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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 70 Entries.
Saturday, February 9 View Page
832 Derouin (907 Young x self)
 
Saturday, March 23 View Page
Patch prep is almost done!
 
Saturday, March 23 View Page
Sure is pretty. Pretty snowy and pretty cold!
 
Monday, April 29 View Page
Pumpkin time is finally here and we are excited to get the season started. We are a bit delayed as we just got back from Jamaica and are just starting seeds. This will be our 21st year growing and have lost a bit of our competitiveness but still enjoy playing in the dirt.
 
Monday, April 29 View Page
The patch is finally snow free and will be rolled up this weekend. The hoops will go out and the soil heaters dug in. We have very cold soil which means the seed corn maggots haven’t hatched yet. The heat from the cables help to encourage the hatch. We will also use an insecticide on our transplants to help out.
 
Monday, April 29 View Page
Here we have our pumpkins, long gourds and tomatoes. I will disclose the seeds as they germinate but are hope is 5 plants this year including another shot at 150 square feet.
 
Monday, April 29 View Page
Here are a couple more long gourds and a bunch of giant sunflowers. Thanks to a Porkchop I now have fresh giant cucumber seeds and will get those going in a couple of weeks.
 
Sunday, May 5 View Page
Saturday Kerry and I tried to move our 16 foot trellis by ourselves. This is the outcome after we dug it up, tried to lift it out of the 20” deep holes and watched it tip over nearly killing us! LOL We set boards under it and dragged it 25 feet to its new hopeful location. We quit for the night with very sore backs and decided to call in help for Sunday.
 
Sunday, May 5 View Page
Here it is standing in its new spot. We just needed one more person and it didn’t hurt that he was young and strong.
 
Sunday, May 5 View Page
Here is the new “old patch”. We will have a pumpkin around 500 square feet between the two trellises and will grow our giant tomatoes in the greenhouse.
 
Sunday, May 5 View Page
Here is the “new” patch. We will grow 3 plants at 600 square feet and one at 150 square feet. No hoop for 150 plant but the others have soil heating cables and 250 watt infrared heat bulbs. We will let the heat cables do their work and plant late next week.
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Tomatoes are coming along. I have re-seeded a couple of spots but the 10 plants I am growing are up!
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Long gourds are germinated. Five plants for 2 spots just in case.
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Giant sunflowers are starting to pop.
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Applied weed block today. This saves us hours in the early season and no round up need.
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
New patch with weed block.
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
1044 Gansert. Small but mighty!
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Pair of 1576 LaRiviere. We are about 2 weeks late this year so who knows what we will even get. Should make some rock star crosses though.
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Here are a couple of 1297.5 Young’s. Momma of the 1576.
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Lastly is the 1501 Vanderwielen. We will plant the 150 plant in late May or early June. As of now the 150 plant will be the 1912 Carter if I can keep it alive until planting time.
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
The next two entries are for Scott Marley.........
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
He loves our watering brigade.
 
Sunday, May 12 View Page
And thinks we need more shovels and hoes. LOL
 
Sunday, May 19 View Page
We are still waiting for warm weather to come but are not holding our breath. The plants are still alive which is a win and we are excited about our future crosses. Even though this picture of the old patch shows nothing different from last week, it forces us to stirrup hoe each week.
 
Sunday, May 19 View Page
New patch is slowly drying out. We will probably have the 150 plant in the right hand corner by next diary pics after Memorial Day weekend.
 
Sunday, May 19 View Page
Here are our tomato and long gourd babies basking in the overcast skies. We like to harden both for a couple of days before plant out and cloudy days sometimes work best.
 
Sunday, May 19 View Page
Here are the two 1044 Gansert twins. All plants have had a tough week but these look to be surviving. Let’s make Norm proud!
 
Sunday, May 19 View Page
1576 LaRiviere is a little slow out of the gate. We are excited to give it a shot though and have a nice cross in mind for it.
 
Sunday, May 19 View Page
Twin 1297 Young’s. Both plants seem to be growing strong.
 
Sunday, May 19 View Page
1501 Vanderwielen is starting to take hold. We are not too optimistic on growing 1k pumpkins this year due to our late start and cold cloudy May. But we are excited about all of the cool crosses we have planned as well as some pretty lawn pumpkins.
 
Sunday, May 26 View Page
We did a road trip today and had a great breakfast with Norm and Cathy. Here is a nice pic of the Bates Hotel.
 
Sunday, May 26 View Page
Norm’s plants look nice and healthy! Thanks for the tour.
 
Monday, May 27 View Page
We had a great visit with our sons down in R.I. and it appears the plants have survived. We came near a frost one night while we were gone and also got 1.3 inches of rain. Here are two 1044 Gansert plants.
 
Monday, May 27 View Page
We left R.I. at 10am and I’d was already over 70 degrees and when we got home we have a high of 59 degrees. It is amazing the temperature differences within a 4 hour ride. Here are twin 1576 LaRiviere ‘s.
 
Monday, May 27 View Page
Here are two 1297 Young’s.
 
Monday, May 27 View Page
Here is the 1501 Vanderwielen which seems to be liking our cold soil so far.
 
Sunday, June 2 View Page
In 22 years growing giants in northern VT, this spring unfortunately goes in the top 5 worst weather wise. With that being said we have not had tornados or devastating flooding, so pretty hard to complain. It is finally warming up to the point that weeds are starting to show up and pumpkin growth should kick in soon.
 
Sunday, June 2 View Page
The new patch is a bit drier then the old but plants are still better to stay in hoops. We have planted giant sunflowers around the perimeter as well as tomatoes and long gourds.
 
Sunday, June 2 View Page
Tomatoes are tiny but planted. We have 11 giants in the greenhouse. One 8.22 Porkchop, three 4.94 Porkchop, three 5.71 Porkchop, one 5.29 Porkchop, two 5.44 Young and last but not least a 7.19 Larue. So if our season sucks it is obvious who is to blame! Larue of course. LOL
 
Sunday, June 2 View Page
Still have two 1044 Ganserts growing. We will choose the winner in a week or so but currently it seems like an easy choice.
 
Sunday, June 2 View Page
Here is our tiny 132 Young long gourd. Transplanted our yesterday. A bit wimpy but still green.
 
Sunday, June 2 View Page
141 Kline long gourd. Transplanted yesterday as well.
 
Sunday, June 2 View Page
Here are our two robust plants for the 150 contest. 1912 Carter on the left and 512 Young (777 Young x self) on the right. I was surprised the 1912 germed and now have a tough decision to make!
 
Sunday, June 2 View Page
Here are twin 1576 LaRiviere’s. Both growing a bit slow but appear healthy.
 
Sunday, June 2 View Page
Twin 1297 Young’s. Both are starting to run nicely now.
 
Sunday, June 2 View Page
1501 Vanderwielen is slowly starting to land and is moving along quicker now.
 
Monday, June 3 View Page
Chance for frost tonight. Tough year so far.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
Our pumpkin year has been less then underwhelming and we had planned to take it easy after losing 4 out of 5 pumpkins last year. So we met our kids in Maine and went surf casting for striped bass. This was my biggest at just over 30 inches.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
This is our son Parker with his new pet best striper at 44 inches. It was quite a battle with 3-4 foot waves. Both fish were released successfully so they can grow and give another fisherman some fun.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
Old patch with new set up is looking good albeit a couple of weeks behind.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
All 11 tomatoes in hut are alive and growing well. The greenhouse helps a ton this cold wet spring.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
Here are two 132 Young long gourds. Starting to green up and producing tendrils which means they are starting to run.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
1044 Gansert looking good and is just shy of 4 feet.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
141 Kline versus 137 Ansem. Both doing well and climbing.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
Here are the 1912 Carter versus 512 Young for the 150 square foot contest.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
1576 LaRiviere is not the happiest but we want to see what it will produce. Around 3 feet.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
Patch leader so far is our 1297 which is around 5 1/2 feet long.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
Last but not least is the 1501 Vanderwielen which is around 4 feet. Although we are way behind last year we are still hopeful for some nice lawn pumpkins.
 
Monday, June 17 View Page
We also are growing long beans and heavy cucumbers which will be fun to watch!
 
Sunday, June 23 View Page
We had a stay at home weekend which was a good chance to catch up on house and patch chores. Nothing like getting your hands dirty. Seems to take a lot of stress out of your life. Here is the new patch.
 
Sunday, June 23 View Page
Old patch is looking good and a bit smaller then the past. Less dirt equals less weeds!
 
Sunday, June 23 View Page
Tomato hut is looking good with all 11 tomatoes growing well. A few blossoms are starting to show but I want bigger plants.
 
Sunday, June 23 View Page
Two 132 Young’s are still battling it out. One looks like it has a toe hold on the trellis though. Tune in next week to see who wins.
 
Sunday, June 23 View Page
141 Kline is reaching for the stars. Let’s see if we can beat the 141 inches. She is around 3 feet tall so far.
 
Sunday, June 23 View Page
Long beans and Porkchop’s giant cucumbers are growing well around the pyramid of power. Ha!
 
Sunday, June 23 View Page
1044 Gansert seems happy in Vermont. Currently at 6 feet and secondaries are starting to grow.
 
Sunday, June 23 View Page
Here is the mighty 512 Young (777 x self) in the 150 patch. Watch out FlatNorm she is 21” long today.
 
Sunday, June 23 View Page
Here is the only early problem in the patch. I had a choice between two 1576 LaRiviere ‘s and I think I picked the wrong one. The plant is reluctant to throw secondaries and is very slow to go. I transplanted the 1912 Carter from the 150 patch next to it and it will probably be the keeper but only at 20 inches currently. Will it fill the 600 square feet allotted for it?
 
Sunday, June 23 View Page
The 1501 Vanderwielen is starting to move along and throw secondaries. It is at 6 feet tonight.
 
Sunday, June 23 View Page
The queen of the patch currently is our own 1297. She is the same age as the others but is at 8 1/2 feet tonight. Overall this has been a slow start after a late start due to a wonderful vacation. But we are always happy to be growing these wonderful plants and love the act of gardening. There is much more to enjoy if you take the time to take it all in.
 

 

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