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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 37 Entries.
Sunday, March 3 View Page
Digging holes and moving old mulch, leaves, and dirt from the woods to a sunny spot in the yard.
 
Sunday, March 3 View Page
Hole #1.
 
Sunday, March 3 View Page
Thinking that this hole within a hole will give the Taproot room to grow
 
Sunday, March 3 View Page
Holes 2 and 3 in the background. Still working out what I will fill them with. My friend offered me horse manure (last time I used it I got way more weeds than I could handle)...thinking about using purchased organic compost for the mounds
 
Tuesday, March 5 View Page
The guy at veteran compost gave me a free sample of seed starter mix...nice fella
 
Tuesday, March 5 View Page
Got these as a gift. Not sure if they will germinate. Maybe too old? Not sure.
 
Thursday, March 14 View Page
1 yard of compost from veterans compost in hole #1. Great experience getting it from them...may or may not try different "mound mediums" on the other two. Thank you to grandma for helping shovel!
 
Wednesday, May 15 View Page
Soaking 3 seeds. Filed lightly, 4 hours in warm water.
 
Wednesday, May 15 View Page
Top of slope. Half compost, half native soil.
 
Tuesday, June 18 View Page
Ack.
 
Tuesday, June 18 View Page
Tried to fix the split.
 
Tuesday, July 2 View Page
Top of the hill by the rock wall. No splits on this one. Expecting a female to open soon.
 
Tuesday, July 2 View Page
This is early in the morning, but jeez. Not sure how I miscalculated the shade. I think I see a tree coming down soon...except it gets full sun for the rest of the day and has a female flower getting ready in the shade...maybe that wouldn't be so bad...we shall see
 
Thursday, July 4 View Page
Happy fourth of July! My first female has opened up on the plant at the top of the hill by the rocks.
 
Thursday, July 4 View Page
Pollinated with some sparse looking male flowers at about 9:45 a.m.(self pollinated)
 
Thursday, July 4 View Page
Tomorrow we might be better prepared for a lady
 
Friday, July 5 View Page
Plant #2 got a female flower in the shade of the redbud tree.
 
Friday, July 5 View Page
So I self-pollinated it at 6:30 a.m. with my flowers from the mug.
 
Friday, July 5 View Page
I removed the zip ties from the vine where it split. It sort of closed. The ties were strangling the plant, though, so they had to go.
 
Wednesday, July 10 View Page
6 DAP I think. Not too bad. Wondering what to do now. Put sand underneath...or a pallet...or something. I feel like the stem will snap if I try to lift it up on a pallet. Spent the day cutting squash vine borers out of one of the other plants. Got 4.
 
Wednesday, July 10 View Page
He looks ok Tried to get the coffee in there to see the size.
 
Thursday, July 11 View Page
First pumpkin on a pallet with sand and hard insulation. Didn't like cutting the roots. Oh well.
 
Friday, July 12 View Page
This is the one I pollinated on July 4th. So...8 DAP. It is growing. I'm questioning my choice to out it on a pallet. I don't have a lot of other pumpkins...one decent one on another vine, but that one is growing at an acute angle and looks a bit odd. Hope this guy in the picture works out.
 
Friday, July 12 View Page
This is the main vine of my worst pumpkin plant. He got chewed on by a whitetail deer when he only had his seed leaves. He lived, but while the other two plants thrived and set pumpkins, this guy is only now showing female flowers. I'm going to let him keep whatever he sets.
 
Friday, July 12 View Page
The stump of my "best" plant. This guy seems ok, but has only set one pumpkin...the one I put on a pallet.
 
Friday, July 12 View Page
Hot out there. Might have to shave my beard. Mwhahahaha. This is why I can't spray for evil bugs.
 
Saturday, July 13 View Page
Growing.
 
Sunday, July 14 View Page
Getting bigger each day. Nice to see one doing that. The other ones I have don't seem to know how.
 
Monday, July 15 View Page
Still there. Leaves wilting a bit. Hot around here. 90s. Growth slowed slightly. I think it is about 43-44 inches around.
 
Tuesday, July 16 View Page
Growing. Again, this seems to be the only pumpkin I have that wants to grow at all. Hope it keeps it up.
 
Wednesday, July 17 View Page
Cut out about 5 squash vine borers from the stump of the only plant that is plumping up a pumpkin. Got at least three out of each of my other plants. Learning curve. Hopefully the plants will live. No doubt I missed a few borers if there were that many. 91 degrees today with a heat index of 105.
 
Wednesday, July 17 View Page
Growing despite the borers. Took this picture this morning. Did borer surgery in the early afternoon. There was a borer in the leaf at the stem of the pumpkin as well. Not 100 percent sure I got that one. Frustrating. I didn't feel too bad about cutting a lot of that out since what the borer ate can't transmit nutrients anyway...hopefully growth continues.
 
Thursday, July 18 View Page
Borer Wars continue...pulled a couple more out of the main vine of my best plant. My "worst" plant has a couple decent looking new pollinations though...could be interesting.
 
Thursday, July 18 View Page
Still growing despite the many, many borers chomping away at the vine. I find more every time I look, which is all the time.
 
Friday, July 19 View Page
Cut off the leaf and secondary vine coming off of 1648 pumpkin stem. Sprayed with Daconil. I don't know if the hole I see is where the borer went. I shoved a stiff wire in there...but I am worried he went into the pumpkin. I didn't see him in the secondary vine and I split that all the way open when I took it off to check for the borer. Very disappointed. I have no idea if this kind of damage can heal.
 
Friday, July 19 View Page
Found this guy on my whitetail-deer-bitten plant today. Maybe will grow.
 
Friday, July 19 View Page
Found this guy on that plant too. These might make up for the big one that may die and the other plant that aborts everything that pops up.
 

 

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