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Tuesday, January 3 View Page
Bnot and I have very similar indoor growing set ups - lol - better watch out Bob!
 
Monday, January 9 View Page
Hoping to get one set by Feb 1 - that will give me about 40 days for the fruit to grow until the first day of spring - first truss or bust - watch out Bob!!! This is the 5.22 QTip bz grown off the 8.41 Real MacCoy - isn't she purty
 
Monday, January 9 View Page
Cover crop is coming in real nice and thick!
 
Monday, January 9 View Page
Busy day at the office - making plans for the 2017 "non pumpkin" garden. The wife said NO to me growing a giant melon so I drew a picture of her in the garden in the watermelon patch and told her look how happy she looks with a watermelon - needless to say the melon is a go! And isn't my wife hot! Lol .... is it spring yet????
 
Saturday, January 14 View Page
Guess I'm giving this rutabagie thing a try. Thanks for the seeds Master P!
 
Tuesday, January 17 View Page
Here's a little treasure hunt for you mater heads.... can you find the baby blossoms starting? hard to tell from the picture but one is a mega bloom ...watch out bob I'm coming!
 
Tuesday, January 17 View Page
Rutabagies are up. Looks like I'll be growing the 96.5 Hunt - the other WR strain I had didn't germ. I don't know why but I am excited to grow these things
 
Tuesday, January 17 View Page
Forgot to post this one back in October - Tom stopped by the patch to check out the pumpkins - thought I would share in honor of the AFC championship this weekend - let's go Patties!!!! lol is it spring yet
 
Thursday, January 19 View Page
This is how you know you grow in Minnesota/the north.
 
Friday, January 20 View Page
Hey there you sexy little lady...happy the 5.22 QTip is throwing a decent mega on her first try
 
Friday, January 27 View Page
Matt-man I am on my way out to South Dakota as we speak to give you a bear hug. Thanks again for the seeds Mr. Winey, you made me day!
 
Friday, January 27 View Page
Rutabagies- they have a couple true leaves now - these things are growing pretty slow
 
Monday, January 30 View Page
Pollen has dropped the last two days .... should know shortly if the winter grow is going to be a success.....watch out bnot I have been giving these babies reverse osmosis smart water infused with orange Gatorade for electrolytes and laced with a half cup of muscle milk for vigor and stamina ....it's science ...I read it in a book
 
Wednesday, February 1 View Page
Here you go bob! Hopefully it starts getting bigger.... I wish this blossom would have been on an outdoor plant but what can you do
 
Monday, February 6 View Page
Isn't she beautiful
 
Monday, February 6 View Page
Only thing better than the patties winning another Super Bowl is winning free seeds when the patties win another super bowl. Thanks for the 2066 Mr. mobymikeguide - I will most likely not even plant it and just keep it as my own little super bowl ring
 
Monday, February 6 View Page
Jay don't hate tom - my wife left me for him last night.... and I'm not even mad ;)
 
Monday, February 20 View Page
Sad day - just got back from vacation and found my mater got BER in 2 places - looks like you win MN bnot :) weighed in at a monsterous 3.9 oz DMG - plant was chopped down and I got a rutabaga under the light now
 
Monday, February 20 View Page
Wasn't all bad - I promised the wife she could plan a vacation with the pumpkin winnings from last year. It was the only way she would agree to not kill my plants. So she picked Punta Cana in the Dominican. It was well worth the trip to lose the mater too. Beautiful beaches there
 
Monday, February 20 View Page
And a highlight from the trip - a bird crapped on my wife's back! Lol - if you remember from my previous diary she doesn't like birds/nature/dirt etc - I think they can sense her hatred haha
 
Monday, February 20 View Page
And watch out Bob - Carls little brother is starting to pick up steam! The carrot seeds to be doing well
 
Monday, February 20 View Page
And here is my rutabagie - don't know if it's doing well or not. It just looks like I'm growing a dandelion. I half suspect that the seeds MacCoy sent me were dandelion seeds and he's just laughing his ass off watching me :)
 
Monday, February 20 View Page
Also randomly met this guy at the lobby bar - Darren Steven Miller ... ended up talking for hours - amazing story he had cured his terminally ill lung cancer with treatment of cannabis oil. Google "Darren Steven Miller Cancer" and read a couple articles. He was basically given a couple months to one year to live and they said there was nothing more they could do so he heard about this cannabis oil therapy and gave it a try and has been cancer free for over a year now
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
I drove out to the wgpg seminar today and just sat here and watched Mike get about 39 awards - what a jerk - nice job beard
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
Well would you look at that....just look at it! .... I always say it's better to be lucky than good...the wife is thrilled with more nerd awards around the house lol
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
Ran into this new grower Michelle - she apparently must have been drinking because she thought I was a celebrity lol ..do you know how many autographs I've signed since winning the state record? ..... zero
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
Won this nice hoody at the anoka Halloween/scga meeting! Thanks Tony and Joe! Great job
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
Met Rusty Caspers, Petes dad. Anyone that has a pumpkin business card and red green suspenders is alright in my book! Lol
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
Go time is fast approaching....cover crop just starting to take off finally.
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
I need to find a new wife. She hasn't even thought of a name yet....
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
Got a couple new water tanks - might even try some tea brewing this year
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
Check it out Linus! My rutabagie has to be at least 50lbs already :)
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
How do you like this meth lab set up - carrots and rutabagies - I'll be moving them outside soon I hope!
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
Successfully grafted tomatoes my first try. It was fun to do. I used dro141tx rootstock from johnnyseeds.com and my 5.59 Domingo and 5.22 BZ for scions ...if I can graft tomatoes anyone can graft tomatoes
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
Just picked this shirt up at Walmart for my little Allie. Her dad may or may not have a matching one :)
 
Wednesday, April 5 View Page
The line up as of now! We are so close!!!
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Sooooo Mike are you gonna need my mom to drive you guys to dinner?
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Well crap
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Picked this baby up on clearance at Home Depot. I figure I would help this company with their advertising to sell more units.
 
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
My first attempt at melons - looks a little crispy to me - are these things slow growers or am I doing something wrong haha
 
Thursday, April 13 View Page
Guess what we are doing?
 
Thursday, April 13 View Page
Worm hunting!!!
 
Thursday, April 13 View Page
Even got the little one to start touching them
 
Thursday, April 13 View Page
This hobby is so much more than just growing pumpkins....
 
Thursday, April 13 View Page
Here's our catch! Each hoop house got a couple hundred worms throw on it. Get to work worms! Clean that soil!
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Here we go!
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Well crap!! Guess we will see what happens.... if the 2096 doesn't germ I'll go with the 1975 or 2261.5 - I planted all three just in case
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
Happy Easter my friends.
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Extra motivation for hitting the 2k mark this year! The beard is coming off! Had to officially document this so he doesn't back out.... also I agreed to shave my beard if I don't hit 2k
 
Friday, April 21 View Page
Hello Again, Hello...I just called to say hello...I couldn't sleep at all tonight....and I know it's late but i just couldn't wait....Hello, my friends, Hello .....I just called to let you know....I think about you every night..when I'm here alone and you're there at home..heeeelllloooo
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Got some goodies in the mail! Will be using the Raw line again along with several other products...I feel like a hoarder of pumpkin growing ferts and chemicals
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Plants got an hour of cloudy sun for the first time
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
The 2096 is up but that little true leaf in there has been slow going...hopefully it takes off soon...I have plenty of back up options but really want to grow the 2096
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Looks like Raw microbes gave away their secret formula ...lol... sorry sometimes I just can't help myself....lets grow pumpkins people!
 
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Anyone know what this plant is? I got some seeds from the exotic seed exchange and don't know what it is. I planted it for fun. The seeds were little black balls about the size of BB's....let me know
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
This is getting old ....last year I was in the ground for 2 days already but due to the poor weather it will probably be another 6 to 7 days before I put them out
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Needed to up pot since I'm not going outside for a while yet. Enlisted the help of my pumpkin helper, Kira, for up potting help. Her job is to find and sticks in the soil.
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
These plants are so cool. Anyone else love the smell of them? Mmmmmm they should make a pumpkin cologne....id wear it
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Sprinkle on some goodies! Pumpkin pro, raw microbes, and azos....this is the 1724.5 Steil - it has been my best looking young plant for 2 years now
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
1918.5 all tucked in to its new home for the next couple days
 
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
Well I see Ron is outside so I better get my ass in gear......all plants are outside! I love the red glow...I am pretty sure the weather has been terrible for everyone in the mid-west but it looks like blue skies on the horizon ....it's grow time my friends!!!
 
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
This makes me laugh. These are my brother in laws Moms plants. She germinated 4 out of 5 of my 1481 by putting them in a window sill in baby peat pots. She didn't soak seeds, sand the edges, get the moisture right in the soil, add a little humic and seaweed, rinse with peroxide, get the germ chamber to 85 degrees, make sure the humidity isn't too dry, etc etc....She put them in some garden soil, watered them and put them by a window...lol This just shows how easy these things are to germinate. For all the thought, time and care we put into germinating seeds. Don't worry so much people :) ...(yes i know the plants are leggy and look bad but that's not my point :)) ...also I am bringing her some of my back up plants that look a little better haha
 
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
Watch out Melon Heads!!! There is a new melon grower in town!! lol....I am pretty pumped to grow one of these bad boys....I am shooting for over 200lbs....this is the 208 Steil its the 267 Edwards x 297 Kent
 
Wednesday, May 3 View Page
So here is the official line up....all sites double planted... Site A: 1724.5 Steil & 1724.5 Steil Site B: 1918.5 QTip & 1918.5 QTip Site C: 2096 Meier & 1975 Wallace Site D: 2145 McMullen & 2261.5 Wallace The picture is my turdy 2096 (on the left) that i am hoping pics up but I really have no problems planting the 1975 Wallace (on the right)....is turdy a word? The 1975 looks awesome so far and ever day i keep leaning a little more and more towards it. The 2145 is the starter over the 2261 but also would have no problem planting Paps monster.
 
Friday, May 5 View Page
Hehe!!! Look who's back!!! My little feathered friend...lol
 
Friday, May 5 View Page
Just one in the hopper as of yesterday....
 
Friday, May 5 View Page
Started my maters last night - Even made a special trip out to Buffalo, MN to pick up some 7.10 Foss seeds from none other than the pumpkin legend himself! Thanks for the seeds Bill and letting me hang out on the porch and for the patch tour ....word on the street is he might have a 1918.5 rocking in one of hoop houses....woohoo!
 
Friday, May 5 View Page
1 of 2 rutabagies is outside....Shanon has been warming me I am going to run to seed sooooo hoping that doesn't happen ....this is my smaller of the two from the WR strain ...my larger one is from the 96.5 hunt and will be outside this weekend
 
Friday, May 5 View Page
Got my patch helper out!!! Even got her patch boots this year so mom doesn't yell at us for ruining tennis shoes with mud.....highly recommend patch boots for your kids ...
 
Friday, May 5 View Page
1724.5 Steil's looking good as always
 
Friday, May 5 View Page
1918.5 is my best looking plant as of right now :) ....(granted I planted about 8 of them and narrowed it down to the best one but none the less it looks beautiful lol)
 
Friday, May 5 View Page
2145 to left of me - 2261 to the right - here I am stuck in the middle with you
 
Friday, May 5 View Page
2096 left - 1975 right ..... current growing chances for each plant are 50/50
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
Anyone else cover their melons at night with a doc mcstuffins pull up diaper box??? ......no?....just me??? ......these melons are doing much better now that they are in the ground
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
Great feeling - got all the amendments in, final till done, walking boards out and half of my new fence done...
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
Here's what the fence will look like when all done - it's the green wind/privacy fence stuff - should have a 5 to 6 ft barrier surrounding the entire patch.....hoping this helps a little with the wind
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
Up to 4 haha
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
2145
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
1918.5
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
1724.5
 
Monday, May 8 View Page
2096
 
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
Here is my entry for the ugliest seedling contest. This is the 2106 Schmit.....hard to even look at it it's so ugly....ish....lucky for me I didn't spend much on this seed
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Last Rutabagie in the ground - this is the 96.5 hunt - it's getting to be about store bought size
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Allies favorite thing in the patch is jumping from board to board
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
Carrots are out - I made them a fancy new home this year - they look like crap both times after I have moved them outside full time but seem to recover well in a couple days - they got a shot of vitamin B at transplant too - I heard that's supposed to help ...
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
If you live around MN and are interested in some nice genetic, free mater plants let me know - I planted about 30 and will only grow about 10 maybe ....I have the 5.30, 6.88, 8.41 Maccoys...7.10 foss, ...6.03 Steil, ...5.59, 4.63, 5.22 QTip, ...4.94,5.58 porkchop, 2.45 may ...send me an email if you're interested
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
How am I doing melon guys? It looks like she might need a little nitro or for me to start taking my pictures later in the day around dusk :)
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
Here's big momma boos plant the 1918 - the 2145, 1918, 1724 are all about the same right now...
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
Here's the 2096 - I'm still calling this plant "the turd"....the 1975 next to it looks good ...so "the turd" is going to have to do something special in the next week or two to earn the spot over the 1975
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cx0KSqKOzUE
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
My best friend.....she's the best...here was our conversation... Chris: "you couldn't have done it in the kids sandbox, huh Dolly?" Dolly:........ Chris: "well at least it was solid one" Dolly:.... Chris: "lets go eat dinner, you must be hungry now"
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
1724.5 Steil is the first one down....now the fun starts!
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
1918 and 1724 are identical - granted they are mother daughter but still :) ....1918 has laid down too...pretty sure everyone is having crappy weather so far, which means blue skies can't be far off now..we got 5 inches of rain last week and the sun decided to take the week off too...these plants should really take off once the sun pops out - they are ready
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Everyone has a BB gun in their bathroom to shoot varmints out of the window right? Lol....my wife loves me
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Bummed - one of my carrots looks like it is running to seed but the good news is that if you want carrot seeds I should have some in a month or two :) ...maybe now bob won't have to charter a boat to Timbuktu to get seeds
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
Lol .....rutabagie!!!!
 
Monday, May 22 View Page
2145 still hasn't touched down yet but it's close ....walking her down gently I started this seed about 5 days after the others and it shows right now but you shouldn't be able to tell in a couple weeks - I am trying to avoid cutting that kick stand leaf but it will probably need to go
 
Tuesday, May 23 View Page
Ron and Paps best kept secret. Not a weed in the patch!
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
Kira checking out the robins. Haha - I wonder how creepy this is for the robins.....
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
only 2 this year....a couple didn't make it...goofy little things
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
Got a lot done over the weekend. Finally got the rest of fence installed.
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
Got the camera installed - lol - this is the fake camera I bought at home depot....I'm hoping it deters any of the neighborhood teenagers from coming in a smashing pumpkins one night...
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
Also got the garden ready for the maters....only got a couple planted...Ill end up with about 20 this year....my original plan was 5 lol.....i have a problem
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
Here is the melon hoop with the rest of my maters waiting to get planted.....I may or may not have taken the picture like this on purpose to show how big my melon plant is....the plant goes several feet back into the hoop :\ ...planted my two back up plants in the hoop as well just in case.
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
My rutabagie is starting to get big -- this thing makes me laugh
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
Pumpkin treats - mmm mmm good
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
Here's my baby the 1918 - this is my best looking plant but I am a little bias
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
I'm all in on the 1975. After much deliberation, I finally ended the 2096's life. The plant just never looked right from the start. thanks any way to a very generous grower Mr. Matt Winey for giving me the 2096 to try - I'm sorry I couldn't grow a piggy with it Matt!
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
1724.5 Steil - Steady
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
2145 - Starting to take off....just need a little sun....we got a teaser of 2 days with sunshine...now its been cloudy again for 2 days :( ....I would guess my plants are about a week behind where they were last year at this time
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
My plan of 5 maters was a bit off...ended up with 25 lol
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
Watch out melon guys it's moving !!!dont mind those two backups in there
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
Pulled the carrot that ran to seed - was informed by some folks across the pond that saving seeds from a carrot that runs to seed early isn't a good idea...I couldn't disagree with him so out she came
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
Her she be - weighed just under 2 lbs
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
Got my patch helpers out
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
1918
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
2145 only 8ft out though :( ...the first beautiful lady of the season is always great to see though
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
My friends think they are hilarious. They equipped the patch with "clown crow" or "scare clown" to keep the children out of the patch- lol - I've been getting just a "tiny" bit of shit for having the fake security camera up
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
In the 90's today - out comes the shade cloth - also spent a good deal of time kinking all the vines this morning ;) the 2145 is ready to role
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
I don't know much about rutabagas but I can tell they don't like the high temps....they are hanging out under there somewhere
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
Here you go Shanon....where do I find the rutabaga OTT chart lol
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
2145
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
1975 - the baby of the bunch - I tried sweet talk and that didn't work - I've started yelling at her when I walk by "come on Wallace!!!" ....I'm hoping this works ...my neighbors love me
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
1918 - my honey
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
1724
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
208 Steil - it's starting to grow
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
Ended up with 27 maters - here we come 10lber!!!
 
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
Has anyone seen this man??? He's a bearded fella, medium to plus size medium build, gets excited for plus sized tomatoes and pumpkins.....word on the street is he couldn't take all the pressure from the competitive world of Slammer growing...
 
Friday, June 16 View Page
Guess who's making sweet love to this little lady tomorrow.....2145
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
2145
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
1918
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
1724 Steil
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
1975 Wallace - this plant just won't take off - I'm not giving up on her yet
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
2145 pollinated on 6/17 at 11ft - have another falling right about 14 to 15 that should open in about 2 or 3 days - will most likely go with 14fter if it takes - weather looks like pollinations should all take in the coming days
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
1724.5 pollinated today at 10ft - this is for the new growers - not all the blossoms look perfect - most people only post the sexy ones on bp :) - I most likely won't go with this one but you only get so many options on the main
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Here was that fugly flower I pollinated on the 1918 - it had to go - nothing good would have come of this - tear :( - I figured better to take care of business now before I get too attached lol
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Cut it half because I was curious like a kitten...(my friends call me whiskers) ...I thought it was kinda cool
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
Look what opened on the 2145 at 14ft this morning - it's beautiful!!! This will be the one....pollinator was the 1918
 
Wednesday, June 21 View Page
My moment of complete joy of the 2145 blossom looking perfect was soon followed by shear terror....looked what pulled up ...slight breeze blowing towards the patch but I think I'll be okay ...
 

 

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