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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 45 Entries.
Friday, January 4 View Page
Well none of the pumpkins in storage are going to make it until March for "The Big Show". I was so looking forward to carving in Green Bay. The GPC is not interested in us carving Funkins. :(
Friday, February 22 View Page
We will not be carving for the GPC in Green Bay but still would like to show off our talents. If you have ever wanted a personally carved pumpkin in one of our funkins that last forever let us know. https://www.facebook.com/gr8pumpkin.net
Saturday, February 23 View Page
Getting the itch to carve something. We sculpted these two snow pumpkins.
Saturday, February 23 View Page
Getting the itch to carve something. We sculpted these two snow pumpkins.
Tuesday, February 26 View Page
Man this pumpkin sure does not look like a penguin. I like carving in the off season. No rush, just take your time, and let the creativity work with you
Monday, March 4 View Page
All you guys posting pictures of tilled patches and green grass need to stop. We have 6 feet of snow in the patch. Today's high temp is 4. So it is not thawing out any time soon
Saturday, March 9 View Page
Already for next week. Sure wish we had some real pumpkins to carve.
Monday, March 18 View Page
It was nice to carve something in March
Monday, March 18 View Page
Thanks Green Gene for bring Jodi this pumpkin all the way from Connecticut
Monday, March 18 View Page
She planned on a sculpted pumpkin, but it didn't have much thickess left to it. So she did a simple face.
Monday, March 18 View Page
John Harnica brought us this awesome hubbard..this is one of Jodi's favorite fruit to sculpt
Monday, March 18 View Page
I chose to sculpt the GPC logo into this melon. The rind was a little rubbery so the letters were not as clean as I would like.
Monday, March 18 View Page
Here is an Aaron Rodgers pumpkin...Thanks Jim Ford for not roughing him up :)
Monday, March 18 View Page
Here is The BigPumpkins.com pumpkin
Monday, March 18 View Page
Here is a puppy I carved
Monday, March 18 View Page
Try this again it is not posting pictures
Monday, March 18 View Page
Aaron. #12
Thursday, March 21 View Page
Cross Pollination Chart..
Thursday, March 21 View Page
This is the correct chart C.MAXIMA crosses with Moschata and rarely crosses with agyropsperma and pepo
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Got to pay for pumpkin supplies, somehow..
Sunday, April 14 View Page
Turned on the soil heating cables today. Soil Temperature was a brisk 40. I will be starting the 920 Cooper and 1200 Engel on Wednesday or Thursday this week. GROW EM BIG AND ORANGE
Thursday, April 18 View Page
1200 Engel and 920 Cooper are soaking
Monday, April 29 View Page
1200 Engel running north, 920 Cooper going south. Soil temp 74, air temp 65 and above.
Sunday, May 19 View Page
Cold, Wet, and Cloudy just what pumpkins LOVE
Friday, May 24 View Page
1200 Engel got kicked out of the greenhouse today..
Friday, May 24 View Page
1200 Engel got kicked out of the greenhouse today..
Friday, May 24 View Page
920 Cooper was trying to get out the door. so we moved the greenhouse 6 feet to give her a little more room. I give it a week before we have to remove it completely. We have some watm weather forecasted. It has been a cold, wet spring.
Thursday, June 20 View Page
920 Cooper x Self Pollinated on June 17th. I have sprayed both Ridomil and Elumin to hopefully combat the pyhtium issue experienced last year. The 1200 Engel is spreading really good and should be ready to pollinate next week. The Patch Pumpkins are about 5 feet long and just starting to throw secondaries. We need more heat and sun for good growth
Saturday, June 22 View Page
920 Cooper x Self is a taker...The 920 is a 1374 Engel x 1495 Stelts...Both produce a pumpkin with the Orange Calai Sunburst Spots which is the color I desire
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Here is the female just starting to show on the 1200 Engel. The 1200 is a 1912 Carter x 1143 Engel. The 1200 produced the 673 Engel, 1544 Montsma and several other Howard Dill winners.
Saturday, June 29 View Page
1200 Engel x 920 Cooper...I have a good feeling about this cross
Sunday, July 7 View Page
Day 18 for Jodi with an I on the 920 Cooper. Religiously spraying fungicides to keep the diseases at bay. I will let you know in October if it works :)
Sunday, July 7 View Page
Jody with a Y on the 1200 Engel. She is a 1200 Engel x 920 Cooper. She was pollinated on July 3rd
Saturday, July 20 View Page
Jodi on the 920 Cooper day 32
Saturday, July 20 View Page
Jody with a Y on the 1200 Engel Day 16.
Thursday, August 1 View Page
Jodi on the 920 Cooper is still averaging around 20lbs a day
Thursday, August 1 View Page
Jody on the 1200 Engel 385lbs 26 days old is averaging 30lbs a day. She will surpass the 920 Cooper in a week if she keeps it up
Thursday, August 15 View Page
Jodi on the 920 Cooper...755 lbs 55 DAP slowly growing 15lbs a day. I had an issue with the main vine some kind of rot. but it seems to be under control after I applied chemotherapy
Thursday, August 15 View Page
Jody on the 1200 Engel 780lbs 40 DAP she is putting on 30lbs a night. Hopefully she completes the season. She is just like the 673 Engel and the blossom and stem are just about touching. So she has a scary belly button
Thursday, August 15 View Page
the belly button with no sight of the blossom
Tuesday, September 10 View Page
Here is the 920 Cooper x Self. Estimating at 1060 Pounds. She has nice color but is canteloping. Can't always grow them pretty.
Wednesday, September 11 View Page
Here is the 1200 Engel chugging along at an estimated 1266lbs. The plant is starting to show her age, but still gaining 15lbs a day. Will she break 1374 Barrier. We will see. I have a feeling she will go heavy
Wednesday, September 11 View Page
Here is why I think she will go HEAVY. I last saw the blossom back in July. She has very little or no cavity just like the 673 Engel.
Wednesday, September 11 View Page
2019 is going to be a busy carving season again. We will be carving at Lambeau Field, and Mall of America again. I am also the Pumpkin Event Manager for the new River Prairie Giant Pumpkin Festival in Altoona, WI on September 29th 11am-2PM. Should be an awesome event.
Wednesday, September 11 View Page
September 29th, 2019 Altoona, WI

 

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