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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 29 Entries.
Wednesday, January 2 View Page
Here is to all of having a healthy, happy New Year! And of course to all growing PBs!
 
Saturday, January 19 View Page
So here is my indoor grow. On this side are 2 plants in an Earthbox.
 
Saturday, January 19 View Page
And on this side, 4 plants in bottom-watered pots. Unfortunately a rapidly growing tomato plant goes thru more than the volume of water than is in the bottom.
 
Saturday, January 19 View Page
So here is my solution to watering the pots. This especially important as we are going to be in Cuba for a week...Cultural exchange, you know. My purpose in growing these plants is not to compete in the Winter grow. I have 3 Brutus Magnum plants & 3 MegaZac plants & I am trying to cross them.
 
Saturday, January 19 View Page
I thought I had posted this earlier but apparently not. On the right is a Vegibee for vibrating the blossoms & on the left a black spoon with pollen collected on it.
 
Saturday, January 19 View Page
It is difficult to choose which pictures of Cuba to show.
 
Saturday, January 19 View Page
This is the obligatory American convertible in Havana pic! We’re in the front. Our driver spoke English pretty well. I felt sorry for him though, Kathy had a rather continuous stream of questions for him! Hmmm, didn’t see any pumpkins in Cuba.
 
Saturday, January 19 View Page
I noticed this behind the ship. We are rather distant but there is a storm & on the right there is a linear form that I believe represents a waterspout.
 
Saturday, January 19 View Page
Since we got back from Cuba, we have to refill the bird feeders. Here is a visitor that we see occasionally in the winter. I had to search for to some time but I believe this is a Snow Bunting.
 
Saturday, January 19 View Page
Well, despite my best efforts, I have found Blossom End Rot on some of my fruits. At first I gave the plants some Calcium carbonate, then switched to Calcium nitrate & now I’m using some CalMag Plus. I have placed a small yogurt cup for size reference for the fruit .
 
Monday, February 4 View Page
Here are the magnets my wife made for me on the back of my truck. I am pretty pleased with them. The middle row is giant squash. They are greener than shown in this pic. Next time we will use stencils for the numbers, that would clean them up.
 
Friday, February 15 View Page
I picked 3 tomatoes today (all MegaZacs) so we just had to have a Caprese salad!
 
Wednesday, March 20 View Page
I am stoked! I just started 3 varieties of tomato rootstock , 21 varieties of heirloom maters for eating, & 13 strains of Giant maters for competition .
 
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Here are some of my maters in the midst of grafting. These grafts are 6 days old. 13 out of 14 of them show a very good graft union, 1 is questionable.
 
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Here is a closeup of an approach graft union, again 6 days old. The rootstock top has been pruned off. The scion is a 7.73 Menting MegaZac. I am quite bullish on this one!
 
Saturday, April 20 View Page
This perhaps shows the graft union better.
 
Sunday, April 21 View Page
I did it! I filed the seeds, soaked them in Chamomile tea with kelp & H2O2 for over 4 hours then rolled in Captan. Placed them in starting mix with Azos & Myco in 3” cowpots (already soaked). They are in the incubator at 87 degrees F & 85% humidity. I have decided to go Orange this year, 3 spots with 3 plants competing for each spot. I still have 2 yogurt cups with the late flush of my Giant Maters in there too. Good luck everyone!!!
 
Wednesday, April 24 View Page
I was transplanting some Giant & rootstock tomato seedlings for a second flush of Giants & I noticed something unusual. A quadricotyledon seedling!!! Tricots are not that unusual & many people have seen them but this quadricot is a first for me. I have grown tricot seedlings out & the mature plant wasn’t anything special. But I will definitely be watching this one! Pic to follow on the next post
 
Wednesday, April 24 View Page
The quadricot is on the right with DRO141TX rootstock on the left. The quad is a 5.61 Konieczny MegaDom.
 
Saturday, April 27 View Page
This is what I have germinated, all seeds sowed late on April 21. In the back row I have 3 681 Ganserts, the one on the right just starting to poke up this morning. In front from left to right is 2416.5 Haist, 2138 Ceja & 2152 Gantner. Still in the incubator are 2 982 Trychta & a 1157 Eddie Z. One of the 982 Trychta is starting to push dirt. That wasn’t the case yesterday so I sowed another 1157 Eddie Z, a 1211 Ailts & my last 982 Trychta . I had promised Dustin I’d grow it & I’m relieved that it looks like I might get at least 1.
 
Saturday, April 27 View Page
Here are my 5 potted up into 6” cowpots, looking good! The little 681 Gansert is lonely, probably will graduate into the larger cowpot in 2 days.
 
Sunday, April 28 View Page
Here is a pic of one of my successful tomato approach grafts without the slipknot in the way.
 
Sunday, April 28 View Page
Here is the next step in my grafting, purely precautionary. I wrap the graft union with masking tape & I stake the plant up. I think I can recall losing 1 grafted plant beyond this point in the last 4 years but it is unusual . Still, this might allow a plant to survive a drop or other fumble. You might chuckle but this is the type of anal precautions which have led to my sparkling success rate of 94% to date.
 
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
Busy day today! I put down my few last minute amendments & then tilled them into both of my patches. I planted this trio & erected a small hoophouse over them. From R to L, is 2416.5 Haist, 2152 Gantner & 2138 Ceja.
 
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
Also in that patch, I planted the 681 Gansert trio. The runt is obviously on the R, it was slow to germinate & when it did, the cotyledons had some rot on them that I pared away. Yesterday I transplanted 9 Giant Tomatoes, mostly MegaZacs, 1 Delicious & 1 Big Zac. I started my 30 gallon Aerated Compost Brewer going this morning, using WOW products.
 
Wednesday, May 8 View Page
Here is my third trio planted out today. On the left, 1211 Ailts, center 982 Trychta & right 1157 Zaychowski. Up at the top of the pic, the linear red objects are the soil heating cables which I haven’t completely covered.
 
Friday, May 17 View Page
From L to R, 2416.5 Haist, 2152 Gantner & 2138 Ceja, planted 10 days ago & showing good growth. Busy day today, putting up fenceposts & laid out the driptape system.
 
Friday, May 17 View Page
My 681 Gansert trio, planted out 10 days ago. You can see some “grower error” here. I had my little electric heater too close & fried some leaves.
 
Friday, May 17 View Page
From L to R, 1211 Ailts, 982 Trychta & 1157 Zaychowski planted out 9 days ago. Also showing good growth! I have to acknowledge many thanks to my wife helping me with the driptape.
 

 

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