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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
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Here are Woodyís 2098 back ups. Likely wonít need these but good to have
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Going to start some giant tomatoes today. I have lots of options! 25 packets. I shouldíve joined the tomato comp. oh well
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Giant tomato line up! I will be growing 18 plants
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Let the soaking begin!
Saturday, April 20 View Page
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
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Forked the melon area
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Boards down as a dividing line. Pumpkins will definitely be my main focus, I want that 1500 pounds!
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Everything is starting to come together, 2019 here I come! Walking boards have been placed. I will not be walking on my soil!!
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Iím ready
Saturday, April 20 View Page
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.
Sunday, April 21 View Page
Just stuck my hand in the soil where the plant will go and wowza its very warm!! Definitely 75 degrees. That feels good!
Sunday, April 21 View Page
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
Monday, April 22 View Page
These three cabbages are doing amazing. Nice and bushy. Really liking how there coming along. Probably can plant them outside soon. Iíve got 7 cabbages in total
Monday, April 22 View Page
Carolina reapers have really picked up the speed since Iíve put them on the heating pad.
Monday, April 22 View Page
1911 Urena starting to develop that first true leaf. Iím planting in just 9 days! I cranked the heat up to 83-84.
Monday, April 22 View Page
1928 Daletas not far behind
Monday, April 22 View Page
That thermostat im using has worked! Set it to 73 degrees. Went down from 96. Nice! :) now Iíve gotta buy another for the other cables. Better to be safe
Monday, April 22 View Page
That 384 terry bushel gourd has got a root in cold soil. 4-5 days. Wowza. Here is the issue. I changed my mind on wanting to do a gourd a few data ago. I didnít really expect the gourd to germinate for some reason. Now itís germinated so ugh! Yes itís a good thing but I kinda have my mind on a melon before it got a root. Thinking about grafting the gourd with the melon. But this is the WR bushel gourd. I donít have room to do both. I donít know what to do. What do you think? Email me at henryswenson@gmail.com
Monday, April 22 View Page
I thought back to when I started the bushel gourd. Started on the 17th. Already has an inch root so it probably started popping out yesterday which would make it 4 days. Again Iím not sure how in cold soil. I soaked it for an hour. Stuck it in a paper towel for a night like 70 degrees then stuck it in dirt. It got moved around a lot
Tuesday, April 23 View Page
Decision has been made. I will be growing the 384.5 terry bushel gourd over a melon. Thanks to all that had a say in it. You convinced me! :)
Tuesday, April 23 View Page
Pumpkins getting some real sunlight! Gotta get em to Speed up a bit. Planting in a week. Got a heater on in here so itís like 70 degrees. There loving it! Cabbages too!
Wednesday, April 24 View Page
Giant pumpkins soaking up that sun today. No burns. Great sign
Thursday, April 25 View Page
384.5 terry is very slow to pop from the soil. Definitely rooted nice. I do remember hearing that it is slow in the beginning so not worried at all.
Thursday, April 25 View Page
I love spying on my pumpkins :)
Friday, April 26 View Page
I see you 384.5 terry!
Friday, April 26 View Page
Giant tomatoes are up! Only had two that did not pop. I planted 18 in total
Saturday, April 27 View Page
Giant pumpkin plants are getting faster and faster every day. My plan was to plant next Wednesday. With rain possible every day of the week next week and temps in just the low 50s and 40s I will aim for next weekend! They will grow better inside. 1911 in the middle and 1928 all the way to the left.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
Just picked up 50 bucks worth of pots. I have to plant my giant tomatoes into 15 pots i think it is. Sunflowers which I will start in a few weeks will go in some pots. And I have to plant my bushel gourd into one. And the giant cabbages need to be transplanted into bigger pots.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
Potted up 15 giant tomato plants! Still very small. I watered each one with some liquid kelp. Planting them mid to end of May. Each one will be getting two WOW starter packs.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
I ran out of room in the tent. The Carolina reapers are under the Florescent light on a heat pad. Sunflowers get started first week of May. They are the last thing on my list.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
2019 Lineup! 2 Giant Pumpkins 15 Giant Tomatoes 10-15 Giant Sunflowers 384.5 Terry Gourd 7 Giant Cabbages 6 Carolina Reaper plants
Sunday, April 28 View Page
After this I am done posting pics of the plants until end of next week. Iíve posted a lot lately. 1911 shown here. Growing fast now. My plan is to plant next weekend. Still 6 days away. Hopefully the 1911 doesnít get too big. Lots of growth within 24 hours
Sunday, April 28 View Page
In the hoophouse today enjoying some sunshine!
Monday, April 29 View Page
Got two space heaters, these are much stronger then the other ones. Just what I need!
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
The 384 terry bushel gourd continues to be very slow. It is known to be slow at first. Sprouted 4 days ago and the seed is still on there, Iíve tried to get it off but itís just on there good! I need to get it into a bigger pot but the roots are not filling this small one. Hopefully they do soon,
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
1928 Daletas. Look at that leaf. Very weird shape. I was a bit worried about it. I looked closely at the other leafs and they all look normal that are still way in there. So not really worried but I will keep an eye on it!
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
One of Woodys 2098 backup is all messed up. Just a weak plant with the leafs all small and weird. Luckily itís only a backup! May not even plant it since the 1911 is doing so good
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
Another one of Woodyís 2098 backups. This one is normal. Nothing wrong with it so if I need a backup for the 1928 I will use this one
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
Could not be more happier with the 1911. Just a gorgeous plant all around. Keep it up!
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
Had to do some surgery on the 384 terry. That seed did not want to come off! The first true leaf already was coming out and that seed was not budging for about 5 days! Had to cut it off. Immediately when I got it off the cots popped right out. Damaged the cots a bit but they look alright. Gotta do what you gotta do!
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
Moved her into a bigger pot
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
Looks to be wet here on the east coast and out west and to the south. This goes out until May 15th. Lots of moisture during this period! END THIS! Temps will be crappy as well.
Wednesday, May 1 View Page
My bushel gourd closed back up! What????
Friday, May 3 View Page
Letís go Celtics!
Saturday, May 4 View Page
PLANTING DAY! Iíve been waiting for this moment for 9 months.
Saturday, May 4 View Page
Hoophouses ready. Heaters turned on.
Saturday, May 4 View Page
2 planted! Woo hoo! 1911 Urena on the right. Backup on the left. The 1911 had very nice roots! Much better then the 2098. Will pull the 2098 in a few weeks. Hopefully nothing happens to the 1911.
Saturday, May 4 View Page
Other two planted! Backup on left. 1928 Daletas on right. Very nice roots on the 1928. I put pumpkin pro, azos, seven and starter paks in the planting holes. They are all watered in with fish and seaweed. That smell brings back memoryís!
Saturday, May 4 View Page
Very happy to be planted. 2019 hopefully is the year!
Saturday, May 4 View Page
Letís start some sunflower seeds!
Saturday, May 4 View Page
Really excited about these! Look at that height
Saturday, May 4 View Page
This is a big seed!!
Sunday, May 5 View Page
Giant cabbages doing fantastic!
Sunday, May 5 View Page
Sunday, May 5 View Page
Giant cabbages got transplanted to bigger pots. Will plant them in the ground at the end of May
Monday, May 6 View Page
1928 Daletas soaking that sun up! First sunny day in a week
Monday, May 6 View Page
1911 Urena soaking some sun up! Look at those leafs. Sheís going to be a monster
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
Going to be 74 degrees today. Cabbages donít like the heat much. They wilted yesterday pretty badly when temps were near 60. Put an umbrella over them. That should work!
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
1911 Urena leafs are getting BIG! Grow baby grow!!
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
Decided to plant the giant cabbages! Perfect weather for them. Really dark outside. You can tell from the pic. Lots of downpours coming through.
Wednesday, May 8 View Page
Pumpkins receiving bright sunshine today!
Thursday, May 9 View Page
1911 starting to vine. Will try to get her to lay down by Sunday or Monday.
Thursday, May 9 View Page
Chilly this morning. 37 degrees. Here is a closer pic of the vine. Hoop house is 50 degrees.
Thursday, May 9 View Page
1928 Daletas is going good. Definitely farther behind but the vine looks like it will be easier to lay down
Thursday, May 9 View Page
1928 Vine.
Thursday, May 9 View Page
Cabbages donít mind the 30s
Thursday, May 9 View Page
This is not good. Next week is going to suck around here, I am worried on how I will get the vines down. Donít want to snap them with rainy and cool weather. I wonít mess with them. Just let them do there own thing. Damn this weather!
Saturday, May 11 View Page
I cut off the kickstand leaf on the 1911. Was causing some issues. Would be harder to get the main on the ground. The vine is in a bad position. Leaning back slightly. Going to be a pain.
Saturday, May 11 View Page
Look at that bend. Thatís what worries me
Saturday, May 11 View Page
Nice leafs
Saturday, May 11 View Page
Letís go fishing!
Saturday, May 11 View Page
The stripers are here!
Saturday, May 11 View Page
Caught a nice striper! Around 18 inches
Saturday, May 11 View Page
My dad caught a nice one as well!
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Had to start a second batch of sunflower seeds. Some did not germinate. 7 germinated 8 did not! Not very good luck. Hopefully the second batch germinates. Running low on some seeds
Sunday, May 12 View Page
1928 Daletas shown here. I have concerns. Wonít see sun until Friday! It will be cold and rainy at times the entire week ahead. I donít want to fall behind too much! I am already behind from last year. I need to do something! I need this to be a good year. Iím going to order some LED growing lights for both plants. Itís May and this weather sucks. I do look to have a late pollination I think. Hoping before July 4th.
Sunday, May 12 View Page
1911 Urena shown here. Nice aggressive plant. I got the vine down a bit Yesterday but now itís back up and with this weather cool I donít want to try to move it. Could snap. By Friday the plant could be all over. Come on weather.
Sunday, May 12 View Page
1911 leaf
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Lots of different lights on amazon. Expensive! I would like one that is a few hundred watts. But that would be more money so maybe I will go with like a 100 W one
Sunday, May 12 View Page
This looks like a decent one. Cheap but good reviews.
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Spring is spring. I have never had an actual spring I donít think. This is my first year in my new patch and I just wish I could have normal weather so I could have the best potential. Mother Nature doesnít want to deliver. Iím getting a pumpkin to the scales whether you like it or not Mother Nature!
Sunday, May 12 View Page
This is why I am nervous. PLEASE CHANGE! If this keeps up I may be pollinating in August! I want my 1500 pounder!
Sunday, May 12 View Page
No messing around! My LED light that I had for the veggies has been placed in the 1911 hoop house. I did not want to wait until Tuesday. When I get the lights Tuesday I will bring this light back in for the other stuff. Until then they will not be getting any light. They can deal with it. 1928 will get an LED light on Tuesday. 1911 was the lucky one.
Sunday, May 12 View Page
WOWW! I did not think this hoop house would be this bright! Lighting up my entire backyard and the woods! Jesus
Monday, May 13 View Page
The 1911 leafs have significantly turned to a darker green overnight! Not sure if itís from the LED light but Iím in love with the plant right now. The vine is going towards the light more. Yay
Monday, May 13 View Page
Gave all plants a fresh watering of fish and seaweed. Windy tonight with rain. Tomorrowís high is only going to be 43 with clouds and rain!
Monday, May 13 View Page
To prepare for the cold day tomorrow and windy night I have put soil on both ends of the hoops. This is to lock them in more and to also keep the plants warmer
Monday, May 13 View Page
I am into weather and I have been studying it at home for several years. Next Sunday and Monday parts of the northeast could be in the 80s and 90s! With high humidity. Itís been cold and wet for awhile. That looks to change. This worries me. This kind of heat would be terrible for the pumpkin plants, just wanting to give you guys a heads up! This can change but it has a ton of support right now. Buy shade cloth if you havenít already. This would be rough on our young plants big time. could seriously hurt them bad. I will keep you updated!
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
The heat that was looking likely yesterday for this upcoming weekend is now looking less likely. Good for our pumpkins!
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
This is the right pic
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
Got the lights! Two of them. Waterproof! I will bring the one in the 1911 hoop house back in for the veggies.
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
Got the 1911 on the ground. Sheís off and running!
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
1928 Daletas is behind the 1911 by a long shot. Woodys backup next to it is bigger, still will not choose that one unless I see issues with this 1928.
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
Sorry 2098 but you are going to have to get culled soon. Starting to crowed the 1911
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
That light is bright. 300 W. Doesnít Toss out much heat so plants wonít burn. This is just what I need
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
Lol. These light up the woods a little but not as much as the other one!
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
Grow grow grow!!
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
My light schedule is 6:30 AM to 11 PM. Cloudy days and rainy days ONLY! Sunny days for example I will not turn them on during the day or night
Wednesday, May 15 View Page
Hello sunshine! Itís been awhile
Thursday, May 16 View Page
Woodys 2098 really is growing nice. Beating the 1928 by a long shot
Thursday, May 16 View Page
1928. Main is somewhere in there
Thursday, May 16 View Page
Monday looking hot around here with temps in the high 70s and low 80s! Sunday also looking mild with temps in the low to mid 70s. Thunderstorm risk Monday. BRING IT ON BABY! Iíve got pumpkins to grow!
Thursday, May 16 View Page
Here is the 384 terry BG. Doing good so far. Will plant it outside at the end of the month. Around the 30th.
Saturday, May 18 View Page
I am very disappointed in the flexi hose. What a joke that thing is! No power at all. Thatís going to be a major issue when I water my pumpkins. I need it to be strong and ready far! DAMN IT
Saturday, May 18 View Page
1911 really running now. Nice sunny day ahead. 70 degrees! I will start burying mid next week
Saturday, May 18 View Page
Bad luck trying to get the other sunflower seeds to germinate. Same ones did nothing. Itís weird a few has a club root. Others just rotted when the soil was perfect. Oh well! I will have a ton of big head ones! A few tall ones but good genetic ones. I will start more big head ones that will germinate.
Sunday, May 19 View Page
Woke up to my 1911 on the ground. The vine kinked! I am very lucky she did not snap. I donít know what I will do. Every direction the vine goes the kink just wonít come out. So I think the kink will be there the entire season, UGH
Sunday, May 19 View Page
Back to business!
Sunday, May 19 View Page
Giant tomatoes are going in! I will be using two starter paks for each plant.
Sunday, May 19 View Page
Giant tomatoes are in! 14 in total
Sunday, May 19 View Page
This 1911 is producing some BIG leaves!!
Sunday, May 19 View Page
1928 speeding with this weather! Sheís a vigorous one.
Sunday, May 19 View Page
Canít wait to see her grow. Stump is thick. Thickest one in the patch
Monday, May 20 View Page
That kink is not bothering the 1911! Sheís taking off! Grew about 3 inches last night
Monday, May 20 View Page
Todayís weather is going to be in the 80s and some sun! BUT that sun could fuel some strong storms this afternoon so I will have to keep an eye on that. 5:20 And itís 67 degrees out!
Monday, May 20 View Page
Woodyís backup is long! I donít like it though. 1928 will be the chosen one :)
Monday, May 20 View Page
Both hoops open today. will give the plants a heavy watering before school. GROW GROW GROW!
Monday, May 20 View Page
I will be going to Florida this Friday until next Monday. I would like to choose my main plants before I leave. 1911 main will be sticking out of the hoop by then. I will go to Home Depot and buy some PVC to extend it a little
Monday, May 20 View Page
I made a big decision today. Both of my backups are gone! It was time. 1911 and the 1928 are my official 2019 plants!
Monday, May 20 View Page
1928 shown here. Getting strong
Monday, May 20 View Page
1911 shown here. Growing nice even with the kink
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
1911 grew 3.5-4 inches last night. She will be out of the hoop by Friday. I need to go to Home Depot and expand the hoop.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
Secondaryís are real aggressive on the 1928. 1911 definitely not as aggressive but they are starting
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
Sunflowers doing great and Iíve got more coming up. I have to plant some of them soon.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
Good amount of roots on this 25Ē head
Wednesday, May 22 View Page
Lets plant some giant sunflowers! Still got about 8-9 inside but they are just coming up. Will plant those in a week.
Wednesday, May 22 View Page
Every sunflower gets two WOW starter paks!
Wednesday, May 22 View Page
1911 is just about at the end of the hoop. By Friday she will be completely out. I will just let the main tip grow out. Sheís fast
Wednesday, May 22 View Page
Started to bury the main on the 1928 Daletas
Thursday, May 23 View Page
Extended the 1911 hoop. Tomorrow is the day I go to Florida so the main should stay in there until Monday. Thanks Woody for watching my plants
Friday, May 24 View Page
Some decent cells came through last night. Everything is soaked! Headed to Florida today. I will take a pic of the plants
Friday, May 24 View Page
Here is the 1911. Main vine growing about 3-4 inches a day. Secondaryís coming out. Plant is about 6 feet long.
Friday, May 24 View Page
Here is the 1928 Daletas. Secondaryís are really aggressive on this plant. Faster then the 1911
Friday, May 24 View Page
Two secondaryís right here for example. Shooting right out and about 5 inches long
Friday, May 24 View Page
This is a fast one
Friday, May 24 View Page
Letís board! Just a little late
Friday, May 24 View Page
There is a cracked panel on the side of the plane so they have to fix it. Thatís great!
Friday, May 24 View Page
Some cool clouds go well with the sun!
Friday, May 24 View Page
Speechless
Friday, May 24 View Page
Friday, May 24 View Page
Landed in Jacksonville!
Saturday, May 25 View Page
93 degrees here and full sunshine. This is too hot for me
Sunday, May 26 View Page
Hot! 90 degrees. Water feels very nice though
Sunday, May 26 View Page
Yum! This is real good. Got a early flight tomorrow at 6 AM. Have to wake up at 4.
Monday, May 27 View Page
4:00 AN. Headed to the airport
Monday, May 27 View Page
Gorgeous sunrise this morning from the air!
Monday, May 27 View Page
Long Island!
Monday, May 27 View Page
Iím home! WOW! 1928 went off over the weekend! Secondaryís grew a ton!!
Monday, May 27 View Page
Grow baby grow!
Monday, May 27 View Page
Longest secondary is two feet long
Monday, May 27 View Page
1911 grew nice! Secondaryís are finely coming out under that canopy
Monday, May 27 View Page
Monday, May 27 View Page
Giant tomatoes grew a lot!
Monday, May 27 View Page
So did the cabbages :)
Monday, May 27 View Page
Bushel gourd has to be planted
Monday, May 27 View Page
1911 has a 22 inch leaf. Grow grow grow!
Monday, May 27 View Page
384.5 terry bushel gourd has been planted! She will have 300 SF to grow in
Monday, May 27 View Page
Just mowed my diseased patch. Looks nice with the grass. Only got 2 pumpkins to the Scales sadly outta here and that was my first year.
Monday, May 27 View Page
1928 getting a taste of the night. Itís at the end of the hoop so I canít shut this end. 1911 has 1 more night. Friday hoophouses are coming off!
Tuesday, May 28 View Page
Despite the cold weather today the 1928 secondaryís grew a decent amount.
Tuesday, May 28 View Page
I put the side of the hoop back on the 1928! I donít know why I didnít think of this before by cutting a hole. Stupid me. Very cold day. I need to keep as much heat in as possible! Growing lights going on tonight
Wednesday, May 29 View Page
49 degrees right now and cloudy the last two days and another cool and cloudy day tomorrow, this is awful. Grow lights are on and heaters.
Thursday, May 30 View Page
Hoop houses coming off tomorrow. Better weather is on its way
Thursday, May 30 View Page
Hoop houses are off! ITS GO TIME!
Thursday, May 30 View Page
1928 Daletas.
Thursday, May 30 View Page
1911 Urena
Thursday, May 30 View Page
I gave both plants some fish and seaweed. Some rain tonight so it should wash in real good. Sunny at 72 degrees tomorrow! Thatís going to be awesome!
Friday, May 31 View Page
SUNSHINE!
Friday, May 31 View Page
2 foot deep rock right by the BG. Just found it. That thing is a monster. I need to get it out
Friday, May 31 View Page
This thing is very deep
Friday, May 31 View Page
SHE IS OUT
Friday, May 31 View Page
Carolina reapers going in!
Friday, May 31 View Page
Nice roots.
Saturday, June 1 View Page
Today I will be feeding my plants! Iíve only been giving them fish and seaweed. I will add fish, ROOT, and humic. Letís do this!
Saturday, June 1 View Page
Both plants have been fed. I have everything in my patch planted! Every thing has two WOW starter paks.
Saturday, June 1 View Page
Tomatoes doing awesome
Saturday, June 1 View Page
Big worm!
Saturday, June 1 View Page
Pumpkin has been spotted on the 1928! Itís orange! Wayyyy to early. Hoping when itís time to pollinate I get an orange one
Saturday, June 1 View Page
Also see one on the 1911. Good signs
Saturday, June 1 View Page
A very rare picture of me! Almost forgot to plant my sunflower that came from my seed last year. 2 WOW starter paks includes with it.
Saturday, June 1 View Page
Nice roots!
Sunday, June 2 View Page
Shit
Sunday, June 2 View Page
The patch got 2 inches of rain in just an hour. Absolutely soaked! Thankfully it will be sunny and 70 tomorrow
Monday, June 3 View Page
Hello sunshine!
Monday, June 3 View Page
Secondaryís finally starting to grow here on the 1911. A cold night is ahead as temps will be in the mid 40s!
Wednesday, June 5 View Page
Picked off a pumpkin on the 1928. 6 lober and orange
Wednesday, June 5 View Page
Giant cabbages growing like weeds!
Wednesday, June 5 View Page
Giant tomatoes doing great
Thursday, June 6 View Page
Topsfield getting lit up tonight! So much lightning
Thursday, June 6 View Page
Plants are soaked again. Over an inch of rain with those storms last night.
Thursday, June 6 View Page
1911 is getting some nice roots!
Thursday, June 6 View Page
The 384.5 terry BG is not doing good. Thatís all I will say. wilted from 75 degrees and hasnít really improved. I started some giant cucumber seeds. I will probably pull the 384 in a week if it still is slow. Cucumbers will be the replacement
Thursday, June 6 View Page
Giant cucumber seeds
Thursday, June 6 View Page
Giant tomato cages are up!
Friday, June 7 View Page
Iím done with this gourd. Wilted again and the soil seems perfect. Unbelievable
Saturday, June 8 View Page
Good morning. I just pulled the 384 terry. Looks like part of the stump area is brown. Thatís why it has done bad! No idea how that got there. Had to be the rainy pattern.
Saturday, June 8 View Page
Ugh
Saturday, June 8 View Page
Rabbit tracks under my walking board. Didnít do anything so yay
Saturday, June 8 View Page
PUMPKIN UPDATE- 1928 Daletas here. She really kicking into gear. I am way behind from last year but it could be worse. Should have a pollination in a few weeks on her. She is 10.5 feet long
Saturday, June 8 View Page
1928 side view
Saturday, June 8 View Page
Here is the 1911 Urena. Slow plant! Main vine is 11.5 feet. Secondaryís are slow. I need the main to slow down and the secondaryís to speed up. I will be pollinating at 18-20 feet on her for sure!
Saturday, June 8 View Page
Buried some secondaryís yesterday
Saturday, June 8 View Page
Sunflowers got some urea mate today. Monday I will start the real deal, they will get urea mate, fish and seaweed, and some of Marks mixes. They will be what they get the entire season
Saturday, June 8 View Page
More sunflowers :). Got some more down where the bushel gourd was
Sunday, June 9 View Page
Today I am starting the root shield with my vine burying on the plants.
Sunday, June 9 View Page
Another gorgeous day here in Topsfield. High 70s today.
Sunday, June 9 View Page
Its getting hot out here. Every few hours I am giving the plants a light watering. Soil that I buried the vines with has been getting dry. Donít want those roots drying out
Monday, June 10 View Page
Just fed the 1911 and 1928. 1911 shown here. Still is lacking the good secondary growth but I am expecting that to pick up. Added urea mate into the mix. That should help.
Monday, June 10 View Page
Patch view.
Tuesday, June 11 View Page
Got my license!
Wednesday, June 12 View Page
The 1928 Daletas continues to be the king of the patch
Wednesday, June 12 View Page
1911 not so much
Wednesday, June 12 View Page
I havenít been able to bury 5 feet of the main because the stupid secondaryís are extremely slow!!
Wednesday, June 12 View Page
Not a ton of room for the main until it hits the fence. Going to pollinate on a very small plant I think on this one
Wednesday, June 12 View Page
At this rate I would be surprised if I broke 1,000 on her
Thursday, June 13 View Page
55 degrees right now and pouring rain. Donít ya love NE???
Thursday, June 13 View Page
Lol, I just lost power for no reason! Now my heating cables arenít working and itís 50 degrees and rainy
Thursday, June 13 View Page
The chipmunk has been coming for the past 5 days to the same exact spot!!! This time is got really deep! I know that because clay came up and the hole is very deep. Gotta set traps . Why the same spot?
Thursday, June 13 View Page
Game on fella!
Friday, June 14 View Page
Next week looks like a lot of rain chances! No sun until like next Saturday. Not good at all. At least the temps are warm. 1911 early July pollination it is looking like. Struggling big time. 1928 I say very end of this month. Sheís doing good.
Friday, June 14 View Page
Cucumber beetle just landed on my hand. Time to spray
Friday, June 14 View Page
1928 Daletas is the KING!!! Cmon baby! Give me a big pumpkin.
Friday, June 14 View Page
Canít bury 4 feet of the vine on the 1911 because the secondaryís are still slow
Friday, June 14 View Page
Pumpkin on the 1911 at 14 feet long. Many people would consider this one a possible keeper but how do you with such a small plant?
Friday, June 14 View Page
Talked to Woody. We are going to give her some liquid phosphorus tomorrow or Sunday. Steve Connolly used that and that got his secondaryís moving a bit more. I believe that was in 2016. Going to toss some blood meal under the plant.
Friday, June 14 View Page
So many weak secondaryís on the 1911. They wonít reach the side of the patch I donít think. Trying to stay positive but itís hard. Maybe I will give the 1928 some extra room. She deserves it
Friday, June 14 View Page
The 1911 does not get much sun. 6 hours at most now. 1928 gets like 7. That could be one of the factors to why the plant is slow. But seeing other people with some slow plants with more sun makes me think itís more of the plant here
Saturday, June 15 View Page
Woody Just came over. He sprayed some phosphorus, urea mate, and essential I believe it was. Hopefully this helps the 1911! 1928 shown here
Saturday, June 15 View Page
1911 shown
Saturday, June 15 View Page
Hard to tell but here is a 1911 secondary. And itís dead heading itself at half an inch! WHAT THE HECK! one already did that before that one and now this one?! Wow. I am going to have big gaps. I hate this stupid plant
Saturday, June 15 View Page
1928 Daletas
Saturday, June 15 View Page
The chipmunk came back again today!!! I buried the hole at like 9 this morning. LOL!
Saturday, June 15 View Page
Saturday, June 15 View Page
Lets capture the moment
Saturday, June 15 View Page
I just fed my giant tomatoes. Urea mate, fish and seaweed, and some marks mixes. They look grilled! What the hell. They did this last year and kinda care out of it but this does not look good.
Sunday, June 16 View Page
Split in main vine on 1928 Daletas. I get this every year. No need to worry at all here. It happened from a warm night with a good amount of rain last week. Just have to keek her dry and all will be good. :)
Sunday, June 16 View Page
Sunday, June 16 View Page
Gave the plants some phosphorus!
Monday, June 17 View Page
A ton of animal tracks in the patch! Looks like a rabbit. Time to tighten up my fence
Monday, June 17 View Page
Both plants! I think it was the phosphorus that got there attention
Monday, June 17 View Page
I think it was my dog!
Monday, June 17 View Page
Spending the day adjusting the walking boards and burying vines. Starting to get excited with the 1928! :)
Monday, June 17 View Page
Monday, June 17 View Page
No fooling around this year!
Monday, June 17 View Page
I already see some more pumpkins in the main
Tuesday, June 18 View Page
I woke up this morning and noticed something on the 1928. She took off last night! Biggest growth Iíve seen all season. Secondaryís grew about 5-6 inches and main vine at least 7-8. GROW GROW GROW. CMON BABY
Tuesday, June 18 View Page
The smell of giant pumpkin male flowers is unbelievable
Tuesday, June 18 View Page
DANG! Spotted my first cucumber Beatles this morning in fresh flowers. Gotta spray! Lots of them around
Wednesday, June 19 View Page
Found more cucumber Beatles today in the flowers. Picked off all the open flowers and into the trash they went
Thursday, June 20 View Page
Some pumpkins off the 1928 secondaryís. Every one is a bit yellow. I bet the main pumpkin will be a bit yellow or maybe even orange in the end.
Thursday, June 20 View Page
I cut the flower open. 3 out of the 4 pumpkins had great lobes. 2 four lobers and 1 5. The other pumpkin had messed up lobes. I am hoping that the pumpkin on the main tip has normal lobes! That will be my keeper if it does.
Thursday, June 20 View Page
Giant cabbages doing awesome! This spring has been awesome for them
Thursday, June 20 View Page
1928 Daletas is turning into a beast!
Friday, June 21 View Page
Pumpkin opening Sunday on 1911 at 16 feet. Will be a worst case scenario back up.
Friday, June 21 View Page
Plant is still small so she definitely will not be the keeper.
Friday, June 21 View Page
Lots of you may not know this. Pumpkin roots actually smell like a fresh pumpkin! So if you ever encounter roots that may be be from the plants just smell them and if they smell like a fresh pumpkin they are!
Friday, June 21 View Page
Well it Looks like the pumpkin on the 1911 will open tomorrow! Just a back up here. Plant still small
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Nice 5 lober on the 1911 Urena. Pollinating her with the 1928 Daletas. 16 ft out. This is only a backup
Saturday, June 22 View Page
All tied up!
Saturday, June 22 View Page
1911
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Here is the other pumpkin on the 1911 Urena. This will probably be the chosen one. Plant will likely still be pretty small but itís getting close to July here. Should open next weekend
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Here is the pumpkin on the 1928 Daletas. Should open next weekend. Would be at around 17 feet.
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Thank you Woody for spraying the plants!
Saturday, June 22 View Page
The plants got sprayed with some pesticides. Those cucumber Beatles have no chance!
Saturday, June 22 View Page
First squash bug spotted on my tomatoes
Saturday, June 22 View Page
1928 Daletas ready to pollinate next weekend! Iím ready!! Plant just has to get a bit bigger.
Saturday, June 22 View Page
Starting Monday I will start using this big 55 gallon bucket for fertilizing. I wonít fill it up all the way since the plants are still on the smaller side. Watering can just doesnít work anymore
Monday, June 24 View Page
Mixing up some goodies!
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
PUMPKIN UPDATE- Here is the 1928 Daletas. She is really starting to pick up in growth! Iím getting the color in the leafs that I want. Pollination this weekend!
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
Here she is. 17 Ft out. 24 secondaryís behind her! That seems like a good amount. She will be the keeper is she takes and the lobes are good!
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
Here is the 1911 Urena. She is still slow but I guess picking up a little. Pumpkin at 18 feet also opening this weekend. Not much plant behind it but itís gotta be the one. Itís almost July
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
Here is the pumpkin. She would have about 17 secondaryís behind her. Plant is going to be small when I pollinate. Oh well. Will try to get one to the scales off her. Wonít be my biggest
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
3 day old pumpkin on the 1911. Just a backup
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
Morning patch view
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
Giant cabbages doing awesome!
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
The 1928 pumpkin is in a PERFECT SPOT! I had to cut off a leaf that was directly under it because the stem was scratching the pumpkin. Other than that itís really in a good spot. If this is the one which it will be If lobes are good then I can train that secondary to the right if it. Cmon BABYYYY!!!!
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
1928 Daletas :)
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
Same situation with the 1911 expect the pumpkin is on the right. This pumpkin will be the one I think even with the plant kinda small. Donít see any more pumpkins in the tip and that goes with the 1928 too
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
You have to be very careful when breaking the leaf off. It turned out very well with no damage to the pumpkins. I think they will open the same day! Thinking Sunday or Monday
Tuesday, June 25 View Page
Both pumpkins look a bit yellow. Hmmm! I will train that secondaryí to the right. Life is good. Now I gotta hope for successful lobes and pollination. :)
Wednesday, June 26 View Page
Not huge but this is the biggest stump Iíve ever seen growing giant pumpkins! This is on the 1928 Daletas

 

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