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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 12 Entries.
Tuesday, April 23 View Page
Seed selection. This is my fist year trying to grow a big pumpkin.
 
Tuesday, April 23 View Page
This is a seed that I received from the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers seed exchange. I am excited about this one.
 
Tuesday, April 23 View Page
I planted the 1974 McKonkie and 1864 Wallace on April 12th. I used smaller quart sized containers to start them in. I also planted a few long gourd seeds on the same day. As of today the McKonkie seed is the only one that has sprouted. I have read that the long gourds seeds can take anywhere between 2-6 weeks to germinate. We will see how it goes. Fingers crossed.
 
Tuesday, April 23 View Page
Here is the hole that I dug for the heat cables. I only have around 8 inches of good topsoil with compost added into it. The ground below that is a little hard so I drilled a number of holes and filled them with sand to help with drainage before I laid the cable in the hole.
 
Tuesday, April 23 View Page
This is a photo overlooking our garden. The heat cable is buried. I set out a number of walking boards to help get around without compacting the soil too much. I built a trellis for our long gourds. I made it 12 feet high. Possibly a little overboard for our fist year trying to grow them. Off to the right is my hoop house in the works. I hope to transplant my pumpkins the first week of May. I am going to try to use some Azos and Mycos when I transplant them. The footprint of my garden is smaller than is ideal for growing big pumpkins based on what I have read from other people but hopefully we can get a decent one this year.
 
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
My 1974 McKonkie plant has a hole in one of the cotyledon leafs. Any thoughts on if that will have a major impact on the overall health of the plant? Please email me your thoughts at projectinnovations@gmail.com. Thanks in advance!
 
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
My long gourd seeds finally started to germinate. I was getting nervous. They took much longer to germinate than my pumpkin seeds did. A few of them did not make it.
 
Wednesday, May 8 View Page
1974 McKonkie still doing well. I also had 2 out of 6 of my long gourd seeds finally germinate. This is my first season trying to grow long gourds.
 
Wednesday, May 8 View Page
I installed my grow lights in my hoop house this last weekend. I cant help but wonder what my back yard neighbors think I am growing over here. ;)
 
Friday, May 17 View Page
1974 McKonkie update May 17th. I was out of town for a week on a work trip. My daughter was kind enough to watch things for me until I got back. Plant is still making progress. I have one leaf that is angled down and keeping the vine pointed towards the sky. I am going to try and carefully persuade it to twist enough to lay down properly.
 
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
Pumpkin plant update 5-21-2019
 
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
I finally got my long gourds plants in the ground.
 

 

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