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Wednesday, March 13 View Page
Soil Test - Fall 2018
Wednesday, March 13 View Page
Soil Test Recommendation - Fall 2018
Sunday, March 24 View Page
Placed bales over area last fall to help keep frost out. Uncovered this spring and no frost in ground at all.
Sunday, March 24 View Page
cloche in place over bale protected area.
Sunday, March 24 View Page
Excavated 4x4 area to install heat cable.
Tuesday, March 26 View Page
Learned that installing heat cables is about as fun as burying vines. Finally got it pretty good and ready for back fill.
Wednesday, March 27 View Page
Nightcrawlers liked it under the bales all winter. Must have fed all winter as large as they got.
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Plugged in heat tape today. Starting 6" soil temp 55 degrees.
Sunday, April 7 View Page
24 hours later, 6" soil temp is 73 degrees. Temps under hoop house exceeding 100 degrees on sunny days.
Monday, April 8 View Page
Sent in soil sample to Western Labs.
Thursday, April 11 View Page
That snow bank is my hoop house. Still above freezing inside. Soil heat cables running.
Saturday, April 13 View Page
Soil test results are back.
Saturday, April 13 View Page
Info came with soil test results.
Saturday, April 13 View Page
Read through this several times. Great pamphlet.
Sunday, April 14 View Page
18 inches of wet snow melting in a couple of days has left my patch completely underwater. I dug some drainage ditches through the ice dams and got things draining down the storm sewer. City snowplowed a huge berm on both sides of the street and dammed up the storm drainage. Unplugged my heating cables, don't know if they can hold up to immersion or not? Was planning to soak a seed today, but have decided to delay things a week or so.
Sunday, April 14 View Page
My spring amendment list. I hope I calculated everything right as per soil test. My patch is 500 sq ft. If anyone would check my figures, I would surely appreciate it. Drop my an email and let me know if this looks right according to my soil test results a couple posts back. Thanks. 2.3 lbs Ammonium Sulfate - 21% Nitrogen and 24% Sulfate 2.78 lbs Urea - 46% Nitrogen - Split Apply 1.4 lbs Muriate of Potash - 60% K2O 2.5 lbs Elemental S - 99% S 13.5 oz Manganese - 14% Mn .6 oz Boron - 17% B
Sunday, April 14 View Page
Another of the Soil Test so it just one post away from my amendment schedule and easier for people to check back and forth.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
This was my patch on 4/17. 18 inches of wet late season snow melt in 3 days.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Here is my new rain water collection system. Each tank is 330 gallons.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Here's my granddaughter after licking the frosting off her cookie.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Planted my seed today. 2150 Skinner. Sanded the edge and soaked in a glass of RO water with one drop of SuperThrive for an hour then coated the seed hole with myco and put the seed in and covered. Watered in then put in 80 degree closet.
Wednesday, April 24 View Page
2150 Skinner not showing anything after four days. Will start a 337 Johnson for a backup in case I see no soil heaving soon.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
2150 Skinner had some problems shedding her seed coat. I helped her out after a couple days, but she does not look the best.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
Started some back ups. These are 337 Johnson 18 that I grew last year. World class genetics, just first year grower. I am going to start these, already showing the radicle root, and select the best one when things are ready to go outside which will be a little while yet.....see next post.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
April 27 and we get this for weather. I think my dreams of a May 1 outside planting may be down the tubes.
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
2150 Skinner seedling starting to stretch a little more than I want. I will finish filling the pot to the top, that should shorten things up a little. There just has not been any sun since she emerged. Tomorrow is forecast to give us some sun and the weekend is supposed to be nice.
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
Transplanted into hoop house today. Weather has been nothing but cold and rainy since the day I planted my seed. Under the hoop house, it was what I would call "just barely" dry enough to transplant. The heat cables and heat lamp under the hoop house keeps it warm.
Friday, May 10 View Page
One and a half inches of rain followed by an overnight freeze. All is well in the hoop house.
Friday, May 10 View Page
2150 Skinner
Sunday, May 12 View Page
2150 Skinner 15 Days since emergence.
Friday, May 17 View Page
Finally got my some of my amendments applied. Only 2/3 of the patch got amended, the lower 1/3 of the patch was still just too wet to do anything. Big thunderstorm coming tonight and continued chances of thunderstorms throughout the weekend. Pumpkin has been in the ground under the hoop house and is doing good considering such crappy wet, cold spring.
Wednesday, May 22 View Page
8 1/4 Inches since April 27, no sunshine for two solid weeks. Things are warm (70 degrees) inside the hoop house. Water running under edges of hoop house.
Wednesday, May 22 View Page
2150 Skinner 25 days since emergence 15 days since transplanting


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