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Saturday, January 11 View Page
Purchased these on Amazon to send out auction seeds in. They are similar to the old sucrets or altoid containers. They are $25.99 for 40 which comes to 65 cents each. Not too pricey overall!
Saturday, January 25 View Page
Club seed swap day at the Boyceís! Every member who pays their dues by March first gets a nice club bubble with 2 dozen or more seeds. Good eats after too!
Sunday, February 2 View Page
Our Vermont club winter meeting was held yesterday with 35 people attending.
Sunday, February 2 View Page
We were fortunate to have Woody Lancaster and Steve Geddes as presenters.
Sunday, February 2 View Page
We also awarded Aaron Messier and Lisa Gates with 1000 pound award jackets.
Saturday, April 4 View Page
Today was nice enough to start our 2020 season which is earlier then usual thanks to our warmer March. This is our old garden with the tomato greenhouse cleaned up and moved aside.
Saturday, April 4 View Page
Next comes the subsoiler to help break up hard soil and to get some aeration and better drainage. We also straightened out the long gourd trellis on the right even though it still looks a bit like the Eiffel Tower.
Saturday, April 4 View Page
Also ran the subsoiler on the new patch which was mostly thawed out.
Saturday, April 4 View Page
I said mostly because there were a few places that still were a block of frost. Overall a good early start as many years we still have a snow cover on the patch on this date.
Saturday, April 4 View Page
Here is the subsoiler for anyone who is not familiar with them. This one goes down between 16 and 19 inches depending on the terrain I am driving over. It was great to get out of the house today and to wash our hands simply because they were dirty!
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Seed starting day today! Pumpkins: 1297 Young, 1215 Young, 1080 Young, 840 Young, 532 Young and 1912 Carter. We have just 4 planting spots so the stronger will be planted. Soaked seeds in water and 25% hydrogen peroxide for 3 hours. Cups on right have seeds and water mixture. Cups on left with holes are to help soak seeds better.
Saturday, April 18 View Page
We slowly push the cups with hole down until they have a 1/2 inch of water which will insure seeds stay submerged.
Saturday, April 18 View Page
We are low tech in germinating seeds. Filled all containers last night and placed on heat mat. This made the soil nice and warm this morning as the seeds went in. The ziplock bags work as a mini green house to keep moisture in. We also started 141 Vunak, 139 Ansems, 136 Porkchop and 129 Young long gourd seeds. Also the 9.65 Porkchop, 5.71 Porkchop, 5.78 S Marley, 5.53 Momate, 5.44 Young and 3.83 Young tomatoes.
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Now we have to do something with this weed bed!
Saturday, April 18 View Page
On Thursday we got 10 yards of nice finished compost.
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Here is the new patch with 9 yards of compost and tilled 3 times as soil was pretty compacted.
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Here is old patch all tilled up. Tomorrow we will put down walking boards, dig in heat cables, put poly on hoops and get everything in place. We feel so thankful for this wonderful hobby. Covid 19 has taken away almost everything fun in life, but has not stopped our ability to garden!
Sunday, April 19 View Page
Today is hoop house day. First we had to figure out where plants were going and to dig a box for the heater cables. Around 6-8 inches deep.
Sunday, April 19 View Page
Once we are deep enough we take a heavy pitch fork and aerate anothe 7-8 inches deep.
Sunday, April 19 View Page
We then place heat cables in using bamboo stakes to make sure wires donít cross. After this is laid out we just gently back fill leaving the bamboo stakes in so we know where to place hoops.
Sunday, April 19 View Page
Here is the newest patch with different stump locations this year. The two hoops close to each other will have 20 feet for the main and 30 feet for secondaries equaling 600 square feet each. The farthest hoop will have 20 feet for main and 40 for secondaries equaling 800 square feet.
Sunday, April 19 View Page
Old patch has hoop in new position as well and has 22 feet for main and 20 feet for secondaries for 440 square feet. Soil heaters are plugged in and will check temps this evening when we test the lights. Soil 5 inches down this morning was 39 degrees.
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
Hey Mother Nature! Not feeling the love this morning.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
Here is a good sign spring is here. Wife got her summer car out of storage. Kinda like seeing the first robin!
Saturday, April 25 View Page
So far we are 10 for 10 with pumpkins.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
So far only 8 out of 12 for tomatoes but we only need 9 final plants. If the others donít germ by Monday we will start a couple more back ups.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
We also got weed block down with most of the 2000 square feet of new patch covered.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
Had just a couple pieces for old patch. What ever is covered we will not have to weed for awhile.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
I was rocking my old BP.com sweatshirt today. I think I bought it in 2004. I might need to order a new one!
Sunday, May 3 View Page
First Sunday update. We planted out yesterday which was a great day. It was mid 60ís and sunny which was a little rough on our weak little seedlings.
Sunday, May 3 View Page
We also set up the tomato greenhouse in a new spot on the old garden.
Sunday, May 3 View Page
The greenhouse is 15 feet long by 7 feed wide. We have planting mounds warming up for 8 plants.
Sunday, May 3 View Page
In the old patch we will be growing our 532 Young from last year.
Sunday, May 3 View Page
In our 800 square foot section we have the 1297.5 Young with a back up of the 1215 Young.
Sunday, May 3 View Page
In one of the 600 square foot areas we have the 1912 Carter backed up by the 1080 Young.
Sunday, May 3 View Page
The last 600 square foot area will have the 1215 Young.
Sunday, May 3 View Page
Itís nice to finally have a little light in our back yard.
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Throw back Thursday picture. This was our first 1000 pound pumpkin grown in 2007.
Saturday, May 9 View Page
So pretty! Pretty cold and pretty snowy.
Saturday, May 9 View Page
We bought a new led grow light. A bit different then our 20 year old fluorescent lights!
Sunday, May 10 View Page
Our plants have survived their first week in the hoops and although not the worst first week weather it was certainly top 10. The hopeful keeper is the 1297.5 Young which is on the right in this hoop.
Sunday, May 10 View Page
These are both 532 Young which is 1044 Gansert x 1297.5 Young.
Sunday, May 10 View Page
Here are two 1215 Young plants. The one on the left is younger but catching up.
Sunday, May 10 View Page
The probable keeper in this hoop will be the 1080 Young on the left. The 1080 is the 1501 Vanderwielen x 1297.5 Young.
Monday, May 11 View Page
Another night of snow. Tough spring to be a pumpkin grower!
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
Beautiful snow scape this morning. I think the calendar must be wrong?
Saturday, May 16 View Page
My wife is a teacher and reclaimed her library card catalog for her home virtual teaching office. So out came a few thousand pumpkin seeds with a few from the late 90ís but most are 2005-2008. We also found some old Howard Dill postcards. In total we have 12 one gallon ziplocks full. Now what do I do with them? LOL
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Started 5 gallon bucket challenge today. I thought it would be best first to turn this old bucket into a hillbilly air pot.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Next broke up some old foam board and added a layer in the bottom to help soil drain.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Added 2.5 gallons of miracle grow potting soil and 2.5 gallons of patch dirt. Mixed the two together and planted adding 2 WOW fertilizer packets.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Added 4 bamboo stakes and the 5.44 Young is all ready to go.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
It is hard to believe we had snow on the ground last weekend and that this is the second week since planting out. The hoops have endured 3 snowstorms and lows at 27 degrees F. We are finally seeing weeds pop up which is a good sign that the soil is finally starting to warm.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The old patch is patiently waiting for the long gourds and tomatoes to be planted. If the weather stays favorable we may plant them next Holiday weekend.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
We added a new pressure treated wood barrier on the road side of the new patch as during heavy rain storms the water can flood that side of the garden.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Here is the 800 square foot plant with the 1297.5 Young on the right as our potential keeper.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Here is the two 532 Youngís in the old patch at 400 square feet.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
1215 Youngís are growing well so far for their 600 square foot area.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
And last but not least is the 1080 Young on the left for another 600 square foot area.
Thursday, May 21 View Page
Throwback Thursday. Here is a picture of our lucky 777 pumpkin from 2011. She produced a lot of pretty babies!
Monday, May 25 View Page
Happy Memorial Day. We had a great weekend with lots of house work and patch work. We finally have learned our lesson and have electric fence up early in one patch. Will work on old patch by next weekend.
Monday, May 25 View Page
Old patch is also seeing a bit more action with plants going in.
Monday, May 25 View Page
Greenhouse has a tomatoes planted. All but one seem happy. We have two 9.65 Chops family, two 5.71 Lambchop, one 5.78 Scott Marley, one 5.44 Young, one 5.53 Momate, and one 6.65 Porkchop.
Monday, May 25 View Page
Here is the 139 Ansems long gourd. We have 2 other back ups in greenhouse just in case.
Monday, May 25 View Page
Other trellis has 141 Vunak.
Monday, May 25 View Page
5.44 Young in 5 gallon bucket is starting to grow.
Monday, May 25 View Page
Here is the 532 Young. A little over 2 feet long.
Monday, May 25 View Page
Here is the keeper 1297 Young around 2.5 feet currently.
Monday, May 25 View Page
Here is the keeper 1080 Young sitting a bit past 2 feet long.
Monday, May 25 View Page
Last is the 1215 Young. Currently at 2.5 feet.
Monday, May 25 View Page
Here is the split stump on the 1215 Young. Not worried by it as it will heal up very quickly.
Monday, May 25 View Page
Here is a pic for our buddy Scott. We need more watering buckets!
Monday, May 25 View Page
Here is a picture of our electric mesh fence and our stakes with baby tall sunflower seeds. Going with mostly sunflower seeds from Rick Mace this year.

 

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