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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 49 Entries.
Friday, February 7 View Page
7.5 Radach 2019 Polination date and parent weights witheld :)
 
Friday, February 7 View Page
He is growing so fast. 8 weeks old now. Meanwhile, daddy is getting ready to gear up for Pumpkin season. Going to grow all orange this year.
 
Thursday, February 13 View Page
I am breaking in a virgin patch this year. Patch A is my main patch where I grew my three largest Pumpkins. 1223 in 2014, 899.5 in 2015 and 885 in 2018. Patch B is where I grew the 814.5 that won the 150 Square foot contest in 2014. That Patch has struggled with disease since which is part of the reason that I took last season off to grow Mustard. Patch C is my new patch. Last fall I dug up the front lawn. I completely excavated the top 12" of soil and went down to 24" in a 10 x 10 area around the planting site. I then laid the soil back in alternating layers of manure, compost and native soil tilling with each layer. I then tested the soil ,added amendments and planted some winter rye. My plan is to put an 18' x 20' hoop house over pretty much the entire patch.
 
Saturday, February 15 View Page
Ive got the armature up for the greenhouse. it measures 18' x 10'. I will use this to support a framework of PVC for the hoop house.
 
Friday, February 21 View Page
I got the center section of the greenhouse frame finished. I will finish off the sides and add the plastic after the soil is amended. I also did the first till on the patch and sent in Soil Samples. The Puyallup Fair Weighoff is on September 4th. It seems like in the past I have always been taking 60-70 day old pumpkins with growth left in them so this year I am starting Early. I am going to germinate on March 1st.
 
Tuesday, February 25 View Page
I am perplexed. On The left is My soil test from the fall. I added 2 pounds of manganese sulfate 1 pound of Borax, 2 bottles of liquid gypsum, 3 pounds of triple super phosphate and 10 pounds of 0-5-25. On the left is my new soil test from the spring. Its almost like everything I added just washed out. Numbers for Calcium Potassium, Phosphorus all went down, Manganese stayed the same and Boron just went up a little. On top of that Organic matter decreased by almost 50% and my lime percentage disappeared. I have no idea what is going on. I started a thread on the Soil message board if anyone wants to chime in.
 
Sunday, March 1 View Page
I finished the Greenhouse frame yesterday. It is very sturdy and I am happy with it. If the rain holds off to day I will put the plastic on. I also got the amendments tilled in. After e-mailing with Stan Pugh and analyzing some more of my past planting and pollination dates, I have decided to hold of 10 days and start my seed for this patch on the 11th. I think this should still allow me to get a late may-Early June Pollination and it will also allow the sun to get a little higher in the sky. Right now the shadow line of my house is falling around the mid point of the Greenhouse.
 
Wednesday, March 11 View Page
The Greenhouse is all buttoned up. Its quite the structure. Its pretty big for my residential neighborhood. But everyone in the neighborhood loves my Pumpkins so hopefully it doesn't bother anyone.
 
Wednesday, March 11 View Page
The interior of the Greenhouse is nice and roomy. no more ducking and crawling through tine hoop houses to work on vine burying and such.
 
Wednesday, March 11 View Page
I have had a lot of bad fortune with soil heating cables failing on me in the past so this year I am trying something new. This is a gutter heating cable designed to keep gutters from icing up in cold climates. I attached it to a piece of wire fencing with zip ties. this allowed me to get the pattern evenly laid out ahead of time rather than trying to lay it out in the hole. The fencing should also make it easier to pull the cable up after the season is over. I also think that the wire mesh may help to spread out the heat and radiate it better. The Cable is plugged into a digital thermostat with a soil probe to keep the soil at whatever temp I need it. The other night it was 32 degrees outside and my soil was sitting right at 70 degrees.
 
Wednesday, March 11 View Page
Today is My Birthday and I decided to celebrate by starting my seeds for the Puyallup fair. The chosen seed is the 2152 Gantner. I also started 3 of my 770 Radach Seeds as backups. Somebody once told me the way to achieve big things is to set big goals. So My Goals with this Pumpkin are big. 1. I want to win 1st place at the Puyallup Fair with this Pumpkin. 2. I want to win the Howard Dill Award at the Puyallup Fair with this Pumkin 3. I want to reclaim the Island County record that I lost to Lee Roof a couple of years ago. I need to beat 1548 pounds. This means I need to beat my personal best by 325 pounds.
 
Sunday, March 15 View Page
Success!
 
Sunday, March 15 View Page
Plants transplanted into bigger pots and under the grow light.
 
Sunday, March 22 View Page
So far so good. 2152 Gantner
 
Sunday, March 29 View Page
transplanted the 2152 Gantner into the greenhouse this morning. It could have gone a little better. I tried to be careful but I still lost a lot of dirt and broke off some roots while removing it from the pot. Anyway it's in the ground now and ready to roll.
 
Sunday, March 29 View Page
I also planted one of the 770 Radachs as a backup. The Gantner has bigger leaves but is also a bit more leggy. Not sure why. They were next to each other under the same grow light. Must be genetics.
 
Sunday, April 5 View Page
mostly good news on the 2152 Gantner. Growth is progressing nicely. I am using a heat lamp for the first time and you can really tell the difference compared to the 770 in the background which doesnt have above ground heat. Greenhouses do great at heating in the day but at night I found the temperature would drop and only be a degree or two warmer than the exterior temperature. Last night the exterior temp got down to 39 degrees and with the lamp on it, the temp gauge right next to the plant only dipped to 61 degrees.
 
Sunday, April 5 View Page
The heat lamp is not without its issues however. You have to be really careful not to toast your plant. I have also had two bulbs explode. The second one caused a couple of glass shards to rip small holes in the leaves. I believe the issue is moisture. Condensation collects on the plastic of the greenhouse and then when the wind blows it literally rains inside. There are some small vent holes in the reflector and I think water got through those holes. The temperature shock of the cold water on the hot glass caused the explosion. I fashioned a shield to keep water away from those holes. Hopefully that does the trick. I also added some old window screen as a safety net to catch any breaking glass from future explosions. I am also looking for a more water resistant heat bulb.
 
Sunday, April 5 View Page
Yesterday I tilled for my other two plants. I am going to put my 770 in this spot.
 
Sunday, April 5 View Page
The 571 Grubbs will get the old main driveway patch that has done so well for me in the past.
 
Sunday, April 5 View Page
started three 770 Radachs, two 571 Grubbs and one 808 Grubbs. I will give the 808 to my dad to grow.
 
Thursday, April 9 View Page
5 of 6 germinated. One of my 770s was a dud. I have two others though. Full speed ahead.
 
Sunday, April 12 View Page
The 2152 Gantner chugging along. One month since it went in the germination chamber. The fourth leaf has opened and the vine tip has formed.
 
Sunday, April 12 View Page
The second round of plants are chilling under the grow light and looking fabulous.
 
Sunday, April 12 View Page
Our little guy is 4 months old today. I may be biased but isn't he the cutest baby you've ever seen? I think I should get a Howard Dill award for this one :)
 
Monday, April 13 View Page
This leaf looks off to me. Any Suggestions. Its the 4th true leaf. The third true leaf in the following picture had the same look when it started out and never quite recovered. You can see it in the next photo.
 
Monday, April 13 View Page
Third true leaf.
 
Sunday, April 19 View Page
The 2152 Gantner is doing okay but not gangbusters yet. It's got 6 true leaves open and the vine will be touching down soon.
 
Sunday, April 19 View Page
The newest leaves are looking a bit better than the previous ones did but still not as healthy and robust as I would like.
 
Sunday, April 19 View Page
I put the 770 Radach in the ground today in the hoop house.
 
Sunday, April 19 View Page
I ran out of staples in the staple gun while working on the last greenhouse so the 571 Grubbs will have to wait until tomorrow to go in the ground.
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
The 2152 Gantner is on the ground and about 4.5 feet long.
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
The 770 Radach after a week in the patch
 
Sunday, April 26 View Page
The 571 Grubbs. It has been really over cast the last few days and this plant is still getting a bit of shadow from the garage at this time of year so I moved the grow light out into the patch to help it out. I also moved the heat lamp off of the 2152 and onto this one.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
The 2152 Gantner is about 7.5 feet long. I need to get my soda can in there for scale. The big leaves are close to 2 feet wide. I started vine burying this week. The leaves that I was worried about earlier have sort of a dimpled appearance to them now. The newer leaves look better but there is kind of a splotchiness to the color that I have never really seen on my plants before. The side vines are not quite as aggressive as I would like. And one sort of self terminated.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
The 770 Radach is doing pretty well. The fourth true leaf is out.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
The 571 Grubbs is doing fabulous the heat lamp really helps. The 5th true leaf is open and it's getting ready to vine out.
 
Tuesday, May 5 View Page
The 770 Radach is doing pretty well. The fourth true leaf is out.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
The 2152 is about 11 feet long. My gut still tells me there is something wrong with this plant. The vine seems thin and the secondaries dont have the vigor I would like to see. The color on the newer leaves is looking a little better though without the splotchiness that the older leaves have.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
end view of the 2152 Gantner. I have started burying some of the side vines. I am hoping to pollinate at around 16-17 feet and I would like a pumpkin set by June 1st. That would give me a solid 90 days until harvest for the Puyallup Fair
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
the 770 radach is doing okay. After 2 weeks of cold and overcast skyscrapers we have had a few stunner days. Highs yesterday and today were over 80. I think O might have gotten a bit of leaf burn on this plant.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
I couldn't be more pleased with the 571 Grubs. It's super healthy with nice deep green color and a stout vine. It should be on the ground and running within a couple days.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
the 2152 Gantner is now 15 feet long. And has reached the end of the greenhouse.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
End view of the 2152 Gantner. Still worried about the lack of aggressiveness on the side vines.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
finally got a female flower on the tip of the 2152. Looks like it is going to be at about 18 feet on the main vine.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
the 770 Radach is only about 3.5 feet long. It took some heat damage in the recent heat wave. It also threw double leaves at one node. It went back to a single node after that but I am keeping an eye on it for genetic abnormalities.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
believe it or not the 770 already has a female on it that will be at about 4 feet out.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The 571 Grubbs is still doing really well. It's about 6 feet long. I started burying a few nodes on the main vine this week.
 
Thursday, May 21 View Page
What a revoltant development this is. Found this massive split on the main vine of the 2152 today. I am not sure what this means for the prognosis of the future pumpkin. I believe that the nutrients travel in the tissue parallel to the vine. The center of the vine is just a hollow tube and not crucial to the plant. all of that is still connected so theoretically as long as I keep it clean and free of disease I should be okay. on the plus side look at all of the great root growth out of the top of the vine on that node right at the end of the split. Looks like my new additions to my vine burying strategy are working.
 

 

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