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Wednesday, March 4 View Page
I'm back from the 2020 GPC International Growers' Convention and feeling motivated! Here is the GPC Committee at Flamingo Friday with our matchy-matchy shirts on! These people I get to work with are so dedicated, hard-working and fun! The board members went above-and-beyond to plan a fun filled weekend to recognize the achievements of the growers worldwide as well as coordinate and create educational opportunities for everyone in attendance. They pretty much let me go around, taking pictures and talking to people, so I can 'get the scoop' for the Common Ground Newsletter while they literally do the heavy lifting, presenting, planning, etc. They're amazing!
 
Wednesday, March 4 View Page
Guess who was the #9 in the world for Grower of the year? Me!!!
 
Wednesday, March 4 View Page
The Pacific Northwest delegation was well represented in Las Vegas.
 
Wednesday, March 4 View Page
Tonight I selected my seeds for my tomato line up! The ones with a 'G' will go in the greenhouse, while the ones with a 'P' will go in the patch outdoors.
 
Wednesday, March 4 View Page
Guess what is going to be SO FUN!? Rosalyn wants to grow pumpkins this year! We are going to be a grower team for 2020! We will be doing a lot of traveling this spring and summer around the country and to Europe, so we will work together on our pumpkin patch and see if we can chalk up some great memories and some amazing wins!
 
Wednesday, March 4 View Page
Here are our seeds and backups. Do you notice anything different? We're growing some GREEN in 2020 and will be working to grow the biggest squash in the world! Our goals: Grower of the year Top 10 or higher; biggest squash in the world; Win a big, prestigious weigh off; have fun; make some money for college; and spend time outside together getting dirty.
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Soaked seeds 8 hours overnight
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
The hoops are ready!
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
It's time!!! They're going into the hoops!
 
Sunday, April 12 View Page
The line up
 
Sunday, April 12 View Page
Into the pots at 6 AM! 90 degrees.
 
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
Meanwhile....I'm building a 13 foot tall 10 foot wide long gourd trellis!
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Rosalyn weeding the hoops prior to planting.
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Hoop 1
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Hoop 2
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Hoop 3
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Hoop 4
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Rosalyn's job every night is to tuck in the babies.
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
I added water jugs to each hoop for coziness.
 
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
They're growing!
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
These two are in the house still. I'll be rototilling another patch area today to make room for 1 of them. Probably the Mendi, just because it's a little beast and I didn't love the shape of the Marshall fruit. But I found a home for it with a new grower who will get it today.
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
What a difference a week makes! These are looking great!
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
Looking good in hoop #2!
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
Happy Hoop #1 Haists
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
Hoop 4 squashes
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
The long gourd trellis is all built and painted. Hopefully I can get wire on it tomorrow.
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
I started a couple bushel gourd seeds this morning after an 8 hour soak. Hopefully they germinate!
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
My 1935 Jutras squashes are looking pretty good, although my bigger one on the right is a bit pale. I'll fertilize today, so hopefully it'll green up.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
My 1844 Holub squashes are chugging along. The one on the left was, and continues to be my best contender.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
The 2145.5 McMullen and the 2114 Wallace are going well. The 2145 is my best looking plant in the whole patch.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
The 2519 Haist on the left outperforms the 2269 Haist, who seems to be developing into a double vined plant, hence the twin opposite leaves.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
The 1819 Mendi was put in the ground as an afterthought last week. It was a really nice backup that I almost gave to Jack LaRue, but it told me it wanted to stay and grow me something special, so I rototilled up a new patch just for it. It doesn't have lights or soil heating cables like the others, but it seems happy albeit a bit of yellowing post transplant.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
Also, all 30 tomatoes are up and growing under the lights still. My bushel gourd germinated a couple says ago, and today I start some long gourd seeds! Trying for the Master Gardener might take the sting away from not going on my Eurooesn vacation this summer.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
Pretty much my whole weekend I go into and out of the house...open hoops...close hoops....open hoops...close hoops...open hoops....
 
Tuesday, May 5 View Page
Happy Cinco de Mayo! I planted out a bunch of tomatoes today. I decided to forego the hoop house since I didnt start them so early this year. I have a few more tomato babies in the house that need to get a little bigger yet, for a total of 30 plants. Also 2 bushel gourds are now up, long gourds are in the incubator, and field pumpkins will get started in 10 days. Rosalyn and I are going for the Master Gardener title!
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's. Cornelius and Cornwell each got a fresh coat of paint and guard the vegetables and tomatoes.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
My 1st attempt at growing the bushel gourd is going fine so far. They seem to like the hot weather and my hot sandy soil.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
1819 Mendi is perking up and getting ready to hit its stride.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
Squash is looking good but growing straight up.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
My other greenie is growing straight up too! Happy to see me apparently.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
My bigggggggest plant!!!!
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
Haist looks good.
 
Thursday, May 14 View Page
These long gourds gave me a heck of a hard time! I started several seeds, but wasnt having the best of luck. Thankfully, 2 germinated for my double trellis. I have the WR from Slovenia, 155.7 Lazic, and the 131 Jutras.
 
Thursday, May 14 View Page
Tomorrow will be field pumpkin and marrow seed starting day! I'll be putting in 2 fp's and 1 marrow. Rosalyn keeps wondering how she got railroaded into growing all of the plants. Since we can't go on our Swiss adventure, we will have an adventure trying to grow all of these giants this summer! Might as well...all of my horse shows are cancelled so far.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Happy Sunday! It's time for the Tobeck patch tour!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
1935 Jutras is laying down and running now.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
1844 Holub squash is my second biggest plant in the patch.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The 2145.5 McMullen is absolutely amazing and sooooo lonnnng!!! It's the stud of the patch.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The 2517 Haist is a comparatively smaller but very healthy plant. I can't wait to see what ot produces!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
1819 Mendi is laying down vine too. It's my smallest, but only because I kept it in the house longer. It's about 4 feet.
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
1819 Mendi
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
2517 Haist
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
2145 McMullen
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
More 2145!
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
1844 Holub squash
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
1935 Jutras squash
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
Bushel gourds
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
Baby long gourds
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
Marrows
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
Field pumpkins
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
More field pumpkins!
 
Sunday, May 31 View Page
1844 Holub squash
 
Sunday, May 31 View Page
1819 Mendi
 
Sunday, May 31 View Page
1935 Jutras squash
 
Sunday, May 31 View Page
2517 Haist
 
Sunday, May 31 View Page
2145 McMullen
 
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Another view of the 1844 Holub squash
 
Monday, June 1 View Page
Tomato patch
 
Monday, June 1 View Page
Cornelius and Cornwall say hello!
 
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Rosalyn and I have been adding compost to the auxiliary patches where the marrow and long gourds are. We added 3 yards.
 
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Right side up...hopefully.
 
Friday, June 5 View Page
This pumpkin grower is 17 today!
 
Sunday, June 7 View Page
Here is the Tobeck tomato patch: 33 plants this year!
 
Sunday, June 7 View Page
1819 Mendi
 
Sunday, June 7 View Page
2517 Haist
 
Sunday, June 7 View Page
1935 Jutras
 
Sunday, June 7 View Page
2145 McMullen
 
Sunday, June 7 View Page
1844 Holub....main vine tip got damaged so a strong side vine was trained to be the new main.
 
Sunday, June 7 View Page
As soon as the hoop house came off, the 2517 Haist decided it was too chilly out and all of its new growth started getting more and more yellow. It really freaked me out and made me second guess everything I was doing...even though my tissue test looked great as well as the other plants. Turns out it's a genetic thing, called Precocious B Gene, that my last year's Haist plant also displayed to a lesser extent. I think it came out stronger in the 2517 because it was self pollinated.
 
Monday, June 8 View Page
Near is 1844...middle is 2145...far right is 2517
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
Near isbushel gourd...middle two are field pumpkins...far is 1935 Jutras squash
 
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
Team Tobeck took a little trip away from the patch to the beach for a couple days.
 
Thursday, June 18 View Page
2517 Haist got REALLY yellow with the cool nights this week. Also to note it is an EXTREMELY compact plant with the shortest internodes I've ever seen. The leaves are smaller and thicker than "normal" and because of all of this it doesn't get sunburned. It has terminated 2 of it's own sidevines however. I really don't like the plant so far, but it might produce a really orange pumpkin judging by its extremely yellow vines.
 
Sunday, June 21 View Page
2145x self...the keeper.
 
Sunday, June 21 View Page
2145x self picture
 
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
1935 Jutras squash x self...the keeper.
 
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
2517 Haist x 2145 McMullen. Verrrry stubby stem....a little bit of a scuff on the baby...maybe the keeper. There's one coming up that I'll think AZ bout too.
 
Thursday, June 25 View Page
The 2145 got cleared of 5 leaves and 3 side vines so I could get it positioned just right....under its new SCALE!
 
Thursday, June 25 View Page
5000 pound capacity.....I hope it's enough....I made it level with the ground and put a 5x5' deck on it.
 
Thursday, June 25 View Page
All set: scale....sand...mill fabric...more sand...another mill fabric...more sand.
 
Friday, June 26 View Page
Look at this green beauty on the 1844! It better stay green Scott!
 
Friday, June 26 View Page
1844 x self
 
Friday, June 26 View Page
In case you're wondering what it's like having a teenager as a growing partner....it's not always easy!
 
Saturday, June 27 View Page
1819 Mendi x 2145 McMullen
 
Saturday, June 27 View Page
1819 Mendi x 2145 McMullen
 
Sunday, June 28 View Page
Tomato patch
 
Thursday, July 2 View Page
I'm going to name my patch Mega Mart!
 
Thursday, July 2 View Page
Welcome to Mega Mart!
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
Tobeck tomatoes are looking happy.
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
Baggs marrow
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
LaRue marrow
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
Long gourds are as tall as me!
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
1819 Mendi pumpkin
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
1819 plant
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
2517 Haist pumpkin
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
2517 plant...I don't like this plant: 4"-6"internodes, vines terminate at will, stubby stems.
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
2145 pumpkin
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
2145 plant
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
2145 is growing!
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
1844 squash
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
1844 plant
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
Marvin bushel gourd
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
81 Wolf field pumpkin
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
1935 Jutras squash
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
1935 Jutras plant
 

 

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