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Wednesday, January 1 View Page
The 12.36 lb tomato !!!
Thursday, January 2 View Page
How much wood could a wood truck, truck if a wood truck could truck wood ???
Monday, January 13 View Page
Well do to my plant eating kitten i had to put my overgrown house plants in the bacement because they are poisonous to my cat. I bought this new high efficiency quantum board LED lamp. It uses 240 watts witch is down from my 300 watt halide lamp with the big umbrella cover on it. The halide lamp has a flowering spectrum on it while the LED lamp has a 4,000k vegitative spectrum on it.
Monday, January 13 View Page
Here is a picture of what it looks like. Its measurements are 8"x 24" x 1" and it appears to be about 50% stronger than my 300 watt halide lamp.
Monday, January 13 View Page
Their is information for two different lamps here i have the smaller one DDXV1
Monday, January 13 View Page
Here are the cautions and warranty
Monday, January 13 View Page
Sorry for the last 2 pictures. They were upright in my ?? and this is how i hung my balast it get about 120 i felt a little to hot to me to mount it directly on the floor joist. Were as the light itself feels like a medium hot cup of coffee.
Thursday, January 16 View Page
Enough said !!!
Thursday, January 16 View Page
Enough said !!!
Friday, January 17 View Page
I ain't no dummy !!! :-)
Friday, January 17 View Page
Anyone ever try this ???
Monday, January 20 View Page
He is always watching !!!
Tuesday, January 21 View Page
I don't think anyone will notice this missing ???
Wednesday, January 22 View Page
This is how i remove the snow !!!
Saturday, February 1 View Page
Bnot just seen how much his latest electric bill is for his winter grow !!! Lol.....just kidding bnot !!! :-)
Saturday, February 1 View Page
More police violence !
Saturday, February 1 View Page
Dam trump saw his shadow !!!
Saturday, February 1 View Page
Dam trump seen his shadow !
Sunday, February 2 View Page
i now predict an early spring !!!
Sunday, February 2 View Page
I made it in a superbowl comercial !!! Lol...:-)
Monday, February 3 View Page
The difference between men and women !!!
Friday, February 7 View Page
I still have faith !!!
Sunday, February 9 View Page
Yeah i know people like this !!!
Sunday, February 9 View Page
Tree trimmers in the old days !!!
Wednesday, February 12 View Page
My cat has been getting into my house plants again !!!
Wednesday, February 12 View Page
You don't won't to piss off my cat !!!
Saturday, February 15 View Page
Found it !!!
Sunday, February 16 View Page
It's all in the technique !!!
Sunday, February 16 View Page
Here fishy fishy fishy !!!
Wednesday, February 19 View Page
Ughh.......its been a long week !!!
Thursday, February 20 View Page
Society Today !!!
Tuesday, March 3 View Page
It's that time of year again !!!
Tuesday, March 3 View Page
Spring is almost here now, its time tome come out of hibernation !!!
Friday, March 6 View Page
Ron Wallace is the guest speaker this year at our michigan spring seminar ! Just what i needed to grow the first 10 lb tomato !!! :-)
Saturday, March 7 View Page
Here is my home made mouse trap , FRY BABY !!!
Saturday, March 7 View Page
This is my secret !!!
Monday, March 9 View Page
The panic room is now complete !!!
Tuesday, March 10 View Page
Technology today is just mind boggling !!!
Tuesday, March 10 View Page
I know i will grow a 10 lb tomato !!!
Thursday, March 12 View Page
Hey Bob here is my 2015 winter grow witch i think was the first winter grow. Caton Domke didn't even start a diary till may 1. I remember Caton for growing crystals in a generator and raising giant grubs the size of your hand and hatching them into giant horned beatles !
Thursday, March 12 View Page
This was the final result 1lb.
Thursday, March 12 View Page
This is what i remembered caton for was his insects. I found that caton started the tomato challenge later that October of 2015 and into 2016
Thursday, March 12 View Page
This is what his grubs would turn into.
Thursday, March 12 View Page
This is what his grubs would turn into.
Thursday, March 12 View Page
These were the crystals that caton would grow. So what ever happened to caton he always had a great diary to follow !!!
Tuesday, March 17 View Page
This might not be funny next week !!!
Wednesday, March 25 View Page
Well i like to think outside the box ! Why pay $12 to buy 10 slips or cuttings of Sweet potato plants when you can grow your own sweet potato plants by using toothpicks and a jar of water ????
Wednesday, March 25 View Page
So i used this same idea elseware ? I'll be dammed it works !!!
Wednesday, March 25 View Page
It's time to start the garden !
Thursday, March 26 View Page
Lambchop is looking for her Tomato !!!
Friday, March 27 View Page
In 2016 i grew this 3.80 lb tomato in a 20 gallon pot.
Friday, March 27 View Page
I didn't take good care of it as you can see but i think i could have probably grown this in a 5 gallon pot. This pot rarely dried out. I had to be more careful of over watering it.
Friday, March 27 View Page
This was its actual weight.
Friday, March 27 View Page
And this was its finnal measurement
Friday, March 27 View Page
Here is a picture of mark clementz tomato growing in a small raised bed that he made last year. Yes it is much bigger than a 5 gallon bucket but mark was having problems with blosom end rot witch he believed was caused by the lack of drainage at the bottom ? I think tjese pictures show that if you monitor your plant right that it is possible to grow a 4 to 5 pound tomato.
Friday, March 27 View Page
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE IN MY AREA I am living in one of the worst areas outside of new York. Most of the 3657 cases and 92 deaths in Michigan is in the tri county area around Detroit. Here are the numbers in the 3 counties and Detroit. Detroit 851 cases 15 deaths Wayne 538 cases 11 deaths Oakland 668 cases 15 deaths Macomb 347 cases 11 deaths Total 2404 cases 52 deaths just in the Detroit tri-county area
Sunday, March 29 View Page
I started my peppers back on march 1 and now it's time to transplant them
Sunday, March 29 View Page
Time to seperate them !
Sunday, March 29 View Page
I have seperated them into 4"x4" pots so 15 -18 pots per flat
Sunday, March 29 View Page
I also had some eggplant too. I filled 3 flats so far and i have about 1.5 flats to go.
Sunday, March 29 View Page
I did a practice plant under my new light and it seemed to do prety good under it. This is only a betterboy tomato but i think i will keep it around and see if i can get some early tomatoes this year
Sunday, March 29 View Page
Tried a sunflower too ? Not sure how long i will keep this around ???
Sunday, March 29 View Page
I see that this protective gardening suit i made in 2015 may be comming back in style this summer !!! Im thinking of starting my New Garden line soon !!! Lol.... :-)
Tuesday, March 31 View Page
The side effects of a 3 month quarantine ???
Tuesday, March 31 View Page
I think Marv should use this 12.36 lb tomato picture for the cover of his New Book !!!
Thursday, April 2 View Page
Here are a couple of my late blooming orchids i have along with an African violet, klanchoe and 2 cactus plants.
Thursday, April 2 View Page
Another orchid plant that is ready to bloom soon.
Thursday, April 2 View Page
Here is a cut leaf coleous plant that is 3 years old now this one replaced my 7 year old plant that just got to bloken up to keep. Although this is an annual plant this freek of a plant never grows flowers and i believe this might have something to do with it surviving so well so long. It grows excellent from clippings
Thursday, April 2 View Page
Here are some cipping that i left in the water to long. Its so intangled that its not worth seperaring them so i planted them like this
Thursday, April 2 View Page
Well i must yak to much or it's a slow season. I noticed that i just past bnot for the most diary posts....? I planted this sunflower to see how my new LED lamp work. Im happy with it so far. This plant is 25" tall the leaves are a nice green and its not too legy. Im glad it now has a flower bud on it, that was expected growing in a one gallon pot. Sunflowers get stunted when growing in pots.
Thursday, April 2 View Page
Im growing one competion carrott this year. I think bnots carrott is about 10 days ahead of mine. Not sure though. They look prety close
Thursday, April 2 View Page
My peppers are looking prety good right now. I have close to 70 pepper plants going now
Thursday, April 2 View Page
My eating tomatoes are comming up nicely too. I will be seperating them into individual pots probably next week
Tuesday, April 7 View Page
YEAH, it's going to take a lot more whiskey for that to work !!!
Tuesday, April 7 View Page
Hmmm.... This has been in the freezer for a long time ???
Wednesday, April 8 View Page
Im doing the 4" pot competition this year ! I can't believe this squash plant can grow a squash on it in a 4" pot ???
Wednesday, April 8 View Page
This was just a practice pepper plant. Im just curious what it can do in a 4" pot ?
Wednesday, April 8 View Page
I transplanted my eating tomatoes yesterday into 4" pots. They should be ready to go into 1 gallon pots in a few weeks.
Wednesday, April 8 View Page
Wow ! My tulips look more like hosta plants now. 4 years ago when i planted them i only put 5 bulbs at each spot. They have sure multiplyed since thenn
Friday, April 17 View Page
Ahh.... Yes spring time in michigan !!!
Friday, April 17 View Page
Yes its time to plant the garden !!!
Friday, April 17 View Page
Weird wint these are the original Megamut crosses that i made in 2016 then i think bnot grew a 6.32 dmg from the larger of these 2 tomatoes but im not sure of that ? Bnot can fill you in on everything he did with them.
Sunday, April 19 View Page
These are my eating tomatoes growing under a 40 year old florescent lamp. I will be putting these plants in a cold frame soon.
Sunday, April 19 View Page
This sunflower plant is now 40" tall and still in a 1 gallon pot !!! This was only suposed to be a test to see how my new light would work then i never had the heart to throw it away when it got bigger. Now i can't wait to see it flower. I hate to see what would have happened if i had this in a 5 gallon pot ?
Sunday, April 19 View Page
Again i planted this better boy tomato plant in a 1 gallon pot to see how my new lamp would work. I have been satisfied with it so far.
Sunday, April 19 View Page
I even have some tomatoes on it !!!
Sunday, April 19 View Page
And i decided to try 1 giant carrot too. I probably should have had it in a larger pot ? I thought that a 1 gallon pot would have been big enough but i think that i was wrong ?
Monday, April 20 View Page
My sunflower should be blooming any day now !!!
Saturday, April 25 View Page
Here is my indoor sunflower plant in a 1 gallon pot and 4 feet tall
Saturday, April 25 View Page
I like these Hyacinth flowers. This is the first time that i ever planted them and now i plan on planting many more around the back yard next year
Saturday, April 25 View Page
I moved my eating tomatoes outside into my cold frame were they will probably stay till may 20 and it now gives me room in my bacement to start more garden plants.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
This is a geranium kiss tomato plant. Its supposed to be a heavy producing shrub form cherry tomato that im going to grow in a 10 gallon pot
Saturday, April 25 View Page
It's time to transplant my broccoli and cauliflower plants into their own pots now.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
Now i have 12 broccoli and 12 cauliflower plants in their separate pots now.
Monday, April 27 View Page
This cecropia moth made a cocoon on my house plant and hatch today
Tuesday, April 28 View Page
Some of my early tulips are in bloom today. I have some later verieties that will bloom in about 10 more days
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
These tulips are a larger and later blooming veriety. 5 years ago i started each cluster with 5 bulbs. Now some clusters will have over 20 blooms this year
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
Here is a picture of my landscape that i installed in 1991 i always liked a lot of color and weeping tree's.
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
This was my first year of growing at were my garden is today. It started just for fun growing pumpkins and squash on dirt mounds in a field of small brush plants. It was like an easter egg hunt digging through a field of tall grass and small brush to find all the pumpkins and squash. This was around 1997
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
Here is a picture of my garden from Google maps last year. Its like gilligans island, its as primitive as can be !!!
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
Here is another picture of my spings flowers
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
Here is a picture of our atlas moth we raised a few years back it's the worlds largest moth species.
Thursday, April 30 View Page
This was my very first diary post back in September of 2014 loading up for a weighoff !!!
Thursday, April 30 View Page
I think that i am the only one growing bananas in Michigan too !
Thursday, April 30 View Page
It won't be long before the next round of tulips start blooming
Friday, May 1 View Page
I transplanted my eating tomatoes into 1 gallon pot today and they are doing pretty good in the cold frame so far.
Friday, May 1 View Page
Here are a couple of the nicer looking plants. Yes im growing a Domingo for my uncle as an eating tomato. He did grow one to 4 lbs. Last year with many other tomatoes on the plant at the same time. I thought that was pretty impressive.
Monday, May 4 View Page
My late tulips are blooming now.
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Throwback Thursday yes i grew a watermelon in 2014 before i grew tomatoes.
Saturday, May 9 View Page
Ugh.... !!!!!!! I am sooooo pissssed this morning. It got so cold so early last night that i over ride the timer on my cold frame to turn it on much earlier but the extention cord conection was aparently not tight enough. I heard the heater running when i went in for the night but apparently the conection wasn't good enough and the heater turned off when i went in and all my eating tomatoes froze last night. The stems on the biggest plant may still be alive but will be severely dammaged and the smaller plants look to be a total loss.
Sunday, May 10 View Page
Well here is the full extent of my frozen plants ?
Sunday, May 10 View Page
As you can see most if not all the leaves and tops were destroyed but the stems look to still be alive and these are the good plants
Sunday, May 10 View Page
And this what they now look like after i pruned off all the dead parts. Half of these plants also belong to my uncle !!! I just haven't had the heart to tell him yet ??? I hope that they can branch out ok i should know more in a week ? I would normally just throw these out and buy new plants from a nursery but i can't buy these verieties at a nursery and i will loose 6 weeks if i started over ? That would be to short of a tomato season.
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
My competition tomatoes came up ok 39 up and 5 no shows. All 5 were Domingo seeds.
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
Hmmm. Some of my spaziani plants are leaning far to the left ? I wouldn't have expected to see that ? Lol....
Thursday, May 14 View Page
This was the first big pumpkin i ever grew in 1998 and it was a 149 lb prize winner pumpkin. I learned about the Atlantic Giants later that summer
Thursday, May 14 View Page
Another throw back picture of a fire breathing Dragon i carved into this 202 lb prize winner pumpkin that i bought in 1997
Thursday, May 21 View Page
Throw back Thursday i think this was 1998 ? Back when i was young and stupid i tied 2 ladders together so i could reach the 16 foot sunflower just so i could get a picture ??? My feet are 8 feet off the ground and i am 6 feet tall with my arms stretched as far as they can go. Yeah its safe to say i won't be doing that anymore.
Thursday, May 21 View Page
Here is my mom who is now 83 standing by the ladders for scale.
Thursday, May 21 View Page
A little better picture. The flower head is pretty big to i think it was 18"?
Monday, May 25 View Page
I got started on planting my garden yesterday with peppers eggplant broccoli cauliflower and my competition tomatoes along the fence
Monday, May 25 View Page
My smallest competition tomato plant
Monday, May 25 View Page
Average size of my competition tomatoes
Monday, May 25 View Page
Yup my megabloom is looking prety good !!! :-)
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Throwback Thursday This was my first long gourd that i grew i think in 2015
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Well my eating tomatoes are making a comeback after going through a 28 FREEZE 2 and half weeks ago. They still look scrawny but they will be OK.
Saturday, May 30 View Page
Last weekend i planted my only pumpkin plant a 1947 clementz.
Saturday, May 30 View Page
This is only 2 days after planting my 1947 clementz. The cucumber beatles just tear them up out hear if you forget to put seven powder on the leaves as soon as you plant them.
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Throwback Thursday. These are my first two 6 lbs tomatoes grown on 30" tall plants with only 10 to 12 leaves per plant
Friday, June 5 View Page
I had a family of swans come check out the brick paver patio that i was putting in.
Friday, June 5 View Page
After the swans insisted on following me everywere i was going i decided to lead them back to the lake so i could get back to my work
Saturday, June 6 View Page
This is one of my eating tomatoes that barely survived the BIG FREEZE 3 weeks ago. You can see the tip was frozen off.
Saturday, June 6 View Page
I put down my leaf mulch today this helps to keep the weeds down and it cools the soil and holds the moisture during the hot days
Saturday, June 6 View Page
Big mistake last week i lost only 7 competition tomatoes to a serious mistake i made. 2 weeks ago i planted my competition tomatoes but i did not have time to fertilize them so last weekend the first thing i did when i got out to my garden was to first fertilize my competition tomatoes and then i spent 4 more hours planting squash eating tomatoes a pumpkin and 2 watermelon and when i was done i fertalize everything including my competition tomatoes again !!! I forgot that i allready fertilized them with dry fertilizer 4 hours earlier so i way over fertilized all my competition tomatoes !!!!!!!!!! I about crapped my pants when i realized what i had done ??? Luck i only lost 7 of 32 plants and fortunately i still had 7 leftover plants to replace them !!! I hope that i Dodged a bullet ???
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Throwback Thursday. I still have to trim this Norway spruce with a cherry picker every 2 to 3 years. W hen i was 30 this was fun to do. Now im getting afraid of heights in my old age and its becomming unnerving to go 25 to 30 feet in a rocking cage ????
Sunday, June 21 View Page
I started my 1947 clementz on May 10 because i have no way to protect my plant from frost were my garden is at. It may be a late start but its looking prety good so far.
Sunday, June 21 View Page
Im growing some of john Buttlers 26'-8" sunflowers this year. I started these june 1
Sunday, June 21 View Page
Starting to get some megablooms on my competition tomatoes. I think this is on my 7.73 menting ( Megazac)
Sunday, June 21 View Page
This is a Big Wixom megabloom
Sunday, June 21 View Page
Summer squash is starting show squash now.
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
I found someone to help me weed the garden now !!!
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
My garden is looking prety clean this year !!!
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Here is a megabloom on one of my Big Wixom plants.
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
This is a typical Megazac plant with a first truss megabloom
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
This is another Megazac megabloom comming up
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
This was my 1947 clementz 2 days after i planted it on may 28
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
This is the same 1947 clementz plant 23 days later. These things can sure grow fast !!!
Friday, June 26 View Page
My 1947 clementz and john buttler 26'-8" sunflowers share this open area
Friday, June 26 View Page
Here i have swisschard cauliflower peppers and many different kinds of squash in this area
Friday, June 26 View Page
Leaf mulch and walking boards make it easy to keep clean and no weeds. Yes i do have a critter eating my broccoli and cauliflower ? I think its a baby groundhog but im not sure ?
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Here is a megabloom starting on the 9.65 porkchop and my other porkchop is identical
Saturday, June 27 View Page
This one is on my 6.23 DMG Domingo it looks the bud looks exactly the same as the 9.65 porkchop
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Now this one is on a 7.73 Menting Megazac. Notice the megabloom is huskyier and has a knuckle in the stem were my domingos don't have this knuckle
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
Finnaly caught the little Bastard that has been eating all my broccoli for the last month
Friday, July 3 View Page
It's going to be a HOTTT summer this year the last 2 days were 90+ and the nent 7 days will be in the 90s. The record for the month of July is 17 days of 90 i think we might have a chance this year
Saturday, July 4 View Page
I planted these 26'-8" buttler sunflowers by seed june 1 now these things are 4 feet tall. I cant believe how fast they grow.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Many of my first megablooms only half took. Im not sure why but i have many more still comming
Saturday, July 4 View Page
I like this plant look closely i am getting nice megablooms on the first and second truss I never had this happen before !!!
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Here are some later megablooms
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Another one
Saturday, July 4 View Page
#3
Saturday, July 4 View Page
#4
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Its good to see porkchop is back posting in his diary again Keep up the good work !!!
Monday, July 6 View Page
My 1947 clementz is doing pretty good now i started my seed may 10 and transplanted in into my garden may 28 with only 2 true leaves now its about 10 feet long
Monday, July 6 View Page
I see my first female flower now showing at the tip. Probably another week before it blooms
Monday, July 6 View Page
Now picking swiss chard and yellow squash now. The garden is now beginning to produce
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
Well this was yesterday when i was starting to get a little excited about my pumpkin this year
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
Well this is today after a groundhog tore into the main stem with my first female bud ! This is why i don't put much into my pumpkin plants. 75% of the time i will loose my pumpkin season to either groundhog or heavy rains causing sever plant decline do to my shallow soil.
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
My garden overall is doing ok.
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
I havebeen having a hard time getting my megablooms to take this year ? Here is another nice one hope this one can take ?
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
Growing a couple of giant watermelon off to a late start but the plants are starting to move now
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
Ok i have never grown a summer squash like this before ?
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
My winter squash patch has filled in all the open space allready. I have like 5 different kinds of squash in that mess
Thursday, July 9 View Page
Well my competition tomatoes aren't going as planned yet so i joined the cucumber board !!!
Thursday, July 9 View Page
An isolated storm hit my garden yesterday and dropped about 1" of rain. This is not storm dammage its just the sunflower plants twisting on their own a surge of growth !!! This my become a big problem because i had no intention on staking these plants !!! These plants are allready 6 feet tall ?
Thursday, July 9 View Page
I may be in trouble with my pumpkin this year. Im not sure if this is groundhog or racoons ? It looks more shreaded witch makes me think its a racoon and my problem is racoons can climb my fence and this makes it much much harder for me to trap were as a groundhog makes a hole in the fence were i can trap them easily !!!
Thursday, July 9 View Page
another look at my sunflowers
Friday, July 10 View Page
O.k. i didn't wont to stake my sunflowers because i thought that it would make them stretch to much and make the stems to thin to support themselves ? Well i suppose that this tall strain is just tall and thin because i can't thicken them up so now that they are 6 feet tall flopping around and twisting like pretzels i am forced to do. Some staking with 10 foot steel conduit pipes !!! My skid steer loader can only lift me 10 feet high and with a 7 foot reach i may be able to stake them up tp 17 feet ???
Friday, July 10 View Page
O.k. i may have made a mistake today ? Something has been slowly eating about 2 tips to my pumpkin plant and i was thinking that it was probably a racoon because of the sharp pointed teeth marks on my vines and kind of shredded ? I never thought it could be a squirrel so i let it go ????? After i let it go i started to realize that it probably is that squirrel eating my vines ? With all this hot weather those thick vines are full of water and the shredded dammage im getting looks like something a squirrel might do ??? I won't be letting anything go from now on !!!
Friday, July 10 View Page
Since my main stem is gone and several secondaries also topped off i think that i will let 3 or 4. Pumpkins grow on the plant now ? Maybe grow 3 or 4. Pumpkins to about 300 to 400 lbs nice porch sized pumpkins
Friday, July 10 View Page
Thia dog knows how to cool off !!!
Sunday, July 12 View Page
Well i caught the little bastard again and this time he went on the relocation plan !!!
Sunday, July 12 View Page
This is my best chance at a pumpkin this year. The squirrel go the main stem and about all the tips on my secondaries too now i will have to settle for something on a tirchiary vine ???? I see very small pumpkins this year ???
Thursday, July 16 View Page
Here is another picture of Dan Sutherlands 10.79 lb world record tomato
Thursday, July 16 View Page
Here is a picture of Cindy Tobek on a security camera trying to steal dans Sutherlands tomato when he wasn't looking !!! Lol... :-)
Thursday, July 16 View Page
Here are a few more pictures of dans tomato
Thursday, July 16 View Page
The measurement picture is not to clear
Thursday, July 16 View Page
And a close up of the weight on the scale
Saturday, July 18 View Page
Here is a tomato on a Big Wixom
Saturday, July 18 View Page
This one is on my 6.23 Domingo
Saturday, July 18 View Page
I believe this is on a Megazac
Saturday, July 18 View Page
My sunflowers are now 8 to 9 feet tall !!! The conduit pipe that is suporting them are 10 foot long pipes with 1 foot in the ground
Sunday, July 19 View Page
Ok now i know why i can't catch anything in my cage lately i keep finding my cage triggered and no food in the cage ???
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
I added another 10 foot pipe to suport my sunflowers. The pipes are about 18 feet tall now
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
I had no trellis for my long gourd so in using this 15 foot ladder as a trellis im using the force to hold it in place !!!
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
2 days ago i saw lighting strke in my backyard but i could never find any dammage till today. I hit my neighbors tree at our property line. It doesn't look like much dammage but when i tap the bark i can tell that the bark pulled off the wood of the tree half way around the tree. So this tree may actually not survive !!!
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
I have had a lot of megablooms not develop like this, this year !!! Im not sure if its because of the heat this year or if im doing something wrong ?
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
Another angle of the conduit pipes i set up for my sunflowers about 18 feet now
Thursday, July 23 View Page
Well this is my first pumpkin to make it to flower and its on a chewed off tirchiary vine. Unfortunately for the last 2 weeks a combination of squirrels and chipmunk have pluned off all the tips and pumpkins on the main and secondarys so now i have to set my pumpkins on tirchiary vines ???
Thursday, July 23 View Page
This is what my pumpkin plant looks like after all the tips were chewed off by critters i finnaly have a flowering pumpkin under that 20 gallon pot and more tirshiarys are growing out from the canopy. Not sure what im going to do yet i may just let the plant grow like 5 pumpkins on it maybe 200-300 lb or one hope to get 500 lb ?
Friday, July 24 View Page
Now that i fine tuned my cage to catch chipmunks i caught these 2 while i was changing a water pump on my truck. I also caught one yesterday so that makes 3 chipmunks in 2 days
Friday, July 24 View Page
Ok until i see a tomato growing 6 lb or more i am on the cucumber board and will be showing you my cucumber pictures !!! Lol... :-)
Saturday, July 25 View Page
I picked 10 green peppers today planning on having stuffed peppers this week
Saturday, July 25 View Page
I picked a few tomatoes this week but i missed one ! The critters will not give me a break
Saturday, July 25 View Page
The Yellow beans are now coming in too.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
The leaf mulch and walking boards has kept much of my garden weed free this year.
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
This is how my sunflowers look to me now !
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Some how a deer hopped over my fence and started eating my sunflower leaves. Lucky they are 11 to 12 feet now !!!
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
I have so many chipmunks that this is the second time that i caught 2 at once. This make #6and #7 in one week !
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
I had a hungry hungry tomato worm eat this tomato !!!
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
Now here is a nice tomato !!!
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
This looks even better !!!
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
Hmmmm !!!!! It looks like someone might be pulling a fast one ??? Just saying !!!
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
OMG its a 12.78 spaziani !!!
Friday, July 31 View Page
Ok now that i got my live trap tuned In to catch these chipmunks i have caught 12 chipmunks in the last 8 days !!! But he did chew on this pumpkin tip before he was caught.
Friday, July 31 View Page
Over all my garden is doing pretty good but i wish my competition stuff was doing better.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
This is the first watermelon i have tried to grow in about 6 years. It is 10 Dap and 29" cir. Not to bad i guess
Saturday, August 1 View Page
I need to tie up my sunflowers again as they like to twist like pretzels when given a chance. The tallest one is now 13'-4" tall and the shortest one is 11-6"
Saturday, August 1 View Page
This is the tip of my 13'-4" plant. It looks like that it might just be starting a little bud but im not sure ?
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Here is a sunflower view of my garden at 13 feet up !!!
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Here is my garden when you drive up to it. !
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This is the entry into my garden
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Well since i don't have any 6 pound tomatoes yet im still posting from the cucumber board

 

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