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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 30 Entries.
Tuesday, March 7 View Page
That's me (Kirsha) helping my husband in the patch last summer. I've served as a patch assistant for many years. This year, I'm going to try to grow my very own.
 
Tuesday, March 7 View Page
Here's the newly extended patch. I'll be on the left, with the tree stump. One pumpkin in a 20 x 20 space.
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Went to the OVGPG beginner's seminar last month and the advanced seminar yesterday. I learned a lot :)
 
Tuesday, March 14 View Page
Got my results from the West Virginia University soil lab. (It's free for in-state residents!) Looks like I gotta raise the Ph and phosphates.
 
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
Dustin got new drip tape for his patch, so...
 
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
I'm inheriting his old soaker hoses for my patch.
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Tilled the patch today. Then added two truckloads of soil. Now, if I could just get the energy to take down our Christmas wreaths.
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
My very first pair of patch boots :)
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Spread some lime today. Hope it fixes my Ph a little before I set my plant in the ground.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
My first seed: the 982 Trychta.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Hubby filed the first one to show me how. I filed the other three.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Soaking now in a mixture of water, humic acid, and B vitamins.
 
Saturday, May 6 View Page
It's been about 4 hours. Time to put these little guys into pots.
 
Friday, May 12 View Page
All four pots are just starting to poke through the soil. I plan to keep them in pots as long as possible because I don't have hoops or cables, and it's still chilly at night.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Time to re-pot these three. One didn't take.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
These 3-gallon pots should give me another week.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
In the meantime, I have to get my new 20x20 spot ready. I switched to the backyard patch, instead of the front yard to take advantage of the new drip water lines. I'll be in the back left corner.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
Time to put my three little plants in the ground. I know I'm supposed to just plant one in the patch, but I'm too nervous to cull.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
I like this one the best, so it will get the center spot.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
But first, I've got to add some kelp meal and chicken manure to the soil.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
One more till looking for rocks and a good raking to smooth everything over. Now the patch is all set.
 
Sunday, May 21 View Page
The three amigos! Watered in with some urea mate. (I plan to cull next week, but don't tell them that.)
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
Drip tape cut to 20 foot patch length, and finished off with red tape to tell the difference from Dustin's 30 footers.
 
Saturday, June 3 View Page
First few lines of drip tape installed. Will install more lines throughout the summer, as needed.
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
The one on the left is growing wonky.
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
And then there was one.
 
Friday, June 9 View Page
Sprayed with a systemic this morning to guard against cucumber beetles and disease. All my efforts will be focused on this guy now.
 
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
Lots of animal tracks around the plant. Going to buy a motion sensitive camera to see what's going on at night.
 
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
While I was away for a few days, the main vine split and became a bit twisted.
 
Tuesday, June 20 View Page
Worked from home today. Used my lunch break for patch upkeep.
 

 

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