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Sunday, January 6 View Page
Planted the 6.52 la rue 5 days ago! Planted it when the cots were still in the seed but just coming out. Very slow to start off but now Iím seeing a bit of a speed up
Friday, January 18 View Page
6.52 la rue is doing great! The ph a few days ago was sky high so I had to empty all the water and refill the bucket with plain water. Sheís already looking much better. Really starting to grow now. I hope to get a tomato before mid February
Friday, January 18 View Page
Some nice roots developing!
Monday, January 21 View Page
I will be headed to green bay for the big show in March! Excited to meet everyone that Iíve talked to on BP
Wednesday, January 23 View Page
Every few days I am giving the 6.52 la rue some jacks classic. About a tablespoon.
Sunday, January 27 View Page
Went snowboarding today in NH. Blizzard conditions during the afternoon. I will post pics tomorrow. Took a tramway up. Donít you just love getting motion sickness? Ugh it sucks
Monday, January 28 View Page
Well . Now Iím caught with a little bit of the flu. Thatís great! I do believe yesterdayís motion sickness was separate from this. Much more symptoms with this flu. Hopefully it goes away soon! :)
Tuesday, February 5 View Page
Giant tomato update! 6.52 la rue is doing great. Iím liking the color on it. The LED light is really doing its job. Iím hoping to get a tomato pollinated by February 15th. I donít see any yet but Hopefully within the next 5 days I see one
Tuesday, February 5 View Page
Iím impressed with the roots on the giant tomato. Itís really amazing what hydroponics can do
Tuesday, February 5 View Page
Cherry tomato doing great! Very stiff plant. Nice thick stem. Iím liking the color
Tuesday, February 5 View Page
Second cherry tomato is doing great also. So far everything is growing good
Sunday, February 10 View Page
Giant tomato is doing great! She is getting tall. The issue I had last year now that I remember itís this seed is the flowers. The genetics donít seem to want to produce for some reason. I do see 1 flower in there thatís pretty small. Hopefully I pollinate by February 20-25. Not much time for the indoor winter tomato challenge but I will be happy to just get a tomato.
Sunday, February 10 View Page
Almost killed her. Bucket was half full when I checked it, it was full two days ago. Good thing the roots weíre still moist. Drinking a lot!
Friday, February 22 View Page
Giant tomato update! She is doing great in the hydroponics. Very bushy plant. This plant does have trouble with producing flowers. Itís gotta be the genetics but Iíve got two singles that will be opening in a few days, Winter challenge ends March 20th, I feel I should have just enough time to get a decent tomato if these pollinations take.
Friday, February 22 View Page
Picture with out the light on
Friday, February 22 View Page
Here are the two single blossoms. Definitely should be opening in the next 2-4 days. I will choose the best looking one.
Friday, February 22 View Page
Hard to see but the roots are now in the entire bucket. Very hard to fertilize the plant. I have to take it out and itís very very heavy and mix all the ferts. Feeding every 3 days with some kelp and some jacks classic 20, 20, 20
Friday, February 22 View Page
Really liking the overall health on the plant
Sunday, February 24 View Page
Giant tomato blossoms are opening! Now I will have to choose the best looking one soon.
Friday, March 1 View Page
Tomato plant is doing good. is 3 feet tall. Very happy with it. Drinking about a gallon of water a day now. The pedals on the flowers are not falling off yet so I think I am not going to get a very big tomato in time for the winter comp which sucks but I will still be growing the plant
Tuesday, March 5 View Page
Iíve finally got a tomato growing on my giant tomato plant. Too late for the Winter grow challenge but I will keep it growing anyway. Iíve got another tomato right beside it that may be bigger but still has pedals on it so I will see how they both do and then choose one.
Tuesday, March 5 View Page
Other tomato
Tuesday, March 5 View Page
Giant Tomato plant.
Tuesday, March 5 View Page
Pretty big leaf on the tomato plant. Been giving it some Alaskan kelp
Thursday, March 7 View Page
Giant tomato doing good. Have to cut one off tomorrow. Both of them took. Too bad the Winter challenge ends March 20th. Wonít have anything big for the competition so I will leave the tomato on to grow.
Friday, March 8 View Page
Giant tomato has been chosen! Cut off the other one. I like this one a lot. Nice and round. Looks like a beefy one. :)
Friday, March 8 View Page
Started some Northern giant cabbage and some Cornish giant cabbage! I heard your supposed to start them early for planting in the spring. I will plant them outside in early May.
Friday, March 8 View Page
Love this stuff. Seeds germinate very fast.
Friday, March 8 View Page
Gotta keep em nice and warm
Saturday, March 9 View Page
Here is a picture of the roots on the giant tomato plant. They are now filling the entire bucket. :)
Saturday, March 9 View Page
Saturday, March 9 View Page
Official 2019 Giant Pumpkin Lineup. Hopefully I can get one to the scales!
Saturday, March 9 View Page
Well there was a big snowstorm here last week. Hoop houses are absolutely wrecked! Bent poles. Lots just came apart. This year I will be going pvc for hoop houses. No way I have the patience to rebuild these
Saturday, March 9 View Page
Wrecked.....
Saturday, March 9 View Page
To start prepping for the season I sliced open the the top of this rain barrel. This is where the ďgood stuffĒ will go!
Sunday, March 10 View Page
Some splitting happening on my giant tomato now. Hope it does not get worse
Sunday, March 10 View Page
Will be starting these seeds Mid April. Looking forward to it.
Monday, March 11 View Page
Giant tomato is currently 6 days old. Happy on how itís growing so far.
Monday, March 11 View Page
Giant cabbage popping! Germinated within 1 day
Wednesday, March 13 View Page
My Carolina Reaper seeds have been delivered! Iím pumped to be growing these. Last year the plants sucked since I bought live plants. Starting by seed is the way to go. These take a long time to germinate but with my Rock wool method on a heated mat they should not take too too long!
Wednesday, March 13 View Page
WOW! the seeds were hot! Touched my tong. Oof! Was not expecting that
Thursday, March 14 View Page
Giant Tomato is down! Damn it! Very disappointed. The tomato was forming these weird brown spots. So weíre the leaves. And the area with the brown spots is soft. I have no idea what caused it but that sucks! Ugh. I was happy on how the plant grew and how big I got it. Oh well. Pumpkins will be in the grow tent soon. Better not be saying the pumpkin is down this year again!
Thursday, March 14 View Page
Plant
Thursday, March 14 View Page
Time to pull the plant
Thursday, March 14 View Page
Roots were healthy
Thursday, March 14 View Page
Thursday, March 14 View Page
I am excited to go to Green Bay! Flying out tomorrow at 7:15 AM. gotta get up early. Flying into Minneapolis then driving to Green Bay from there since there are no direct flights. Should be great! Really looking forward to meeting everyone.
Friday, March 15 View Page
Ready to board!
Friday, March 15 View Page
Cool clouds!
Friday, March 15 View Page
Landing in Minneapolis!
Friday, March 15 View Page
Landed!
Friday, March 15 View Page
Very flat out here. Pretty cool.now a 4 hour drive to Green Bay! pictures were sideways on last two entries because I could not submit them through the app.
Friday, March 15 View Page
I have arrived! Very excited for this. Listening to pumpkin 101! Nice place at Lambou field. Very nice show so far!
Friday, March 15 View Page
Very nice stadium
Friday, March 15 View Page
May go on a stadium tour tomorrow if I can squeeze it in
Saturday, March 16 View Page
Listening to Steve Geddes talking about his techniques! Very good speaker.
Saturday, March 16 View Page
Listening to Steve Delates talk about his growing season!
Saturday, March 16 View Page
The Wizz Talkin! Wooo
Saturday, March 16 View Page
Todd Kline Handing out an award. What a great guy he is
Saturday, March 16 View Page
Joe Jutras with the Trifecta award!
Saturday, March 16 View Page
James hazeltine getting his award!
Saturday, March 16 View Page
Nice Ron!
Saturday, March 16 View Page
Josiah Brandt getting his award. Lots of awards being handed out tonight!
Saturday, March 16 View Page
Ian and Stuart Patton getting there award
Sunday, March 17 View Page
What an amazing time I had at the BIG SHOW. It was an amazing experience that I got to have. I got to meet people that Iíve only talked to online. When you get to meet them in person itís just a great moment. I loved listening to growers talk about there season. I really learned a lot at this event. I didnít know how many people actually looked at my diary. Now itís time to get my patch ready for the 2019 season. Iím getting excited! Itís time to rock and roll and get a pumpkin to the scales!
Monday, March 18 View Page
I am home! A few of my Carolina reaper seeds that I started 4 days ago are already starting to pop roots. This wool stuff works amazing!
Tuesday, March 19 View Page
Hard to tell but the new patch really looks like crap. Got an excavator coming March 30th. Going to tear up all the roots, make the soil deep. Really dig down there. Compost will go in after.
Wednesday, March 20 View Page
Covered up part of my new pumpkin patch. Why? Supposed to rain 1-2 inches on Friday. My patch is already soaked, I canít afford to let it get more wet. Itís March 20th! May seem like a lot of time but with a new patch like this I donít have much time. When the excavator comes in March 30th it canít be wet. I gotta try to dry it out. Where the big rock is I couldnít cover that area since the rock is there. I also ran out of plastic. Down on the far end there is a lot of brush so I canít cover that. Besides all the brush there takes in the water so itís dryer down there. Iím happy that I covered most of it. Now I just have to hope it dries out well.
Wednesday, March 20 View Page
Just ordered 7 yards of compost. Will spread it after the patch gets excavated on the 30th! Will have to carry it by wheelbarrow to the front of the house all the way to the back. Fun times!
Wednesday, March 20 View Page
Hard to tell from the pic but just looking at the old patch it looks diseased! Very dark soil and very muddy. Does not even have full sun right now. New patch has full sun now :)
Wednesday, March 20 View Page
Organizing the giant pumpkin supplies for the season ahead!!
Wednesday, March 20 View Page
Cleaning out my squash vine Borer traps and I found a set of eggs! Ugh! Get outta there! Off they go into the toilet
Thursday, March 21 View Page
Nice job nursery!! I told them to dump the compost on a blue tarp. I never had a blue tarp so I put a brown one out. And what do I get next? No delivery. Seriously??? If you see 1 tarp lying down in front of my house and no other tarps wouldnít you just dump it on the ONLY TARP? Absolute BS! Now I have to call them. Never ordering from these people again
Sunday, March 24 View Page
Nice day today. Spring is here! Temps near 60 and full sunshine. Still a little wet but workable. Gotta get the rocks out of the patch! Was blowing the leaves off this morning.
Sunday, March 24 View Page
Gotta get the leafs out in the brush area too. Blower ran out of gas and I am out so I will have to rake them
Sunday, March 24 View Page
With all this brush itís hard to rake the leafs
Sunday, March 24 View Page
Soil is drying out really good. Looks really good
Sunday, March 24 View Page
Hard to tell but the soil is lighter where the grass was. Going to add a lot of compost in that area
Sunday, March 24 View Page
This rock will be outta here next weekend!
Sunday, March 24 View Page
I believe I have reached the bottom of the rock. I will let the excavator do the rest
Sunday, March 24 View Page
Potted up two Carolina Reapers today. They were ready to be potted. Didnít have any plastic pots so I used cups. Drilled a hole on the bottom. They germinated fast in the wool!
Sunday, March 24 View Page
Still have a lot to plant. Not quite ready to be potted up though. A few more days and I will pot em up. The wool is made for hydroponics but you can use them for planting in soil too. Roots will go right through.
Sunday, March 24 View Page
Cherry tomatoes are doing great! Taking a long time for the tomatoes to turn red. Not sure why
Sunday, March 24 View Page
Renting this bad boy next weekend! Itís cheaper than hiring someone which would be like 700 bucks. This is 289 for a day. Not bad at all. It can get the job done as well. Will probably have to push the rock out of the patch. Should be great! It can dig down 4 feet. Iím excited
Monday, March 25 View Page
Renting this bad ass on Saturday instead! Thing is a beast. Will really get the job done!! Now I can put the compost in the patch easier!
Monday, March 25 View Page
Tuesday, March 26 View Page
Gotta plant one of my clones that I took off the 6.52 la rue! Nice roots! Took about 2 weeks
Tuesday, March 26 View Page
Stuck her in a plastic cup. Thatís all I had. When I see the roots touching the outer edge of the cup I will transplant her into a bigger pot. Gotta admit this cloning thing is pretty cool! First time doing it. I will plant her out in my garden in May
Tuesday, March 26 View Page
I have placed my Carolina reapers that I planted on my heat mat. Planted more today. Definitely slow peppers so I think the mat will help. The LED light is getting mostly used by the cabbages and big cherry tomatoes. I would place the peppers in there but there is no room
Wednesday, March 27 View Page
Not sure whatís going on here. My 6.52 clone is wilting very badly. Just planted it yesterday. Cup is moist very well. Hopefully it comes out of it
Wednesday, March 27 View Page
May of been to hot in there. 82 degrees it was. Got the fan on full blast now
Friday, March 29 View Page
Tomorrow is the day! Bringing the big tractor in with the bucket and the back hoe! Some showers today but that shouldnít amount to much so I should be all good. Sunday itís going to rain and tomorrow will be cloudy. Timing is good
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Today is the day :)
Saturday, March 30 View Page
6.52 clone is back up and growing well! Roots are spreading good now. You can see them if you look closely.
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Looks like the leafs may of shrunk a little. Maybe itís just my imagination
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Getting some cherry tomatoes that are turning red on one of my hydro plants!
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Unloading her!
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Coming along great!
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Letís loosen the soil!
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Holy shit thatís a lot of clay! Getting rid of this
Saturday, March 30 View Page
I love this thing! Does such a good job getting the soil deep!
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Compost is going in!
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Moving the compost in! Got the patch all turned over
Saturday, March 30 View Page
What an awesome day today! I got what I needed to do DONE! I dug a few feet deep down in my new patch. I got all the rocks out. I will take a pic of that big one I got out tomorrow! I brought the compost over and spreaded it out well. This new patch should be great! No more compacted soil! Those roots should go down a few feet with the soil like that. Everything is coming together. The machine was pretty simple to operate. It was a beast! Next step is to flatten it out a bit and till the patch to get the compost in there. There is some clay in there but not much. Much better than I thought. This season already feels different. 1 month until planting! LETS GO!!!!
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Loved this machine!
Saturday, March 30 View Page
It got pretty simple to operate. Didnít take long at all
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Donít you just love the smell of fresh compost?
Sunday, March 31 View Page
Here is a pic of that rock! It was pretty big. Had to push it into the woods. If it was a pumpkin I would say around 300 pounds. Iím happy I got it out. No longer in the way of the plants
Sunday, March 31 View Page
Here in this 50 gallon tub is where my Ferts will be going. I was going to put it on the side of my patch but that definitely was not going to work out. To far away. Right behind the white fence is perfect!
Monday, April 1 View Page
My brother has the flu, 102.5 fever! Pray for me that I donít get it!
Monday, April 1 View Page
Got this. As you know school is where millions of germs are. All over desks etc.
Monday, April 1 View Page
Spreading the rest of the compost today after school. Not much left. Got most of it with the tractor. Low 40s today with sunshine. Gotta be out of the house as much as possible!
Monday, April 1 View Page
Spreaded 2 bags of gypsum down in the patch. I did the lime in the fall
Tuesday, April 2 View Page
With my weather looking like garbage in the coming weeks I definitely need to crank out some work in the patch. Not many dry days there so I have to get going. Hard to work the patch when itís wet
Tuesday, April 2 View Page
Ugh
Tuesday, April 2 View Page
Tilled the patch up today! Two bags of gypsum in there and two bags of lime. Compost is all in. Iím really happy with it! Next step is to get some amendments in a few weeks and add those to the patch and then till it again. Hoop houses go up mid April to Warm the soil so I can plant May 1st!
Tuesday, April 2 View Page
Another pic
Thursday, April 4 View Page
Gave the patch another till. Trying to get as deep as possible. Dug with my hand and I can get down pretty deep. Excited for the season!
Thursday, April 4 View Page
Thursday, April 4 View Page
Thursday, April 4 View Page
Giant cabbages are growing well! Really liking the LED light
Thursday, April 4 View Page
Carolina reapers are slow. Once they get that first true leaf they should speed up.
Thursday, April 4 View Page
Cherry tomatoes are growing nice! Got some nice ones they taste very good on the first plant. Second plant they are not red yet
Thursday, April 4 View Page
6.52 la rue clone is really starting to grow some nice roots. Will have to transplant soon
Thursday, April 4 View Page
Iím looking at last years diary when I had my hoop houses up. My goodness I was freakin late. Got them up April 28th as well with the heating cables. I planted may 1st. This year I will have them up by April 15th-16th. Gotta warm the soil good.
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Easily the scariest moment of my life by a long shot. I am snow boarding at sugarbush mountain in VT. The fog is unbelievable. I will post pics after. I am waiting to go down with friends. We canít see 10 feet in front of us. We suddenly here a VERY LOUD RUMBLING noise. I start to panic. This was the loudest noise I have ever heard. The thing about this is it kept getting closer and closer which meant the noise got louder and louder, It was coming right towards us. I freeze up and literally feel like this is it for us. This thing was LOUD! It lasted about 30 seconds. The noise finally fades away and I am like ďwhat the hell was that! ď I immediately think a close call with a plane. It was very foggy! Someone said they saw fighter jets on the bottom of the mountain. So I think it was fighter jets but I do think that they did not mean to be that close even with the technology they have. I canít explain how frightening the noise was. Literally thought I was going to die! I was just in a state of mind that was unexplainable. Literally froze up. So that was the story folks. I now feel like I know what it feels like to be in a shooting for example. So scary. It was just unreal. Never had that feeling before
Saturday, April 6 View Page
This is how foggy it was. Just unreal. Now imagine a very loud plane engine sound coming right towards you in this. You feel trapped
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Another fog picture
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Overall the boarding was nice today. I enjoyed it!
Sunday, April 7 View Page
Hitting the slopes for another day of boarding! Last day of the season
Sunday, April 7 View Page
Views are alright today. Much better then yesterday where there was zero visibility
Sunday, April 7 View Page
Very cool!
Sunday, April 7 View Page
Gorgeous
Sunday, April 7 View Page
Clearing up a bit more
Monday, April 8 View Page
Building hoop houses this upcoming weekend for the patch. I want to make them around 5 feet tall. Making them out of PVC pipe
Monday, April 8 View Page
WOWWWWWWWW
Monday, April 8 View Page
Transplanted the 6.52 la rue clone. Needed a bigger pot badly. Didnít have a smaller one so this was the only option. When I plant it outside I will cut this pot.
Monday, April 8 View Page
Giant cabbages and reapers are Doing really good! Grew a lot when I was away
Monday, April 8 View Page
Reapers
Monday, April 8 View Page
Patch is soaked. Two more days of rain. Friday night rain and next Monday also. Adding amendments next Monday in the rain I guess. Gotta till them in. That will be hard
Monday, April 8 View Page
No more small hoop houses. Stepping it up a level this year! Building two greenhouses I will call them. About 8 feet tall. I want to get a good head start. I will take them down in the beginning of June, Biggest concern is keeping the plant cool but my plan is to get two fans and attach them to each side in the two of the greenhouses. I may even try to be able to let the sides open. Of course I will make the greenhouse more sturdy. Next week the real construction begins. Iíve only got two heating cables, one for each greenhouse but they should do the trick where the stump is. Letís go!!
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
Finally some sun today! Been a few days. Sadly Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, will all be cloudy and some rain Monday. Stupid spring
Thursday, April 11 View Page
Damn it. My tillers plate cracked. Hit a rock or something. There goes a few hundred bucks. Got this thing for a good deal. Thatís a big issue. No longer can use it. Would be a very expensive fix! Sheís done! not sure what to do
Friday, April 12 View Page
More tiller pics of the crack
Friday, April 12 View Page
Friday, April 12 View Page
Letís see if some welders can fix her up! Iím really hoping they can do something
Friday, April 12 View Page
Great news! They can FIX it! Just gotta take the parts off from the machine. Woo hoooooo
Friday, April 12 View Page
Should have the tiller all ready to sometime next week. Very happy they can fix it.
Friday, April 12 View Page
Seeds get started Monday! Woody is germinating them for me and then once they pop I will take over and stick them under my LED light. That light works great. My practice 1275 loved that light. Hopefully these do the same. Should have them under there by Thursday of next week. Backups will be woodys big one that he lost last year. Not sure why I would need those unless something very bad happened to these plants
Saturday, April 13 View Page
damn it. Looks like the tiller may not be able to get fixed. That sucks! The guy said it would be hard but will give it a try. Ugh. Iím screwed
Sunday, April 14 View Page
At the SNEGPG spring seminar. Grow em big!!
Sunday, April 14 View Page
ITS GO TIME! Today was a very busy day for me. Went to the SNEGPG seminar. That was amazing. Got home and got right to work on spreading my amendments down. 1 bag of kelp and 1 bag of humic. Smell is absolutely amazing. The soil is literally yellow. Made sure to add a bit extra where the plants will be planted. :) then I got to work on one of the frames for the greenhouses I will call it. Making sure itís all sturdy. That went well. I will be away tomorrow and Tuesday and Wednesday I will be going on a collage tour. Work starts back up on Thursday. Will get the second frame up on the other greenhouse and hopefully finish all of them so I can get those heating cables in by Friday. Woody starts the plants tomorrow. When the cots pop I will take over and put them under my LED light. Right now I am on track for planting May 1st. GROW EM BIG! Iím serious this year.
Sunday, April 14 View Page
Picked up these. I won the sea mix which was cool also got the starter packs. Ron you are awesome. Root shield to bury vines with as well. Will be using Marks special tea as well. Some other ferts as well that are not in here. Iím ready.
Monday, April 15 View Page
First thunderstorm of the year moving through! Very heavy rain. This is great! Will wash all my amendments in the patch. Perfect :)
Monday, April 15 View Page
Taking a nice trip to NYC! Seeing the botanical gardens tomorrow
Monday, April 15 View Page
The city that never sleeps
Monday, April 15 View Page
Love this pic of NYC. Clouds make it so cool. :)
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
New York botanical gardens!
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
Lots of tropical plants!
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
Gorgeous
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
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Tuesday, April 16 View Page
Cactus!
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
Cool ones!
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
So cool
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
Some gorgeous daffodils!
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
Gorgeous cherry blossom tree!
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
This is a gorgeous tree
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
Wow. Itís huge
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
my Prayers are with Paris
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
Had a great time in NY. botanical gardens was awesome! I am back home and my cabbages are doing really good, much bigger than last year at this time, I like that. Getting beefy
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
Carolina reapers are speeding up
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
Good morning. Lots of work on tap for today in the patch. Going to try to get both greenhouses up and put the heating cables in. I will update through out the day! Sunshine and 60 today
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
Since I donít have a tiller Iíve gotta loosen the soil up with a fork. Luckily I did till it before the tiller broke so itís pretty loose and because of the excavator. Probably going to rent a tiller for the part outside of the greenhouse area. Still got time for that.
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
Just got a call from Woody. All of the seeds popped a root! Here is the thing. The 1911s had an inch and a half root he said. Other ones had a quarter of an inch root. Oh boy here we go. Those 1911s are aggressive!
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
1 set of Heating cables are in! Letís add some pumpkin pro to the pit. Yumm!
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
You can never add to much pumpkin pro. I want those roots moving fast and to EXPLODE!
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
Starting to come along!!
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
Second hoop house will be done tomorrow
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
Starting the 384.5 terry bushel gourd! Going to soak it for a little while
Thursday, April 18 View Page
Bad news! 1 set of heating cables does not work. Thatís not good. Looks like it may be burnt out. Lots of wires not connected in the thermostat. These ones are brand new too
Thursday, April 18 View Page
I remember that I think I had issues with these last year on the 1791. Maybe thatís why it was so slow.
Thursday, April 18 View Page
Woody to the rescue on those heating cables. Thanks Woody!
Thursday, April 18 View Page
Greenhouses are up! Just need to do a few more small things then I am done. Heating cables are in and on! Gotta get the soil nice and warm. Some of you were wondering about wind, Iím not worried, I have covered the sides with soil. Very sturdy. My backyard does not get much wind either. Overall I am very happy on how they are turning out! Now I donít have the crouch down low in the small ones. i tested a small heater and it gets nice and toasty in there, got to 64 and the outside temp is 48. Itís go time!
Thursday, April 18 View Page
Grow em big!!
Thursday, April 18 View Page
Looking forward to planting May 1st
Friday, April 19 View Page
Its a windy one today. Clips came off on a greenhouse so the entire side opened. Need to evaluate that.
Friday, April 19 View Page
Bad news. I have to make a lot of adjustments on just the first greenhouse I made. I have 5 pvc going across. But no top going across. This wind is killing it!!! The second hoop house is doing fine in the wind! No defects at all because there is more support. I have to take this one apart and make it like the second. Damn it wind!!!!!
Friday, April 19 View Page
These damn clips came off on the door. This would happen on the other one too. I have to fix this some how as well.
Friday, April 19 View Page
Extremely frustrated r
Friday, April 19 View Page
Every single pvc is broken. Iím going to have to build a small hoop house.
Friday, April 19 View Page
One of the most frustrating days of my life. Woke up this morning. I thought it was going to be a normal day. Mother Nature starting cooking up some nasty winds. Thatís when I knew a really bad day was coming. I had to rebuilt my greenhouses into small hoop houses. I will admit. Those would be freakin awesome if they worked, nice and tall and big so the plants have a ton of room to grow in. Not anymore. You canít build those out of PVC! YOU JUST CANT!! So I took those apart, I was ferrous. Sooooo freakin frustrated! Throwing shit around. So I spent the day building small hoops out of the PVC I could save. Plastic is a bit flimsy. I tried my best to get it as tight as possible but it was hard, plants should do fine in those, just need to get the ends in and I am all good. Spending three days building those big ones was disappointing now that I had to take them down. Oh well. At least I have something.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Very strong winds continued into last night. Iím happy to say the small hoops I built were able to with stand them. Plastic will be a bit flimsy but I donít care as long as it stays warm in there. It was such a frustrating day yesterday that these will work fine. Definitely lost some good money. Oh well. I need to just buy 3 more PVC pipes for the ends and add plastic.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Woody is handing over the plants today to me so I can stick them under my LED. will post a pic
Saturday, April 20 View Page
I definitely need to rent a tiller! This is to hard to fork. Very muggy today. Downpours. Ugh. Look at all the amendments just sitting on top. I have to get em into the ground!
Saturday, April 20 View Page
My stress level is definitely going down. I forked part of the patch. Want those amendments to really wash in. Heavy rain coming. Walking boards have been put down. I still think I will rent a tiller to top it off. I gotta get those doors on the sides of the hoop
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Seeds have arrived from Woody! Here is the 1911 Urena! This one is a fast grower.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Here is the 1928 Delatas. Just starting to come up. Notice how the 1911 is already up with cots out
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Here are Woodyís 2098 back ups. Likely wonít need these but good to have
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Going to start some giant tomatoes today. I have lots of options! 25 packets. I shouldíve joined the tomato comp. oh well
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Giant tomato line up! I will be growing 18 plants
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Let the soaking begin!
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Iíve decided to not do a bushel gourd. Instead I will be doing a giant watermelon! I feel like they will be more fun. Will give it 300 SF behind my pumpkins
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Forked the melon area
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Boards down as a dividing line. Pumpkins will definitely be my main focus, I want that 1500 pounds!
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Everything is starting to come together, 2019 here I come! Walking boards have been placed. I will not be walking on my soil!!
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Iím ready
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For the watermelon I will be growing the 256.5 barber! Seeds soaked and I just potted two up into two separate pots. Will choose the strongest one.
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Just stuck my hand in the soil where the plant will go and wowza its very warm!! Definitely 75 degrees. That feels good!
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Not good news. One heating cable set in one hoop is at 100 degrees! While the other is at 85-90! Thermostat could be bad. Not a good issue. Woody is coming over tomorrow to see if we can fix em

 

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