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Wednesday, March 13 View Page
Hello, and thank you for the warm welcome to Big Pumpkins.com! It was great to be able to chat with some experienced large kin growers this evening! I'm located in suburban western Washington and growing pumpkins in my front and side yards. I grew 11 different kinds of kins last year. This season will be my first year of attempting to grow something larger than a Big Max. I have joined the Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers' group and look forward to weigh-in day! The photo is last year's Big Max and my Project Cat Hattie. A project just isn't complete without Hattie! Looking forward to a great season! Much luck everyone!
 
Thursday, March 14 View Page
Time Marches On, I gather... I watched a rather attractive crew install street lights on every utility pole in the neighborhood. It's quasi-daylight all night long in the pumpkin patch now. The interwebs says that too much light at night can prevent fruit set and reduce crop yields. I guess the good news is that I can now work in the kin patch 24/7 without setting up extra lights. I'll carry on, even if it's like Ballard here now. It must be time to move. Whiling away in Commuterville Looking for my lost constellation of Orion Some people claim that there's a City Council to blame But I know, it's my own danged fault Pumpkining in Commuterville!
 
Thursday, March 14 View Page
The article here on bigpumpkins.com about Calcium and Giant Pumpkins was quite informative. Now that I'm thinking about it, a lack of calcium could explain the number of soft spots in my medium-sized pumpkins from last season! Will fix!
 
Thursday, March 14 View Page
Digging a large pumpkin hole in Lakewood soil by hand is a bit of a rough workout program. I really don't recommend it, lol!
 
Friday, March 15 View Page
Thank You Thank You Chris Rodebaugh for the Amazing seeds! Yes indeed, I need to come up a plan for them ASAP! Will read up here and see what I need to do. I'm seriously considering hiring the guy down the road with the backhoe attachment to dig my pumpkin pits for me because I don't think that out-of-shape me can dig fast enough through the rocky soil. I'm in the same county as Joel Holland so I should be able to get some soil additives from him in a timely manner. I can get some great compost from my parents, they grow all of their own fruits and veggies. Wow, thank you so much! It's shaping up to be an amazing year!
 
Saturday, March 16 View Page
Lots of reading and research today. I can see that I have more to learn about the various nutrients pumpkins need and which products to utilize. I can also see why soil testing is essential. Western Labs looks helpful. Looks my neighbor does not have tractor guy's number and I'm not seeing it on the interwebs either, and I'm not surprised about that lol. Will drive over to tractor guy's place tomorrow. My neighbor seemed excited about large pumpkins too. I'm looking forward to getting a switch that will isolate the house from the electrical grid, somewhat as a safety issue as well, so that if something goes wrong I can easily shut off the power. Hope all is well, everyone!
 
Saturday, March 16 View Page
Yay! Greg the Tractor Guy is scheduled to dig my pumpkin pits on Monday! Looking into building an earthworm box with stuff I have on hand. Hattie the Project Cat needs a project.
 
Sunday, March 17 View Page
It's been an exciting morning in the pumpkin patch! I saw four bald eagles circling around the neighborhood, and one liked me and flew right over the patch! Here's a photo of it circling around. I'm always wishing for more zoom capacity when it comes to bird photography. I like how the sunlight was shining through the tail feathers. Inspiring moments, and hopefully a sign of big things to come!!!! Have a great pumpkin season everyone!
 
Sunday, March 17 View Page
Hattie the Project Cat loves to ham it up for the camera, lol! She likes the partial pumpkin pit too. Going to have Greg the Tractor Guy finish digging the hole and scrape off the lawn on the far side of the hole tomorrow. For next year, I will prep my soil in the autumn like I should! I am getting a late start, I know, so I'll see what I can do with it.
 
Sunday, March 17 View Page
My main garden area. Going to have Greg the Tractor Guy dig a pumpkin pit and scrape off the lawn, forward of the fence, tomorrow. I'm seriously considering letting most of my main garden go fallow this year and work on the soil in there instead. My garden soil, so far, has been very basic (steer and chicken manure), but good enough to grow nice small and medium pumpkins, potatoes, onions, peas, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. I want to focus on my large pumpkins this season, and work on my large pumpkin growing techniques. I'm liking the idea of worm farming, both for the garden and the pumpkins. Even though I have some wood boxes and some misc. boards on hand, I am now thinking that a plastic tub with a lid from Lowe's would much easier to deal with. Looks like I'm missing out on much fun, learning, and networking at the Convention! Have some fun for me! /waves at everyone! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
 
Monday, March 18 View Page
Got the front yard dug up and the pumpkin pit is quite large. I'm excited but it was more dirt than expected. A large pumpkin seems real to me now.
 
Tuesday, March 19 View Page
Question: How big is the Tobeck Death Star? Answer: So big it needs it's own locate! Have a great season, everyone!
 
Tuesday, March 19 View Page
Pumpkin Field. Getting some nice compost delivered on Friday. Will get my manure order together. A big thanks to the good people of Big Pumpkins.com! I wouldn't have done it without you!
 
Thursday, March 21 View Page
I can see now why more women aren't growing large pumpkins, which is exactly why I want to do it! Have a great season everyone!
 
Thursday, March 21 View Page
I am essentially a Project Manager now with these pumpkins, which I was not anticipating. I have many new team members on board now. How did this happen? I thought I was just going to plant some seeds and grow something nice. I'm sure this is all for the best. Best wishes everyone!
 
Friday, March 22 View Page
I am now a Herder of Deer. I can only hope that Animal Control will help.
 
Saturday, March 23 View Page
What is REALLY going on with a Giant Pumpkin? I hope to find out!
 
Sunday, March 24 View Page
Doing more research about soil amendments before making any purchases. There is much to know, much more than just planting a seed.
 
Monday, March 25 View Page
My new friend Henry, Please get a locate to make sure you don't dig up something important like the phone line, not that I would know from personal experience or anything like that! Bigger IS Better, after all!!! Go for it! I might rent something cool like that next year! Have tons of fun!!!!!!
 
Wednesday, March 27 View Page
Celebrated Terminus Day in my patch, the day I stopped digging. I hope The Death Star likes the accommodations! Now working on rounding up all the necessary ingredients for an excellent growing season. Been very busy here and enjoying some changes for the better, and the 'drama' too, lol! I'm building an amazing team and meeting so many talented people that I never knew existed. I couldn't have done it without BigPumpkins.com!
 
Monday, April 1 View Page
Been a busy time here at the pumpkin patch. So many soil amendments, so little time :) Time for some serious hydration and a break. Next season will be much easier.
 
Wednesday, April 3 View Page
I see chemistry textbooks added to my reading rotation in the future.
 
Friday, April 5 View Page
Today was Soil Amendment Calculation Day. Tomorrow will be Fill The Pumpkin Pits Day. The Day After will be most likely be "Ouch" Day, lol! Growing large pumpkins is the most amazing workout EVER! Have a great season, everyone! Couldn't have done it without you!
 
Friday, April 5 View Page
6.8 is mine!
 
Friday, April 5 View Page
The mixing process is going slower than I thought. It's going even slower with me horsing about on the computer :)
 
Friday, April 5 View Page
Layer One is done in the Death Star Pit! Much nicer to look at too!
 
Saturday, April 6 View Page
LOL! I thought a small animal used my pumpkin pit as a restroom, but nope, this is what happens to alfalfa pellets when they get wet. Next year I will get the alfalfa meal so it will mix in nicely and not look like bits o'cr** lol!
 
Saturday, April 6 View Page
LOL! I thought a small animal used my pumpkin pit as a restroom, but nope, this is what happens to alfalfa pellets when they get wet. Next year I will get the alfalfa meal so it will mix in nicely and not look like bits o'cr** lol!
 
Monday, April 8 View Page
Thinking of growing a cover crop this fall. Could be a good idea.
 
Monday, April 8 View Page
Holding spot for soil amendments where they won't get wet, lol.
 
Monday, April 8 View Page
Things are taking longer than I anticipated, and the materials weren't always easy to round up. Several of the soil amendments I originally wanted weren't available or I had to find a different vendor for them. My dairy manure delivery also fell through, so I had to find another supplier. I keep telling myself that I'll have my ducks in a better row next year by starting much sooner.
 
Tuesday, April 9 View Page
Finally got my soil sample off to Western Labs. I'm glad I called them on the phone and went over a couple of fine points before packing up and shipping my sample. I'm a bit nervous about how I did, soil-wise, but it's probably unfounded.
 
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
Looking forward to an germination experiment on some Lumina kin seeds before trying the real deals. You people are rubbing off on me, lol!
 
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
Ooops! Do not attempt to pressure wash a garage door like my nice neighbor did. It left a large, bizarre splotch that looks like vandalism. I imagine he is not happy.
 
Thursday, April 11 View Page
The pumpkin soil is in place, the arbor is assembled but not put in place yet, so almost time for some long gourds in addition to the pumpkins. The original plan was for Black Futsu pumpkins in the first spot, but long gourds count at the weigh-off, and there is much less competition in this category than with Dill Atlantics, so it seems like a good idea. Also, no has gotten a long gourd to the weigh-off from my city, so it will be a first. Looking forward to it!
 
Thursday, April 11 View Page
I can see that experimenting is half the fun! Here's my homemade germination station with my Lumina pumpkin test seeds. A cozy 80 degrees F in the soil.
 
Thursday, April 11 View Page
Many thanks to Porkchop and Chris R. for sending me seeds and encouragement! I'm glad I'm here on bp with everyone! Looking forward to growing a long gourd in addition to two pumpkins!
 
Friday, April 12 View Page
Ok, that is interesting. The soil temperature in my test germination container varies significantly depending on where I place the probe in the soil. I will refrain from making probe jokes here. Have a great weekend everyone!
 
Friday, April 12 View Page
Here are the results of my soil test.
 
Friday, April 12 View Page
The recommendations to correct my soil. I'm not exactly sure what this all means. And how did I get so much calcium and phosphorus in there?
 
Friday, April 12 View Page
It would help if attached the results lol!
 
Friday, April 12 View Page
OK, that was a bit gross. There are a whole bunch of very small white bugs crawling ALL OVER the soil in my Lumina experiment, and I have no idea if these bugs are beneficial or harmful. They weren't there an hour ago, literally. This is probably a good sign my soil is reasonably healthy, or I have a serious outbreak going on, one of the two.
 
Friday, April 12 View Page
The bugs are staying inside the pot and on the soil. They seem quite attracted to the soil and appear to be on a mission, based on their haste and determination. They don't appear to be motived to get out of the container at all. I just hope I'm not hosting something really gross.
 
Friday, April 12 View Page
I just dumped it outside on the back porch. Yuck. I hope I'm providing some newby entertainment and fun for everyone, especially Andy! I'm having fun too, believe it or not. Have a great season everyone!
 
Saturday, April 13 View Page
My soil test result picts are awaiting approval. I was initially disappointed with my soil results, but now I'm more focused on fixing them and investigating what I can do with foliar applications. Tissue samples may be in order this season. Have a great season everyone!
 
Saturday, April 13 View Page
Looks like I had a nice case of mites going in my experiment. Glad I got something going there, lol. Everything is now triple-sanitized for everyone's protection. And lesson learned about using old containers that have been sitting about in the back yard for years without sanitizing them before use. I had a good laugh about it all. Have a great weekend everyone!
 
Tuesday, April 16 View Page
Must be time to take a break from the amendment calculator, as I now have a headache, similar to an income tax sort of headache, lol! See all the fun you're missing, Andy :-)
 
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
So nice to be here on bp with my new friends!
 
Friday, April 19 View Page
This is interesting. I sanded the edges of this test Lumina pumpkin before planting. I woke up this morning and discovered that the seed shell had sliced it's way through the leaves. I promptly removed the seed shell but the damage was done. I'm curious as to what happens to this start, but I'm not holding my breath, lol.
 
Friday, April 19 View Page
I keep thinking the file is attached when it's not.
 
Friday, April 19 View Page
Thank you so much for the amazing seed selection, Porkchop! I really appreciate it! It's great to be here with my friends on bp!
 
Saturday, April 20 View Page
I hope that today is the last day of the test soil batches before submitting a new sample to the lab. Keep on Truckin' Henry, you can make it! I'm cheering you on!
 
Sunday, April 28 View Page
Glad I borrowed a chemistry textbook from the library. I should have done this sooner, live and learn, lol. Scientific numbers look handy.
 
Monday, April 29 View Page
I'm much happier with the results of this soil test. Glad to see I'm making progress. And onwards to making some nice soil for The Death Star and Nouveau. Have a great season everyone and a wave to Andy.
 
Monday, April 29 View Page
Mega-Thank Yous to Chris 'Rode The Baugh', Porkchop, Bnot, and Dustin! I wouldn't have made it this far without you. All the best to you and yours!
 
Thursday, May 2 View Page
What a nice surprise! There were two 855 Winey 17 seeds in one seed package! I will attempt to germinate them both and keep the healthiest plant. Also germinating the 2002 Tobeck Death Star 17 and 2043 Bubbles 17 as a backup. I really hope this goes well!
 
Friday, May 3 View Page
I'm hoping to go big with one of these fine selections! 2043 "Big Bubbles" is blurry in the background. Hopefully germination is on the way from yesterday evening. Please please germinate! I haven't had good luck with the paper towel method. The seeds are getting to know the essentials like Heart, The Doors, Def Leppard, and Hocus Pocus by Focus. Hope they are having some fun! Been a busy time here at the patch, getting further along the learning curve. Much more work and more chemistry studies are in my near future. Have a great weekend everyone!
 
Friday, May 3 View Page
I thought I attached my photo the first time, let's try this again. Story of my pumpkin patch :)
 
Saturday, May 4 View Page
I heard a neighbor kid say, "Grow a monster!" Will try!
 
Sunday, May 5 View Page
I decided to go with the Premium Membership here at bp.com. Sounds like fun! Sore muscles today from working in the patch yesterday, so a recovery day is in order. Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!
 
Monday, May 6 View Page
Really nice to talk with John Taberna with Western Labs. I am fired up for a good season! I can do this!
 
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
Yes! One of the 855 Wineys is coming up, along with 2043 Clementz. It seems as though the Clementz is quite eager to live. After I sanded the edges of the seed and soaked it, the seed popped open on it's own, and I was concerned that I had messed something else up, but no, this seed just can't wait to grow! "Up and At 'Em, Atom Ant!!"
 
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
I have 100% germination! Wooot!
 
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
2043 Clementz cannot wait to take off! Amazing! Have a great season everyone!
 
Thursday, May 9 View Page
This was interesting from Spectrum Analytic about soil test results at http://www.spectrumanalytic.com/doc/library/articles/cec_bph_and_percent_sat Soil pH: This is a measure of the soil acidity or alkalinity and is sometimes called the soil “water” pH. Buffer pH (BpH): This is a value that is generated in the laboratory, it is not an existing feature of the soil. Laboratories perform this test in order to develop lime recommendations, and it actually has no other practical value. There is no “GOOD” nor “BAD” buffer pH. In basic terms, the BpH is the resulting sample pH after the laboratory has added a liming material. In this test, the laboratory adds a chemical mixture called a buffering solution. This solution functions like extremely fast-acting lime. Each soil sample receives the same amount of buffering solution; therefore the resulting pH is different for each sample. To determine a lime recommendation, the laboratory looks at the difference between the original soil pH and the ending pH after the buffering solution has reacted with the soil. If the difference between the two pH measurements is large, it means that the soil pH is easily changed, and a low rate of lime will suffice. If the soil pH changes only a little after the buffering solution has reacted, it means that the soil pH is difficult to change and a larger lime addition is needed to reach the desired pH for the crop. The reasons that a soil may require differing amounts of lime to change the soil pH relates to the soil CEC and the “reserve” acidity that is contained by the soil. Soil acidity is controlled by the amount of hydrogen (H+) and aluminum (Al+++) that is either contained in, or generated by the soil and soil components. Soils with a high CEC have a greater capacity to contain or generate these sources of acidity. Therefore, at a given soil pH, a soil with a higher CEC (thus a lower buffer pH) will normally require more lime to reach a given target pH than a soil with a lower CEC. Yup, my social skills are still lacking. Sorry folks.
 
Thursday, May 9 View Page
The 2043 Clementz 17 is leaping out of the potting soil. This could turn into my main plant for the season.
 
Thursday, May 9 View Page
I was really looking forward to growing the 2002 Tobeck Death Star but the Clementz is looking much stronger, larger, and rearin' to go.
 
Thursday, May 9 View Page
Both 855 Winey 17's are a similar size to the Clementz. Should be some great plants! Next year I'll make sure to only plant one seed per container.
 
Thursday, May 9 View Page
Guttation would explain the mineral-like deposits on the edges of the leaves from last season's Lumina and Black Futsu pumpkin plants. Never attempted to rinse them off, so the deposits built up a bit over time.
 
Saturday, May 11 View Page
Some hardening-off time has done my seedlings some good. The two 855 Winey 17 are doing much better now than the 2043 Clementz and the 2002 Tobeck Death Star despite similar growing conditions. Best of luck, everyone!
 
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
Thank you Alyssa for your help with transplanting yesterday! Nice to get the pumpkin plants in the ground, and they survived the experience all right. I put the 855 Winey seedlings in the largest spot since they were the larger and healthier than the 2002 Tobeck Death Star or the 2043 Big Bubbles Clementz. Those seedling sacks look really handy for next season after transplanting from large pots this season. Starting raining this morning, back to our normal weather, lol. Have a good season everyone!
 
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
Looks like I got the pumpkins transplanted just in time for the wind and the rain to arrive, good times! Stay, Plastic, Stay!
 
Thursday, May 23 View Page
Thank you for visiting, Dustin! It was great to see you, and I'm glad to know that my plants are on track for a big year! 855 Winey 17 are also in the photo.
 
Saturday, May 25 View Page
A busy time here at the pumpkin patch, will post more later. Time to man up on my manganese and get my new mini-greenhouse set up. Glad to have my driving chops back after two trips to Seattle in one day and not ripping any doors off or hitting any pedestrians on Madison, woot! One foot on the gas, and one on the brake, and too much traffic that I can't pass, no! It was inspiring with many people working hard to make their dreams real. Acre after acre of finishing touches put on massive aircraft, more plane than space for them. The sky is the limit! Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone!
 
Sunday, May 26 View Page
Too much going on to post. Oh wait, I just did.
 
Monday, May 27 View Page
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Owl, I am glad you enjoyed your 3 a.m. visit to my pumpkin patch. Your spirited conversation was an inspiration. Please eat any mice you find out there. Thanks, Dawn
 
Monday, May 27 View Page
This is a problem I did not think I would encounter as a first-year grower- the leaves on my 855 Winey are so large and heavy that they are putting AT LEAST twenty pounds of pressure on the root system, maybe more like 30 pounds, and thus bending the entire plant over towards the afternoon sun. I buried a board as a support to prop the extremely top-heavy plant up. The leaves are still dark green, and some are pointing upwards, so I'm hoping that the plant is somehow still OK. The other 855 Winey would have done the same thing, I'm sure. They were like twins. I received a large amount of leaf growth after applying manganese in accordance with my soil test. I also have aphids. They seem to be back after yesterday's application of neem oil. I'm not posting a photo since it's dark here now and photos will delay the posting of this message. Will post a photo, maybe tomorrow. It's getting late. This is not the sort of problem I thought I would have as a first-grower, lol! Maybe my soil is too loose because it's sitting in a huge pit of soil. I still have Information Overload since Dustin visited, and it's a good thing. I don't miss the old version of me. All the best out there, keep trying Reed! Pumpkin plants are driven to live, keep working with them! School is a important priority too.
 
Tuesday, May 28 View Page
Glad to see my 2043 Clementz is looking good.
 
Wednesday, May 29 View Page
I just noticed that the stem split on the 855 Winey.
 
Wednesday, May 29 View Page
I can only hope that a couple of zip ties and some supports are enough to keep my 855 Winey '17 going. John Taberna told me that I have enough nitrogen in my soil to blow up my plants. He was right. I ended with too much growth, too fast. If everything went well, I wouldn't learn as much. I'm not thrilled with the situation, but I have managed to laugh about it a few times, and it makes for a good story, so there's that.
 
Wednesday, May 29 View Page
This has been an enlightening time for me. Since Dustin visited, I realized that by growing large pumpkins, I am joining several communities, both online and in real life, and the communities are joining me. I had no idea this was the case, and I need to upgrade my skills and attitude accordingly. I thought I was just growing some large produce for my own entertainment. This is not like buying a seed packet at Lowe's or where ever, lol! I have made mistakes here and I will make more, and I apologize. I sincerely appreciate your patience. What kind of grower do I really want to be? What kind of 'brand' do I want to create? What kind of patch do I really want to run? I am looking forward to figuring it out! I really appreciate the people on this board, and the assistance that I have received. I couldn't have gotten this far without you all. With Much Love, Dawn
 
Sunday, June 2 View Page
My 855 Winey grew three inches just during dinnertime, and is significantly larger than the 2043 Clementz, I wanted to let matt-man know. He wasn't kidding, it's a fast grower.
 
Wednesday, June 19 View Page
The answer is not blowing in the wind right now.
 
Thursday, June 20 View Page
Take care, Pork Chop! All the best to Lamb Chop! Finally, a photo of the 2043 Clementz for you. I've had my hands full here with being a first-year grower while leading a cell-phone-free existence. My plants are fine after the strong winds yesterday evening. The wind was powerful enough to make fixing the wind barrier a bit of a challenge. My 855 Winey could have been damaged, perhaps severely, if I didn't deal with it sooner rather than later. Much luck on the late start, and I thought I was running late :-)
 
Friday, June 21 View Page
Overheard from a gal at a VERY loud volume at the local park: "Hit it, girl! You got this!" I'm still laughing even though she probably wasn't talking to me. Maybe she was.
 
Thursday, June 27 View Page
People are calling me, stopping by to visit, and talking to me at Lowe's, even. I'm going to have leave more time in my schedule for all of this, as well as practice my smiling and waving techniques.
 
Friday, June 28 View Page
Smile and Wave Count for the day so far: 3 Keep on practicing, Grasshopper!
 
Friday, June 28 View Page
Now my neighbor is setting off fireworks on his own accord. Thank you Brian!
 
Tuesday, July 2 View Page
Shopping for pumpkin growing supplies during an eclipse is a strange experience that takes twice as long as it should. I do not recommend this.
 
Wednesday, July 3 View Page
Nice fireworks this evening while working in the patch. Thank you, neighbors :-)
 
Thursday, July 4 View Page
Happy 4th of July out there! Looking forward to the 3rd Annual 4th of July BBQ and Potluck, conveniently located across the street. I will be bringing the Krumkake (traditional Scandinavian dessert) again since it was popular last year. Also looking forward to the Elysian Mens Room Red beer. Is it beer time yet? The 855 Winey will have a front-row seat to the fireworks! It seems a bit too breezy today to take down the wind break for easier viewing by my curious neighbors. Have fun everyone!
 
Thursday, July 4 View Page
Had an amazing 4th of July at the Pumpkin Patch! Thank you Matt and Alyssa for hosting, and thank you Matt2 for bringing a HUGE array of fireworks! My patch has some new friends now!
 
Thursday, July 4 View Page
The best 4th of July so far!
 
Sunday, July 7 View Page
Sorry kiddo, but your plastic paratrooper is still Missing In Action after being swallowed up by my 2043 Clementz. Hopefully we can get him home this autumn sometime.
 
Friday, July 12 View Page
After reading some of the grower diaries, I feel very fortunate for a good season so far, particularly as a first-year grower. Sorry to hear about the pumpkin technical difficulties! Good luck everyone!
 
Sunday, July 14 View Page
855 Winey '17 is a Monster, so that's its name from now on. Powdery mildew and all.
 
Sunday, July 14 View Page
2043 Clementz '17, you're getting a kick in the rear next year from Monster. That's why your name is Next Year.
 

 

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