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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 32 Entries.
Sunday, March 29 View Page
I have been remiss in starting my diary. We went to the IGC in Vegas, learned a lot & had a great time!
 
Sunday, March 29 View Page
Along with everything else, one of the highlights for our little Indiana group was the presentation of the 4,000 pound jacket to Mikkal Hodge. Congrats Mikkal, richly deserved!
 
Sunday, March 29 View Page
Here we are after the awards banquet.
 
Sunday, March 29 View Page
Then a brief vaca in Aspen.
 
Sunday, March 29 View Page
World record seed, looking good!
 
Sunday, March 29 View Page
Here are some of my Giants & heirlooms paired up with rootstock. Probably will start grafting in 4-5 days.
 
Thursday, April 16 View Page
Ahh, Spring is sprung & I am ready to start my seeds. Of course, the Maters have been started long ago & are growing well. I have 3 spots for plants, 800-850 sq ft. As I have done in the past, with the exception of last year, I will start seeds in designations of Green Squash, Atlantic Giant-Huge & Orange. At each spot I place the 3 most vigorous plants & after a month, after the vines have touched down, I cull to the best plant. If all 12 of my seeds germinate, I will have spares to give away. These seeds have had their edges sanded & are soaking in water at 89 degrees with Humic, Seaweed, Essential & H2O2 for 3 hours. Then they will go into 3” Cowpots with Burpee Organic Seed Starting Mix & placed into my egg incubator at 89 degrees & around 90% humidity. It is necessary to soak the Cowpots, otherwise they will rob the seed starting mix of their moisture & adversely affect germination. So the pic shows on the left the seeds: 1935.5 Jutras, 1701 Jutras, 1511.5 Haist & 1306 Pierpont. In the center the biggies: 2416.5 Haist, 2252 Paton, 2157 Paton & 1916 Barron. On the right the Orange: 1780.5 Wagner, 1567 D. Gantner, 1501.5 Wagner & 1148 Lengerich. Woohoo, can’t wait!
 
Thursday, April 16 View Page
I should mention that I roll the seeds in Captan before sowing them.
 
Thursday, April 16 View Page
Here are my babies in the Cowpots lying in the incubator. Once germination occurs, the roots quickly begin to breach the walls of the Cowpots, whereupon they are placed in 6” Cowpots.
 
Thursday, April 16 View Page
Here is 1 of my patches with the frames of my 5’ x 8’ hoophouses in place. All amendments have been tilled in. Then I remembered I had a bunch of coffee grounds so those are the dark spots that are visible. I think I will just rake those in.
 
Thursday, April 16 View Page
Here is my other patch. This is the one I have generally grown my Giant squash in.
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
World record 9.65 Marley Domingo approach graft onto Shin Cheong Gang, just done.
 
Sunday, April 19 View Page
My 3 hoophouses erected today, the 1 in the distance is dead center. They are 5’ x 8’ covered with 4 mil visqueen. Soil heating cables are in & each has a small electric heater on a thermostat.
 
Sunday, April 19 View Page
I have 5 showing at 78 hours!
 
Thursday, April 23 View Page
I got 12/12 germination out of the seeds I started. One is a little wonky & will no doubt be getting a slower start. The other one is on the right in this pic, more typical plant on the left for comparison. The cotyledons are a paler green, almost grayish. All growing conditions are the same, same lighting. I am interested in an opinion on this from experienced growers. I will post a thread on the General Discussion Message Board. Thanks in advance!
 
Thursday, April 23 View Page
Thought I would post a pic of my new “helper” in the patch. She is a 10 week old Aussiedoodle that I am sure will at first be a hindrance to my efforts, maybe even a terror. But I am confident that as she matures with proper training she will discourage some of the local varmints from bothering my plants. Supposed to be 25 pounds at maturity, but I am betting closer to 20.
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
I have 3 patches. Here are the 3 plants in the “huge” category that will be going into 1 patch tomorrow. From left to right: 2416.5 Haist, 2157 Paton & 1916 Barron. The 2252 Paton germinated but might as well not have, tiny contorted cotyledons & true leaves very tiny also. Would not even consider it as a backup & will not show a pic of it due to its ugliness. On the bright side, the IPGA club Spray program & the WOW products which we had ordered through the club arrived today!
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
The 3 Orange plants selected: From left to right. 1780.5 Wagner, 1501.5 Wagner & 1567 D Gantner. The 1148 Lengerich was just barely edged out, it’s vigor perhaps reduced by the thin membrane lying over the cotyledons & lessening photosynthesis. It still would make a fine backup or perhaps be available to gift to another Southern Indiana grower.
 
Thursday, April 30 View Page
The 3 Giant Green Squash selected. From left to right: 1701 Jutras, 1306 Pierpont & 1935.5 Jutras. Eliminated is the 1511.6 Haist, although it would make a fine backup or to give away to a grower in need.
 
Friday, May 1 View Page
I planted out in my hoophouses today. My huge trio: 1916 Barron, 2416 Haist & 2157 Paton
 
Friday, May 1 View Page
My orange trio: 1567 D Gantner, 1780 Wagner &1501 Wagner.
 
Friday, May 1 View Page
My green trio: 1935.5 Jutras, 1701 Jutras & 1306 Pierpont.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
How scenic! My neighbors love me!
 
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Lights in my hoophouses. My wife says they look like they are ready for liftoff. My plants look relatively pale green so tonight I gave them a little pickmeup of fish & seaweed & 17-18-28.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
My huge trio, all growing well, but the 2157 Paton has the thickest main vine.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
My orange trio are all pretty evenly matched, will be a difficult decision as to which to cull in a couple of weeks.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
My green squash trio. You can’t tell from the pic but the 1935.5 Jutras on the left is way out in front, keeping the others at this point is purely precautionary.
 
Friday, May 22 View Page
I culled down to 1 plant at each of my planting sites. This is my 2157 Paton, looking pretty good at 56” long, growing R to L.
 
Friday, May 22 View Page
This is my 1501.5 Wagner growing L to R at 4’ long.
 
Friday, May 22 View Page
This is my 1935.5 • Jutras really stretching out R to L at 6’.
 
Wednesday, May 27 View Page
This is my patch with the 1935.5 Jutras. Just took the hoophouse out & hastily installed the silt fence as windbreak. We also just connected up the driptape which obviously needs straightened up yet. The vine has a female blossom at its tip, around 9’.
 
Wednesday, May 27 View Page
This is my other patch with the 2157 Paton & 1501.5 Wagner. I had put the silt fence up yesterday. Today we took out the hoophouses, laid out the driptape & connected them. I just noticed today that the R first sidevine of the 2157 Paton has a female blossom at its tip. Of course I plan to terminate that sidevine. Guess I better get around to it, ha!
 

 

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