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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 26 Entries.
Sunday, April 19 View Page
Welcome to 2020 everybody, itís been a doozy already. Pumpkinjesus is back after taking a year off to move and get settled 370 miles north of where I used to be. Iím lucky enough to have found a nice farmer nearby who is letting me use a corner of his field to grow in, so letís get this started. Itís giant pumpkin seed starting day here, my lineup will be the 2294.5 Noel, the 1864.5 Boyce, the 1832.5 Pierpont and a 1613.5 McCracken (maybe just as a pollinator? Weíll see......)
Sunday, April 19 View Page
Doing giant watermelons this year too, hoping they like the sandy soil here and nighttime temps above 60 for a couple days. Started these a few weeks ago, here is the 247.5 Mudd
Sunday, April 19 View Page
And the 321.5 Mudd. Itís good to be back doing this, looking forward to getting the most out of a new patch. More to come later
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Finally got all the giant pumpkins planted outside May 14. It snowed on May 9, and because of the delay planting outside my transplants are probably bigger than ever before. I donít have electricity in the patch this year so no heating cables but I did switch the clear plastic this year over the black and that seems to have made a huge difference in soil temperatures. As a result I hope Iím right on schedule for a big one. Here is the 1613.5 McCracken
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The 2294.5 Noel. As you can see some of my plants have some funky leaves probably from too much nitrogen which is a mistake I make just about every year ha ha. All the growing tips and the new leaves coming out now look just fine
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The 1864.5 Boyce, the nicest one of the bunch
Sunday, May 17 View Page
1832.5 Pierpont. This one germinated funny right off the bat and has taken longer to become normal than the other ones but it seems like itís getting there
Sunday, May 17 View Page
And today May 17 the giant watermelons went in. Here is the 247.5 Mudd
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The 321.5 Mudd
Monday, June 8 View Page
1832.5 Pierpont, it has grown out of its weird beginning and is starting to run
Monday, June 8 View Page
1864.5 Boyce. Some of my plants are showing this deficiency, either magnesium or manganese. Both were low when I did my soil test, magnesium was added to the soil about a month ago and I have liquid manganese arriving any day now
Monday, June 8 View Page
2294.5 Noel, my nicest and biggest plant
Monday, June 8 View Page
Watermelons are looking fantastic. Here is the 247.5 Mudd
Monday, June 8 View Page
The 321.5 Mudd
Monday, June 8 View Page
And the 1613.5 McCracken
Monday, June 8 View Page
Planted out 2 320.5 Connolly bushel gourds yesterday. Here is plant A
Monday, June 8 View Page
320.5 Connolly plant B
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Bushel gourd, 320.5 Connolly A, starting to vine, hopefully on track for a pollination the end of July
Saturday, July 4 View Page
320.5 Connolly B, already running
Saturday, July 4 View Page
247.5 Mudd watermelon, no pollinations yet
Saturday, July 4 View Page
321.5 Mudd, significantly bigger than the 247.5 but still no pollinations yet
Saturday, July 4 View Page
The 1613.5 McCracken, the absolute runt of the pack. It does have a female to pollinate at 8.5 feet tomorrow so Iíll do it and see what happens. Itís completely outside and has had squash bugs on it daily
Saturday, July 4 View Page
1832.5 Pierpont. Starting to get the curves ready in the vines, this one has an 11 foot pollination that will be ready on Monday 7/6
Saturday, July 4 View Page
1864.5 Boyce, recovering nicely from the early magnesium deficiency which has left a few leaves crispy near the stump. Has an 11 foot female ready probably on Tuesday 7/7
Saturday, July 4 View Page
The saving grace of the patch right now, the 2294.5 Noel. Pollinated a female at 10.5 feet on 7/2. All in all Iím a good week behind where I normally would be, but being my first time growing in Maine and in a new patch with sandy soil the only goal I set for myself this year is 1,000 pounds. As I learn this new location inside and out I expect my weights to go up from there
Saturday, July 4 View Page
2294.5 Noel, 2 days old

 

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