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Thursday, February 28 View Page
It warmed up a bit so I trudged out in the snow to the patch. Still have some repairs to do. Put the cold frame in.
Thursday, February 28 View Page
Here is the melon shack. Really buried. Didnít have time in the fall prep because it snowed. This is becoming a thing. This season isnít going to get full attention as usual because I need to catch up on preparations. Time to rebuild some patches if Iím going to get better.
Thursday, February 28 View Page
Back to -28 c tonight. This is one long winter.
Thursday, February 28 View Page
The sun is warm now, starting to heat the greenhouse even when itís cold. Temp is 10įC warmer at night over 20įC warmer than outside on a sunny day.
Thursday, March 14 View Page
Started peppers!
Sunday, March 17 View Page
Itís slowly melting. Lots of work to do when the pipes can be removed after they melt out. All the vines remain yet too. Iím not going to kill myself growing this year. Iím going to relax and just do what I can.
Sunday, March 17 View Page
First peppers up. Seems pretty fast. These were ones I grew in Ď13. Yellow scorpions I hope. I didnít control pollination so they could have crossed with my Bhuts.
Saturday, March 23 View Page
?Itís been nice the last week with temps approaching +10. Much less snow than last year. But, itís been so cold for so long that Iím having trouble warming soil in all patches including the greenhouse. I will have to delay planting until I can til the ferts in. ? I managed to get the heat cable in the North patch but it was thawed only 6Ē down and below that it was really frozen. Really Really frozen. Hereís the greenhouse soil thermometer. Yesterday it said -5 C.
Thursday, March 28 View Page
?Watermelons are up! Peppers are doing ok too. I donít file or soak seeds. I feel they need the stress. I planted the watermelon seeds laying flat under about 10 mm of soil. They seem to come up coatless that way. ?Planted on the 24th.
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Getting there, slowly and surely. Soil temp is near 20įC and still warming. I might add the heater to the melon shack soon.
Saturday, April 6 View Page
It was greenhouse soil tune day. Thawed down far enough to till finally.
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Started one of my 1884 seeds. Should be good to go in about 10-12 days. Iíll wait till this one is up before I start the one for the other patch. The other patch is wet, not tilled and has broken hoop pieces. Itíll need a week or so yet to get the timing right.
Sunday, April 7 View Page
Reapers are up. Finally.
Sunday, April 7 View Page
Snow is almost gone. Now we need some drying.
Sunday, April 7 View Page
The greenhouse is getting close to ready.
Saturday, April 13 View Page
Transplanted the 327 Kent. Patch is really dry underneath as in below 8Ē. I kept the shack over it during winter. I think what it really means is that I wasnít watering enough last year or any year. Watermelons will suck all the water out. As in all. Like dry your cell phone in dry rice dry. Poured 10 gallons in the planting hole.
Saturday, April 13 View Page
Transplanted the 1884 Crews Ď18 into the greenhouse. Seedling had one cot that didnít develop. Was thinking I should start another so I did. Pretty sure this one is fine though.
Saturday, April 13 View Page
The 2255 hasnít popped a radicle yet. I err on the side of dryness but my other 1884 planted a day later already has 1Ē of root showing. Therefore I decided to switch pots. I left the end of the 2255 uncovered so I can watch it.
Sunday, April 14 View Page
And.... the 2255 has a radicle should be up in 2 days.
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
2255 looks larger than most of the seedlings. I might have to do an actual soil test on the north patch after all.
Thursday, April 18 View Page
Big Z 2255 is looking good.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
The 2255 Zaychkowsky is in the North patch.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
1884 Crews I have another one that I may replace this one with. Soil is a little warmer than Iíd like and I may have to mess with the cable.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
327 Kent watermelon. The vine is starting.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky transplant has taken well.
Friday, April 26 View Page
The last week has been nice except for the wind but at least today it was fairly light at 28k gusts instead of 60.
Friday, April 26 View Page
This weekend might not be as good so Iíll take patch pics today instead of tomorrow.
Friday, April 26 View Page
327 Kent with IRT mulch.
Friday, April 26 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky looks happy.
Friday, April 26 View Page
1884 Crews fell over when I watered it.
Monday, April 29 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky has flopped over now. Seems early but perhaps plants got a bit leggy as itís not been very sunny.
Wednesday, May 1 View Page
This is the 3rd day in a row like this. This is a challenging season so far.
Friday, May 3 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky Itís been cool and snowy this week. The patch hasnít been touched since last year. The weather needs to smarten up soon so I can at least til the weeds.
Friday, May 3 View Page
327 Kent watermelon has a nice vine now.
Friday, May 3 View Page
1884 Crews looks really good now. Time to weed some.
Friday, May 10 View Page
The 1884 Crews has outgrown its shack and has been set free. Problem is that itís still below 0 at night yet. Have the heater set because the soil heat system doesnít have enough heat stored yet. It has been a dismal cold year.
Friday, May 10 View Page
Started some Field pumpkins. Hope it warms up soon. Havenít been able to till the garden yet so Iím a bit behind. Also itís cold yet.
Sunday, May 12 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky The plant has about 4í of main vine and it would have outgrown the shack by mid week. Wind was light (less than 20k) so I erected the greenhouse. Still cold at night so this is going to cost some bucks for fuel. Hope it warms up soon. Shouldnít complain about today... 20į C
Sunday, May 12 View Page
327 Kent watermelon is racing toward the end of the shack.
Sunday, May 12 View Page
1884 Crews Had to cut the plastic after this pic. Iím plenty late in the day posting because I worked in the patch until dark which is about 10 pm. So much to do and so little time.
Sunday, May 19 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky is going to grow on plastic mulch. Plan is to cut holes for secondary rioting and put upside down pot of soil over.
Sunday, May 19 View Page
81 Wolf first night was a frosty one but the heater worked.
Sunday, May 19 View Page
327 Kent is running out of room.
Sunday, May 19 View Page
1884 Crews. Suffering a little. Probably was too warm.

 

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