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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.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
I put the the oldest seed I have into my germination chamber and 36 hours later it has sprouted. It was only an experiment. My seeds are kept in the freezer. 815 HOLLAND Ď00
Monday, May 27 View Page
1884 Crews
Monday, May 27 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky
Monday, May 27 View Page
327 Kent watermelon
Monday, May 27 View Page
81 Wolf
Monday, May 27 View Page
181 MacKinnon
Monday, May 27 View Page
140 Crews
Wednesday, May 29 View Page
Iím calling it, summer is here. +30 tomorrow. Finally some warmth.
Sunday, June 2 View Page
Itís been a long time since we had much rain. Time to pull out the drip tape for the garden. 2 miles north of us had 3Ē of rain but here the patch got about 1/4Ē.
Sunday, June 2 View Page
1884 Crews Iím letting this one grow a big plant before pollination. Showing some signs of salt damage from our soil. Iím going to water it well and see what happens. Also some damage from our +30 temps this week. A little smokey today.
Sunday, June 2 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky This plant is in the north greenhouse that gets a fair amount of shade after 6 pm. Still figuring out vine burying with the IRT film. Cut a hole under each node and some potting soil on top.
Sunday, June 2 View Page
327 Kent watermelon Plant looks healthy and Iíve pollinated one today. Looks like itís throwing round fruit. One I pollinated a few days ago looks that shape.
Sunday, June 2 View Page
140 Crews field pumpkin vining out
Sunday, June 2 View Page
181 MacKinnon field pumpkin. Itís flopping over now.
Sunday, June 2 View Page
81 Wolf field pumpkin is running a vine now.
Sunday, June 2 View Page
Gete-Okosomin took a looong time to pop,but here it is.
Monday, June 3 View Page
I was a little late getting to the hole cutting in the film on the 2255 Zaychkowsky. This is usually not a problem with vine burying but I have IRT film. The good news is the roots punched through easily. I couldnít lift this one and it had only been a day.
Sunday, June 9 View Page
140 Crews field pumpkin on Thursday before the snow-rain.
Sunday, June 9 View Page
81 Wolf on Thursday before the snow and rain. As of Saturday itís still doing well.
Sunday, June 9 View Page
327 Kent watermelon. Iíve started pollinating.
Sunday, June 9 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky is being readied for pollination.
Sunday, June 9 View Page
1884 Crews is also being readied for pollination. Iíd guess 6 more days but the cold cloudy weather is affecting growth rates making the guess difficult.
Friday, June 14 View Page
First pollination on the 1884 and itís a twosome! 1884 x self and 1884 x self. One is a 4 lobe and one is a 5 lobe. This time without seeds! The first one I was going to pollinate had seeds in the blossom so it was a no go. I had these 2 up next so I wasnít too worried.
Friday, June 14 View Page
1884 Crews plant doesnít have a lot of greenhouse left. I have over 20 secondaries before the fruit. I have inadvertently terminated 2.
Saturday, June 15 View Page
There it is 2255 Zaychkowsky x 1884 Crews
Sunday, June 16 View Page
327 Kent pollinated on the main vine. This is a good spot and time. Hopefully the shape is longer than that one at the rear of the plant. Itís a ball.
Sunday, June 16 View Page
Pollinated the second on on the 2255 Zaychkowsky x 1884 Crews.
Sunday, June 16 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky plant. Iím cutting holes in the film and holding the vines down with bricks until it roots. Potting soil on top covers. I think it works because the plant looks healthy. I put the plywood down and let the vine grow over top this time. That way I donít have to lift and place under the fruit later. If it doesnít take I just pull it down the vine. Only took 20 years to figure that out. Doh.
Wednesday, June 19 View Page
Reasonably confident that the fruit on the 2255 Zaychkowsky has taken. Iím going full Eddy on the plants this year and burying a WOW starter pack under each node. Thatís a lot of packs.
Monday, June 24 View Page
327 Kent watermelon. I didnít intend for that round one to still be on but maybe Iíll keep it.
Monday, June 24 View Page
This will be the fruit on the 2255 Zaychkowsky.
Monday, June 24 View Page
The 2255 Zaychkowsky plant is rooted well despite the film. Cutting a hole underneath each node and holding with a brick and some potting soil works well.
Monday, June 24 View Page
The chosen fruit on the 1884 Crews. The cool cloudy weather caused some vine reaching and breaking but I still have 6 or 7 secondaries going on each side. It was time for termination anyway.
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
This is a 10 dap pic on the 1884 Crews. Iíll give 5 day pic intervals until growth slows or it splits. I usually start at 10 dap. Another cold rainy day so growth is a little slow. Forgot my coke can somewhere. Doh!
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
10 dap for the 2255 Zaychkowsky fruit. The June monsoons continue so growth is a little slow. Good news, itís not dry anywhere now lol.
Monday, July 1 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 15 Dap
Monday, July 1 View Page
1884 Crews 16 Dap Found my can too.
Monday, July 1 View Page
327 Kent the youngest pollination 15 Dap
Friday, July 5 View Page
1884 Crews 20 Dap 63Ē cir. Thatís 5Ē bigger than itís mother last year. It comes from a line of slow starters so Iím not too worried or excited about the 20 day numbers.
Friday, July 5 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 20 Dap 60Ē cir
Wednesday, July 10 View Page
1884 Crews 25 days after pollination 88Ē circumference
Wednesday, July 10 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 25 Dap 86Ē. Not bad for a plant thatís living in the dark skies of this cloudy forever land.
Wednesday, July 10 View Page
327 Kent 25 Dap 48Ē cir One day Iíll figure out how to grow melons here.
Wednesday, July 10 View Page
327 Kent late May round one never got culled lol. Itís really round.
Sunday, July 14 View Page
1884 Crews 30 Dap 108Ē cir. An Ok number. The next 10 days will tell me what I have.
Tuesday, July 16 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 30 Dap 107Ē cir
Tuesday, July 16 View Page
Using a furnace as my co2 source. In theory I could duct outside air through it back outside and not get any extra heat. It turns off if the fans run so most of the time I can use the extra heat. I have it set for 500 ppm. It is mostly useful on days the temp doesnít get high enough to run the vent fans. I watched the level drop to 250 ppm as I was getting the furnace running. Our outside ambient co2 level is only 375 ppm. Not sure if thatís because of our altitude or all the crops growing.
Friday, July 19 View Page
1884 Crews 35 Dap 123.5Ē cir. Now way off last year. Who knows why for sure but it has been really dull. Maybe 2 or 3 days of part sun a week. Forecast is for warm and sunny next week but Iíll believe it when I see it.
Saturday, July 20 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 35 Dap 123.5Ē cir. Thatís only 29lbs a day. Darn clouds. Supposed to be sunny with temps in the mid 20ís next week. Maybe that will pick up the pace.
Saturday, July 20 View Page
327 Kent 35 Dap 58Ē cir
Saturday, July 20 View Page
Hereís a nice fruit on a secondary 81 Wolf x open
Saturday, July 20 View Page
This long one is on the 140 Crews. This plant is smaller because no heat cable to start it.
Saturday, July 20 View Page
Hereís the main vine fruit on the 181 MacKinnon
Saturday, July 20 View Page
Hereís that 815 Holland plant from that ancient seed. This is how big a plant gets without a greenhouse here.
Wednesday, July 24 View Page
1884 Crews 40 Dap 137Ē cir 99Ē ss 90Ēee so thatís, off the top of my head ,750 ish lbs. We did have 3 sunny days before we went back to thunder storms. Iíve made peace with the fact there will not be a personal best this year.
Wednesday, July 24 View Page
Gete Okosomin pollinated 3
Thursday, July 25 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 40 Dap 134Ēcir 84Ēee 91ss thatís about 650lbs. Another cold wet rainy day. I think it was only 13įC at noon.
Thursday, July 25 View Page
327 Kent 40 Dap 61.5Ē cir 42Ē ee 39Ēss for about 85lbs. That makes me wonder what the other one estimates...
Friday, July 26 View Page
Hereís the late May pollination on the 327 Kent. Itís really fat.
Monday, July 29 View Page
1884 Crews 45 Dap 151Ē cir. Thatís about 35 lbs a day. I was hoping for about 160Ē. The thing about this hobby... just when you think you know what you are doing, it laughs and says no you donít.
Tuesday, July 30 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 45 Dap 142Ē cir. If Iím putting down plastic mulch again Iíll have to double up the drip tape and go with 12Ē spacing max. My soil is very dry between tapes. The water isnít spreading out much.
Thursday, August 1 View Page
Gete Okosomin looks like it took. Another night of thunderstorms. Plants are getting watered well. The problem is that every thing is behind by several weeks and our killing frosts are around the 1st week of Sept.
Thursday, August 1 View Page
Inside greenhouse temp, but itís cloudy(as usual)...
Thursday, August 1 View Page
Leaf temp in same greenhouse.
Friday, August 2 View Page
Todayís forecast Sunny and 29įC. Except after 2 months of rain the air wonít hold any more moisture and has given up. New forecast... foggy and warm.
Sunday, August 4 View Page
1884 Crews 50 Dap 156Ē cir 361ĒOtt so that should be over 1000 lbs. About 26 lbs a day over the last 10. On pace for around 1500 but this year isnít like others. Stem is very low on this one. Its going to be tricky managing that.
Sunday, August 4 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 50 Dap 153Ē cir 95Ē ee 100Ēss 933lbs est. 27lbs a day over last 10
Sunday, August 4 View Page
327 Kent 50 Dap 69Ē cir
Thursday, August 8 View Page
1884 Crews 55 Dap 166Ē cir. This is actually itís best 5 days.
Thursday, August 8 View Page
Tomato!
Thursday, August 8 View Page
Peppers are coming along well.
Friday, August 9 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 55 Dap 158Ē cir but itís starting to look like a rock.
Friday, August 9 View Page
81 Wolf field pumpkin is starting to get some orange on the blossom. I think this is when they grow fastest. The original forecast was for 5 and I would have blanketed them but now itís 8 for tonight. Cool is good but it can be risky.
Tuesday, August 13 View Page
1884 Crews 60 Dap 170-171Ē cir getting hard to measure as the stem is very low. Probably about 17 lbs a day. Thatís not too bad as the dreary weather returns. Iím not sure how anything grows without sunshine. This moment of sun was all there was for the day.
Tuesday, August 13 View Page
Tomato! Gets a hammock.
Wednesday, August 14 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 60 Dap and maybe I measured wrong last time but it looks bigger.170Ē cir. Had a sunny day today too!
Monday, August 19 View Page
The field pumpkin in the back patch didnít like our 3įc nights. Too bad because now Iím worried about my other ones. This was my second biggest.
Monday, August 19 View Page
327 Kent watermelon still growing 65 Dap 75Ē ish. The rain got in from some holes from hail last year and sat on the plastic causing some vines to rot. Iíve pre placed my vine with the fruit on it on foam blocks. So far so good.
Monday, August 19 View Page
81 Wolf field pumpkin. I think itís bigger than the split one. Pollination was around the beginning of July. 81 Wolf always grows well in my patch.
Monday, August 19 View Page
1884 Crews 66 Dap 175Ē cir, growth is slowly tapering off or it could be the lack of sunshine.
Monday, August 19 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 65 Dap 174Ē cir. Really hard to keep plants above 10į C which is ridiculous in August. Oh well, itís still growing so thatís good.
Saturday, August 24 View Page
1884 Crews not much growth this week. Still about the same at 175Ē but the shape is more wheel than round. Could be getting wider. No strange smell or soft spots. It has been cloudy.
Saturday, August 24 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky at 70 Dap today. Itís still growing somehow. Getting some lines as in sag. 179Ē cir 391ott
Saturday, August 24 View Page
327 Kent is still growing slowly. 70 Dap 77.5Ē cir. Tendril hasnít dried up by the melon yet so should have some growth yet. Itís the time of year that every thing slows down. Light isnít intense enough
Wednesday, August 28 View Page
I removed the seeds from the field pumpkin in the back patch. It has an estimated weight of 126 lbs. I could have dragged it to the scale but it does weigh every bit of estimated weight, my back can assure you. Lol
Wednesday, August 28 View Page
Gete Okosomin is getting colour. Iím hoping itís getting its maturity because it could be over any day now. The cool weather has set in and nothing is growing not even the lawn. The fruit is about 20Ē long.
Sunday, September 1 View Page
Sigh. 81 Wolf. Thatís it for big ones. Really thought this one would make it. Just too cold this year.
Sunday, September 1 View Page
79 52 52. 126 lbs. again. 81 Wolf x open
Wednesday, September 4 View Page
Field pumpkins continue to split. I went out and cut all the rest of them off. Canít split now.
Wednesday, September 4 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky continues to get closer to stick. Thatís a good sign.
Wednesday, September 4 View Page
1884 Crews is also still getting closer to stick. Very slowly but still thatís a good sign.
Thursday, September 12 View Page
1884 Crews about 90 Dap. Iíll put the sand bags away lol. It measures about 401Ē OTT. It is touching the stick now but growth should be done.
Thursday, September 12 View Page
2255 Zaychkowsky 89 Dap it measures slightly over 1400 lbs.
Thursday, September 12 View Page
327 Kent 89 Dap. The tendril just dried up. Hoping for a personal best.

 

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