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Friday, February 22 View Page
This is what I've been doing all Winter when I'm not working. Riding my mountain bike uphill then downhill. It's all about getting in shape. Commitment and routine. I haven't felt this good in 25 years. My garden budget has turned into a bike and bike gear budget. Don't give up in whatever you do. Always give 100% or don't do it at all!
 
Friday, February 22 View Page
My photo didn't make it. Let's try again.
 
Saturday, March 23 View Page
Kodiak mustard cover crop coming along after a long winter. Finally starting to grow. I left 5 of the largest Alisa Craig onions I grew in the ground last year in the ground to produce seed this year. They are coming up and look good. Also, two months ago today I started another batch of Alisa Craig onions from seed and transplanted the largest in the ground today.
 
Sunday, April 21 View Page
Thanks Porkchop! What a surprise! First place trophy, 24 WOW season long starter paks, a nice hand written note, and $100. All for last seasons tomato team competition. Rebel Rousers will rise again!
 
Friday, May 10 View Page
Just a reminder how big these Domingo megablooms can get. This was last September off of the 8.22 Porkchop (from 5.95 Konieczny).
 
Friday, May 10 View Page
..being late in the season I put a greenhouse around it in the garden. It pollinated. A week later the heat got too high and cooked the whole thing. Need to figure how to get these started earlier! Currently, my seedlings are a couple of weeks old. Transplant to the garden by the first or second week of June. 20-30 plants this year. Work out of town. Without looking all my Domingo starts were killed due to dry soil except the 5.95 Konieczny. At least I have one Domingo. Sorry Glen "Clayton", sorry Porkchop.
 
Friday, May 10 View Page
I'll grow Kodiak Mustard anytime for the flowers. Seeded in October, this is what it looks like in the spring. Will till in real soon. I got this from Ron Wallace's WOW Organic Wonder Site.
 
Saturday, May 25 View Page
Not much going on in the garden yet so showing something from last year. I took the largest onions and reburied them for seeds this year.
 
Saturday, May 25 View Page
The big onions from last year turned into seed producers this year.
 
Saturday, May 25 View Page
The rest of the onions I started from seed in January are doing well.
 
Saturday, May 25 View Page
Just tilled in the mustard. Added 16 cu/ft. of Perlite, 50 lbs of kelp meal, and some Borax. Thanks Marv for the idea to add some boron.
 
Saturday, May 25 View Page
Larry came over for a visit and brought over a baby goat he just acquired. My dog has never seen another dog like this one.
 
Saturday, May 25 View Page
Tomatoes are 35 days old. Bob's DelBrut cross tomato seeds arrived today! Better late than never. Immediately threw them into soil and onto heat. Also, started a few 6.06 Schmit's. The ones I started last month were accidentally murdered.
 
Saturday, May 25 View Page
A few more tomato plants. The amount I'm going to put in the garden has been steadily increasing. I'll be pushing over 30 than the planned 20. Included are the Big Marley's, 4.10 Sherwood, 5.96 Treece, 7.10 Foss, 5.56, 6.06, 6.02 Spaziani, 4.45 Spaziani MegaMutt Z, 4.41 Spaziani MegaMutt D, 7.19, 6.52, 6.93, 5.13 LaRue, 5.95 Konieczny, 4.0 Marley (5.03 Boudyo), 4.70 Spaziani Zacheart F2, 4.12 Spaziani MegaZac, DelBrut, 6.06 Schmit. I had some Domingo's but they dried up when they germinated. No Porkchop, no Clayton Domingo's.
 
Thursday, June 6 View Page
If you want to be in the top 10 for tomatoes, it is imperative (vitally important) that you put the extra time in. This work from a tilled garden to this point took me 12 hours. I still need to make another row tomorrow, then I can plant my seedlings. We are talking about 1 pound from the top 10 to top 30. You cannot just depend on your good seed. Prepare you garden in the Fall, add amendments in the Spring and till in. I spread a good organic tomato fertilizer then used a broadfork to mix in. The broadfork goes deeper than the tiller. Then I laid down the solar mulch. It heats up the soil 8-10 degrees down deep but weeds won't grow. You have to have loose, fluffy soil. Put down boards to walk on. Producing a 5-6 lb tomato is no problem. It's the 7-10 lb I am working on. After good luck with the weather THEN the proper seed will get me there.
 
Wednesday, June 12 View Page
Thirty three competition tomatoes in the ground. Here in the first row are two 18 day old Delbrut's and 6.06 Schmit's. In the middle is a 3.72 Henderson (5.96 Treece Delicious) started by Mr. Henderson and given to me. What a great way to spend my B-Day in the 95F heat!
 
Wednesday, June 12 View Page
Big Marley row (8). Biggest and baddest of the bunch.
 
Wednesday, June 12 View Page
All the Big Marley's have their first big flowers starting, but not too worried about these. You can't grow a big tomato with a root system the size of a big tomato! "Nipple High" as Chops would say is the sweet spot!
 
Wednesday, June 12 View Page
Both seeds started at the same time. The Big Marley on the right was planted in regular seed starting soil. Nice and loose, but I ran out of this soil and had to use some old potting soil because I didn't want to run into town to get more. The 6.06 Spaziani on the left was planted in the old potting soil. It was more compact. You can see the difference in the two! The 30 I transplanted in the seed starting soil were big. The 10 I transplanted in old potting soil were stunted. Needless to say they didn't make it to the garden. Transplant this thinking to your garden. Do what it takes early to make sure your soil is nice and loose. Use a shovel if you have to if you don't have a tiller. The extra work will pay off.
 
Saturday, June 15 View Page
Alisa Craig giant onions doing well.
 
Saturday, June 15 View Page
Bushel Gourd (384.5 Terry) was the only one out of 3 I was able to germinate. One week in the ground transplanted. Hope to do better this year now that I know how and when they pollinate!
 
Saturday, June 15 View Page
Drip lines installed with timer and deer fence to keep the critters out, especially a few turkey's that have taken up residence here. Hopefully they don't discover that they can fly over it. The weather is perfect and not too warm. As the usual pattern goes, very little rain from here to Oct. 1st so the plants will depend on my well and stored water. Couldn't be happier with my tomato plants.
 
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Delbrut at 28 days.
 
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Giant onion seed heads. I left the largest Alisa Craig giant onions in the ground last year to make seeds this year.
 
Saturday, June 22 View Page
My tomato plants are 60 days old. Most are producing nice first truss megablooms. Whether the flowers pollinate and take off is up to the plant. I think it's a little early personally but the big flowers are cool anyway!
 
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Just a big flower sampling. This is from one Big Marley at 60 days since germination.
 
Saturday, June 22 View Page
This is the 5.95 Konieczny Domingo. A nice ribbon vine trying to form on top of the plant.
 
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Big Marley row.
 
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Brandon, you were asking about spindly plants vs bushy plants. I am thinking good loose soil, solar warming of the soil, and a good mix of ferts in the planting hole will have a great affect on side branch growth. My eating tomatoes the same age do not have the solar warming but everything else. Their side branches haven't even formed yet.
 
Saturday, June 22 View Page
All my plants are mid shin to knee high. The first and second branches are about half the plants length. Soon they will be as big around as the main. They will produce big megablooms like the main. By then the plant will be established enough to produce a viable tomato. These are the one's I look forward too. The white stains on my plants are from an application of Lithovit.
 
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Another nice Big Marley megabloom.
 
Friday, June 28 View Page
Rebel sticker on my buddies freezer in his shop. It's a sign.
 
Friday, June 28 View Page
Went to the store to find ingredients to barbecue a chicken. Thought I would use this rub...another sign..a good sign.
 
Friday, June 28 View Page
A young Delbrut starting to get some legs.
 
Saturday, June 29 View Page
Rebel the pollinator. Tomato flower pollination time with a sterilized electric toothbrush!
 
Saturday, June 29 View Page
6.02 Spaziani
 
Saturday, June 29 View Page
Big Marley. This one has a bunch of flowers crammed in this megabloom.
 
Saturday, June 29 View Page
Another Big Marley. They all have nice first truss megablooms.
 
Saturday, June 29 View Page
4.41 Spaziani Megamutt D F2. Another good cross by the future legendary Chris Konieczny.
 
Saturday, June 29 View Page
Sunflower on top of a 4.12 Spaziani Megazac. Yet another fine cross by the infamous Chris Konieczny that doesn't disappoint. Now can it grow me a big tomato!
 
Saturday, June 29 View Page
Now this is worth losing sleep over. A cobra slowly waking up to take over the garden. A big ball of flowers rising above the rest on this 5.95 Konieczny.
 
Monday, July 1 View Page
Rise of the Kraken !! 5.95 Konieczny Domingo.
 
Monday, July 1 View Page
5.95 Big ball of flowers that go down below and behind also. Took the toothbrush out of the suitcase to give it another shot and the pollen was flying! Now I need to focus on Alaska and not my tomatoes.
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Just came back from my favorite place in the world. The place I grew up, Juneau, Alaska. This time I took my wife and two boys for the first time. Here we are perched on a rock after a 4 hour hike way above the glacier I grew up by. It is sure receding and a lot small than I remember!
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
A couple of days later we hiked down in front of Mendenhall glacier and into an ice cave.
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Inside the ice cave. It is hard to get a good perspective on how big it is. Here the ceiling is at least 100' across. Looking through the blue ice.
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Caught a bunch of halibut and salmon, got bitten by the largest mosquitoes in the world, ate a lot of food, until next time...now back to the garden, enough of vacation stuff...
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Came back to a garden all out of control ! Needs attention. I didn't trim my tomato plants this year. My philosophy is the leaves convert the suns energy into giant tomatoes! Cut them off and you have smaller tomatoes. That simple. Energy is never lost, it just changes places.
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
On July 1st I used an electric tooth brush on 6 first truss megablooms. Didn't give it much thought since my largest are always later in the season. If you flower looks like this after 12 days, it didn't take!
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Here is another. No worries. There is always a next time.
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
This one took! It's from the 4.12 Spaziani Megazac. Lots of rub marks from stems and leaves. I will say everything pollinated on July 4th so it'll be 9 dap. I just started trimming all the tops and branches but not too heavy of a trim.
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Big Marley. It was buried in the middle of the plant grown up against a stem, hence the scratch mark.
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Here is a chunky monkey on the 6.02 Spaziani at 9 dap. Most of the flowers took in the megabloom. A couple were not pollinated.
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
It was nice site to see the 5.95 Konieczny had pollinated! At 9 days since pollination. A few in the megabloom didn't take but I think I'll fly with this one! One part is pushed up against the main stem and I'm still not sure what I'll do. I don't want to cut the main or mutilate the plant too much. I may coax the tomato to the left side slowly. Don't want to snap it off!
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Giant onions doing well and ahead of last year. Added drip irrigation this year.
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Onions are one of my favorites things to grow. Never an issue and they taste good!
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Onions are one of my favorites things to grow. Never an issue and they taste good!
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
I agonized about what to about the main stem being in the way. In the past I would cut the main below the tomato, but that usually makes the tomato stop growing in my experience.
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
One of the best inventions for the garden is the pool noodle. I cut it to shape and gently fit it between the stem and tomato. Do it later in the day so you have less of a change of snapping your tomato stem!
 

 

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