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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 48 Entries.
Friday, May 29 View Page
Test post for 1st diary. Pic of bucket challenge tomato, opted for 5 gallon pot. Plant is from my biggest tomato last year 4.01 grown from the 4.28 Spaziani
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Competition tomato row. Mix of Big Wixom, 7.19 La Rue, 9.65 Porkchop, 5.71 Lambchop, 5.53 Sandercock, 4.28 Big Marley, 4.59 Yohe, and my 4.01 from last year. Have 3 different groups staggered 2 weeks apart.
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Giant Onions, Spaziani Ailsa Craig
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Barratt Kolrabi and Aubergine, first time growing these so not sure what to do with them.
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Giant Cantaloupe, growing the 61.85 Davis, 56.74 Davis, 65.9 Vester, 59 Vester, and my 39 from last year.
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Watermelon line up for this year is the 341.5 Vial, 247 Edwards, and my 172 from last year. For some reason they really struggled when they got transplanted to the garden this year, finally taking off in the last week. Pretty far behind this year.
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Marrow this year is the 110.5 La Rue, Bushel Gourd is the 384.5 Terry. Thanks Brandon for the seed. Lost the bushel gourd main due to late frost in May. New main starting to take off.
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
180.8 Horde Field Pumpkin with the Spaziani Giant Zucchini in the background.
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
More Field Pumpkins. My 89 from last year with the 150 Nieuwenhoff in the background.
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Long Gourd this year is the 123.88 Vander Wielen. Getting close to the redneck trellis of the nearby tree.
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Couple AG's and a Squash. Pictured are the 1866 Cutrupi in the front, 1109 Jutras to the left, and the 2145 remake 1267 Westphal. Don't see any progeny for it on pumpkinfanatic site, but giving it a try.
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
2469 Daletas
 
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Finally my 993 from last year. Pretty small plant as it is a back up to the back up. Original back up got damaged pretty bad by the late frost so decided to start over.
 
Saturday, June 13 View Page
Challenge plant starting to take off. Seems to like the empty mini greenhouse for it's living quarters.
 
Saturday, June 13 View Page
Blurry pic of blossom forming
 
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
Fused blossom and vine on the 1109 Jutras
 
Friday, June 19 View Page
Better pic on the 4.01 challenge plant a few days later. First truss mega. Hopefully it takes as would like to work with a smaller plant in the confined growing space.
 
Friday, June 19 View Page
Some of the outdoor competition plants have some nice blossoms showing up on the first truss also. 9.65 Porkchop, although he has me a little concerned about a first truss on a Domingo. Have a couple other Domingo's growing so maybe will experiment a little.
 
Friday, June 19 View Page
Biggest 1st truss blossom is on the 4.28 Big Marley so far.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
2469 getting closer to pollination time
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
First blossom on the 2469 also fused to the secondary like the Jutras. Will wait for the next one.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
180.8 Horde secondaries just starting to show up.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Spaziani Zucchini bushing up nicely. Picked off a lot of blossoms so far.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Decided to let one grow now though. Don't know if the plant is big enough yet but figured I'd grow an early and a late one to see how they do compared to each other.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
89 Harrington filling in nicely. Cross is 133.4 Wursten x 188 MacKinnion
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
993 starting to stretch out. Cross is 1989.5 Daletas x 1631 Urena
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Competition tomato row. Have most of them planted at this point
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
This is what I'm planting into. Just a little black dirt over clay. If I did deep enough the clay turns from red to blue but no punching through any hardpan here. Sloped garden drains quickly which is good in some cases but hard to keep proper moisture when the summer drought hits. Trying something new this year. Augering out several holes and filling with dirt/potting soil mix to hopefully act as a retention spot for some moisture as our summer goes on that the roots can find.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
384.5 Terry
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
110.5 LaRue
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Cantaloupes. Usually get behind on weeding so trying to utilize ground cover this year to cut down on the exposed areas. We'll see how it works.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Added some plastic poultry fence for the watermelons to hang on to. Will do the same for the cantaloupes.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Biggest melon plant so far is the 172 grafted on BG stock. Cross is 298.5 Lindley x 277.5 Barber.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
First pollination will be on the 1866 Cutrupi
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
1109 Jutras
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
1267 Westphal pretty inconsistent with it's secondaries so far.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Giant onions still moving along.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Biggest one between baseball and softball size
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Kohlrabi, don't know if they're making good progress or not, lol.
 
Sunday, June 21 View Page
Father's day pollination on the 1866. Crossed with the 2469.
 
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
2nd pollination on the 1866. Once again crossed with the 2469.
 
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
1109 Jutras throwing some deformed males also. Several with the stamen split in two, this one split in three.
 
Thursday, June 25 View Page
First pollination on the 1267. Pollinated with the 2469. Main vine terminated itself a while back similar to the one in Materdocs's diary. Vine just ended with a leaf so growing on a secondary.
 
Thursday, June 25 View Page
First pollination on the 2469. Used the 1866 to cross with.
 
Friday, June 26 View Page
First controlled pollination on my 172. Had planned on crossing with the 341 Vial but it decided not to have any flowers that day. Used the 247 Edwards instead.
 
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Storms with some wind and hail Friday night. Here's an unhappy blossom on the 1109 Jutras. Selfed it, we'll see if it takes.
 
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Not a lot of major damage, mostly a few overturned vines, broken leaves, and holes in others. Here's the 2469.
 
Saturday, June 27 View Page
4.59 Yohe snapped off in the wind. Will give it a chance to grow out of it.
 

 

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