopes to grow 3 grafts and 3 traditionally. Our lineup will be selected from (3)290 Terry's, (2)274 Kents, (2)282 Dawson's, (2)272 Glasgows, (2)305 Mudds, and a 255 Mitchell.
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Planted our tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, and zucchini several days ago.
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Orange Tendersweet watermelon. This is suppose to be a very sweet, very good eating watermelon.
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
55 Vester Giant Canteloupe. This is our first try at lopes so I don't really know what to expect. Hoping for 40 lbs!
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
45 Phillips Giant Canteloupe. This is one of the best seeds we have grown at least for the first few weeks. Maybe it will finish the way it started.
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Melon plants coming along better than ours ever have. Adding all of our soil amendments today and a few plants should be hitting the ground soon. This is the first year that we started plants in waves to try to catch some later weighoff a. Good luck to everyone!
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Vegetable plants planted a few days ago.
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Orange Tendersweet watermelons
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
45 Phillips Giant Canteloupe. We also planted (1) 55 Vester Canteloupe.
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
274 Kent hitting the ground running!!!!!
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
As pawpaw Mark Clementz would say "bigger RUUTS mean bigger fruits" lol thanks to RUUTKEEPER, I mean ROOTKEEPER!!
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
First 4 plants planted today with a open bucket protecting them from the wind. Our first 4 are a 255 Mitchell, a 282 Dawson, and (2) 274 Kents. Next wave should be ready to go in about a week.
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
This is our hydroponic tomatoes and basil that we are trying this year. These are San Marzano tomatoes.
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
305 Muddddddd taking a break from the wind!
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
282 Dawson
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
255 Mitchell
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
274 Kent #1
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
274 Kent #2
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
272 Glasgow planted today and already starting to run!
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
316 Edwards. Hoping to make a later weighoff with one of our melons.
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
260.5 Clementz
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Finally got a graft to take and it is looking and growing really good. We might just have to find somewhere for "Little Lucille" to grow since all of our spots are filled.
 
Monday, May 1 View Page
Watermelon lineup for this year 282 Dawson 255 Mitchell 305 Mudd 274 Kent 274 Kent 272 Glasgow 316 Edwards 260.5 Clementz Still have our only graft that took in the greenhouse. It is a 296 Barber x Valet rootstock. It is still smaller than the plants that have been planted already but it is gaining ground by the day!
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
Hydroponic tomatoes and basil planted on April 20
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
282 Dawson
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
255 Mitchell
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
305 Mudd
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
274 Kent #1
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
274 Kent #2
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
(3) 45 Phillips Canteloupe plants. Just now starting to have a few baby lopes popping up on these plants.
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
55 Vester
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
282 Dawson
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
255 Mitchell
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
305 Mudd
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
274 Kent #1
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
274 Kent #2
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
282 Dawson
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
255 Mitchell
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
305 Mudd
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
274 Kent #1
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
274 Kent #2
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
45 Phillips Canteloupe
 
Thursday, June 1 View Page
Potential lope on 45 Phillips. Should grow fast cause plants are BIG!!
 
Thursday, June 1 View Page
Another one on a 45 Phillips lope plant
 
Friday, June 2 View Page
First melon of the year on my 255 Mitchell.
 
Friday, June 2 View Page
Good lookin lope on the 55 Vester
 
Friday, June 2 View Page
Another good one on a 45 Phillips lope plant
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
Lope on 45 Phillips plant. Thanks for the seeds Spence!
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
45 Phillips lope 3 days old
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
Might be our keeper on the 274 Kent #2. Only a couple of days old. 274 Kent #2 x self.
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
45 Phillips lope 5 days old. Leader so far with a few others on its heels.
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
Another lope on a 45 Phillips plant
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
This is the hydroponic tomatoes and basil I'm trying this year. This might be the only way I grow tomatoes and herbs from now on! These are growing fantastic and they are the healthiest plants that I've ever seen.
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
45 Phillips lope plants
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
7 day old lope on one of our 45 Phillips plants
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
45 Phillips x sibb. 10 DAP and 61" OTT
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
Another 45 Phillips x sibb. 9 DAP and 55" OTT
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
55 Vester x self. 6 DAP and 45" OTT
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
55 Vester x self. 6 DAP and 45" OTT
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
55 Vester x self. This is the only lope that I am going to let grow on this plant and see what it does. 10 DAP and 66" OTT. 19.5" EE, 16.5" SS, and 30" CC.
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
55 Vester x self. Still growing good but this being my first try at lopes I don't know what to expect. Today is 14 DAP and it is 80" OTT. 23.5" EE, 20.5" SS, and 36" CC.
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
This is our hydroponic experiment for this year. We planted these plants on April 20. The middle crossing 2x4(the one the tallest plant is at) is almost 10 feet of the ground. This is 6 tomato plants(5 San Marzano and 1 Cherokee Purple) and a basil plant. We have already harvested about 15 gallon ziploc bags full of basil. I had to raise the trellis for the tomatoes up to about 17 feet. Maybe they reach the top by the end of the season. Also, all of the leaves on these plants are still dark green and plants look so healthy that I haven't had to spray the at all this season with an insecticide or fungicide. Anyone wanting info on our setup just shoot me an email it is really easy to build and maintain. We will grow all of our veggies with this system from now on!
 
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Two melons at the same node! You gotta be kidding! I'd rather have one huge melon than two little melons any day. I found this on one of our Orange Tendersweet melon plants.
 
Monday, June 26 View Page
Today is 20 DAP on our 55 Vester x self. Still growing pretty good at 97.25" OTT. 25.5" SS, 28.5" EE, and 43.25" CC.
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
255 Mitchell
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
282 Dawson
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
274 Kent #2
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
274 Kent #1
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
305 Mudd
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
272 Glasgow. Still haven't decided on a keeper between this one and one other.
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
45 Phillips lope
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
Another 45 Phillips lope
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
55 Vester lope. Just starting to get some loping lines. This thing is getting big!
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
Hydroponic tomatoes. All plants are anywhere from 9.5 - 12 feet tall and loaded!
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
274 Kent #2
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
55 Vester x self @ 33 DAP. Right at 50" CC and still dark green with some loping lines. Maybe it will grow a few more weeks.
 
Tuesday, July 18 View Page
Well our 55 Vester x self lope is now the 43.5 Bentley. I think we are hooked on lope growing now. Big thanks to Danny Vester for giving us seeds. Now we are going to grow a few 55 Vester hydroponically and see what we get.
 
Wednesday, July 19 View Page
Inside of our 43.5 Bentley lope. Nice thick walls and it was slammed full with seeds. Anybody wanting seeds out of this lope just needs to shoot me an email.
 

 

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