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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 48 Entries.
Saturday, March 28 View Page
After being off for 2 seasons, I am going to try to grow this 2020 season. As you can see, we have poor drainage at the new property. Yes, ducks love it here, so do frogs, lol. I got 2 hoops up in the brief dry snap about a week ago and put out tarps on the lower spot for 2 more hoops. Not sure if we will ever dry up enough to get those going. My soil can use another season or two to get it “up to par”, in my opinion.
 
Saturday, May 23 View Page
2095 Brandt on left, 2261.5 Wallace on right. Pic taken last Sat. Have to decide on on in a few days. Both have 3 ft mains now.
 
Saturday, May 23 View Page
1937 Urena on left, 1868 Sherwood. Both plants are very yellow, which are starting to green up with the warm snap. The 1937 is the one I'm hoping to keep, but it’s growing straight up, having trouble getting it down.
 
Saturday, May 23 View Page
Two Jutras squash.
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
1407 Jutras squash, doing good , maybe 8 ft long.
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
2261 Wallace plant. I started this one a week earlier than the others, its around 14-15 foot now. I should be pollinating tomorrow the 17th, around 12 ft out.
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
1868 Sherwood plant, looking fine at around 9-10’ long now. All plants had their 2nd dose of amendments last week.
 
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
Pollinated 2261 Wallace x self this morning, 12 ft out, 6 lobe.
 
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
This morning, 6-24-20, 2nd pollination on the 2261 Wallace. About 15-16 ft out, 5 lobe, very good vine set up. Hoping to keep this one. One more farther out in a few days. Thos plant has been problem free so far.
 
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
2261 plant, looking good, around 18’ long now.
 
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
In the foreground is the 1407 Jutras squash. Still waiting for a late June pollination.
 
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
1868 Sherwood plant. Today i decided to cut a large leaf off right up on the main vine, which had fallen over due to a kink on the stalk. Not only did i cut the leaf off , but cut the 7 ft long secondary vine beneath it! Dang, that sucked !!
 
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
3 pollinations this morning. #3 on 2261 Wallace x 1868 Sherwood. 4 lobe 20 ft out #2 on 1868 Sherwood x 2261 Wallace, 4 lobe 16 ft out # 1 on 1407 Jutras x self Going to be very hot today, some shade cloth out and ice bottles and coolers.
 
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Pollinated the 1868 Sherwood X 2261 Wallace, #2. Nice long 4 lobe. Around 17-18 ft out.
 
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
Day 20 for the 2261 Wallace. 186.5 ott. Planning on cutting #2 off tomorrow morning. No bugs to speak of. Very hot and dry the past week and a half.
 
Friday, July 10 View Page
Day ten today for the 1868 Sherwood fruit. Kind of small, but it seems to be picking it up. This plant seems to have excessive nitrogen, as the vine tips are way up in the air, and very brittle. I have a back up in the back of the picture several days behind it. We got 1/4 inch of much needed rain last night. Im turning the water off today.
 
Friday, July 10 View Page
The 1407 Jutras squash is at day ten today, and doing very good. I have a twin in the background, pollinated the same day. It is just a tiny bit smaller than the chosen one. That one has a stem split that is perpendicular to the stem, right at the stem / vine junction, so i chose the other one. The one that has the mill fabric also has stem splits , but the y run parallel with the long stem. One split on top and one on the bottom. They are healing as it is growing, but i must keep an eye on them that the pumpkin does not start to split. I will cut the back up off in a few days.
 
Friday, July 10 View Page
Day 23 for the 2261 Wallace. Weight gains have moved up into the upper 30’s the past 24 hrs. I will do a five day average on Sunday, at day 25.
 
Friday, July 10 View Page
My only 2 sunflowers, about 4.5 ft tall.
 
Saturday, July 11 View Page
I am getting some odd yellowing of leaves on three side vines. Two side vines right before my pumpkin and the very next side vine past the pumpkin, all on the same side of the pumpkin. We finally got some decent rain yesterday and this morning. This afternoon is when I first noticed these leaves. It looks as though the veins are getting the yellowing. I turned the leaves over on all 3 infected vines, and i see what looks like light brown dust, almost like the backs are drying out, but that is not the case. I am wondering if this is some kind of mildew ??? I looked through Matt D’s pictures and do not see anything like this. This pumpkin is putting on big weights right now. Could this be a deficiency ??? But what about the odd dust like stuff on the back of the leaves ? I do not think that it is soil splash, because none of my green leaves have this, only the ones with the yellowing. Please look at the following two pictures, and if you think you have a good idea of what this is, please email me.
 
Saturday, July 11 View Page
This is the back with the odd light brown dust like stuff.
 
Sunday, July 12 View Page
Day 11 for 1868 Sherwood fruit. Going to be a long and ribby one. I have good luck getting the long ones to the end.
 
Sunday, July 12 View Page
Day 11 for the 1407 Jutras squash. A little bigger than a basketball. Seems to be doing very well. Please stay green for me.
 
Sunday, July 12 View Page
Day 25 for the 2261 Wallace pumpkin. 242.5” ott, 328#. This one went crazy the last 5 days, putting on 174# for an average of almost 35# a day. We got rain and have been cloudy the past 2 1/2 days and i noticed that gains have dropped off. I am hoping it is just the weather and not the 3 vines with yellowing leaves. No squash bugs at all, so i don't think its Yvd. Hopefully just a deficiency or just weather related.
 
Sunday, July 12 View Page
I have always had leaves falling over on the edge of the patch, so this year I'm trying some wide tape to help hold them up. Seems to be working well.
 
Sunday, July 12 View Page
This is a new patch I'm growing on and to my surprise, very few weeds. I have not had to go in to weed yet.
 
Sunday, July 12 View Page
Just a correction, the 1407 Jutras and 1868 Sherwood are both at day 12 on Sunday the 12th.
 
Friday, July 17 View Page
Day 30 for the 2261.5 Wallace, and its a personal best by far. 280.5” ott, for about 510#. It picked up the pace last night. I hit it with some K yesterday before the rain. Looks like its going to be a very wide pumpkin. Going to need sand on the right side.
 
Friday, July 17 View Page
I thought the 2261.5 was doing great, but this 1407 Jutras may be doing even better. Day 17 and its already at 179” ott. Day 20 will be a nice one if it holds together.
 
Friday, July 17 View Page
Im not crazy about the 1868 Sherwoods shapein the stem end, but i have to go with it. Its growing so that is good. This plant has very high N, and may pose a growing issue. We will see.
 
Friday, July 17 View Page
This pic goes with the entry above. The 1407 Jutras squash at day17.
 
Monday, July 20 View Page
Day 20 for 1407 Jutras. Taped at 216.5 inches, smashing my pb from earlier this year with the 2261.5. Mid thirties at day 20, I will take it. This has a very nice plant behind it.
 
Monday, July 20 View Page
The 1868 Sherwood fruit, doing good. Day 20 its at 187.5” ott. Also a nice looking plant.
 
Sunday, July 26 View Page
Sunday update. 1868 fruit is doing very well with gains in upper 30’s for a 6 day average. 255” ott, around 382#. Besides the leaf canopy being 4 ft tall from too much N, plant health is very good, for now.
 
Sunday, July 26 View Page
Sophia posing with “ Big Papa Pump”, the 2261.5 pumpkin. Day 39 today. I will measure tomorrow on day 40, then only measuring on weekends going forward. Its doing well with gains averaging in mid 30’s all week. This plant took a beating with rain last week. Again, the high N is costing me. Leaves are collapsing all over the interior, not good. I have new growth popping out all through there, its a mess that needs tidying up.
 
Sunday, July 26 View Page
1407 Jutras is cranking on the pounds. I am very impressed by this young day 26 squash. Average gains for 6 days have been 42#. Sitting at 276.5 ott, about 487#. This should be over 600 at day 30 this Thursday, as long as the stump stays where it is at, and does not get worse. Next pic will show stump.
 
Sunday, July 26 View Page
Seems like the good ones always get a leak. My son thought that it looked a little wet near the stump on Thursday. I was not sure because we had rain a few days earlier and the patch was still wet. Well, we checked it again Friday afternoon and it was definitely leaking. I carefully pulled all the dirt back with a spoon. I sliced it open with my fillet knife. To my surprise, the interior of the stump was green and solid, no issue with any rot. It was leaking where a root joined the stump. It was loose from rot starting so i pulled it off. I caught this early enough that i think i will be fine. I squirted peroxide solution on it and have a fan going now to dry the inside.
 
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Don't worry, this is not a crime scene, lol 1.7 inches of rain yesterday afternoon was too much for a few rows of leaves on my 1407 Jutras plant. I had to stake a mess of them up. If we had wind, it could have been much worse. ThIs plant and my 1868 Sherwood plant made out very good. The squash is doing great after Saturdays surgery on the stump. Its gains are in the mid 40’s which I am loving. With that much water in the patch, we could have a splitter today or tonight. I would also expect growth to slow a little until the patch dries out after a few days.
 
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
This is now my problem child plant, the 2261.5 Wallace plant. A mess more leaves came down with yesterdays storm. I have new growth starting all through there. Im not looking forward to trying to get this plant in better shape.
 
Thursday, July 30 View Page
Day 30 for “Mean Joe Green”, He did not disappoint. 308” ott, 674#, DANG !! 48.5# average past 2 days. Apparently this one likes the 1.7” of rain 3 days ago.
 
Thursday, July 30 View Page
A different angle. Getting lots of cataloping the past few days.
 
Thursday, July 30 View Page
The 1868 Sherwood pumpkin also at day 30 today. This one is no slouch either. 289” ott, 558 pounds, averaging 44# a day the past 4 days.
 
Thursday, July 30 View Page
Some of the nice plant beyond the pumpkin. All plants are getting close to totally filling in their space, another week maybe.
 
Sunday, August 2 View Page
If the rain stops, maybe i will post a few pics later. Rain most of the day yesterday, 3/4”. Over 2” for the week. Busy morning. Had to move the squash back 3 inches, did the other two pumpkins yesterday. Measured for the week. Found that under my squashes stem, had a small leak where the vine joins the stem. Had to scrape some brown off, peroxide, and got a fan on it. Also had to set a tarp over, to keep the fan and stem dry. We seem to be back to typical Western PA weather now. It was an incredible past month, so I really cant complain. All pumpkins are on a very good pace at the moment, but that can change very fast for the worse.
 
Sunday, August 2 View Page
The 2261.5 “ Big Papa Pump” is at day 46 and 358” ott, 162” cc, around 1043 lbs. down to 33# a day average for the past 6 days. The 1868 is at day 33 and at 308” ott, 145.5” cc, est around 674#. 38.67# a day aver for the past 3 days. Almost 42# a day the past 7 days. The 1407 Jutras, “ Mean Joe Green” day 33, 326” ott, cc around 142”. Around 797 pounds. 44# a day aver the past 7 days. ThIs squash has been very consistent since day 20. Its going to be a cooler week, hopefully the sun will shine some.
 
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Day 53 for 2261.5 Wallace, 376” ott, about 1196# est. only 22# a day. Cooler nights and days last week, plus wet soil from rain last weekend. No stump pr vine issues yet, just fallen leaves and lots of new tertiary growth popping up, which i need to clear out.
 
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Star of week in my patch is the 1868 Sherwood. Day 40, 342.5” ott, about 920#, up 246# this week, averaging 35 a day. I have a stem split im dealing with for 1 1/2 weeks now. Seems to be dry after slicing the stem forward.
 
Sunday, August 9 View Page
1407 Jutras squash at day 40, 352.5” ott, 998#. Up 201# for week averaging about 28.7# a day for week. Stump is giving me more issues now. Hopefully the nice weather and fan will dry it up.
 

 

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