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Wednesday, January 1 View Page
HAPPY NEW YEAR! My first post of the year! WOOO.
Sunday, January 5 View Page
My giant tomato is not looking good. Iím starting more seeds
Thursday, January 9 View Page
My tests of the 921.5 and 1138.5 are looking good! 921.5 is the closest one. About 12 days old.
Saturday, January 11 View Page
Iím very happy on how my 2 plants are doing. 921.5 closest and 1138 the back one. Doing good! Just testing them. I donít plan to grow them this year
Saturday, January 11 View Page
Took down all my Christmas decorations today in 70 degree weather. Not the best day but it had to be done. :(
Sunday, January 19 View Page
Havenít posted in awhile! Had to start another giant tomato. Other one was not doing good, hoping to pollinate by feb 20th
Friday, January 31 View Page
Itís been awhile. Here is the 5.71 Dunn. Doing alright. Hoping to pollinate something by February 20th but itís going to be a close call
Friday, January 31 View Page
Friday, January 31 View Page
Cherry tomato
Friday, January 31 View Page
Bell pepper
Friday, January 31 View Page
Tested some of my 17.5 foot sunflowers. They look good.
Friday, January 31 View Page
The 921.5! Lol. Really starting to grow now
Friday, January 31 View Page
1138 growing well!
Friday, January 31 View Page
Friday, January 31 View Page
Rootbound?
Wednesday, February 5 View Page
Anybody need to pollinators?
Thursday, February 6 View Page
Giant tomato is getting bigger by the day. I wish I had started the plant earlier
Sunday, February 9 View Page
Time to toss the pumpkin plants lol. Here is the 1138
Sunday, February 9 View Page
921.5 here
Sunday, February 9 View Page
Nice root system on the plants
Sunday, February 9 View Page
And here they are!
Sunday, February 9 View Page
Sunday, February 9 View Page
My 17.5 sunflower is not doing too bad in this small pot lol. 3 plants in it
Friday, February 28 View Page
Headed to Vegas for the GPC show! Steve Connolly is on the same flight!
Friday, February 28 View Page
Gorgeous Colorado mountains!
Friday, February 28 View Page
Nice view of the Colorado mountains!
Friday, February 28 View Page
Hello Utah! WOWWW.
Friday, February 28 View Page
Arrived in Vegas!
Friday, February 28 View Page
My dad and I first wanted to get a nice view of Vegas so we went on the high roller! Worlds biggest observation wheel at a whopping 550 FT
Friday, February 28 View Page
Friday, February 28 View Page
What a view!
Friday, February 28 View Page
Flamingo hotel is nice! Excited for the weekend
Saturday, February 29 View Page
Almost ready for some speakers!
Sunday, March 1 View Page
Some great speakers spoke tonight! Steve Connolly, Alex Noel, the patons etc, very nice
Sunday, March 1 View Page
Lots of awards were handed out!
Sunday, March 1 View Page
Monday, March 2 View Page
Headed home this morning. Iíll post more pics when I get home. Had a fantastic time!! Vegas is cool
Monday, March 2 View Page
Goodbye Vegas
Monday, March 2 View Page
Thank you Steve Daletas! I have gotten one of my seeds for my lineup this year. I am extremely excited to grow the 1989! I had great luck with Steveís 1928 so I think I will have great luck with the 1989 one as well :)
Monday, March 2 View Page
Had a fantastic time at the BIG SHOW! Vegas was a fantastic place to have this show! Really enjoyed talking to all the growers that I have talked to online. It was just a blast. Went to California yesterday after it ended and to Hoover dam. Very cool experience! The terrain is amazing with all the rocks. Iím ready for the 2020 season! BRING IT
Monday, March 2 View Page
Who are these people trying to kiss me
Saturday, March 28 View Page
Iím back! Wow itís been about a month since I last posted. The 2020 season has arrived! The compost is here. Time to get it into the patch
Saturday, March 28 View Page
Yesterday I got 7 yards or so into the patch. I ordered 8 yards. I am out of school until May 4th. Pretty crazy. Sucks to be a senior when this all happens. No prom, etc. Sucks
Monday, March 30 View Page
Headed to RI. Hmmm
Monday, March 30 View Page
She has been picked up! Bought a Troy bilt tiller for the pumpkin patch! Pretty nice one. Going to help a lot! Canít wait to use it
Wednesday, April 1 View Page
Happy April 1st! Wow the season is coming fast. Starting seeds in 15 days! I gave the patch a till yesterday. Looks great. This tiller does an amazing job! I love it!
Wednesday, April 1 View Page
Wednesday, April 1 View Page
Ready to put the hoophouses up next week! Going to till one more time on Monday. Getting a rain noríeaster for the next two days so it will take some time for it to dry out
Saturday, April 4 View Page
I received my goodies today for the 2020 pumpkin season! Ron Wallace is da best. I also got some kelp and some potassium. Spreaded the kelp down on the patch. Potassium Iíll spread when the hoop houses come off. As you can see the kelp is pretty easy to spot lol. Starting seeds in 11 days!
Saturday, April 4 View Page
Figuring out where my hoops will go. Hereís where. Patch is pretty wet from the rain the last 3 days. My goal this upcoming week is to till on Tuesday if itís dry enough then get the cables in Tuesday evening before rain Wednesday. Hopefully get the hoops up by Thursday and Friday. Itís go time. Seeds get started in 11 days
Saturday, April 4 View Page
Going to have much bigger plants this year than last. Iíll turn the secondaryís pretty quickly once they get out of the hoop and bring them all the way down to the woods. Each plant will have about 800 SF this year.
Sunday, April 5 View Page
OFFICIAL 2020 GIANT PUMPKIN LINEUP! I have made some slight changes to my lineup! Iíll still be growing the 1989 Daletas but with that Iíll now be growing the 2051 Marshall as well. I really like the cross on that one. Excited to grow it. Thank you Steve Daletas and Dale Marshall for the seeds. I really appreciate it! So here it is 1- 1989 Daletas 2- 2051 Marshall ó Starting seeds in 10 days!
Monday, April 6 View Page
Wow. That was a really tiring day for me. Lots of frustration today. I was putting the heating cables in the ground. Dug the first pit and everything went smooth. Then the second came. I was digging and I hit a rock. I dug deeper and the rock just kept going, I realized there was absolutely no way Iím getting it out. 500-600 pounds. I didnít even get to the bottom of it. I covered it back up and decided to place my pit 5 feet in front of it. So I start digging and guess what I hit. Another massive rock. There was no way I was getting this thing out either. Now Iím really frustrated. Where am I going to put my second hoop house?! I decide to dig the pit on the other side of the patch. Then I am like ďno i donít like it here because the best soil is closest to the houseĒ I then go and dig a pit a few feet behind the rocks and there are no rocks. Only 3.5-4 ft away from the fence but I Iíd figure itís the best option at this point. And there I have it. Soo much digging today! Too much, those rocks really threw me south. I am exhausted now.
Monday, April 6 View Page
Hello 2051 Marshall. She arrived in the mail today :). Thank you Dale! Canít wait to grow these seeds. 9 days until they get started!
Wednesday, April 8 View Page
The hoops are up! Soil warming. 1 week until starting seeds. Itís go time!
Thursday, April 9 View Page
Almost time! Only 6 days away
Sunday, April 12 View Page
Well this should be fun!! Significant wind storm tomorrow and that comes with 1Ē of rain. 55-65 mph gusts for me. Better secure my hoop houses real good! Good chance the power goes out. Not looking good.
Sunday, April 12 View Page
Hopefully the hoops donít blow away! Fingers crossed
Tuesday, April 14 View Page
The hoops got absolutely destroyed! Just kidding. They did really well in the 55-60 mph wind gusts yesterday. Patch is soaked from 2Ē of rain. Starting seeds tomorrow!
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
Seeds got started today! Woody started them. Will receive them back once they get the root to pop by Friday or so. Thanks Woody!
Friday, April 17 View Page
Letís go!
Friday, April 17 View Page
Stuck em in pots. Letís do this
Friday, April 17 View Page
Ready for some snow tonight! LOL
Saturday, April 18 View Page
The season got canceled. LOL
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Oof
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Wow it sure is gorgeous! 1-2Ē fell
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Saturday, April 18 View Page
I WANT MORE!!
Sunday, April 19 View Page
The hydro tomato that Iíve been growing the entire winter is growing pretty good! Getting some nice size
Sunday, April 19 View Page
Crappy plant now but sheís still growing
Monday, April 20 View Page
One of the 2051 Marshallís is the first up!
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
Itís official. I knew it was coming but a sad day. Senior year has officially ended. Well Iíve still got online learning but you know what I mean. My high school years are over. No graduation, no fun activities. Extremely sad on how it ended. I wish I could just walk the hallways one more time and see those faces. That wonít ever happen again. This sucks! Why did this have to happen on my senior year. Sad. :(
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
They are up!
Thursday, April 23 View Page
Thursday, April 23 View Page
1989s in the front and the 2051s in the back.
Thursday, April 23 View Page
Liking this 2051 so far. Nice looking cots
Monday, April 27 View Page
Pumpkin plants are really starting to grow now! Will plant this weekend!
Monday, April 27 View Page
Hereís 1 of the 2051s. Huge cots. Not sure if Iíve ever had cots this big before but looking good
Tuesday, April 28 View Page
This was yesterday. Terrible weather!!
Tuesday, April 28 View Page
Itís gonna be a rough start. Temps in the 50s with lots of clouds at least until mid May. Maybe a few 60s this weekend. Definitely expecting a slow start.
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
Plants are looking pretty good! Not the best 1st true leaves but it doesnít matter. Aiming to plant on Sunday!
Friday, May 1 View Page
Grow grow grow! 2 more days until they hit the patch!
Saturday, May 2 View Page
Giving the plants some sun today before they hit the ground tomorrow! Upper 60s today and low 70s tomorrow! Wonít last though. 50s next week.
Saturday, May 2 View Page
Iím a big fan of the 2051 so far. This one is growing pretty fast so far
Saturday, May 2 View Page
Hereís the other. Definitely a bit on the weaker side. Will probably cull this one in a few weeks. We shall see!
Saturday, May 2 View Page
1989s looking good!
Saturday, May 2 View Page
1989s
Sunday, May 3 View Page
PLANTING DAY!! Let the 2020 season begin! The plants are looking great this morning and are ready to be transplanted into the patch
Sunday, May 3 View Page
This is what I will be putting in the planting hole.
Sunday, May 3 View Page
They are in! 2051 Marshallís shown here.
Sunday, May 3 View Page
1989 Daletas! Itís going to be a close call to see who gets to stay alive here.
Monday, May 4 View Page
Growing lights are on. No more warm weather. Gone for the next week or two.. that means low temps in the 30s and highs only in the 50s! Heater keeps the hoop about 10-15 degrees higher than outside temps. That means if itís 35 out itís about 45-50 in the hoop. Not the best in my opinion. I do want to keep the plants warmer. Tomorrow Iím going to put something over the plants to trap the heat in more. Whatever it takes!
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
Shown here is the 2051 Marshall. Big fan of it so far. Pretty aggressive out of the gate
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
The other 2051. A lot slower.
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
Last night I put a bin over the better growing 2051 and a blanket on top. Night temp dropped to 35 degrees while it was 64 where the plant was.
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
1989 Daletas. A bit on the yellow side but not doing to bad. Iím guessing the touch of yellow is from it still being a bit chilly at night even though they are covered
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
The other 1989. Overall Iím happy so far!
Friday, May 8 View Page
Starting the giant tomatoes Hereís my lineup 6.06 SCHMIT 4.01 BORGERS 5.71 DUNN 6.13 Zappa
Friday, May 8 View Page
Miserable day tomorrow so Iíve covered the hoops. 43 outside and 73 inside!
Friday, May 8 View Page
Heat stays in here very well with the blanket on top. Plants are liking it. Good insulation
Saturday, May 9 View Page
Did someone say snow? Got some big flakes this morning in Topsfield!
Saturday, May 9 View Page
Nice burst!
Saturday, May 9 View Page
The plants are nice and cozy in the hoops! Outside temp is 35 with a wind chill of 27. 65 in hoops
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
Pumpkin update! 2051 is doing great! This is the strongest plant out of the two and has always been more aggressive
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
Other 2051. Not bad at all. Both look great but can definitely see the more aggressive one. Will cull the one Iím thinking soon!
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
2051s
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
1989s! Both doing great. Going to be a tough decision
Wednesday, May 13 View Page
One of the 1989s. Starting to really grow now
Wednesday, May 13 View Page
Another one. Big leaf!
Wednesday, May 13 View Page
Officially 18. Yesterday was my birthday. Feels good!!
Thursday, May 14 View Page
Wooo! The 2051 Marshall is starting to run now. Loving the plant so far!
Thursday, May 14 View Page
The other 2051
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Pumpkin update! The 2051s are just amazing plants so far. Extremely happy with them. I need to make a decision soon. The one on the left has always been the more aggressive one so Iím definitely leaning towards that one.
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Hereís the 1989. Not bad so far. The 2051 and 1989 just are completely different. Not in a bad way but the way they grow. 1989 has the node spacing a bit farther apart.
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Hereís the other 1989. Kinda being a pain. Vine wants to grow towards the side of the hoop. Iím definitely leaning towards the other 1989. Happy with both seeds so far!
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Big leaves on the 2051 Marshall plants.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Wow. This 1989 grew a lot last night. Had to be 5Ė6Ē this is going to be a hard decision
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Hereís the other. You can see the stake. Grew a oof 3Ē
Sunday, May 17 View Page
1989s are really going to make for a tough decision. Ugh
Sunday, May 17 View Page
2051 Marshall has some beefy lookin tendrils. This one is about 12-14 inches. No complaints so far.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
She grew about 3-4Ē last night.
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The time has come. The Alaskan plants are crowding each other. Need to choose the strongest one
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Sorry but you were the weaker one! Now we are down to 1. That 1 was the strongest all along. Itís go time!
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Grow baby grow! You deserved to live :)
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
2051 Secondary. Definitely some aggressive secondaryís on this plant. 1989s and 2051 each growing 5-6Ē a day on the main
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
This is not good!
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
Get pranked! Today I decided which 1989 to keep. Both pretty much identical. Wanted the other one but had a stem split. This one is good though!
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
1989 Daletas. Just cruising with the main vine growth. Secondaryís just starting now. Very easy the get her to stay on the ground.
Friday, May 22 View Page
1989 just put on 9.5Ē since yesterday morning. Sheís cruising
Friday, May 22 View Page
2051 Marshall. Absolutely loving this plant so far.
Sunday, May 24 View Page
This picture doesnít show the entire plant but Iím off to my best start yet Iíd say. 2051 is 7 feet long and secondaryís now starting to take off.
Sunday, May 24 View Page
This picture shows the 2051 better.
Sunday, May 24 View Page
Starting some giant sunflowers today!
Sunday, May 24 View Page
Under the 2051. Secondaryís really jumping now and are growing a few inches a day. Iíll take a pic of the 1989 tomorrow. Sheís doing well and about 7ft as well and secondaryís starting to jump as well. Both mains on the plants are growing 8-10Ē a day now. Best start Iíve ever had
Monday, May 25 View Page
Time to plant some Carolina reapers!
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Hoop houses coming off on Thursday so itís time to do a final till! Not easy tilling in my patch
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Mmmm
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
The tilling has been completed! That looks nice :)
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Made the decision to take the hoops off today! Weather is decent this week. 80s. 2051 Marshall shown here. Feeling good
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Hereís the 1989 Daletas! Looking good. Always get nervous the first week or so since Iíve got a lot of woods behind the patch. Fingers crossed
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Got my camera set up. Huge improvement this year is the amount of space they will be getting. Last year they got half the patch. Now they get the full patch which is about 2,000 SF in total
Tuesday, May 26 View Page

 

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