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Thursday, January 2 View Page
Here are the two 5.59 Zappa (big zac) plants I started around Christmas time. This is my original grow chamber with about 3.5 cubic feet, a heat mat and a 300 watt equivalent LED.
Wednesday, January 15 View Page
5.59 Zappas moved to 8 inch pots.
Saturday, February 1 View Page
The 5.59 plants are in a mixture of promix w/ mico, worm castings, vermiculite, perlite, and osmocoate.
Thursday, February 6 View Page
Moved to final containers, 2 gallon pots. Trying to pollinate flowers.
Thursday, February 6 View Page
I built a new grow area, about 2ft x 7ft.
Thursday, February 6 View Page
Inside is a new triple chip 1500 watt equivalent LED. Itís very bright!
Thursday, February 6 View Page
The new light has veg/bloom/both settings. I have running water in here too. My plants are very healthy. May add a heat lamp as I am having trouble getting much over 70 degrees F in the larger area. Bought a 20 x 48 inch heat mat so weíll see. Ready to push some tomatoes now!
Monday, February 24 View Page
With just under one month left in winter I finally have some action on my plants. Here on plant 1 there are several single tomatoes plus a fused one.
Monday, February 24 View Page
Plant 2 has multiple tomatoes as well. These plants are every bit as strong as outdoors plants, with zero leaf defects or other signs of stress or deficiencies. Both plants were topped the other day terminating all veg growth. I am adding a 100w heat lamp tomorrow to raise air temp into the 80s. Soil temperature is consistent at 80 degrees. Increased 1500w LED to 17 hours per day. I think there is potential to really crank them now. Kinda exciting. Iíll know more in a week or two.
Wednesday, February 26 View Page
The tomatoes are starting to get down to business and grow. Today I gave them the first additional fertilizer Iíve used with these plants. 1/2 tablespoon of Neptuneís tomatoes and vegetables blend in 3/4 gallon of water per plant. If they react well then Iíll probably start to do it once per week.
Saturday, February 29 View Page
I had the girls out today for a trim etc. this is the plant with the single on it. In 5 days the tomato has quickly grown from Lima bean to larger than a golf ball.
Saturday, February 29 View Page
This plant has the mega on it. It is now the only tomato on the vine as well.
Saturday, February 29 View Page
Here comes megaman!
Thursday, March 5 View Page
Right plant has the single and left plant has the multi.
Thursday, March 5 View Page
Single measures 10.25 inches and is averaging 0.667 inches per day.
Thursday, March 5 View Page
No BER on the multi yet.
Thursday, March 5 View Page
BER has begun on the single. Not hurting growth though. Began .5 teaspoon/gallon applications of cal mag plus and put a fan on it.
Friday, March 6 View Page
The tops of my plants are beginning to cook so Today I dropped the duration for lights on to 13 hours. This is about the length of day in late August where I live. These are the worst of it.
Monday, March 16 View Page
Pre-amendment soil test. I had no idea how much those rains in 2017 and 2018 had depleted my garden. This is after some 18 yards of cow manure that went on before last season.
Tuesday, March 17 View Page
I am absolutely flying through spring prep. I have never been so ahead. I've also never amended my garden as I have this year, following the Western labs recommendations while pouring with a heavy hand. Added the following (to ~3000sq ft), with tilling before and after: 50lb Sul-Po-Mag, 20lb Urea, 20lb KCl, 10lb Triple Phos, 1lb Borax, 2.5lb Mn Sulfate. Yikes. I'll either torch everything that gets near the soil this year or end up growing several huge pumpkins and realize I've been starving my plants for a decade and that's why weights have been down since 2011.
Tuesday, March 17 View Page
Oops I also forgot to mention that I added 110lb cacitic lime and 50lbs of a product called Humistart which is made by a local company and is advertised as being able to break down nutrients that are locked in the soil. It has plenty of good stuff in it even if that doesn't work out but we will see.
Tuesday, March 17 View Page
Back inside, the 5.59 Zappa continues to grow well and I am putting the stones to it now with 2 tablespoons of Neptuneís veg formula almost every day. The plants are taking it along with 1.5 gallons of water daily without flinching. The entire 2.5 gallon pot is literally roots. The other one is about shot but Iíll weigh it on March 20. My guess is 0.667 pounds. This one however is 13.75 inches and generally has been doing 0.5 inches per day. Right now the plan is still to keep this one going till it blushes. I have no clue how long that would be. Maybe anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks? This one has 4 lobes, there is one on the other side of the bottom which canít be seen from this angle.
Thursday, March 19 View Page
Final weight was 0.498 pounds for the winter grow. 12.25 inches. The BER hit this one bad. It dried up fine but stopped almost all growth.
Thursday, March 19 View Page
The wuHan slammer as porkchop calls it is doing good. It is just under 14.5 inches and the plant is still fairly strong and healthy.
Thursday, March 26 View Page
The 4th lobe in the back is getting bigger. Hope it will help it go heavy.
Thursday, March 26 View Page
16 inches on the nose.
Wednesday, April 1 View Page
17+ inches and climbing! I had to pull the light up a foot or so as it was beating the leaves up.
Wednesday, April 1 View Page
Different perspective.
Wednesday, April 1 View Page
Back side.
Friday, April 10 View Page
18 inches yesterday however I did detect the slightest yellow coloration to one of the sections.
Sunday, April 12 View Page
One more day I think. Or let it really redden up? Iíd love to see some data on that, % heavy wise.
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
Today is the day. Scale is within calibration.
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
2 pounds 1.2 ounces is the (un)official final weight for my first winter grow.
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
Anyways Iím glad to have the heat mat real estate back for annual flowers. Outside, 2x 1780.5 Wagner went in hoop 1 and 2x 1297.5 young went in hoop 2. The pumpkin plants love my tomato soil mixture.
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
1215 young was planted out in hoop 3 today, seed started around April 7. The 1297.5 and 1780.5 were started April 1 and planted out April 14. None of the 2x 993 or 3x 1059s or the 811 germinated. Expensive losses and damaging to my breeding program.
Monday, April 27 View Page
All I can say is good thing for hoop houses and cables. Because there hasnít been weather for planting, tilling or otherwise working or growing for weeks. Eastern PA is having a very slow spring. 4 of 6 hoops are planted now with another built and empty and one that needs plastic. And tie downs. Definitely need tie downs here. Best plants are the 1297.5s which have a few dinner plate leaves.
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Throwback Thursday circa 1984.
Saturday, May 23 View Page
My 1297.5 young plant has outgrown its hoop house.
Saturday, May 23 View Page
My 1780.5 is close behind and will also have its hoop house removed this weekend so I can access the plant and bury vines. The weather outlook is finally favorable. The other 4 plants are laid down but not nearly as large.
Thursday, June 4 View Page
For TT here is the first GPC pumpkin I ever grew. The 423 Gerhardt 2006. A 669 muller (603 selfed) x 603 muller cross. I never grew it because it was lopsided which you canít see in the picture.
Saturday, June 13 View Page
My first pollination of the season was today on this 1780.5 Wagner. About 12 out x 1885.5 Werner.
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Finally got my pollination on the 1297.5 young today, (foreground) x 1780.5 Wagner. Also got the 965 Gerhardt x 1885.5 Werner today. All plants have at least 1 pollination now. The 1215 x 1780.5 on June 15. Two females opened that day on the 1215 so got them both. The 1807* x self and the 1885.5 Werner x 1297.5 young on June 17.
Saturday, June 20 View Page
My competition plants. Left to right: 6.13, 6.23, 9.65. And my bucket plant is a 6.23.
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Got another pollination on the 1885.5 today. Had vole damage to previous one.
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Vole chomps. They also got both pumpkins on the 1215 not as bad as this though.
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
156 Paul is starting to vine.
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Day 10 for the 1780.5!
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
Pollinated the 1215 with 1297.5 today. This was by accident, it was supposed to be the 1780.5. I see no point in backcrossing selfed seeds but Iím stuck with the males I had pulled the night before. Also selfed the 1807 holub squash today, as the one my wife pollinated did not take.
Thursday, June 25 View Page
The 1215 Young twins are d10. Vole damage is healing over. I may keep them. We are really having good grow weather here right now. Perhaps this will be our year?
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
Things are going great here. Jimmy is an awesome helper. We are putting in the work and it shows. I have pumpkins set up on all 6 plants. This might be the first time I have been able to do that before at least one plant checks out for the season. Heading away until Sunday, the irrigation is all hooked up but my timer is having trouble.
Saturday, July 11 View Page
Hereís our 1807 holub itís d17. Sheís not getting much love. Normally I donít have all 6 plants left once they get this big. I can only keep up with so much.
Saturday, July 11 View Page
Covering up the twins on the 1215 young. Both d26.
Saturday, July 11 View Page
D20 for the 1885.5 Werner today. 67.5 inches.
Monday, July 13 View Page
The 1780.5 is my first d30, and this must be a record for me as far as timing goes. Circ is 116.5. Not the looker I was hoping for on this seed but maybe just big? A big one for once would be nice. By my patchís standards this plant is certainly capable of getting me a new PB. And itís not even my best one. Hopefully my good luck continues.
Monday, July 20 View Page
Our 965 on d30 was 102.5-74-68, 244.5 OTT. Itís 6 day average was around 25/day. Neat shape. This one is named prince Charles. We need to get Charlie out here for a photo shoot.
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
The 1297.5 young d30 was 116-82-72, 270 OTT. Itís 6 day average was around 35/day. I wouldnít call it a wheel but it is going to be a damn tall pumpkin. This one is named king James and we are very excited about its potential.
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
This is the 1885.5 Werner d30. Clearly itís got rhombus in its family tree. So this one is called lunchbox. Lunchbox had a 50+ day today. More impressively a 40+ average for the past 4 days. Those are lonely numbers in my patch. Havenít seen them for years. 111.5-83-71, 265.5 OTT.
Thursday, July 23 View Page
The pumpkin on the 1780.5 Wagner was named Big Daddy by Jimmy. D40 had 145-82-75, 302 OTT. 3 day average still 26/day.
Friday, July 24 View Page
156 Paul is ready to set pumpkins
Friday, July 24 View Page
Despite me hacking the main off, our long gourd is now nearing the top.
Friday, July 24 View Page
Over there in the right corner is our under appreciated 1807 holub squash, the grinch. It is d30, 110-73-67, 250 OTT. It gets the least care but is trying to hang in there. 6/6 plants still left and 7 pumpkins heading into August, which is phenomenal. We are leaving for a week vacation tomorrow, hopefully we return to several pumpkins approaching 1000 pounds.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
We returned from vacation today and the pumpkins did not disappoint. The plants are messy but healthy. Like most years I will have a hard time recovering. But unlike most years we have all the plants left and the pumpkins are quite big already. Here are the twins on the 1215 young. I was barely able to save the main running in between before it was sealed forever. Because of the arrangement I cannot measure but they look around 550 each.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Grinch on the 1807 was 128-82-74, 284 OTT d37. Almost all my squash tend to go beanbag. This is my son Charlie. He is 7 months old.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Lunchbox on the 1885 Werner continues to break patch records and is 144-107-89, 340 OTT d41. At 43 pounds per day over the last 9 days he will hit 1000 pounds in 3 days. Keep in mind this patch hasnít put 1000 on the scale since 2011 and itís only August 1. So this is exciting. Crossed with 1297.5 young.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
The 1297.5 young, king James. A beast. 141-101-88,330 OTT d42. 27 pounds per day over the last 9 days indicates this pumpkin will hit 1000 around d50. Not quite a wheel but very tall. Some cantalouping and very orange. Crossed to 1780.5 Wagner.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
The 1780.5 Wagner. Big daddy is a crazy fat pancake. Hints of orange now. 163-89-86, 338 OTT d49. 27 pounds per day over the last 9 days indicates this pumpkin will hit 1000 in about 5 days. Crossed with 1885.5 Werner.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
965 Gerhardt 131-92-84,307 OTT d42. 27 pounds per day over the last 9 days indicates this pumpkin is ramping up rather than down so we will see. A very round pumpkin and orange for sure. Crossed with 1885.5.
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
Welcome to hurricane harbor
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
First we got flooded now we get pounded. The natural balance in the universe is trying to reclaim my abnormal season and make it normal again.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Big daddy is d57, 174-96-89, 359 OTT. One of 2 plants on life support after isaias. Averaging just under 20/day for the last 4 days.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Lunchbox is d49, 157-114-96, 367 OTT. Still getting 25/day over the last 4 days.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Prince Charles is d50, 140-98-89, 327 OTT. Gaining 15/ day over the last 4 days. We are really happy with the looks!
Sunday, August 9 View Page
King James is the other one on life support. D50, 150.5-106-92, 348.5 OTT. Just 13.5/day now.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Yes my son insists on posing for all pictures! The grinch is d45, 143.5-84-80, 307.5 OTT. 20/ day over the last 4 days.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
King James d50. Also a quick note, I unburied and checked all of the mains today and amazingly they were all intact and looking great.

 

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