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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!

 

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