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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 22 Entries.
Sunday, April 14 View Page
First post of 2019. I had not planned on growing this year as I have taken the last several years off with family needs and small children. My boys, now 5 and 8, were in a children's contest last year with big max. They had so much fun, they wanted to compete with the big boys now. I said I would help them and teach them how to grow a giant pumpkin. I will help them and coach them and do the jobs they can't such as spraying, etc, but they will actively be involved with the plant. Our goal is to have fun and grow a pumpkin as a team. The best part for me will be watching their excitement. I just hope we get a fruit as it can be challenging with small kids in the patch at times. I tilled the patch yesterday and seeds have been started but not up yet. We already had quite a first day. We discovered a gopher in the edge of the patch right before adding amendments, and thankfully exterminated him in about 10 minutes time. Both of my old sprayers broke and failed on me as I was trying to add micros to the soil, I sliced my finger, ripped my pants in the rear end, 2 seed pots got knocked over spilling out the dirt and one seed trying to grow, and our area has turned into gopherville. We have killed 4 gophers in 4 months by the patch. Let's just say it is going to be an interesting year!
 
Sunday, April 21 View Page
all three of our seedlings are growing healthy, will go into patch tomorrow. From left to right 1928, 2157, 1791. Will only keep one eventually. The 1928 is our front runner, it was a slow germinator and about 3 days behind the other two, but went into overdrive and has almost caught up.
 
Sunday, April 21 View Page
two excited boys with dreams of a big pumpkin.
 
Friday, May 10 View Page
cloudy and no sun for almost a week. which to choose, 1971 Werner
 
Friday, May 10 View Page
2157 Daletas, growing the fastest
 
Friday, May 10 View Page
1928 Daletas, smallest plant so far, but had the biggest root system when transplanted. Still very healthy. Will cull to one, I guess it is a good problem to have three healthy options. hhhhhmmmmm, Maybe I will let the boys pick. :)
 
Saturday, May 11 View Page
that should have read 1791 Werner, not 1971.
 
Saturday, May 18 View Page
Andrew and Joshua with the winner that survived. The 2157 Daletas wilted like a folded umbrella in even the mildest sun, so it got chopped. The 1928 Daletas had some double vine tendencies and the new developing leaf got fried in 75 degree sun, well, chop chop! And the winner, the 1791 Werner in the photo. Coldest, wettest May I have ever seen in my entire life in San Diego so far. The Werner also burns on new growth, but it was the best option we had.
 
Saturday, May 18 View Page
speaking of the weather, high wind and rain fore casted the next 4 days. We built a small temporary wind break for the 1791. Haven't gotten my shade structure up yet, but with mainly 60's and mid 70's so far, would be a hindrance. Can't believe I am trying to warm up my plant in May in my climate. lol Usually we get some heat wave with 100 plus, forecast is 60's and 70's all the way into June.
 
Saturday, May 18 View Page
One more angle
 
Saturday, May 18 View Page
leaf number 5, what happens with no shade cloth on a medium warm day, topped out at 83 or so with full sun on one day and burned a developing leaf. But, the 1928 cooked an entire leaf in 75, lol. So, it was the better option.
 
Wednesday, June 5 View Page
1791 Werner. Shade cloth finally up, weather is still 60's and 70's right now with a mild warm up, maybe we will hit 80 in a few days. A very trouble free plant so far. Cold summer so far.
 
Wednesday, June 5 View Page
one more angle. Joshua has been super busy with baseball all stars, so me and Andrew watered the plant tonight and burried a few vines. So far their favorite thing to do is surf the walking boards, lol. Well, not exactly test book behavior for big pumpkins, pur soil is getting compacted from it and they are close to taking out some vines, but.... so far no major damage.
 
Thursday, June 6 View Page
I need to check my typos before posting.
 
Wednesday, June 12 View Page
1791 as of this evening, Andrew behind the plant. Growing well. Only thing odd so far is yellow spots around the edge of some leaves and almost all of the tips. Not sure if it is heat related, plant stress, or something else. Got over 100 for a day and plant survived with little to no burn which was impressive.
 
Monday, July 1 View Page
1791 as of 7/1
 
Monday, July 1 View Page
hard to get the whole plant in the photos
 
Monday, July 1 View Page
day 10 for our chosen fruit, something I have never had before...
 
Monday, July 1 View Page
a 6 lober!
 
Monday, July 1 View Page
but.... found rot on the stump after coming back from vacation for a week. Crossing our fingers we caught it in time, fan on it and cleaned up. will it hold????
 
Monday, July 1 View Page
went with the family to central California, the eastern Sierras, my most favorite of God's creation, absolutely loved it.
 
Monday, July 1 View Page
were blessed to catch some fish, here is our biggest, a nice fat kamloop rainbow, did not weigh it but guessing 2.5 lber, she was big and fat. Great action photo as it got wiggly! lol
 

 

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