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Tuesday, January 28 View Page
*mic crackle...kshh...kshhh...is this thing on?...wow...Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas, the new year?..and now less than 60 days until spring?...man oh man time is flying..and here we go with another one of my favorite parts of this hobby, the BigPumpkins.com grower journal...but before I get started I just wanted to give our sincere thanks to the members of the gpc who work so tirelessly to make this hobby what it is. Especially this time of year when they are up to their elbows getting prepared for the big show...Youíd think that growing a record fruit would be the highlight of anyone's gardening season , and yes I still have smile from ear to ear, but itís the support weíve had throughout the whole process, not the record, thats got me grinning.....right from the start last season, being in constant contact with Woody Lancaster along the way, getting a call from the GpC president , the great Wizard himself when we broke the tomato record, to all hard work that Todd Kline has put in(and continues to put in)to ensure our names would be in the Guinness book...and it hasnít stopped there..thereís more amazing things the GPC has up its sleeves...so cool I donít even want to talk about it...(or jinx it)...man oh man, what the hell can I say?...thank you thank you ThaNK YOU!!!...i think I speak on behalf of thousands of growers around the world when I say you, the work you do, and the time you invest is So Appreciated by all of us...you make this hobby what it is today....And yes, the Guinness world record came in the mail...so pretty much, thanks to the GPC....we are now ďOfficially AmazingĒ...
Tuesday, January 28 View Page
Now....with that being said.... Itís a new year...and Iím about turning over a new leaf...letting by-gones be by-gones ...let it RoLL off like water on a ducks back...not even gonna get mad this season...but I would be remiss if I didnít mention some of the disparaging remarks made over the past few years regarding the gPC on public message boards and what the gpc ďdoesnít doĒ or ďdoesnít careĒ about..Iím here to tell you itís fake news....these people care very deeply. Soo...like I said...Iím not getting mad this year...Iím not saying I wonít respond to your post, or ignore you for that matter, like I said Iím not even gonna get mad..itís rubbish...but Iíll tell ya what will happen... Ya see, me and saydee here are gonna pay you a visit some afternoon that you are working in yer garden...and Iím gonna tell her to grab ahold of your pant leg and start tugging....(donít worry...sheís very gentle)...and again, Iím not mad...this will be fun..for her too...Well, sheís gonna keep tuggin, and um, you donít know the word for ďlet goĒ...(hint- itís not ďlet goĒ) so eventually yer gonna get tired..lol..thatís when youíll prolly have to plop down on yer keister to take a little break....trust me she wonít stop....and uhhh...Thatís when Iím gonna grab ahold of yer other pant leg , see....and Iím gonna start tugging in the opposite direction...and again, I wonít be mad...prolly be laughing...saydee yanking one way...me pulling in the opposite way?...funny stuff....but it wonít be me or saydee youíll have to worry about in your compromising situation...itís actually lambchop...
Tuesday, January 28 View Page
...sheís gonna cut yer nose off....Welcome to my 2020 journal....
Sunday, February 23 View Page
I canít believe I thought the Big Show was this weekend..!!!....lol...what a dope ...and Iíll tell ya...lambchop has pretty much been been on board with all my ideas since the get go....so that was a good feeling...for those who canít attend the Show Iíll be having a private screening of ďourĒ presentation in the chat rooms on BP.com shortly thereafter...(between 4-7...depends on the weather)...I really hope you enjoy it...I did put a lot of work into it....And if you were following along last season?...I pretty much pick up where we left off...except with LiiiightNiNg bolts...so thatís pretty sweet...
Sunday, February 23 View Page
And seeing as I have a few hours of time on my hands, might as well get the journal going...I donít wanna fall too far behind... Itís winter here...itís days like this I have to remind myself that most folks on the planet never get to see this ...so serene...some would say magical....I say pretty....
Sunday, February 23 View Page
Pretty StUPId!!!!....ya know what else is magical??...COMPOST!!.....until ya have to shovel it...uuugh...stupid Mother Nature...please spring...Donít screw with me this year....
Sunday, February 23 View Page
Saydee likes the snow...ĒRight DingDong!???Ē....sheís so sweet...thereís Wilsonís plant with the orange tag in the background there...I left him up so I could look at him all winter...Iím hoping he just starts to regrow in the spring......Ēwhatís wrong sweetheart?Ē.....why is she looking at me like that?........saydee?
Sunday, February 23 View Page
Saydee!??....Ēwhy are you looking at daddy like that!! ď....hey, where the hell?...what is....that?....and why am I in a tshirt?..Ē
Sunday, February 23 View Page
What the!!!!???....is that a???.....
Sunday, February 23 View Page
Aww hell yea!!!!!!....learning that stupid computer isnít the only thing thatís been going on here at the porkchop plantation..
Sunday, February 23 View Page
Oh glory....82 degrees in the middle of winter.....more to come....
Monday, March 2 View Page
What an unbelievable way to end the 2019 gardening season...and yes....I was curling that sucker when we came up on the big screen in Las Vegas..lol...I heard people laughing...what an Honor to Present to a room full of the best giant growers in the world...it went over well and I hope thereís at least few folks that got excited enough that they are willing to give this Domingo variety a chance....first question at the seminar in front of nearly 200 people?.....Ē Porkchop...this is Scott Marley from Bellingham Massachusetts...I was wondering......(oh god no)......I was wondering...who will you be voting for in the next election?Ē.....LMAO...dunno know if it showed up on screen but I got a good pinch in the side from lambchop....lol...still purple...I think I handled it well...who whudda thought?....ya post one little video with a cut-out....geez.......
Monday, March 2 View Page
....I havenít even shown anyone my new hat!!......look!!....Ted Nugent signed it...(he saw the video)....
Monday, March 2 View Page
(Sorry fissh)
Monday, March 2 View Page
Wow...this one is getting framed too...Todd Klein and Andy Wolf...wow...my gardening heroís....thanks for all your work with guiness Todd...Andy- I know you always have our backs...thanks buddy!!...hope you grabbed our awesome trophyís!!!
Wednesday, March 4 View Page
The CUP has made its way across the country to grace our mantle for the 2020 season. This is what you covet. Who will take it this year?....I dunno....(I think joe wants it back pretty bad). Some heavy hitters may also join the race!....exciting....Best of luck to everyone!!!!..
Wednesday, March 4 View Page
Yea baby....who wants a piece?....
Tuesday, March 24 View Page
48 hourís later ....greenhouse on pro heat mat set at 88....Iím starting the bucket challenge. Good luck everyone
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
Pfffft....canít believe everyone waited so long to start..this oneíll be right in about 58 days or so..who knows, maybe we can ring that bell with a bucket mater. Final up-pot tomrw. Did I ever mention container gardening was my thing before giants were my thing?...this is gonna be fun. Lovin the Hawaii pics Becky!!!!..good luck everyone.
Saturday, May 30 View Page
Does this mean Iím winning?
Saturday, May 30 View Page
It is on like donkey KoNg!!!!...boy do I have some catching up to do on my journal...where do the days go?...cold snap coming this week. Itíll be Back in the greenhouse for this guy....not so much for the 1810..she wants out.
Thursday, June 4 View Page
I think Iím going for it...shut down another vine. Sheís curvy...I like that
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Growth terminated a few days ago. Cheers for that...Iím really letting this bucket dry between watering and it is really drinking now...I give her a gallon and a half and itís going dry in about 30 hrs. Roots popping out the bottom like crazy...like sheís trying to misbehave. She even flopped over on me.
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Behave you little vixen....
Saturday, June 13 View Page
I donít mean to put a tomato on blast this early in the season and in fact, I plan on catching up to my journal to get me current with all the ďotherĒ stuff going on here but I thought Iíd give my thoughts on the one of the important ďtricksĒ to triggering these giants with pruning. If you do decide to terminate all growth after say , day 20, be very diligent about pulling these small shoots off the plant before they amount to anything..I feel like It would be equivalent to letting a strong tertiary climb all over a pumpkin. I almost missed this one.
Saturday, June 13 View Page
It was hiding right under this set of leaves.
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Darn it all...this is why I donít go with the ones with a little brown on them...(or seeds on the outside Stillman)....something always happens..for us, it will be all bout waiting for the REaL mAcCoy this season. A nice healthy solid bloom...maybe itís sunburn?...nah...darn it all.
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Oh well...pumpkin time....and a clone is rooted. One more shot w the bucket.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Alllright..so I finally have a little bit of time to catch up on the journal...the walleye fishing has been great this year...
Saturday, July 4 View Page
I donít want to be accused of sandbaggin, thatís for sure....but first...?
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Who counted porkchop out of the bucket challenge?....oh yea... she healed....my solution was no more food, let bucket dry until pulling away from the edges..got nice even ripening....soooooo.... GUESs the weight!!....win a prize!!
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Here we go.....2020 pumpkin season... decided not to mess w lights this year...everything was green house grown. And I mean everything.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Iíd like to thank that little shit kardaza for reminding me of the ď741Ē porkchop. Should drop a giant orange bomb.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Was def a bit worried about the greenhouse start but everything else seemed to do so well we went with it. Growing the 1810 and ď741Ē porkchop.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
And a BUUNNCH of other stuff. Lambchop went ape shit with the seed catalogs.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Saturday, July 4 View Page
A bunch.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Pumpkins looking good.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Got really thick vines out of the gate..much better start for us compared to using lights...
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Time to go in the ground!
Saturday, July 4 View Page
The main patch was ready to go by the 5th of may but cold temps held us back a day or two...until the weather lady said it was safe.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
So they went in on the 10th of may...
Saturday, July 4 View Page
It froze that night...good lookin out weather lady....no worries, with heating cables, heat lamp and a few blankets it kept nice and warm in there...
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Snug as a bug.... new this year?... we decided not to plant in the exact same spot for the 9th year in a row.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
The back patch wasnít quite ready..Iím always late with something when growing these things.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Almost there... this is my favorite hoophouse so far...made from my neighborís trees.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
May 14th, the 741ís are in the ground.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Now where is the rest of this crap going lambchop?....uuuughh...gardening...
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Speaking of gardening, huge thanks to a little birdie that shares WR long gourd seeds w me...hope to do you and the seed proud...got a few setting already...man, I am sandbaggin.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
I know, the gnomes are cool....
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Good start to the mater season....
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Good germ rates...
Saturday, July 4 View Page
They get up potted a few times along the way....
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Iíll be following my exact advice for growing big tomatoes this year. Step one- amend soil and till....
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Step two...create mounds, then dig deep holes..yadda yadda yadda...same as last year ...hi saydee!
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Planted and watered in well...cages to keep the critters off the. While they are young...theyíll be coming off today or tomrw to get wooden stakes.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Love it when they donít miss a beat when they hit the dirt...24 hrs later and new growth is visible.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Aiight... I got a ton more pics but we are headed to the lake this afternoon..good luck with the guess the weight...Iíve got a great prize to send to some lucky guesser....(dawn- didnít get to the woodchuck damage on the pumpkin plants but were still good...catching back up)
Sunday, July 5 View Page
Oh boy... I think porkchop may have taken some liberty with his photo angles...
Sunday, July 5 View Page
And the winner is!!!!!????
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Holy crap saydee!!... eddy Z sent me pics of a monster mater!!!!...it could go north of 10 pounds!!!....his computer isnít working and he wants us to post pics!!!...betcha marv is excited!!!!!..should we take a break from watering all of mommyís stupid flowers and post some mater pics!!!??....yea!!...letís do it!!....but first...?
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Good soil, good seed and technique....and good luck....weíre gonna need some this year. Our lawn is full of these so letís hope that translates....how many can you count?...I think I left off with plants going in the ground back in the early to middle of may...hereís a quick catch me up of the last 50 days here at the porkchop patch.....
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Dam..yea...the last 50 days...wow this goes fast...anyway...the plants were outgrowing the hoops a few weeks after planting...time for the ďwind panel danceĒ which last almost 50 days...uggg...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
This our main patch...itís 26x34 ish...seems huge this time of year...good to be out of that hoop.
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Gosh dang it...one day out of the dam hoop!!....the wood chucks were a battle early on..took the main...then a few sides...pricks
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
We did make lemons out of lemonade and got the broken tip to regrow out of a compost pile but I think we are gonna yank it...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
We had the same issue with the 741...as soon as it came out of the hoop the chucks were all over it...lost the main and 6-8 secondaries....always something with these things....
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
We got a great start with the WR long gourd seed...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Oh yea...quick start
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
THWHAAPPP!.....like Indiana JONeZ!
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Despite the set backs, we just kept at it knowing that all plants will stumble at some point..
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
But usally not twice...gosh dang woodchucks!!!...that was it...I shot all 5. Issue solved. Hey- cool flowers huh?
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Lions ear it called...that and the red amaranth will get seeds saved for the fall seed exchange.
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
The hummingbirds love them..
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Lions ear...put this one on your list...ours are 7í tall.
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
And red amaranth?....com on...stunner..
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Hereís another fun one...Ē the peter pepperĒ....I was gonna save seeds but Ned and I are having a little friendly competition...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Heís got me by a mile....I quit...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Ok...back to pumpkins by the middle of June we got the plants under control and heading in the right direction...weather has been hot and dry.
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Very hot and dry...shade netting with screen porch material helped..
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Yea...thatís dry for us...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
But we kept up with watering...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Kept up with weeding...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
And we managed to get a couple going at the end of June..
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Not what I would call a nice shape but at least we are growing...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Front half of plant end of June....
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Back half...monster of a plant...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
We got a beauty set and growing in the back patch...and look at that long gourd go!!!!
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Grow baby grow!!!
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
The ď741Ē is coming on like a freight train...dunno if the maters can stand that kind of assault.
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
I def was thinking about LJ when I decided to cut the main in one fell swoop...but when itís gotta go, itís gotta go....
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
I dunno...karadza might have blown it trying to pawn this seed off....beautiful 5 lober.
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
We are cranking!!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Woohoooo!!!!.... crankióó-yup...I noticed late too....no sand...close call...sheís sliding now.
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Stupid s curves...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
We were doing really good...big big...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Too big...stem split...big thanks to Richmond Dave and north shore glen for teaching us how to deal with it over the years...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Def slowed this pig down...weíll see...north of 500 on day 30 is always cool...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Plant looks great too...dammit all...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Weíve had to move the thing three times already as itís well over 4í long...what pain...just like the mother seed.
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Hereís a trick we use to move the pumpkins on two sheets of mill fabric...1 1-4Ē kreg screws to secure the mat to a 2x4...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Then sandwich the top layer of mat with another 2x4 using 3Ē deck screws...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Hook in the middle to come straight back, left or right to twist..
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Lol...ok.. this where I realized there was no sand...sheís purty.
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Love this time of year....
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Volunteer mater and golden amaranth along the edge of the patch...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
So we will see how ďhelgaĒ does over the next little bit...we pollinated another this morn in case we have issues...thereís always something...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
KarADZA!!....donít sell it!!!!
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Love it....
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Itís starting with the long gourds ....
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Ok... any other pic I can bore you with?....lol...letís talk maters...BIG FREeKIn MaTERs...
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Ok...here it is...Eddy sent me this pic of a Contender in the ten pound challenge....Iím liking my guess in the guess contest...eddy says it could be a week or better. Best of luck with that beauty!!!!....grow grow grow!!
Thursday, July 30 View Page
Day 34 for Helga...still on the fence wether or not she makes it so we pollinated a nice 5 lober in case she goes south. The plan for this year will be to head up to the salmon river in the fall and catch some fish out of one of these pumpkins.
Thursday, July 30 View Page
Day 30 for the 741 porkchop...kicking myself for not putting sand down early enough ...sheís going over...
Thursday, July 30 View Page
A few stem splits from the first week have healed nicely...always be checking your stems and stumps.....Ima check with marv...this one could get me into his secret cucumber board.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Yoooo!!...Eddy sent more pics!!...it almost go time!!... and a note from the grower(s)?.,.(Havenít heard from Cindy)...and look!!!.... win seeds!!!... thereís no way thatís Sutherland!!!!....best of luck to this sandbagger!!!! ó ó I want to thank everyone for all of the positive support, good luck wishes and playing along with the guess the grower and weight contest. Itís been a fun ride, a much needed break from everything that is going on in our world today. But the ride is almost over. The tomato started to blush sometime after Monday morning. It is turning fast. I will share seeds with as many as I can. All depends on how many seeds she gives us and if anyone wants them after it is weighed. Not sure when I will get it weighed but soon, guessing 2-4 days. Get your guesses in the winner/winners will be the first to receive seeds. Thank you 7/31/2020
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Helga is still growing... day 35...it looks like the stem split is healing...hopefully she starts to pick back up..Iíll know in 14 days or less weather or not sheís injured beyond repair..moved her a good 4Ē back yesterday.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Look at those amaranth!!...hi saydee!!
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Thanks again to whoever sent the castor bean seeds to the seed exchange last fall...our first year having success with these...thats neds 3.77 just to the right...no real blossoms yet..
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Cockscomb....would love to save seeds because this is a really cool looking flower but I have no idea where to look... I think these get good size...greats choices this year lambchop!!!
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Oh...and BTw.... OTV (on the vine) measurements on that tomato being grown west of the Rockies are ó-32x27x24. Wow..itís got a real shot.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Wow...where does the time go?...how bout a quick whip around the gardens?...
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Helga is still growing but man oh man is she ugly. Day 45. Not quite 800lbs. Thereís lambchop checking out the stump... no vine issues this year besides getting them all chewed off early.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
The Tow truck Moth. When one gets injured, another shows up and picks him up and brings him to the hospital.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Finally have some tomatoes to pick!!!wooohooo!...
Sunday, August 9 View Page
ďBlueberryĒ Tomatos from bakers creek. Pretty good.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Speaking of tomatoes, my plants look great but I think the pumpkin food is messing up the works. Thereís a couple Iím watching up high but I think the N for the pumpkin is too much.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
The long gourds are starting to set . It will be a jungle grow this year.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
We donít have the night time bugs like some have so most of our blossoms donít get pollinated. Otherwise there be a whole lot of extra work plucking the little ones off. And see the front left post?...bout a foot off the ground?
Sunday, August 9 View Page
What the hell is a bitter melon anyway?...lambchop wonít give me a straight answer but apparently we will be eating this. Hopefully it will tase better then the plant armpit fart Brussel sprouts from last year.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Front row seats to the show.
Sunday, August 9 View Page
Sheís puuurty...looking like a patch record is possible. Day 40.
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
Thereís is no place Iíd rather be for the next 30 days. Orange zinnias from the seed exchange!
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
Another Gorgeous morning in the garden. I think it got down to 72 last night.
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
And although the patch is pretty, Helga is one FUGLY pumpkin. Seems dry inside the stem split. No fruit flies....so thatís good....But she ugly.
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
Big old ugly potato. Pert near 14ft Cc at day 47.
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
The final cleanup...way to go lambchop!!...bout time!!
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
The pic doesnít do this garden justice. Itís dam cracking as the brits say....and I think I named her ďcuddlesĒ ...sheís cute. Itís also one of saydees nicknames so weíll see how it plays out.
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
Puurrrty..sheís growing
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
Hard to find good light to take a pic back here.. but it looks like weíll go up high on googliís ďDomingo from down underĒ.
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
Ahh yes...thereís my huckleberry...on the 9.65...wish it wasnít 95 freekin degrees out.
Tuesday, August 11 View Page
Speaking of hot....Ned?....marv?...
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
Another great day...
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
I call this photo ďpainted skyĒ....weíve come to grips that Helga is a slug....
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
So weíre gonna grow her FuGly sister too...maybe she can catch up.
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
Lantana plant is ThUMPiN...hummingbirds love these.
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
Castor bean from the seed exchange .. love it...you just donít see this plant here .
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
Giant green beans are coming ready...looks like a quick starter in there....
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
I like this pic...maters in the background
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
Thereís another one up high marv...hard to get a good pic back here with all the pumpkin leaves in the way....canít get a good shot of anything back here...Ned and Val are coming Friday, maybe the lighting will be better...
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
Oh...whenís he coming you ask?...
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
High Noon...
Wednesday, August 12 View Page
<~~~~~whistle thing

 

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