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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 31 Entries.
Saturday, February 22 View Page
Tomorrow Night 8pm...If you need an orange seed to complete your seed selection. This is the auction for you.
 
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Wednesday, March 11 View Page
Only a month away...New patch will be enough for 4 plants. So I am going for the 4000 lb Jacket. Something I have never had enough space to do. Short List: 1411 Engel 2019 ( 1200 Engel x 920 Cooper) 359 Foss 2013 ( 1048 Engel x 2009 Wallace) 1040 Fehr 2019 ( 920 Cooper x 781 Engel) 2261 Schmit 2019 (2283 Barlow x Self) Long List: 1464 Brown 2019 ( 1501 x Self) I will also be growing a few field pumpkins, and some Green Squash for Green Bay Packers Carve
 
Wednesday, March 11 View Page
Here is the new location for the River Prairie Ginormous Pumpkin Festival September 26th, 2020. Level Grade, Round about for unload, and just a better location for a weigh off. Hopefully we can have a little regatta in that pond.
 
Monday, March 30 View Page
I need of some big, orange and beautiful pumpkin seeds. Still time available. WWW.GR8PUMPKIN.NET
 
Monday, April 6 View Page
Here is my new growing spot. I plan on growing (4) Giant Pumpkins this year, and some field pumpkins here.. I have marked of 5,000sqf. The soil appears to be perfect clay loam mix with excellent drainage. I have more the black pipe is an irrigation line.
 
Monday, April 6 View Page
Soil test is pulled, and I am excited. Hopefully Planting more than two pumpkins, not growing in the city, not having morning shade until 9am, and not having to water with city water will help me get a 4,000lb Jacket.
 
Tuesday, April 7 View Page
The Line Up is set. 1411 Engel 2019- 1200 Engel x 920 Cooper 2261 Schmit 2019- 2283 Barlow x Self 1040 Fehr 2019- 920 Cooper x 781 Engel 359 Foss 2013- 1048 Engel x 2009 Wallace 1000.5 Brown *
 
Thursday, April 9 View Page
https://gr8pumpkin.net/giant_pumpkin_seeds_for_sale Need those orange genetics to get that Howard Dill Award? Look not further.
 
Friday, April 10 View Page
Tilled 50' x 125' area today. The rocks thought they were winning. Sheared a few tiller tine bolts, and then I sucked in a big one and it snapped the bolt that holds the tiller on to the pto. Well played rocks well play..They obviously don't realize they are messing with a giant pumpkin grower...they will find out sooner or later as I start my rock pile.
 
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
Got some work to do...OM is a little low :)
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
2261Schmit, 1872 Sippel, 1411 Engel, 1040 Fehr, 1005 Brown *, 359 Foss Started today
 
Friday, April 24 View Page
All seeds germinated with the exception of the 1005 Brown..So the new line up is 2261,1872,1411,1040& 359
 
Friday, April 24 View Page
Almost ready
 
Friday, April 24 View Page
Well these two are taking their sweet times germinating. I spread 520 lbs of gypsum, 100 lbs of lime, 80 lbs of Potash of Sulfate, 20 lbs of 0-45-0 Triple Phosphate, 50 lbs each of Humic Acid, Feather Meal, Blood Meal, Kelp Meal, Alfalfa Pellets, and Beet Pulp. 3 lbs of Borax, 2 lbs of Manganese Sulfate, 2 lbs of Zinc Sulfate, 1.5 lbs of Copper Sulfate. My 100 lbs of K mag was delayed and on the door step when I got home. I am going for a 4,000 lb Jacket this year. In order to achieve this I need to weigh 3 pumpkins that 4,000 lbs.
 
Friday, May 8 View Page
Cold Cold Spring 25 degrees out..Plants are still in there 3.5 gallon air pots, and in the heated grow chamber
 
Tuesday, May 19 View Page
Well again I am reminded Family is more important than pumpkins. I carved this pumpkin for an event in 2011. Today We are part of this fight. The outcome looks good, but the path a very difficult one. It was caught early but will require complete removal of all breast tissue.
 
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
The ground is finally warm enough to plant in. My dummy seeds have germinated in the hoop houses...It is go time
 
Thursday, May 21 View Page
The Final Cut. 1000.5 Brown* (1844 Holub x Self) 1872 Sippel (1501 Vander Weilen x self) 1411 Engel 19 (1200 Engel x 920 Cooper) 1049 Fehr 19 (920 Cooper x 781 Engel)
 
Thursday, May 21 View Page
My new Rock Picker...She sputters and sounds like she needs a good tune up. She is higher maintenance with parts more expensive than the Ferrari. I am blessed to have her help me in the patch this year. We are in for a small period of roughness with Breast Cancer. The planned treatment will hopefully not result in any chemotherapy or radiation.
 
Thursday, May 21 View Page
This is why I love Air Pots..This plant has been in the pot for 3 weeks and is not root bound.
 
Thursday, May 21 View Page
We also have almost a 1/4 Acre of misc pumpkins and squash. Thanks Tom for sharing seeds. Odd thing when I am out working by myself no one ever honks. When Jodi is there people are beeping and tooting there horns.
 
Friday, May 22 View Page
This woman is my life....2020 is going to be one for the books. On May 4th Jodi was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, which was not detectable without an MRI and Contrast. The good thing is it is Stage 0/1. The bad thing is it is extensive through out the breast. Which means removal. Her prognosis is very good after. Life is not always fair. I know this well. How you react and handle these things is important. Thank You to those in the pumpkin community who have reached out with support and prayers. It means a lot to me that a total stranger, some who I have never met, Care. Oh yeah she might just actually be growing something this year after sitting on the side lines for years. I at least have her in the patch
 
Friday, May 22 View Page
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Friday, May 29 View Page
The 1411 Engel 2019 is in one of the prime spots in the patch. While the 1411 Engel was nowhere near the color I like. Her genetics of the 1200 Engel (1912 Carter x 1143 Engel) x the 920 Cooper (1374 Engel x 1495 Stelts) has produced many beautiful orange pumpkins and Howard Dill Awards. I also believe you have to prove seeds out and nothing better than growing you own. This plant is going to throw me another personal best.
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
Next up is the 1040 Fehr... You orange growers should be hitting Bob up for this seed. As it almost comes with an HDA. The 1040 Fehr is a 920 Cooper x 781 Engel. So you take that 1374 Engel x 1495 Stelts and combine it with a 1374 Engel x 359 Foss. Oh you will see this baby come fall. Look for the Engel Orange on my trailer.
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
Next up in the Patch is the 1872 Sippel. This was one of those 1501 Vanderweilen x Selfs that was beautiful, orange and symmetric. Which fits my criteria for breeding in to my pumpkins
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
Then we have a Squash. 1000.5 Brown 2018 which is an 1844.5 Holub x self. The 1844.5 typically throws a nice looking squash. I hope it is emerald green and not gray.
 

 

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