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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 !!! :-)

 

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