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Wednesday, January 16 View Page
The Southern Ia. Giant pumpkin Growers will be having our live auction Sat. Jan. 19th. We appreciate any support that you can give us. Great seeds offered.
Wednesday, January 16 View Page
A big thank you to all the growers that donated seeds to our Southern Iowa Giant Pumpkin Growers Assoc. 2019 auction. Also thank you for all those that participated as well. Thanks Cecil, Don and Ken for your assistance. Very successful auction.
Tuesday, April 9 View Page
Well it has been a wet fall and winter here in S.E. Iowa. I'm not complaining since we have had a severe drought for the last couple years and I mean severe. No tilling since I don't want mud clods. Get the silage fork out and see how out of shape I am. Notice the can of refreshment beside the worked ground. Earthworms everywhere. Good to see!
Wednesday, May 8 View Page
Well it continues to rain and is cold. Not a good combo for growing pumpkins. Amish friend "gave" me a "free" 42' x 96' piece of undamaged used 6 mil greenhouse plastic to cover it before the next round of rain.
Saturday, May 11 View Page
Never say never. Started a 331 Brown bushel gourd seed 17 days ago and it is breaking through the soil. Should be up and out on day 18. I had 2 germinate off of a bushel gourd that the grower said he was having problems on getting them to germinate in 3 days. Go figure. Now if the 370 would pop. It's day 17 for it too with no signs of germination.
Sunday, May 19 View Page
867 Davis is off and running! Plenty more plant's to put out. Just needs to stop raining for 2 weeks now.
Sunday, May 19 View Page
Young and Bentley watermelon plants need to get out soon. To wet and cool around here. Just what melons don't like. First year on a serious attempt on these and the weather is crap. Makes no since to put them out yet. Just waiting a little longer.
Wednesday, May 22 View Page
Ok I believe the the good lord above wasn't getting good cell phone service. Think my voice mails just got to him this year after praying for rain on 2 years of extreme drought. Big fella you can shut her off any time now. Crazy wet and more coming.
Sunday, May 26 View Page
High tunnel is even wet, rain water leaching in. Freaking Monsoon around here. My own 867 Davis plant is looking decent for the conditions.
Sunday, May 26 View Page
These Young and Bentley watermelon plants need to get in the ground soon, but it has been too cold and now way to wet to have them out. It is atleast warming up.
Monday, May 27 View Page
Well I like the temps that we are getting, but the rain has been a killer. Next 15 days appears to have plenty of rain forecasted. Last year we were in extreme drought and temps were 95 to 100 degrees during this week.
Monday, May 27 View Page
This is my good patch. Even had plastic covering it. Raining so much the rain is flowing under the plastic. Other patch has never been worked this year. Weeds everywhere which is good otherwise my soil would have washed down the hill.
Tuesday, May 28 View Page
I think I better grow hydroponically this year. This is how I have spent my evening. Culverts under county roads have washed away. Absolutely crazy.
Wednesday, June 5 View Page
Got my Young and Bentley watermelon plants out a couple nights ago. Going to grow on ground cover. Way to wet to till. Really excited to grow melons. Never got serious about it before. Hope mother nature cooperates.
Thursday, June 6 View Page
Finally able to till in the big patch. Guess my cows like that soft bed. Hot wire going up next. They do a good job of compacting the soil.
Thursday, June 13 View Page
Just for your information if you didn't already know, unrolling ground cover for the watermelon patch and YELLOW JACKETS inside the roll does not mix the older and slower you get. Just sayin!
Tuesday, June 18 View Page
Culling a few "little" giant watermelons. Plants need to get bigger and set something further out.This is exciting for me since I have never got serious about growing them before!
Wednesday, June 19 View Page
Got my 1742 wolf vines buried yesterday evening. Received about 6 tenths of rain today. Hope the secondaries keep on going. Nice plant so far. Wasn't able to get it out in the patch as soon as I wanted, but I believe it will produce well with several secondaries in front of a pumpkin.
Sunday, June 23 View Page
4 - 146.5 Young watermelon plants. Warmth is coming. Drowned in the spring. Got dry for 2 weeks and now I received just shy of 4 inches of rain in the last 5 days. More rain coming. Fingers crossed.
Sunday, June 23 View Page
300.5 Young is the closest plant in the picture then the 274.5 Bentley and the 272.5 Bentley. Plants are healthy. Just need some warmth to kick them into high gear.
Thursday, June 27 View Page
My 867 Davis seed is starting to take off. She's plump on the front and back. Just wished the stem was longer. Need to get a mat under her asap lol.
Thursday, June 27 View Page
Pic from previous post.
Saturday, June 29 View Page
Well somehow I'm still in the game. Had some hail damage and wind damage, but I've seen worse. 60 to 70 mph winds and 2.3 inches of rain in 30 minutes yesterday. Fingers crossed. Hope my plants make a quick recovery.
Tuesday, July 2 View Page
Had a nice 5 lobe to pollinate on my 1626 D. Gantner plant this morning. Selfed in hopes of keep ing Debs nice orange genetics going.
Thursday, July 11 View Page
Watch out I've got both barrels loaded with this field pumpkin plant. ??
Monday, July 15 View Page
Never tried hard to grow a melon before. This thing was just a little nub 2 1/2 days ago. Holy cow!
Wednesday, July 24 View Page
I have never grown melons before and really don't know what I'm doing, but I'm sure having fun! 300.5 Young on the left and 274.5 Bentley on the right.
Tuesday, July 30 View Page
Don't know what I'm doing on these giant cantaloupes either, but this one seems to be growing well. 52 lb Bennett seed with 4 days growth.
Wednesday, August 14 View Page
My biggest cantaloupe is slowing down a little. Hope I can get another week out of it somehow. This is fun!


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