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Thursday, March 26 View Page
Start of the new year 2020 , let the season begin
 
Thursday, March 26 View Page
Germination Day is now only 3 days away and the current patch conditions
 
Thursday, March 26 View Page
Looks like another challenging start to the year
 
Thursday, March 26 View Page
yup temps in mid 30's to mid 20's, or lower, but we do have 13 hrs of daylight now , break up will be coming soon..
 
Thursday, April 2 View Page
Germination day for me was Saturday March 28th, being not really sure if we are even going to have a weigh-off this year , I chose between a couple of proven and unproven seeds
 
Thursday, April 2 View Page
So , I went with these 3, which all broke ground a little after 3 days , the 2005 being the 1st to pop , a big thanks to Karl for helping me out, now if only the weather would warm up as its low 30's and low 20's for the next week or so , not to conducive for ground thawing, as these plants hopefully will be in the ground in about 16 days, after being transplanted into bigger pots and kept inside
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
spring break up is now under way , with the temps 45 during the day and around 35 at night, but we have 15 hours of daylight now and gain 5 mins every day ..
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
really need to get these guys in the ground
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
some of my spring amendments I will till in , since I'm handcuffed to growing in the same spot every year ,I try to stay as organic as I can..take care of the soil
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
some of the biological used during the season , I really like the one on the far left.. lol
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
Every thing all tilled in and soil temp is about 80 , at 16 inches down, I'll probably back down on the radiant heat temp now as everything has warmed up nicely, try to maintain 75 or so for the next few weeks
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
The 2005 Haist , finally in the ground , this is always a delicate time for me ,getting the plant out of the split pot and into the ground , with minimal damage
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
the good news is you now which way the vine is headed ..lol
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
and the 2051 is also in the ground , these plants just need to get under some natural light and soil, so they can start to run
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
and finally, all tucked in for the night, with there own electric heaters, where they probably stay for the next 14 days or so , unless the weather starts to co-operate, the mini's are about 64 sq ft and 32" high
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
this is 2005 haist , main almost down and the plant is starting to ramp up now ,
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
another angle of the 2005 , so far its been good, its about 28 days old and been in the ground for a couple of weeks
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
this is the 2051 , the main is down and the running, the main laid down very easy ,always a stressful period, so I'm glad that's over..lol
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
another angle on the 2051, this plant is also about 28 days old and in the ground for 2 weeks, our nights have still been below freezing so a electric heater is a must to keep the temps around 60 degrees , and keep things moving forward, in such a short season
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
Inside the 2005 greenhouse at 8 pm, when its sunny up here things move fast
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
It looks like the plants have been in the ground, for only 10 days, maybe I should read my own diary ..lol
 
Monday, May 4 View Page
2051 plant , actually growing really well, should be out of the 8 ft long mini house in 3 or 4 days
 
Monday, May 4 View Page
another angle on the 2051
 
Monday, May 4 View Page
the 2005 haist, also doing really well main around 5 ft mark
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Time for a patch update ... this is a look at the 2051 its is just cruising along.. so far a real easy plant to grow
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The main ,after measuring is now over 13 ft , and has good secondary growth behind it
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
the 1st female is showing and could be ready for pollinating in the the next 7 to 8 days,
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
another look at the 2051 from behind
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The 2005 Haist , another strong plant with the main at the 13 ft mark.. got to love over 16 hrs of daylight
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
another look at 2005 , 2 male flowers should open in the morning,
 
Monday, May 25 View Page
The 1st female on the 2051 was pollinated today, the main was a little over 13 ft and has 7 0r 9 strong secondary's behind it
 
Monday, May 25 View Page
a nice normal looking 5 lober
 
Monday, May 25 View Page
It was crossed with the 2005 Haist, with a 1 gallon paint strainer put on as a cross pollen protector,
 
Monday, May 25 View Page
the 2005 has a female showing on the main, so should be pollinating in about 10 days , which is a good thing because I'm running out of real estate, in the gh
 
Friday, June 5 View Page
the 2005 haist plant, is moving along nicely
 
Friday, June 5 View Page
a nice symmetrical 5 lober opened today and was crossed with the 2051 , it was 20 to 22 ft out, and probably the longest I have waited for a 1st pollination ever . hopefully the pumpkin will grow as good, as the plant has
 
Friday, June 5 View Page
all bagged up , our temps have been in the low 60's and mid 40's , but as long as its reasonably sunny, I can deal with that...
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
Well, its time for an update , temps have been 65 or so lows around 48 , but with a lot of sun ...overall patch pic with the 2005 Haist in the right gh and the 2051 on the left
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
the 1st pollination off the 2051, I thinking DAP 18 or 19, it has started ramp up the last few days and the 2nd pollination isn't doing anything, this plant has thrown a bunch of females ,so still have options if needed,
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
Kinda of a side shot on the 2051 , to get a better look at the plant
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
A side shot of the 2005 Haist , might possibly be the best plant I have ever grown
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
Close up of the leaves , amazing
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
The 1st pollination on the 2005 , its at DAP 9, really liking how its doing so far
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
198 Baggs Marrow plant , also a really nice plant , big thanks to Mark for helping me out , and Canada , Tenn..lol
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
198 Baggs Marrow plant , also a really nice plant , big thanks to Mark for helping me out , and Canada , Tenn..lol
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
Long gourds the 139 Leblancand I think its the 98 Caspers plant
 
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Its been a while since I posted , so usually that means things , are not going as planned , this photo sums up my season so far , with the 2005 haist on the right and the 2051 ( 3rd attempt ) on the left.. yes that's a orange fleece blanket ..lol
 
Saturday, July 25 View Page
2005 closer look, kind of, this plant has been steady so far , not a WR breaker , but a competitive pumpkin
 
Saturday, July 25 View Page
the 2051 for me has been interesting, the 1st pollination had a blossom end problem and the next 3 pretty much just blew up ,and today the stump had issues , so I called in a expert (pictured) he said pull it... was hard to understand because he cant talk yet .. but I got the drift
 
Tuesday, August 25 View Page
The 2005 Haist still going , as the weigh-off is coming up on the 2nd of sept, Training a new guy to do the taping , could possibly be the 2nd biggest pumpkin grown in AK...
 
Saturday, October 17 View Page
My growing season has been over for a while now , but here are a few pics, this is the 2005 x 2051 cross, as it was heading to the weigh-off ...now the 1742.5 Marshall
 
Saturday, October 17 View Page
Another view of the 1742 ,on the trailer ready to go,
 
Saturday, October 17 View Page
It had a pretty big cavity, so now not surprised it weighed right to the chart
 
Saturday, October 17 View Page
I sent the new guy in for seed removal, I might keep him on ,he has potential
 
Saturday, October 17 View Page
The new AK state marrow record at 100.5 lbs off of Marks 198 Baggs , this was a great plant to grow for me , it was grown in a 128 sq ft area , shared by long gourds and tomatoes ... I need more room ..lol
 

 

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