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Saturday, April 15 View Page
I've decided to start my diary over. It was just to messy. Here is my patch with 4 yards of compost spread out. It looks really good to me. I will have it tilled next weekend And start the seeds the week after next weekend. Then put the hoops sometime at the end of April. My vegetable garden with beds in it is looking good too. The fence for my giants will go up at the end of April or beginning of May. I will be planting my hot peppers that I started indoors there in the beds and other vegetables that I will probably buy from the store. So far everything is on task.
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
 
Friday, April 21 View Page
I've started a new diary so here is my 2017 lineup! I will be starting them next week. Thanks Norm for sending me 1223.5 seeds.
 
Saturday, April 22 View Page
A little rainy here in Topsfield today. So I am going to work on my hoop house tomorrow. It will be sunny and warm then. My plan was to start my seeds this upcoming week But I am going to start them tomorrow. The time has arrived. It's time to start them. So the hoop house will be build tomorrow and the seeds will be started tommrow. I will not put the hoop house in my garden yet because it is not tilled yet. Tilling was going to be done this weekend but the recent rain now pushed it to most likely next weekend. But that's ok, lots of things happening tomorrow .
 
Saturday, April 22 View Page
Here are my peppers then some tomatoes in the middle. The peppers are just exploding. They doubled in size in the last 4 days. WOW products are just giving them great boosts
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
The hoop house has been built! I will put the plastic on after I till my patch. Then I will put heating cables down and the light in the hoop house to warm it up. My seeds got started today. I will plant in mid may
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
 
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
My pumpkin line up could possibly be changed a bit. Here's why, The 1980 Lancaster is not germinating. Woody has tried lots of times and the seed just doesn't want to germinate. He put it in this incubator but has no luck getting roots to come out of it. Just won't germinate. He is trying again to see if he will get the magic seed. If that does not happen then I will be going with the 1713 I believe it is. That is a great seed. That seed grew the 1980. I will be completely fine using the 1713. On the other hand. The 1223.5 GANSERT germinated within 24 hours and is in pots.
 
Friday, April 28 View Page
My peppers told me something today. Here is what they said---- " Henry, we refuse to stop growing"
 
Friday, April 28 View Page
 
Saturday, April 29 View Page
Good news! The 1980 LANCASTER has germinated. My lineup will stand as is. The 1223.5 GANSERT and the 1980 Lancaster. I went to look at my plants that came up above the dirt the 1223.5 and they were looking good! The 1980 should be showing is a few days. I will till my patch tomorrow if the soil is dry enough which I think it is now. After Woody tills my patch for me I will start digging the hole for the cables. Then next weekend I will most likely put the plastic on my hoop house and get the heating cables in and the light in the hoop house. So far things are on track. I will post pics of my plants when they get a bit bigger.
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
Tilling has begun!
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
The patch has been tilled! Patch is really looking great! Soil is nice and fluffy. I will use walking boards to walk where I need to walk
 
Sunday, April 30 View Page
Currently digging the pit where the heating cables will go in
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Here are a picture of my pumpkin plants. There are the 2 1980s Lancaster in the front then the two in the back are the 1223.5 gansert
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
This weekend, I will get the plastic on the hoops. Also I will get the heat light in the hoops and bury the heating cables. I will turn everything on this weekend to warm everything up, I will plant not this weekend but the weekend after this upcoming weekend.
 
Thursday, May 4 View Page
Pepper update: peppers are doing great. The one all the way to the right is about 2-3 feet tall already . I am already seeing some reapers forming. Maybe I will get to eat one before I plant them in the ground. Looks like I will have a huge yield with all the plants this summer. Projected planting date for peppers - End of may
 
Thursday, May 4 View Page
One of my reapers doing great!
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
The hoop house has been completed! Heating cables are turned on. I will be planting next weekend!
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
Here is a picture of the inside of my hoop house.
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
Here are my plants! Two 1980s in the front then the two 1223.5s in the back. The 1980s are a little smaller because they were planted a bit after the 1223.5s but next weekend it will be time to plant them!
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
I have a little weather thing that I found. I put the sensor in my hoop house so now I can see what the temp is in my hoop house which is great! Right now I am just trying to warm the hoop house up so don't worry my plants are not in 84 degrees. That would be a little to high. Planting next weekend
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
I went to take a look at my pumpkins today. They are doing really good. The 1223.5 is growing really nicely. So is the 1980 but it's a little behind since it sprouted 3 days after 1223.5. This weekend it's going to rain Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. If the weather is crappy I will plant Monday or Tuesday. If I plant Saturday then the 1223.5 might just go in since the 1980 might be to small to go in but if i plant on Monday or Tuesday next week then the 1980 will most likely be all caught up to the 1223.5. Anything can change so I will be prepared for possible changes . Otherwise Bnot please stop stealing the good weather:)
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
1223.5s will be planted tomorrow! 1980 will have to wait a little longer. That one will probably go in early next week
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
Plants are in! The 2- 1223.5 s are in the front and in the back are the 2- 1980s! At the bottom of each hole that was dug I've added some mycorrhizal
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
 
Saturday, May 13 View Page
It is going to rain tonight and tommrow. Heavy rain. 2-3 inches expected but since I have a hoop house the plants should be nice and comfortable. It was a cloudy day today. Surprisingly the hoop got all the way up to 73 today which is great. I expect it to go down tonight. The low tonight is supposed to be 44. Lows for next week are in the mid 50s. I am very exited to grow this year again! Last year I had a good year . This year I want to have an even better year! My goal is 1000 pounds on atleast 1 pumpkin . After last season I put my goal at 800 but seeing how I have so many more techniques and with my expansion and with me starting with a hoop house my goal will be 1000 pounds! Hopefully in September I will be welcomed to the 1000 club!
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
Sun is out! The plants get to see sunlight for the first time since they were in the ground. Great growing weather this week! They are really gonna grow. I am reading 76 degrees in hoop house right now at 5:00 Pm. Tommrow it is going to be 77 for high so I will crack two ends of the hoop open
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
Not sure if you can see but there are posts around the garden. I did lots of work after school. Fence will go up this weekend! I will get a better pic after the fence is up
 
Monday, May 15 View Page
My patch is looking great! I have about 1600 SF of patch
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
So this morning before school i cracked both ends of the hoop house open. But then at 1:15 woody came to the rescue. Got a text message saying hoop house was all the way up to 108! Woody came and took the ends off. All is good. Got a little worried when it was at 108 degrees though
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Got the fence up much earlier then expected
 
Thursday, May 18 View Page
1223.5 Ganserts are really lovin this warm weather! They grew a lot today
 
Friday, May 19 View Page
Day 2 of this fisher cat coming in my backyard right behind my patch. It came Wednesday and it's back today which is Friday it could be back tommorow. It's hunting for some big time food. I am going to put my stealth cam out in the woods behind my backyard so maybe I will get some shots and videos of it. I've got 4 dogs soon there could be 0
 
Saturday, May 20 View Page
Pepper update: this update is not going to be so good. Suddenly I lost a reaper plant. What happened is it just suddenly died. I had them inside getting some nice fresh sun the past two days since it was to hot to put them out. It was like 95 degrees. And this morning I noticed one reaper plant just turned wrinkley and died. All the leaves were perfect yesterday. Nice and green. I don't think this was a burned plant that just died it was something else. The leafs were not burned at all. The new leafs are light green. Those are the leafs that died then it spread to the entire plant. So yes maybe it was a little burn but those light green new leafs are on my other plants. Those plants are now getting wrinkled too on the light green new leafs. but not as badly. Now I'm very upset in 1 day from now all my peppers that I've been growing all winter long could suddenly die for an unknown reason. I did not over water them either I made sure the soil was dry before I watered but I'm not sure what happend.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
I am doing a comparison with my plants. This is the one week comparison. The two 1223.5s are in the front as labeled. The 2 1980s are in the back as labeled. This picture was taken on Sunday (may 14) I planted these plants last weekend
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
As you can see in this picture I've had major growth in the past week. The 1223.5s in the front then the 1980s in the back
 
Thursday, May 25 View Page
This week has not been a good growing week lots of cloudy cold rainy days. But my plants are actually doing quite well. Some big growth this week. Secondary's forming on all the plants. Both 1223.5s are just about on the ground, while the 1980s are still a little behind but they are catching up quick. Those are not quite on the ground yet. This weekend looks like good weather. Next week looks pretty good too. I will post a picture this weekend of the plants. 1000 pounds here we come.
 
Friday, May 26 View Page
I decided to do an early photo. I just could not resist. Just about two weeks in the ground. Here is my 1223.5. The next picture will show the other 1223.5 after those two pictures I will then show the 2 1980s
 
Friday, May 26 View Page
Ok here is the other 1223.5. They are both great plants. They are both at the same length. I like the other 1223.5 a little better though. That is the picture before this one. Here's why. It is a little more aggressive. It is throwing out HUGE leafs every day. While the other 1223.5 in this pic is a little slower the leaf growth is just slower. It is Also kinda branchy the plant in this picture. The other one is more full. They are both growing at the same speed so let's see what happens . Anything can change.
 
Friday, May 26 View Page
Here is one of the 1980s. These plant sprouted a little after the 1223.5s so that's why they are a little smaller. They are looking great though! It is getting crowded in the hoop so I will take the hoop off soon. Next pic will show the other 1980
 
Friday, May 26 View Page
Here is the other 1980. They are also doing very well.
 
Friday, May 26 View Page
Here is the last picture of today. as you can see the leafs are getting huge on my 1223.5 plants
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
One of my 1223.5s. both of them are out of control. If they keep growing at this rate they will be out of the hoop by Tuesday.
 
Sunday, May 28 View Page
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
I decided to choose which plant to keep today of the 1223.5 it was the right one! It just looks really nice. But I am worried about the 1980s those have issues. Issue on one plant is that the vine is completely FLAT. And it continues to be flat. Issue on other one is that it is impossible to get down. It's really tough. I will wait till this weekend to decide which one to keep of the 1980s
 
Tuesday, May 30 View Page
1980s not doing so good . Completely flat vine on one plant and the flatness keeps coming. Then on the other plant it's struggling to get on the ground. The plant was moved today but I'm worried the vine will just snap
 
Wednesday, May 31 View Page
The weather is once again terrible today. Rain showers. My 1223.5 is cruising right along. I have made an estimated pollination of around June 20th for the 1223.5 in case you did not see my other diary post It was time to prune one out of the 1223.5s. I am down to 1! I woke up this morning to my 1980 starting to even out. As I wrote yesterday. One 1980 vine is completely flat and it continues to be flat. I don't want to keep that one. But the On the other 1980 that is the one that I moved a little bit. That one is starting to even out and ready to start running soon but it is still on the ground and on its side but coming up slowly. Sunny weather tomorrow,Friday and Saturday with temps around mid 70s that will give the 1980 time I hope to completely even out. I am still a little worried about the 1980s but my worryness is going down
 
Thursday, June 1 View Page
I will include some pics on the next entry. So today I started burying the 1223.5 I sprinkled some pumpkin pro by each root going into the ground so far. As you know the 1223.5 is on fire with growing. I had to cut the end of the hoop to allow it to grow more. It's still kinda cold to take the hoop off. The 1980s are better. The flat vine one will be pulled next week
 
Thursday, June 1 View Page
 
Thursday, June 1 View Page
 
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Friday, June 2 View Page
Just spotted a squash bug today. Crap. I hope this is not a bad bug season. They are here much earlier then last year and this year it's pretty below average for temps so far
 
Friday, June 2 View Page
First major disappointment of the season. Big split on 1980 plant I pruned out the flat vine one. This split on my only left 1980 just brought my confidence way down. This plant is hard to take care off. I don't think this plant will survive with this major split. Still 3 and a half more months to go till seasons over . I need to make sure no larva worms get in there
 
Friday, June 2 View Page
1223.5
 
Friday, June 2 View Page
The 1980 is now part of the club
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
I know that I am posting a lot but with my 1980 plant things are getting frustrating. I went over to woody Lancaster's today. He said to me that the 1980 was a complicated plant. It took multiple tries to get it to germinate. Then the split in the plant now. That split Is growing day by day. It is just very frustrating. So what we did today is we started backups of the 1713. If this 1980 keeps struggling to grow then I will pull it and plant the 1713. Let's just say I planted the 1713 in the ground in mid June which would probably be time time I would plant it , I would not get a polination probably until mid to late July! I would be looking at around a 300-600 pounder probably. Anyway that is the last outcome and I would say there is a good chance this will happen.
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
This rainy old and crappy weather is about to be ended. Take a look at the expected temps. Plants will be in for a shock!
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
I don't need to explain anymore. Just a reminder. It's June 6th
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
Hoop is outta here! Plsnts are free! Next few pics will be of the 1223.5 and 1980
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
1223.5
 
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
1223.5
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
I will plant all my peppers today! They were started in February! First up! The Carolina reapers! I put WOW starter paks on each side of root ball for the reaper. I have two more starter paks so those will go in two of my starfish peppers
 
Saturday, June 10 View Page
The peppers have been planted!
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Here is just a quick picture of the 1223.5. I got the stomach bug yesterday and I still have it so it's been hard to work on the plants. . More pictures coming tomorrow.
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
1223.5 is growing very well. Plant is about 10 feet 5 inches long. Female pumpkin was spotted but I got rid of it since its too early.
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
1223.5
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
1223.5
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
Leafs look great
 
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
1223.5 Plant had a major growth spurt today. Main grew about 7 inches while the secondary's put on some impressive growth as well. 11 feet 1 inch is how long the plant stands at 6:54 pm The plant is growing faster and faster every day. These secondary's are out of control
 
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
Some male flowers opening in a few days
 
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
No squash vine bugs have been spotted nothing. Very good sign. I've spotted some roots already coming out of the soil so I quickly added some more soil on top. This is a strong plant With a strong root system. 1980 is cruising along as well but much smaller. The 1980 is just about a week behind the 1233.5
 
Saturday, June 17 View Page
Lots of growth from last entry a few days ago. 1223.5 weekend update. The 1223.5 is growing very strong. Secondary's are growing a lot and so is the main. I've spotted 2 pumpkins way inside the main vine but I hope to get those pollinated before July 1st
 
Saturday, June 17 View Page
As you can see the secondary's are shooting right out
 
Saturday, June 17 View Page
Can you spot that orange pumpkin? It's out at 13 feet. It's still way in the main vine so I hope it moves another foot or two. This one could be a keeper.
 
Saturday, June 17 View Page
I did not forget about the 1980. This one is showing me it's big potential. The secondarys are really starting to explode now on this one. It's about 10 feet. Only 3 feet behind the 1223.5 but secondary's are still wayyy behind
 
Saturday, June 17 View Page
1223.5
 
Saturday, June 17 View Page
1980
 
Saturday, June 17 View Page
Side view of the 1223.5
 
Saturday, June 17 View Page
Tall shot of 1223.5
 
Saturday, June 17 View Page
Very thick main on 1223.5
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
Pumpkin update. The 1223.5 is getting massive. There is a pumpkin at 14 feet with 15 secondary's behind it. That female flower will open sometime next week. I will pollinate that one. There is also another pumpkin in the main that will end up at 15-16 feet. That one will probably open in 12-14 days I am going to pollinate all of my choices .
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
1223.5 pumpkin at 14 feet with 15 secondary's behind
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
1223.5
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
1223.5
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
1223.5
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
The 1980 is doing very well also. Secondary's are coming out very fast
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
1980
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
Lots of secondary's still trying to catch up with the others on the 1980
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
So much energy flowing through the 1223.5
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
Sunflowers are doing good. The one right in front of this picture is the 14 inch head sunflower! The ones in the back are mystery sunflowers 5 mystery ones because the wind blew there cups away that had the type they were so I will find out what they are when they fully mature. I started some giant mammoth seeds today. Some more 14 inch heads cause I think I only have 1 of those but who knows maybe one is a mystery one. I also started some multi blossom ones and the 5.05 tall meter sunflowers and 1 seed i found of the 19.8 head luders. I am going make sure to know the type of the sunflowers I started today throughout the entire season. So this is all for fun for the first year of giant sunflowers. I plan to enter the tallest one I get and the biggest head one I get into the fair.
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
This nice orange pumpkin will be opening Sunday or Monday. Possibly Tuesday the latest. I am loving it. 14 feet out with 15 strong secondary's behind! I am going to call it "the beast" I am liking this one, if it opens Sunday then that will be my wanted pollinating date of June 20-25 for the 1223.5. The 1980 be pollinated sometime early or mid July. so Sunday is the 25. That would be nice! If I could get the 1223.5 to open and be pollinated then. That would give me a solid 93 days for it to grow if I choose it. Can I get 1000 pounds from the 1223.5?
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
Here is the other pumpkin on the 1223.5 It has 19 secondary's behind it. Four more then the other pumpkin. Not a big fan of the shape though. Looks kinda oval. If I were to choose I would choose the rounder one over this one even though this one has four more secondary's cause I'm not a big fan of the shape on this one. Plus the other pumpkin will open before this one so it will have more time growing.
 

 

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