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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 35 Entries.
Tuesday, January 1 View Page
Happy and Healthy growing to everyone in 2019 and best of luck at the scales. We will be growing for orange and big and ugly this year. Final seed selection is happening now.
Tuesday, February 12 View Page
Letís move back to Vancouver Island where we can golf in winter...we got hammered with winter.
Tuesday, February 12 View Page
Snow like we donít normally see, and unusually cold.
Tuesday, February 12 View Page
Guarding the patch is a regular visitor, atop the highest tree in our forest.
Thursday, February 14 View Page
About 2 feet of atmospheric nitrogen has been added to the patch so far this week, with another storm happening now.
Friday, April 12 View Page
On the advice from BC Hall of Fame, and record holder Scott Carley (Spambie) I mowed down the cover crop to a manageable level to make the rototilling easier and more efficient. We have spread ďsome amendmentsĒ as per the soil test results and recommendations from other grower mentors on this site. The soil is in amazing condition and requires only a bit of tweaking to get the numbers in order and where weíd like to see them. 0-0-50, Kmag, Calpril, magnesium, boron, bat guano, kelp meal, alfalfa meal and multi purpose micronutrients have been meticulously weighed, measured out and spread over the freshly cut cover crop and everything will get tilled by ďRototiller RobĒ this coming Monday. After that, heat mats will be installed, hoop houses built and heaters installed this year for the chilly overnight lows that we still get till itís June. Seed selection has been narrowed down, seed starting mix and lights are ready to go. Thatís enough work for today, I golf 18 holes this afternoon to relax after a few hours playing on our land.
Friday, April 12 View Page
Looks like the old sign needs a sanding and refinishing, but the message remains the same!!
Monday, April 15 View Page
Rototiller Bob came today and made pretty quick work of the cover crop and amendments. Heat cables will be installed, hoop-houses built, electrical installed for heaters and we will be ready to go. Seeds will be soaked and started in a day or two and itís pumpkin season. Will only grow 3 competition plants this year along with one Field Pumpkin.
Wednesday, May 1 View Page
Some of the seedlings we have started, 2255 Eddy Z and 1043 Chan by far the stars of the show and are the ones that will get planted. We are considering growing 2 of the 2255 EZ plants and doing a sub cross the reinforce the great cross that Eddy did into these seeds. The 1043 Chan, just has a great track record for growing monster fruit, and Iím growing it for my buddy Dave, since he is taking the year off to pursue travel.
Wednesday, May 1 View Page
Two of our 3 hoophouses are up and will get wired for power soon. The seedlings will get planted this weekend, then later Iíll start a field pumpkin in an effort to dethrone Jeff Pelletier as the current B.C. Champion in that category. 3 giant pumpkins and 1 field pumpkin this year, with a much larger vegetable garden will keep us busy in the patch this year. I golf 4 times a week, so if the weeding doesnít get done...Iím golfing well.
Sunday, May 5 View Page
Wired, watered and ready to roll! Weíve planted 2 x 1043 Chan plants and one 2255 Eddy Z.
Monday, May 6 View Page
Two regular heat lamps and one infrared heat lamp are keeping the small hoophouses above 60 degrees at night even when the overnight temps are dipping down into the low 50ís. The seedlings have settled well into their new homes, and while we are about a week behind our normal schedule, we are looking forward to our second year with our new patch. Itís been really dry, so the patch has been easy to work in and get things ready.
Sunday, May 26 View Page
We are stockpiling compost closer to the plants, in preparation for covering and burying vines. We mix the compost with Premier Promix High Porosity Mix with Mycorrhizae. Iíd say we use about 4 large bales per yard to get the right consistency. This year a pinch of Gaia Green 4-4-4 might just get added to the mix, when we put it in 5 gallon buckets to use. Plants will be out of the mini greenhouses in a few days, they are all off and running with the 2255 Eddy Z leading the pack.
Thursday, May 30 View Page
Front and rear plastic ends off the hoops now as the plants reach out for more ground. 2255 Eddy Z on the left and one of our 1043 Chan plants on the right. The other Chan plant has the entire upper patch to itself and I might see if I can get 2 pumpkins to set on it. Need to do a little weeding, test watering system and put out some more walking boards.
Thursday, May 30 View Page
SoCalGrowerís new patch sign looks great, made me realize the old sign could use a new coat of paint and some stain to freshen it up. It sure was made well and has lasted all these years out in the elements year round. Made of cedar, so it wonít rot anytime soon, but a new coat of paint will bring it back to life. Love your new sign Chris, and look at those monster plants you have already, nice!!
Saturday, June 8 View Page
2255 Eddy Z is starting to stretch out a bit. Removed an early female in the tip, plant needs to be larger.
Wednesday, June 12 View Page
2255 Eddy Z is starting to chew up the ground. Removed another female in the tip, hopefully we get more to appear for us to pollinate in the next few weeks, and a June pollination is still possible. The two 1043 Chan plants are also ripping along, vine mix is being made and trenches will need to be raked in for the secondary vines to settle into.
Friday, June 14 View Page
2255 Eddy Z enjoying the nice weather.
Friday, June 14 View Page
Lower 1043 Chan starting to stretch out a bit too.
Friday, June 14 View Page
Upper 1043 Chan is the dark horse. In the best spot for Sun, in August, September and October but has had a slower start than the other two due to less sun earlier on in May. For whatever reason, the upper Chan plant has me thinking we might be onto another good one from this seed.
Tuesday, June 18 View Page
2255 EZ. There is a female flower in the main growth cluster, and Iíve been pruning off females from all the secondaries, so all systems seem to be on go with this plant. Will update in week or 10 days, once we are at pollination. We started later this year, but might be earlier pollinated than our usual July 1-4th target date. Iíll start one earlier next year and hope for the May and June weíve had this year. Both 1043 Chan plants (Named Janet & Dave) are on pace for regular pollination date also.
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
Hope to pollinate soon, they will not be at the same time this year. Janet (1043 Chan) in the foreground is escaping through the garlic and down into the lower garden. Then past Janet is the 2255 EZ plant, 5-7 days to pollinate. Guess we will have to name the resulting fruit Edwina. Then lower garden next to Eddy is Dave, (another 1043 Chan plant). Plan is to get a massive plant and pollinate 2 on one of the 1043 plants, Janet has the most room, so likely her plant. There is the Saanich Fair September 1st weekend, and weíve got to make an appearance this year to let the Victoria growers see what can be grown up Island, in Mill Bay.
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
2255 plant. Yes, Andrea and I weed by hand. We have an assortment of weeding implements and devices, luckily for me Andrea has mastered a couple of them and makes short work of it after I use the broad fork to loosen everything. Also, itís dry and that is helping keep the weeds down. Once we start watering more area...the weeds will return.
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
Dave, the 1043 Chan plant, will get the rub and tickle in about a week. Broadfork is an awesome patch weapon, deeply loosens and aerates the soil in advance of the secondaries. Custom made, has 7 x 13Ē tines that are spaced 4Ē apart. When the soil is dry like it is now, it works amazing. Andrea has not mastered the broadfork yet, it is very heavy and been deemed my job.
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
Janet, the other 1043 Chan plant escaping down past the garlic into the lower garden. Sheís ramped it up and is growing 6-8Ē a day now. Super busy with summer stuff, kicking dirt on my secondaries like Spambie this year, see if his technique works for me...sure does for him.
Sunday, June 30 View Page
2255 EZ pollinated by 1043 Chan (Dave) this morning at 6:30am. Eddy and Dave met at Convention in Portland a few years ago and seemed to hit it off, so I donít feel bad about the union between the 2255 and the 1043. There were no flowers available on the other 1043 Chan plant (Janet), or I would have used her pollen, which EZ would have most likely preferred, but you get what is available. More pollinations next week.
Wednesday, July 3 View Page
1043 Chan (Dave) in foreground with a flower that will get pollinated in a day or two. 2255 EZ with the umbrella in the upper patch looks to have a fruit set. And the other 1043 Chan (Janet) upper left, has a flower to pollinate a few days after the other one. Plants are filling in, itís go time!! Note to self, plant 10 days earlier next year.
Thursday, July 4 View Page
Well, in turn the 1043 Chan (Dave) was pollinated by the 2255 EZ this morning by a bunch of eager male flowers. I was told by my good buddy (Dave Chan) that the optimum timing for pollinations in British Columbia, was between 6:30am and 7:00am, so Iíve always tried to follow that rule and have had great results because of it. I always pick the flowers, set them in a sunny location for a few minutes to get warm and dry, and follow the rub and tickle method employed by most giant pumpkin growers. Iím not going to tell pollination stories on the golf course any longer, most non-growers just donít understand. Now we wait a day or 2 more to pollinate the other 1043 Chan (Janet) as she will be ready soon and is ripping along with growth.
Sunday, July 7 View Page
Pollination day for Janet (1043 Chan) with the always ready and wiling 2255 Eddy Z plants pollen. This plant successfully grew down over top the small retaining wall and down into the open area that was going to rest this year. She has loads of room to stretch out and keep growing.
Sunday, July 7 View Page
1043 plant at top, 2255 EZ with the grey and purple umbrella, and the other 1043 plant in he lower section with the blue umbrella.
Sunday, July 7 View Page
2255 Eddy Z plant with 7 day old baby fruit. Iíve started the vine turn away from the pumpkin, but will wait for a super hot day and an extra set of hands to swing it further away and into position. Swinging the main vine onto the opposite side of the fruit always means losing a secondary or 2 due to crowding, but the plants are pretty large this year and I want to make sure I can continue growing the main vine and see if we can get a PB in our new patch.
Monday, July 8 View Page
Nice warm humid day today, vine burying and vine adjusting at 10am doesnít usually happen in our patch. Nice fresh rain yesterday meant we couldnít golf, but the plants really enjoyed it.
Monday, July 8 View Page
Took advantage of the warmer than usual morning hours and adjusted the main vine on the 2255 Eddy Z plant. Got it swung wide and into place. Now we will allow tertiary vines off the last secondaries on each side, after allowing sufficient room for the sun cover that we will soon install.
Friday, July 19 View Page
Pumpkin on the 2255 EZ is starting to rise above the canopy of leaves, and will be day 20 tomorrow. 1043 Janet upper left with pumpkin at day 12 and 1043 Dave in the lower portion has a fruit at day 15 today. All three pumpkins have a different shape, and I can see the classic colour and mottling influence from the 1495 Stelts pollination that Eddy did worked.
Saturday, July 20 View Page
Day 20 for the fruit on the 2255 Zaychkowski (now named Edzina) and measures at 56-38-38 OTT. Weíve installed our sun/rain protection hillbilly huts over the pumpkins, brought out the bigger sheets and everything seems happy.

 

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