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Saturday, March 21 View Page
Well going to try to post a diary this year. As of now not working 70-80 hr weeks and only getting 50 hrs in at the most now so have time to garden again. High tunnel about ready for plants for the Iowa State Fair. I have a 333.5 Mudd watermelon growing well in the pot and a 146.5 Young up. Started 2 pumpkins Last night 1984 Barron and a 2255 Zaychowsky.
Monday, March 23 View Page
State Fair plot about ready with Lucas. Now hopefully we will have a State Fair.
Wednesday, April 8 View Page
Just missed some big hail that was grapefruit size. Mother in law had ping pong ball sized. We just got huge rain drops that lasted only a couple minutes. Going to get cold again next week with highs in the 40's and lows around 25. Basement is going green with all the veggies growing.I have a state fair long gourd that needs to go out soon before it takes over my room. All WR tomatoes seeds are coming up!
Thursday, April 9 View Page
1885.5 Werner in 1 gal air pot. These pots are wonderful for great roots.
Thursday, April 9 View Page
146.5 Young 1917 Air potted
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Yesterday morning with somewhere around 8-10 inches of very wet snow.
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
My 2 watermelon plants for the Iowa State fair if it happens. One is a 146.5 Young that has grown a couple 300 pounders. And a 333.5 Mudd on the other side.
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
State fair pumpkin.
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
I'm sure it will be side ways again. But one of my Fair onions in a 12 gal. air pot. Probably one of my best in awhile at this stage.
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
Well the watermelon plants are looking really good out in the big hoop.I have another 146.5 Young ready to go out soon that is a beast for a young plant. Not working much with this virus thing so I have a lot more time to spend in the patch. Still working over 40 hrs a week but not over 70 as last year. 2 pumpkins have moved outside and 2 more are about ready to go.
Friday, May 1 View Page
2255 Z plant that is 5x5 ft about ready to lay down. Don't remember a plant that big at this stag.
Wednesday, May 13 View Page
As some of you may notice around my watermelon plants and pumpkin plants I have straw down. Under that I have brown construction paper to cover the soil. In the past my plants always look great and get pumpkins set and some gain 20-50 pounds a day at times but always shut down around 30-35 days old. Soil and plant test show disease in the soil moderate to high. It happens when soil temps get over 80 degrees in late June early July. The cover is to try to keep soil temps in the 70's as was in 2009 when everything grew and did not get any disease.There is some wheat seeds in the straw and I will let them grow as they come up to help as a cover crop. The plants may slow down with this process or do no good but after years of fighting this with solorizing, mustard, moving sites this is something worth trying.
Friday, May 15 View Page
Lucas with Iowa State Fair plant about 2 weeks from pollinating time.
Tuesday, May 19 View Page
World record tomato plant in a 12 gallon air pot.
Tuesday, May 19 View Page
30 x 96 hoop filling up with plants for market and competitive. 2255 Z plant has a female at est. 12 ft mark that should open in the next 10 days. The Young watermelon plant is taking up some space but see no females yet. The long gourd is about half way up the trellis in back of the hoop.
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
Side shot of the 2255 and will run out of room in a week to 10 days at this rate.
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
Female on the 2255 plant for the Iowa State Fair looking good for days till fair time.
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
One of my better onions for the Fair.


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