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Saturday, January 4 View Page
Rebel. Not only can he grow big tomatoes, he can lay a 100í tree out exactly where he wants it!
Saturday, January 4 View Page
You see, Rebel isnít a lumberjack for a very good reason! Now the idiot needs to purchase a new 1,500 gallon water tank for his garden! See a Rebel cry!
Saturday, April 25 View Page
Cooking and enjoying a fire in the fire pit before the hot summer bans it all. We got some chicken thighs and salsa verde going in the dutch oven.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
Some vegetables to top it off.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
This is Kodiak Mustard from Wallace Organic Wonder 5 weeks after planting. Just prior to that I amended with 100 lbs alfalfa pellets and 25 lbs Capril lime and tilled in. Today, foliar sprayed with liquid kelp. Also threw down a 5 lb bag of Epsom Salts magnesium in my 60' x 35' garden spot.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
OK! This is the tomato seed line up for this year. Not messing around. Going with only 1 Big Zac, the remaining are crosses and Domingo's. Also, experimenting with some generic Domingo's and Bezrazmernyi from Delectation of Tomato company. Bezrazmernyi from Russia translates to "Dimensionless or Enormous." Who could go wrong with that? Where would we be if it wasn't for experimenting outside the box.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
First few popping up. I run the heat kind of high 95-102F. Came home from work to find my seed heaters turned off so they sat wet and cold for 4 days. Cranked it up and after 3 days the first few are popping up. First up are several 6.66 Big Marley's. I expect the Domingo's to take a few days longer. Won't be long before I have 80+ seedlings up. From that I will transplant 75% of those to 5" pots. Throughout May I will narrow things down. The plan is 40 in the garden.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
Eating tomatoes in the house. Transplanted those today. Also, large sweet peppers. I will need another table or two for the competition tomatoes on deck.
Saturday, May 2 View Page
I have ridden my mountain bike every week for the last two years, usually 15-25 miles. Since the pandemic, everything is closed outdoors. Even remote mountain trails for biking and hiking, you know, because the fresh Oregon mountain air is dangerous. The occasional biker I pass might sneeze in my face. But after two months I found some open trails, and even with the drive, it was worth it. And nobody sneezed in my face because there was nobody.
Saturday, May 2 View Page
Competition tomato seeds coming along at 14 days. Third row from the left is a mostly no show 5.71 Lambchop. Not to worry. Three came up in the other tray. Far left 7.64 Spaziani that I started several days later than the others. 2nd row, some nice looking 9.65's. Far right two rows 6.66's. All the other rows everything in between.
Saturday, May 2 View Page
Same tray outside catching some natural light. There is an empty spot on the right. Rookie mistake! Never ever try to help the seed shell off the leaves! Destroyed one 6.66.
Saturday, May 2 View Page
The other tray. Two and half Lambchops, third row from left. 5/8 9.65 Porkchops, A bunch of 7.64's double stacked far left. Far right two rows, 6.66's. The very front empty row are some cherry tomatoes I started two days ago.
Saturday, May 2 View Page
Back to the first tray. Bottom three, 2nd row from the left are the Big Wixoms. Sharing the same row as the 9.65 Porkchops. The largest starters of both trays. A few 6.66's Big Marley's far right close but.. Either way, the crosses are king with the starts. But, we are not making a salad, only the heaviest tomato.
Saturday, May 2 View Page
I know I showed this last week, but real happy with the Kodak Mustard. With 3 weeks before I cut and till, I don't think it'll make it to flower. That's where you want it. Either way, it will be 3-4 feet tall and a lot of biomass.
Saturday, May 2 View Page
Rebel's flag.
Monday, May 11 View Page
Some of my 7.64ís are growing bent over. But donít you know thatís a sign of unusually large fruit? Went they hit the garden Iíll force those babyís up!
Monday, May 11 View Page
Here is another photo of the 7.64ís. Not sure what thatís about. Not wilting. The stem is firm. No ferts. They will be transplanted to larger pots on Wednesday and put into the greenhouse.
Wednesday, May 13 View Page
Iíve lived here for 28 years and have never seen a slug so large! Itís been hanging out around the pump house and have seen it about for two weeks.
Wednesday, May 13 View Page
I canít and wonít kill it! The other day I found it wrapped around a block of mouse poison. Thought it would kill it for sure. Had it identified as a banana slug without spots.
Friday, June 5 View Page
Last rototill day before I plant the tomato plants. Included are some amendments: 25 cu.ft. of Perlite, 50 lbs of kelp meal, 8 yards of compost (50% mint, 25% chicken, 25% steer).
Friday, June 5 View Page
Tomato plants dying to be put into the garden....next week.
Friday, June 5 View Page
I need to narrow it down. There are 60. Forty into the garden and 3 for the 5 gallon bucket challenge.
Friday, June 5 View Page
It snowed! Just on my garden.
Friday, June 5 View Page
Ahhhh.. Perfect. I think I will put my rows north and south or lengthwise this year. Instead of the usual east/west.
Sunday, June 14 View Page
Prepping for planting tomato plants. I put down solar mulch and boards. Then measured for plants 4í and 7í apart. Then heated a briquettes chimney with a torch to quickly melt out holes where I measured.
Sunday, June 14 View Page
Here the old grey haired Garden Rebel is making holes.
Sunday, June 14 View Page
I can knock out about 8 holes before I have to re-heat again. Thatís enough squatting for one day. Time for some fishing!
Sunday, June 14 View Page
Went to the local pond and caught the largest bass of my life! Well, only the third bass Iíve ever caught so..
Sunday, June 14 View Page
My son went with me. ďIíll fish my way!Ē he says. Just waiting for him to fall in. Never did. To be young, daring, and have good balance again. He landed a couple anyway from shore.
Sunday, June 14 View Page
These are the amendments I put into my planting hole. Yes, 4 WOW starter paks per hole. Up from 2-3 last year.
Sunday, June 14 View Page
Chris Konieczny, this is some planting advise for you. Sprinkle this around your plants and it should keep the critters away this year.
Sunday, June 14 View Page
Porkchop, this is for you. Sprinkle this around your plants. Should keep Lambchop away.
Sunday, June 14 View Page
And here we have it! Forty-three comp tomato plants. Planted in the pouring down rain of course. Three 5 gallon bucket tomatoes also. Next up will be drip lines and temporary fencing. Something tells me I should of installed fencing first. Warm weather is finally here this week.
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Enjoying some local Rebel hard cider for my birthday, sons high school graduation, nieces Stanford graduation, and Fathers Day. A great day to be alive.
Sunday, June 21 View Page
Just for fun a few first truss pre-blooms. Probably wonít take as they were just transplanted last week. This one is from a 6.66 Big Marley.
Sunday, June 21 View Page
Another 6.66.
Sunday, June 21 View Page
This one is a Big Wixom cross.
Sunday, June 21 View Page
And a 6.54 Porkchop ďFrank the TankĒ.
Sunday, June 21 View Page
Here is a beast emerging from the 5.74 LaRue (5.95 Konieczny). Looking for the magic seed this year.
Sunday, June 21 View Page
But all is not well. Many of my plants are suffering from what I think is mosaic virus. After some research online I think it occurred when someone me aphids snuck into the greenhouse when I was out of town. I read they can transmit this virus. Leaves and flowers stunted, especially the 9.65ís and 5.71ís. And here I though it was caused from Porkchop smoking while harvesting seeds.
Sunday, June 21 View Page
Hereís another from the 9.65. Totally sucks. Read you canít spray it away. Never had it before. Hopefully it grows out? Itís weird. 4/7 of the 9.65ís have it, 4/5 5.71ís have it, none of the Frank the Tanks have it. None of my 6.66ís have it and I have like 12, a couple of my 7.64ís have it, none of he LaRue plants have it. I have never seen this disease before. Iíve been transplanting my diseased ones with extra potted ones I was going to terminate soon.
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
Ailsa Craig giant onion flowers. Grown from the largest onion last year into seeds this year.
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
Seed started Ailsa Craig onions coming along.
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
Onions have been an easy grow for me. Always think early. In the ground by the end of March. I end up giving away most of them.
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
A first megabloom from the 6.66. Now, this one didn't take and I'm not surprised. Plants have been in the ground for only two weeks. The plant decided, "nope, I'm not ready". You can tell when it doesn't take when the stem begins to crack right before falling off. It was expected. The largest flower doesn't necessarily mean the largest fruit. When the plant grows large I'll choose a 3-4 fused somewhere in my many growth tips. It will be the largest flower in the groups of flowers in the next month. The root system is large then and the plant will be ready. My plants went into the garden 1 week older this year which didn't help with first megablooms. We will see. There are plenty of large first megablooms in the patch that will be ready for pollination in the next 7-10 days.
Thursday, June 25 View Page
My 5 gallon bucket plants are nicer that my garden plants! Must be the greenhouse. From left: Bezrazmernyi (Giant Russian Herloom), 7.64 Spaz Domingo, 6.66 Spaz Big Marley. First time container growing. All have nice megablooms on top and should be ready in a week or so.
Thursday, June 25 View Page
Diary note: Foliar application of Lithovit to tomato plants today.
Thursday, June 25 View Page
Bezrazmernyi megabloom in 5 gallon bucket.
Thursday, June 25 View Page
7.64 Spaz Domingo in 5 gallon bucket.
Thursday, June 25 View Page
6.66 Spaz in 5 gallon bucket. This is a lot of fun! Up to this point. The tough part I would think is the later in the season while carrying fruit. I really donít know what Iím doing.
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Five gallon bucket challenge plants. Never seen anything like it. Just planted them two weeks ago and they are up to my chest. From left to right: 6.66, 7.64, and Bezrazmernyi Russian Heirloom. The first large megablooms are now emerging and should be open in 5-7 days.
Saturday, June 27 View Page
The plants have doubled in size since planting in the garden two weeks ago. The first megablooms should be open on 75% of them in 5-7 days.
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Just a sampling of whats to come. This is from the 5.71 Lambchop. There a couple more that are similar.
Saturday, June 27 View Page
7.64 Spaziani Domingo.
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Quite impressive this year is the 5.74 LaRue (5.95 Konieczny)
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Not all have big blooms right off the bat. This 6.66 is one of a few that has regular singles. Oh well. This one will produce a larger tomato down the road later in the season. Patience.
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Tomato count: 6.66 Spaziani Big Marley 14, 7.64 Spaziani Domingo 7, 9.65 Porkchop 4, 5.71 Lambchop 3, 5.74 LaRue Domingo 4, Big Wixom cross 3, 5.08 LaRue 3, 6.54 Porkchop "Frank the Tank" 2, Generic no name Domingo 1, 8.65 Schenk the only Big Zac 2.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Happy 4th everyone! I was supposed to put my drip lines in today but not happening. Between cooking and relaxing it will have to wait. Watering by hand for now.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Bucket challenge going well! Still can't believe how well these things grow in a 5 gallon bucket. Nice first truss megablooms on the tops of all three.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
First bucket is the Bezrazmernyi Russian giant. Never grew them before. Unusual nice big megabloom. Fuzzy leaves.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
2nd bucket challenge is a nice fatty from the 7.64.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
In the 3rd bucket we have a nice 6.66. Pollen flew on this one today! Don't know what to expect. Surely don't know what I'm doing with these buckets. I just know not to over love them.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
The 6.66 has been far and away the biggest early producer. May have something to do with the fact I have 14 of them and have home court advantage! When there isn't a large first truss megabloom, there are these super multiple singles on the first truss. I counted at least 35 on this one. There are several more the same. I'm curious and will let them grow to see what I'll get.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Out in the garden. On this 7.64 I see the second truss flowers on the main forming. Not bad but not like the first truss megabloom. Probably a 2-3 fused in a couple of weeks. I'm experimenting this year and micro surgery cutting off the little ones around it. This is just encase the blurry first truss in the background doesn't make it.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
And this is after.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Oh, and about the 7.64 megabloom. It's following the same path as its mom!
Saturday, July 4 View Page
And right next to the 7.64 is this 5.71 Lambchop! Pretty excited about this one. It's as big as it looks. Going to have to tie up the stem so when it goes over 9 lbs it doesn't snap right off.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
...and right next to the first Lambchop is a second Lambchop! This one is standing straight up.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
And this is why I don't cut off secondary's or suckers. This is a first truss megabloom on the first secondary, or sucker, from the base. From the 9.65 Porkchop. I've been struggling with the 9.65 all season and I don't know why. It misses NY. But I still hold out hope as the season rolls on.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
This Porkchop loves Oregon! Here we have a 6.64 Porkchop Frank the Tank.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Oh boy! Wrap around ball of flowers. Hope this 6.66 takes. The stem thinks it'll go 10 lbs.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Not to be outdone with its ball of flowers is an impressive BIG WIXOM. Great weather for the next week. Not too hot or cold. Dry. Hope some of these early mega's take and grow. Good luck everyone!
Sunday, July 5 View Page
Typo. 6.54 Porkchop Frank the Tank, not 6.64
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
Good 4th
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
The 6.66 may of pollinated.
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
The 7.64 starting pollination. Probably the largest early megablossom I've ever grown. I counted at least 12 fused in the ball of flowers. Quite a few haven't opened up yet.
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
It's grow time! One of two first pollination's this year! This one is the 7.64 dap1. Swelling little fruits all over in there. Notice I don't get greedy and start pulling off the dead petals.
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
Another 7.64 still in pollination mode.
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
This 5.71 Lambchop is crazy! Not sure whats going under there unless I get a mirror. A lot of pollination going on under that umbrella. A lot more going on in the garden.
Saturday, July 11 View Page
First, I do have a few pollinated and several tomatoes growing in the garden. Some are in the process of pollination including this huge 5.71 Lambchop! Friggen beast of a flower. Hope it translates into a friggen beast of a tomato!
Saturday, July 11 View Page
7.64 Bucket tomato. The largest flower I've ever tried to pollinate this early. It just keeps opening up more flowers.
Saturday, July 11 View Page
It's a bouquet of tomato flowers! It just keeps opening up more from the bottom. 14? 16? It's a perfect flower, round, with everything attached perfectly. Of course the hardest part is yet to come. Anybody can grow a flower.
Saturday, July 18 View Page
Now back to the real garden. I have several growing but never mind those. There is this plant called the Big Wixom cross by Chris Konieczny. I am hoping this will be the result he is hoping for.
Sunday, July 19 View Page
Three tomato plants grown in a 5 gallon bucket. 6.66, 7.64, and Bezrazmernyi Russian heirloom. The 6.66 in the front has a fist sized one that has a touch of BER. I'll cut back on the watering. The 7.64 in the middle has one pollinated and started. The third one had a first truss megabloom but didn't take. Looking at a nice one emerging on a secondary.
Sunday, July 19 View Page
7.64 5 gallon bucket. Looks like it all took at 4 dap.
Sunday, July 19 View Page
7.64 backside. Pretty excited here except for the physical challenges of how this will grow into the stem. Everything is fused and nothing separate. It is what it is.
Sunday, July 19 View Page
7.64 side view. I am not touching it. Fingers for reference. Not measuring it. Guessing about 8" at 4 dap. Out of all the 7.64's in the garden, this one in the bucket had to be the largest megabloom. If only I could of grown it in the garden.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Went on an epic mountain bike trip the last few days. Nothing like tearing up the old body.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Oregon's finest.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Thinking about what next to do with my tomato plants. I cant get away. Actually, three days of not even a garden contemplation. What a relief.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Reality is never too far away. The three 5 gallon plants. One tomato has a healing BER, one is growing OK, the other hasn't pollinated yet.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
The first 5 gallon tomato growing with a drying BER on the opposite side. The 6.66 Big Marley. Never water a ton of water at once. Now 1 gallon every two days with light fertilizer each time.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
The second 5 gallon tomato is from the 7.64 Domingo. Front view. Right at 10 dap and 11.25"
Saturday, July 25 View Page
7.64 back view.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
7.64 side view. I haven't really seen a real difference yet in growing a tomato plant in a 5 gallon bucket v.s. the garden. Still a long way to go. Not sure what I'm doing. Just slow and steady.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
A closer look shows this massive bloom! Just for the record it is on the third secondary up from the bottom, first truss. Never cut your secondaries at first. I have already started cutting half the tips growing and cutting other blossoms. The problem is we are in the upper 90's close to 100F the next couple of days. A blazing hot sun and heat doesn't do well for pollination.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
So I had to get creative and put an umbrella up to shield from the sun. Will it be enough? I don't know.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
And there you have it. One battle out of many going on. All we want is to have one winner. One to feel good about for the season.
Sunday, July 26 View Page
There was a missing photo with description for the previous photoís. Itís the Big Wixom.
Thursday, July 30 View Page
This Chris Konieczny Big Wixom megabloom is huge! It looks like most of it took. For the record it is the first truss, third secondary up from the bottom.
Thursday, July 30 View Page
Now here is something pretty cool. This 6.66 Big Marley cross didnít necessarily produce a giant tomato, but giant trusses with triple the tomatoes! The huge trusses were all over the plant. I picked the largest and cut down the rest as well as trimmed down the plant. There were at least 30 flowers but 11 took and are growing. The tomato at the bottom is a multi bloom. I had to make a hammock so the whole thing doesnít snap off. This would be a great completion next year! Total weight.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Tomato plants and umbrellas. Nearly overwhelmed.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
5 gallon bucket.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Hammock
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Hammock
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Hammock
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Hammock. Everything looking good. Everything here are first truss megablooms pollinated the second and third weekend of July. I figure 35 more days plus for all of these. They are all measuring 18.00'-19.50".
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Permanently branded with my rear mountain bike disc brake pattern. Last week I crashed while going downhill. Upside down in a pile of logs, I feel this searing pain on my calf. Thought the gears had sliced into my leg. Hours later I see this and it hasn't changed. A week later it hasn't changed. Fine with me.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Drenched tomato plants with molasses and mixed in powdered kelp 0-0-17.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Every summer our field is ablaze with queen Anne's lace or wild carrot. A western weed if you will. In a couple of days it will be a full moon. Around midnight on the full moon it is super bright and pretty cool to walk around in. Then soon after I mow it all down before it becomes too much of a fire hazard.

 

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