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Tuesday, March 26 View Page
Happy 2019 everyone ! Decided I will be giving giant watermelons a try this year instead of pumpkins. This is my first time, so it will be interesting - I plan to grow them in a greenhouse outdoors. Here's my seed lineup for this season.
 
Tuesday, March 26 View Page
This will be my first season ever using grow lights. Really wished I got and used some in previous seasons, as my plants tended to get tall and unstable. Got this "4 ft. T5 combo light, reflector and stand" from Peavey Mart (Canadian store). They built one just down the street last fall - super convenient. They carry many garden related products and a whole lot more.
 
Wednesday, March 27 View Page
Here's some goodies I'll be using to start these plants. Still missing a few products that should be arriving shortly (Mykos, Azos, ...) Everything that's bought online tends to always be from the states so I get it shipped to Menke's Parcel Service in Neche, North Dakota. Saves so much money as opposed to getting it shipped directly into Canada. Makes a fun 2 hr. ride down to America on the weekend to pick everything up.
 
Wednesday, March 27 View Page
Currently the heaviest watermelon grown in the province of Manitoba weighed 167 pounds. Here's a photo of that melon and I at the Roland Pumpkin Fair 7 years ago. (yes... I'm just a teenager. Still enrolled in high school... fun times...)
 
Wednesday, March 27 View Page
Forgot to attach the photo of Manitoba's record watermelon
 
Wednesday, May 29 View Page
Been a while since I last posted - melon plants are doing good. Currently have a 218 & 256 Vial in the ground. Planted indoors on May 11th and outdoors May 25th. First year growing these plants so it will be interesting to see the end results.
 
Tuesday, July 2 View Page
Cross pollinated two melons on the 218 & 256 Vial. I had a few earlier pollinations in June but they were not far out enough on the main. Sorry about the lack of posts this year. I've been busy with other things, but that's not a valid excuse - it literally takes a minute to post!
 
Tuesday, July 2 View Page
So far everything is going great this season - although I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually miss regular vine burying sessions in the evening!
 
Wednesday, July 10 View Page
218 Vial. 8 Days after pollination
 
Wednesday, July 10 View Page
218 Vial. 8 Days after pollination
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Cull from the 256 Vial
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
218 Vial is getting big !
 
Sunday, July 14 View Page
My great-uncle recently gave me some pea seeds that are 50 years old (if not older). He sealed them airtight in 1977, but says they are from the late 1960s. From what he told me, the grower was a friend of his father (my great-grandfather). His last name was 'Simpson' and he was born in the late 1800s. I took a few to try and germinate earlier today using the moist paper towel and Ziploc bag method. I know it's too late in the season as Spring passed a while ago, however am I very curious to see if some will germinate. Fingers crossed that I will see roots in the next few days!
 
Monday, July 15 View Page
Melon tent over the 218 Vial (f) x 256 Vial (m). I built the structure using parts from the indoor greenhouse. It could still use some siding to it.
 
Wednesday, July 24 View Page
22 DAP
 
Monday, July 29 View Page
Amazing what a difference in temperature a closed greenhouse can make. The temperature should be going down to 6 C (43 F) tonight. Time to get out the heater.
 
Monday, July 29 View Page
... cold weather no more tonight ...
 
Monday, July 29 View Page
Looking good so far
 
Tuesday, July 30 View Page
H2O storage
 

 

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