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Monday, January 16 View Page
Here's to 2017! Unusual to have snow on the ground for a month or more in western Washington. The hill to the left of the contraption is a new mulch pile. This is where I grew 2 plants last year with 11 fruits totaling 2400 lbs. A great first year success! The largest were 462 and 441.5. 50 lbs of potatoes also from the same hill as the pumpkins. I used the 1122 Emmons (1662 Stelts x 1610 Leiber) and the better of the two plants did produce about 1500 lbs of fruit so I think the genetics in some of the Emmons seed is as good as its parents. I did not prune tertiaries but I did prune the vine ends. The plants were about 450 and 350 sq. ft. 800 total. Why the second plant produced less lbs per sq foot I'm not sure, but it also had smaller leaves and wilted sometimes... The first plant never wilted much at all! An excellent plant!
 
Thursday, April 6 View Page
Annakin's tomato starts... My pepper starts. Less than 50% germination so far.
 
Thursday, April 6 View Page
Too much water / rotten roots. A dampening fungus I'm guessing perhaps also caused also by inconsistent temps. It did not freeze - just looks like it. Having the same problem in the peppers and tomatoes. But we don't need 40 tomato and pepper plants. Those which germ. will be the ones we grow. Also lost were all three of my (811 Gerhardt x self) Schweigerts. Bummer.
 
Thursday, April 6 View Page
Wilted pumpkin is my daughters. She is taking it well we already planted a couple 334 House seeds. Her first plant is dying...but her new plants will emerge soon. It's the circle of life. I asked her if she wanted to grow a big pumpkin or an orange pumpkin. She said "Big AND orange!"... but she is gonna have to be happy with orange this year. Might have put a 1775.5 Sperry in if she had wanted big. I let her look at my collection of House seeds and she chose the 334. Thank you Mr. House!! My other daughter is a year younger and too young to grow a pumpkin... She is growing a giant radish. It's doing ok so far... Everyone is very excited and hopeful.
 
Friday, April 7 View Page
Seed weight vs seedling size. Germinating seeds ranging from .27 to .72 grams. The difference would be more pronounced but I threw in some medium sized seeds in the last nine cells on the right so the heavy seed weight plants are still visibly standing out but those some of those farthest to the right and half of the row second farthest to the right are medium seed weight (.5 grams or so). This initial variation in size does NOT actually show which plants are superior genetically. See next post... However the smaller plants are about a week behind or so and will not catch up until six to eight weeks later. See next post!
 
Friday, April 7 View Page
About 8 weeks later half of the seedlings in the picture in the previous post have rotted away. There is no connection between the current distribution of health and vigor and the original seed weights. The tray is reversed in this picture. There may still be slightly more plant material on the left (still) but in terms of numbers and percentages of healthy surfing seedlings from the original setup there is no anomaly which would indicate that the smaller weight seeds were genetically inferior.
 
Friday, April 7 View Page
Another pic. They look terrible but they are actually doing surprisingly well for their circumstances. Considering they are in my care they should all be dead by now. Good genetics...
 
Monday, April 10 View Page
334 House looking GREAT. Will not cull one instead will leave the second as a "for her little sister" pumpkin. Growing two plants out of the same pot worked fine last year.... 2400 lbs of pumpkins!!! I don't have a dump truck load of goat manure mixed with alfalfa (then left to compost for 2-3 years) to plant into this year, though, so it will certainly be a challenge for me to be that successful again. In the ground yesterday... (2) 1775.5 Sperry (1813 Northrup x 1676.5 Daletas) 1293.5 Benson (2145 McMullen x self) 903.5 Schweigert (811 Gerhardt x 1610 Lieber) HD winner
 
Monday, April 10 View Page
My job is to eat critters that eat pumpkins. Sometimes my name is Pumpkin, sometimes it's Kitty.
 
Monday, April 10 View Page
Feed me now!!!
 
Monday, April 10 View Page
I'm the one who actually catches some voles. Everyone calls me Max. If a pumpkin-monkey yells "C. Maximus!" I wag my tail and get excited... because I love pumpkins. But may I please confess to you that I don't love Pumpkin-the-Kitty.
 
Wednesday, April 12 View Page
...Feed me too! (no pic with previous post...)
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
1775.5 Sperry rescued. One of two cracked seeds, the other rotted completely. With this one the cots started to rot so I removed the seed coat, cut the rot off, and positioned it in an "already sprouted" position with its small root in the dirt. The cots were still totally white when I did this and had not separated. A mist of water a few times a day to keep the premature cots from drying out... & now it's looking well.
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
150 sq ft patch not quite ready. Four-leaf-clover layout... 3 or 4 plants will grow out from shared dirt & manure pile (to be created in the center at the location of the yellow bag). The short transit from where I will start the plants, one from each corner of the mound in the center, to the main patches, will be about three feet (an allotment of six square feet for this is seen roughly marked by the smaller boards). The main portion of each patch will each be 12x12 for the remaining 144 sq ft. I'll have up to four identically shaped patches in the end, but as of now I have not planted or fully completed any of them yet and in fairness to the "only one patch" rule I will declare now that my 150 sq ft competition entry will be grown in the only area with both lower and upper railing--in this picture it's the area in the upper right corner. This will be my competition patch. It will be easy to distinguish because it has a cherry tree growing in it and some other small shrubs too. And I don't think any of the the other patches will get the upper second railing.
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
A plastic cucumber container spreads granular fertilizer perfectly through the holes in the bottom. The fertilizer comes out evenly & comes out only when I shake it. Any clumps will either stay in the container or break apart. I may put up to two lbs on each patch to establish some baseline fertility. I don't want them getting too much nitrogen but oh well this was the bast value with the least nitrogen. I may add some Dolomite lime product too. Maybe some Epsom salt too. That's it for fertilizer. It's gonna be compost tea and low nitrogen chelated foliar fertilizer from now on. Hopefully that's all they're gonna want.
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
150 sq ft plant & The main lineup. 1992.5 Vincent from Alaska Seed Giveaway... thanks, PatrickW. This will be my seed of choice for the 150 sq ft competition. Hopefully the fact that it was free, (other than postage), levels the playing field. Also I think if I say this is the plant I'm going with before I compare it to all the others I am growing will also help level the playing field with anyone who is growing less pumpkins. I will have about twenty different seeds and nearly 100 plants to choose from by planting time so with just the root tip out on the 1992.5 it's time for me to say I'm going with this one. I know the root is out because I planted them at an angle, upside down, and it's easy to brush away the dirt and see who is germinating and who is not. 1533.5 Kline squash 1047 Barlow pumpkin/squash 1929.5 Barlow pumpkin 993.2 Vincent/McGill 2008 1462 Gibson 2007 1653 Foss I'm not sure the older seeds will sprout. The seeds with no year listed will be emerging soon... The plant markers are from a cut up plastic container, marked with permanent marker. Not the best system maybe but it's free. These markers happen to look like tombstones. What else is in the graveyard: Some glass gem corn and some low germ. seed from a pumpkin that rotted.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Pic that was supposed to be with the previous post.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Arrgh! This seedling mix is not all good. Let me rant because it's not the only one. This is a ball of pure sand in a mix that is already too sandy. Another seedling mix I bought had sticks and wood which were also big enough to make me think, "Isnt it their job to sift this stuff?" I guess not. Like everything available at your local big box store, more than half of it is no better than garbage we just keep putting our faith in the wrong place... Except the "sand ball seedling mix" came from a local growing store. The best of the three has been the Black Gold brand. Garden & Bloome was the sandy one. The overly-peaty one which I had rot issues with was Jobe's. The price was about the same for all three. Maybe the others are normally good. I'm not comfortable endorsing any product just ranting... A good company can make a bad batch sometimes I'm sure--but with something as simple as sifting dirt--it's so basic... how do you mess that up? I guess by simply not doing their job.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Pic which goes with previous post. Ball of sand I just broke apart. Seedling mix I purchased was not sifted at all... How could there be a ball of soft, pure sand if it was sifted? Why would more than one brand sell me seedling mix that seemed to be unsifted? Maybe there is some reason--besides the very minimal cost--they don't? I just don't understand this... I guess next year I will make my own instead.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Arrgh! This seedling mix is not all good. Let me rant because it's not the only one. This is a ball of pure sand in a mix that is already too sandy. Another seedling mix I bought had sticks and wood which were also big enough to make me think, "Isnt it their job to sift this stuff?" I guess not. Like everything available at your local big box store, more than half of it is no better than garbage we just keep putting our faith in the wrong place... Except the "sand ball seedling mix" came from a local growing store. The best of the three has been the Black Gold brand. Garden & Bloome was the sandy one. The overly-peaty one which I had rot issues with was Jobe's. The price was about the same for all three. Maybe the others are normally good. I'm not comfortable endorsing any product just ranting... A good company can make a bad batch sometimes I'm sure--but with something as simple as sifting dirt--it's so basic... how do you mess that up? I guess by simply not doing their job.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Seed Bingo. Rows are by .1 grams, columns by .01 grams. If a seed weighs .69 grams it goes in row ".6" column ".09". The scale is fast and accurate. The drop test or any other method is just a guess. This really tells you what is inside the seed the only guess is how much of the weight is the seed coat itself so strip off some seed coats and weigh them. Small profile seeds can weigh just over .3 grams and still be very good seeds. I now have a .366 gram 1109 Borgers up and doing well. Seeds with large seed coats ideally are at .6 grams (or more) but there may be a lot viable seeds in the .4's and .5's.
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
319.5 House Cinderella goes hydroponic... starting as one of my top five healthiest seedlings (out of twenty or so) but yesterday it suddenly started to decline rapidly like the limp seedling I posted a little while ago. I have a couple more 319.5 seeds but this one was doing great and I'm going to see if I can intervene successfully rather than watch a second plant go down... I put it in a half pint (8oz) jar with distilled water with a few drops of 32% H202. This has now restored the plants turgor, and it appears to still be growing. It appears to be healthy once again. Tomorrow I will re-pot it into new seedling mix. How tedious... but it was a good plant.
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Slow start to the year. Plants pilling up on the kitchen table. Where do we eat?!? Worst winter and one of the worst springs ever here. It's bad enough that I care about growing pumpkins... it's really bad when we can't sit at the kitchen table. Cold rain for days... weeks... months. At best, spring in Washington is half nice and half not, at worst it gets down to to just a couple of nice days per month. I know it's cold elsewhere too this year...
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
After a bit of a rough start, 900 Gansert is coming along nicely. 900 Gansert x 800 McMullen?
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
1114.5 Minor, big cots. 1462 Gibson 07, the oldest seed I have germinated--lower left--it's definitely healthy now. 811.5 Schweigert, monocot start / looking great now. ....Thanks to these growers for their seeds!!!!!
 
Thursday, April 27 View Page
Very healthy starts from some seeds from Carl Haist. 1505.5 Haist seeds were so small and being from 2012 I figured they might not be very good... Some are very good. A couple 1415 Haist seeds looking good... Thank you, Mr. Haist! Another thanks I want to mention that I got a really fat pack of seeds from a grower in LaSalle, Michigan... some great genetics that I plan to use & thanks very much...! One more mention... To everyone who contributed indirectly to me via the seed exchange, thank you. The orange cosmos was my contribution fyi. It should like "pumpkin patch soil" so maybe with just a little effort you can grow a small spot of it. Sorry about the editing here it's probably a mess and elsewhere too my posts are so long & sometimes make errors in my posts. Sorry!
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Old rotted hay flakes set out like tiles, soon to be covered with dirt.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
150 sq ft patch... old hay.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Covering hay with dirt. I planted about 5 lbs of small potato sets in all the gaps between the hay bales. A few are visible in the previous picture... if you look really close!! It took three entire rotted bales to cover the 150 sq ft, and around the perimeter also.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
150 sq ft patch. My strategy may be more oddball than winning--but we'll see--the plan is that the hay will be the perfect food for enriching the soil. I already put four or five bales in this spot last fall, and now I've added more. Other than attracting voles, I think potatoes are a good crop to mix with the pumpkins. The potatoes will enjoy the shade later in the summer... and the pumpkin will not mind growing over onto (and grabbing) the potato vines. And I will enjoy having an understory of food rather than pernicious weeds... unless the voles eat all of them. Please--email me if you know how to get rid of voles. Thanks!
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
150 sq ft patch. My strategy may be more oddball than winning--but we'll see--the plan is that the hay will be the perfect food for enriching the soil. I already put four or five bales in this spot last fall, and now I've added more. Other than attracting voles, I think potatoes are a good crop to mix with the pumpkins. The potatoes will enjoy the shade later in the summer... and the pumpkin will not mind growing over onto (and grabbing) the potato vines. And I will enjoy having an understory of food rather than pernicious weeds... unless the voles eat all of them. Please--email me if you know how to get rid of voles. Thanks!
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
One of the 1221.5 Emmons x self planted at my parents about two weeks ago. No heating cables & just a small polycarbonate cover which was open at both ends. It appears to be growing a bit faster than the slugs are eating.
 
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Also at my parents: 334 House's are still alive but not liking the cold as much as the 1221.5 Emmons x self. Growing very slowly. Worried a rabbit or mole could kill these at any time. A happier mention--the 1992.5 Vincent will be in the ground very soon, today possibly, for the 150 sq ft competition! Next pic will be... 1992.5 Vincent in the ground. Who else will see dirt this week idk. An original 1221.5 Emmons '12 and the 811.5 Schweigert are growing the best so far, and multiple Haist plants starting to pick up speed. My gut feeling is that the 1505.5 Haist has great potential. Good luck everyone. Feel free to email me.
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
150 sq ft planted today. 1992.5 Vincent. Not one of my best plants it's about average. Got rolled by the wind a little so I planted a back up in case it does it was damaged, or it doesn't do well for any other reason. Backup will be 1514 White 2014. Probably planted it a week too early cold tonight and low pressure on the way. I'm ahead of last year by a couple weeks for better or worse. A lot of work... mole repellent, slug killer, temporary wire cage and polycarbonate cover. Nothing fancy all very basic but it took a long time. Half the work was getting the measurements right for the little six sq ft extension. It measures 26" x 3 ft. Subtract the area that overlaps with the 144 sq ft area so in total the added area pictured here comes out to exactly six square feet. A lot of hassle to eke out that last sq ft. But it turned out well. The cedar boards have been easy to work with... it is easy to screw them to stakes in the ground. Now everything is in place and won't move so now for the fun part... to grow a pumpkin.
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
150 sq ft backup... 1514 White 2014. Yes, overwatered. I'm getting lazy. Soil mix is my own mix never tested. And Im testing it on a good --supposedly rare--seed. I should know better.
 
Sunday, May 7 View Page
On the other hand... all of these were germinated in ordinary garden soil AND the soil was overly wet. No fancy care at all... 53 of 72. This was random seed from the floor sweepings jar with a fancy setup and good sterile soil maybe a dozen more would have made it. I dont know the what the percentage of viable seed was but clearly yes it's possible to save money and cull out the weak ones at the same time ha ha. You can see I'm not very professional.
 
Tuesday, May 9 View Page
Four identical patches. I might do eight 150 sq ft patches but right now I'm at four. Competition patch is upper right...1992.5 Vincent. 1514 White backup. A 1245.5 Werner backup backup. Well look what happens when I try to get fancy I get red scribbles I'm no expert at pumpkins or Apple software either. Anyhow I would not favor one plant or grower but Haist is kicking butt with good looking plants so they are in... Five of them so far... In the picture clockwise is a 1415 Haist, 1505.5 Haist double planted and 811.5 Schweigert. Also 1775.5 Sperry is growing like a mutant monster so it's in @ top of picture with some others also making the first round, 462 Clayton, 1221.5 Emmons, 1122 Emmons and another 1505.5 Haist. 38 degrees out this morning... I'll take it gladly. In pumpkin land 38 is way better than 35 or 36.
 
Thursday, May 11 View Page
The plants are coming along well. No chickens, moles, slugs, etc. yet. I pray the 1514 White will come through. The 1992.5 looks ok so it's staying but I want the Fulk x Fulk genetics in the 1514 and I will probably plant the 1245.5 Werner also. I don't have space for twenty plants really but I have two directives this year: make as many good crosses as possible and to sell pumpkins. So extra plants is good.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Hail damage... 1114.5 Minor
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Chicken damage. One leaf left, vine is bent... 1122 Emmons
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Slug damage?... 1109 Borgers
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Cold damage. No growth, leaves turning yelllow. Had to adjust the photo to show the true color. The iPhone was making it look more green. Good for showing off how healthy your plants are but not so good for showing how unhealthy they are...
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
So cold and wet even the bindweed is dying. Do we win the worst winter award? Just kidding... It suffering from some glyphosate. But don't shed any tears... it will recover in a week or two. This is a 1505.5 Haist. Previous post was the 1415 Haist in the 150 sq ft allotment.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
1415 Haist's patch. 3 bales of hay added. Sharing space with a beehive. In the race to the flowers the bees have a 100 ft head start. (Their house is 100 ft closer than mine). A story of pollination failure from last year: I year I had my two plants and the first had four male flowers set to open and the other had none. Since no one near me grows AGs or squash I figured I could go out of town and still get a mostly controlled cross. I thought why not let the bees do their job and set the female on the first plant? They did not! I had to wait two more weeks...until July 21st. Some bees sit on their bee-hinds and don't do any work while the boss is away. The truth is they were actually very busy working other kinds of flowers. Bees like pumpkins somewhat but pumpkins are rarely the first item on their shopping list.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
And 3 bales of hay on the 1505.5's patch. I will plant potatoes between the flakes and cover with it all with dirt. I'm not sure if this is a great way to garden or not we'll see... all I can say right now is the hay is over ten years old so additional weeds from the hay itself should be very minimal. Most everything a disaster so far this year, but I remain hopeful...
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Time for a break from pumpkins... just kidding lol. Last year me & Rosy, & 441.5 Clayton. Following two weeks of cold rain, it was nice weather @ the Country Farm and Feed weigh off, our last weigh off of the year. Not many people there but I enjoyed it a lot. Photo in photo credit: Anna Clayton
 
Wednesday, May 17 View Page
Maybe this years theme will be "small"... I saw this and I thought, "did some random bird lay an egg in with my hens?" It's a chicken egg! I am sorry to bore you with non-pumpkin posts but this may be as close to a world record as I get this year so I beg you for your non-pumpkin mercy. Let's find out if it's a world record...
 
Wednesday, May 17 View Page
Only twice as big as the world record. Now if I could just say that about one of my pumpkins.
 
Wednesday, May 17 View Page
Who wants some of my own amazing line of unusually large seeds I call them: "Pumpkin Seeds as Big as a Chicken Egg" I could see my own breath at 6:36 pm today. I guess I should switch my goal and try to "grow the smallest pumpkin ever" but silly me I'm hoping to win the 150 sq ft competition. The way things are going right now 400-600 lbs is where they are gonna be. Reality check: I am not on track to win. If I want win I've really got to try harder. I've got to get this pumpkin-growing-thing in gear. Wish me the best, please. Sorry for poor editing in my previous posts!
 
Wednesday, May 17 View Page
Charles Dowding rototiller. This one is as long as the tines on my rototiller... which I am no longer using. In the future I will probably do a rotation of corn, winter mustard, potatoes & pumpkins, and maybe some vegetables, then winter re-manure & herbicide, in rotation in the future, with no tilling. I think think the worm could have measured 10" but it didn't want to cooperate. Uh... it was cold out.
 
Friday, May 26 View Page
The 319.5 House (white Cinderella type) is now recovered and growing normally. Previously it had suffered having all the soil removed from its roots and it was then repotted, because I was trying to save it from a fatal bacterial or fungal wilt. Seems to have worked... it's next to a comfrey-family-relative type of bush that is providing partial shade.
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
On third base ready to go in: left to right 1162 LaRue, 1774.5 Carter, 774 Minor, and the current star of the show: 1775.5 Brungard. But they are all healthy and look great. These were grown in these pots in garden soil... no potting mix used. Good result, a little magnesium deficiency showing though... so I should have mixed in some dolomite lime. The nice thing about starting seeds in patch soil is it will tell you if you have a problem... it's a free nutrition/pathogen test. But older or damaged seeds should probably be planted with care in a good quality sterile mix.
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
Potatoes coming along in one of the other 150 sq ft patches. (150 sq ft of potatoes). Im thinking as the pumpkin grows over the potatoes I will throw some sifted dirt on the pumpkin vines and it will help bury the potatoes too.
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
Gross factor here feel free to skip this post. Redneck fertilizer / throwing the mole in the hole under the 1929.5 Barlow which is going in the ground today. The moles do so much damage to all plant roots and then they are followed by voles. A really good fertilizer might be: roadkill buried in wood ash. The ash contains potassium lye and dissolves the corpse. N P and K all in one. Hopefully you have a different method of achieving good nutrition for your plants ;)
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
1929.5 Barlow planted and marked. I like how a post hole digger makes a hole that is the same size as a one gallon pot.
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
But then I decided to not deal with getting the plant to lay down, so I put the plant back in at an angle. In the process unfortunately I broke off half the roots trying to lift the root ball out. My beginners luck has run out...
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
The entire tray of seedlings from my first seed-weight experiment. Planted way back in February these scraggly plants are looking better every day. Still though, with a density of about twenty plants in one spot I doubt I will get more than a handful of NOT huge pumpkins off these plants. If any they'll probably weigh 100 lbs at most. We'll see...
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
150 sq ft 1992.5 Vincent is growing now but until last week, and despite my wishes, the cold weather stunted all the plants that went out early. In the last three weeks I've gotten only about one week of actual growth. I should have made better covers for the plants... who knew the winter weather would drag on into mid May with back to back low pressure and now we've switched directly to summer weather. Usually summer waits until mid June but it's here early... Sometimes spring seems short, but we really skipped spring this year. I'm also dealing with some nutrient issues I think my main issues appear to be overly acidic soil and magnesium deficiency. As would be expected with heavy rain all winter and mulching heavily with hay/straw. Maybe I will get soil tests done this week to see where I'm at exactly. I think I can easily get started a month earlier next year if I make better covers and grow in gallon pots indoors. I would like to try pollinating mid-June but instead it's looking like most of the pollinations will happen around mid-July this year. Last year one pollinated in mid-August got to 263.5. I am (realistically) trying for 400 to mid-800 lbs this year. I believe I am not set up to possibly hit 1,000 I'm gonna stay in T-ball one more year. It's still fun.
 
Saturday, May 27 View Page
150 sq ft 1992.5 Vincent is growing now but until last week, and despite my wishes, the cold weather stunted all the plants that went out early. In the last three weeks I've gotten only about one week of actual growth. I should have made better covers for the plants... who knew the winter weather would drag on into mid May with back to back low pressure and now we've switched directly to summer weather. Usually summer waits until mid June but it's here early... Sometimes spring seems short, but we really skipped spring this year. I'm also dealing with some nutrient issues I think my main issues appear to be overly acidic soil and magnesium deficiency. As would be expected with heavy rain all winter and mulching heavily with hay/straw. Maybe I will get soil tests done this week to see where I'm at exactly. I think I can easily get started a month earlier next year if I make better covers and grow in gallon pots indoors. I would like to try pollinating mid-June but instead it's looking like most of the pollinations will happen around mid-July this year. Last year one pollinated in mid-August got to 263.5. I am (realistically) trying for 400 to mid-800 lbs this year. I believe I am not set up to possibly hit 1,000 I'm gonna stay in T-ball one more year. It's still fun.
 
Wednesday, May 31 View Page
Highly variable seed. I noticed a yellow trait with some of my own 462 seed. The green one here seems to have potential despite some deformation of the cotyledons but otherwise normal. These seeds were similar in weight and all should have been good but there is a little dud here also and another plant was dying so I pulled it out already. I was surprised by the variability. I think it's genetic. Another possibility is a pathogen or invertebrate pest.
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
I put some old seasoning on this nice looking 1653 Foss to keep the chickens off it. I thought the garlic in the seasoning would keep them off it but instead they treated it like taco meat
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
Set out a late start it was looking ok but even with slug line they got almost all of it. Seems unwise to set out small plants.
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
These 1505.5 Haists have gotten buried twice by scratching chickens. Its a good thing these plants are tesilient in my experience they recover well sometimes from physical damage. Not sure about the nutritional imbalance here. Not quite normal yet.
 
Sunday, June 4 View Page
1114.5 Minor growing well as expected. Seems like a solid cross on paper and no problems here. Easily out growing the hail damage earlier. The soil in this spot is balanced I guess because growth is normal I dont know what the difference is yet but this is more or less the same dirt pile I had very good production from last year. I added leaves and hay some ash and piled it all back up. Nothing fancy added but yet again all (four this year) plants doing well atop this dirt pile.
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
Cut the first of many vines at a patch boundary. This is the 1415 Haist. Many plants did a 180 degree rotation from the direction they were planted. This plant did a 90 degree turn. Since the strongest secondary is pointed in the correct direction I cut the main. I might have tried to save the main if this was the competition patch but its not. I'm curious to see how the secondary will do.
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
150 sq ft plant (1992.5 Vincent) is looking good. I know its not anywhere near the other growers but im happy with it. I'm on track or maybe a week ahead of where I was last year. I wish I was where the other growers are at but this plant is really coming along. I have nearly 4000 lbs of genetics (1992.5 x 1992.5) and the nutrition is looking better. I want this plant to grow a gorilla that will toss all the lightweight monkeys aside! 38 degrees out this morning. The vine on this plant looks great.. its a big vine but I dont need a huge vine. I need a flower and then some daily gains above 20 lbs.
 
Monday, June 5 View Page
Last years 365 Clayton off the same plant as the 462... and the 263.5 and four or five others... interstingly this pumpkin was not blotchy no Calai spots like the 441.5 which grown on the other plant which was this one's sibling. I'm interested in figuring out the inheritance of these traits. PS: There was actually a very small bit of frost on my truck. 38 F is the magic number where frost starts, watch out for lower temps. No damage but a bit cold for June. Last year there was no freezing or frost after mid February which is extreme also.
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Turns out there was some damage from the June frost. This is the ever-misfortunate white cinderella. I hope it comes back a second time. The 1929.5 Barlow got hit a little too. Only the plants in the coldest locations suffered any damage.
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
These chickens have gotten far under my skin... the 1415 Haist would be starting to be a monster plant but they ate a couple days worth of growth. I clipped the wing feathers of one of the culprits but if they manage to keep this up they are going to be finding a new home... or a pot of hot water. My patience is over and I have exhausted my arsenal of deterrents.
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Well it looks like i accidentally took a picture of what i wanted to post... this is a wild cucumber plant growing at the ocean in Oregon. These plants are so healthy (and some already have spikey gherkin/cucumbers) its amazing to see these squash relatives thriving in their seemingly harsh natural environment. Certainly it can be noted from these plants thriving very near the coast that the tolerance for salt must be high, and that an acidic, sandy soil high in organics might be ideal, and that a mix of bright sun and extra misty rain is no problem.
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
The June frost damage picture
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Frost damage in June... picture.. one more try...
 
Sunday, June 11 View Page
Huge recovery from the last post of these. The girls' 334 House pumpkins. Looking so much better, actually they looks just as good as my best plants! The smaller plant has yellow vines maybe there will be a pumpkin color variation between the two. My moms pumpkin 1221 Emmons x self (pictured in back) had its main die in for some unknown reason. It was ahead early on & its now way behind... it has made almost no progress in the past month!
 
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
356 Borgers. Will try to cross with 334 House for a good genetically uniform cross. Gonna take a break from posting and go smartphoneless. If i get a new one it will not be an android nor iphone. Phone today was tracking my driving in terrible traffic today and sending me notes like "stuck in traffic? Here's some tips for making your next trip better" So creapy. I didnt even have the mobile location turned on. I dot know if it is listening to my conversation or tracking me without my consent (no doubt about that) but its just creeping me out. Feel free to email me if you want to talk pumpkins or whatever.
 
Saturday, June 24 View Page
150 sq ft plant went double.
 
Saturday, June 24 View Page
It turns out the yellow leaf issue is genetic. It is common in these seeds and I guess it's unrelated to any environmental cause because no other seeds have done this. Nearly half the plants from the 1122 Emmons x sib crosses I made last year have this defective trait. Some are good though. But maybe the good ones may still carry a recessive gene for this.
 
Saturday, June 24 View Page
150 sq ft patch. There is a lot of space yet to go for this plant. This plant should be twice as big by now but I've had some nutrient deficiencies. The plants are about six ft long. I also had an invasion of moles. The day they showed up the vine growth went from six inches per day to three. It may take me a few weeks to win this newest war against the moles. Until then growth will probably remain modest. I have three or four weeks to get the plants on track and can still hope for a good result. Last year I had no pollinations prior to July 21st. I probably missed having a good one to take to the Puyallup fair but that was my fault. 1114.5 Minor had a nice one which would have been good for the fair. Made a mistake though---I cut it off. Just like last year, I'm again culling the flowers I should be keeping.
 
Monday, July 3 View Page
959 Holland x self. Got a handful pollinated on 6/30 this is 3 dap... not sure if the others will take but I think this plant is going good enough I expect this one will grow. The side vines are perfectly uniform and overall it's a good plant... pollinated one on the 1254.5 Holland on the 1st of July so it's 2 dap x 1114.5 Minor but it's most likely gonna get culled. Best plant this year and the only plant ahead of last year ( by a week at most) is the 1114.5 minor. It would have a pumpkin pollinated on it about now if I hadn't cut it off. Not the plants fault... it's a really great plant...
 
Friday, July 7 View Page
Don't know why my pics are upside now. Was never an issue before. Well I wish I could post a bunch of pics. Culled a small fruit that was bending into the main. Gonna see if it tastes good it smells good maybe they are the same as summer squash... like a yellow crookneck. Gonna use some hay bales to prop up the vine in the 150 sq ft patch. I have an ok from Norm to use a support to get the pumpkin to grow bottom down, which should be interesting. Each of the split main vines has a pumpkin. Both will be ready to pollinate in about one week. My goal is 600 lbs. The plant is the 1992.5 Vincent. It seems to be growing every bit as fast as the others but there are some splits in the vine and it has two mains now. The patch is not quite half full I'm a couple weeks behind everyone... but that's ok. Will post pics next week I hope... and hopefully right side up.
 
Friday, July 7 View Page
And in the 150 sq ft patch the 1992.5 Vincent is not as green as the others. But I'm not worried about this... because my better plant last year was noticeably lighter green than the sib. plant grown in the same hill. This lighter green plant produced a lot more lbs of fruit. Go figure. So in my experience a lighter green plant is not a bad trait. Maybe the growth rate is what matters more than anything else. Goal: 600 lbs.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
Thing 1 and Thing 2 both mains have a pumpkin. 1992.5 Vincent in the 150 sq ft patch. This photo is at least a few days old. With how the flower looks its gonna be pollinated tomorrow. Got all my main pollinations in by the 14th. Not too bad. The 1114.5 Minor is gonna open tomorrow also, and I expect it will end up my biggest pumpkin--a personal best I think.
 
Thursday, July 13 View Page
959 Holland 10 DAP. My only June pollination... Culled the others. Looks great, growing great. Hope to take to the Puyallup fair 50 days from now. I hope it will reach 400 to 500 lbs by then. Again photo is from 3 days ago.
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
959 Holland doing well. Talk about the dark horse winning the race. This horse is a kinda white horse let's call her 'Tartar'.
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
Lock your screen folks we may be in for a bumpy ride. This one is sideways. This pumpkin is hanging down it will be grown blossom down this is 1114.5 minor x 1254.5 holland. Not sure if this will be the keeper some others may grow faster idk it's the best right now.
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
While you are still sideways... 1462 Gibson is a healthy plant. Pure Wallace x Pukos and it was larger than the venerable 1385 Jutras. Hoping to self this one later this year have a couple nice sets on it already. Cross my fingers that it is orange...
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
Again sideways. Well this is culled a.g. squash and potatoes straight from the garden. The atlantic giants are good eating as summer squash they are like a yellow crookneck or yellow zucchini when picked at about baseball size. Better maybe. Unless u use systemic pesticides... Not necessary for me yet to do so and not sure I would want to.
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
811.5 at the end of its 150 allotment. This has been a good plant overall and based on an early cull I am fairly certain it will be orange. Growing over hay to get to a blossom-down position. Hoping for a Howard dilleryoo!!
 
Friday, July 21 View Page
K sorry gonna break your neck with this one I promise no more turned over pics I just gotta get it posted: 150 sq ft 1992.5 Vincent is an awesome plant. It started a bit slow but it's as good or dare I say better than the 1114.5 minor. Anyhow I've gotten lucky if any plant could keep me in the competition it's this one. The patch will be full soon and I expect one of the pollinations will start to grow fast. The patch is a mess and the vine is split and doubled but of 50 or so plants that I put in the ground here there and everywhere... this plant actually is the big gorilla. I will go a bit far and say I think the 1992.5 has world record potential in it. Based upon what I'm seeing I honestly believe it's possible that this lineage has not been maxed out yet. Thumbs up for Biggorilla!
 

 

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