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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
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Itís been a fantastic few days. On Friday a parade got organized for the seniors this year so we took the streets and it was fantastic! Everyone congratulating us was amazing. Hundreds of people. Then yesterday a surprise super car drive by was organized for a few of my friends which was very cool! Not the way we wanted senior year to end but this made all of us very happy.
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Just awesome
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Tons of seniors were ready to take the streets!
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Fabulous
Sunday, May 31 View Page
The Supercars!
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Sunday, May 31 View Page
There was an entire line. Wonít forget this one!
Wednesday, June 3 View Page
Pumpkin update! Itís been 8 days since Iíve last updated which was when the plants came out of the hoops. Iím very impressed with the 1989 Daletas. Very strong with the secondaryís and is the best performer at the moment.
Wednesday, June 3 View Page
2051 Marshall! Sheís a bit slower but still a very nice plant. Secondaryís a bit slower than the 1989. Happy though! Iíve had a ton of cucumber beetles the last few days and Iíve seen 4 squash bugs. Itís going to be a bad year for the bugs. I sprayed some 7 on the leaves which is killing most of the cucumber beetles but not the squash bugs
Thursday, June 4 View Page
2051 sides. Starting to fill in pretty well
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Left side will fill in soon. Bit less sun on this side. Also havenít had fresh rain in about 3 weeks now. Should see some tomorrow which will help boost the secondaryís
Thursday, June 4 View Page
About 50 cucumber beetles were dead on the leaves this morning on the plants. For some reason they like the 2051 better. Mild Winter is probably why there is so many.
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Going to be in the mid 80s today with full sunshine so I gave the plants a heavy watering.
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Let the fun begin. This is pretty bad. 4 squash bugs on the 2051 just on this leaf! About 10 in total. Not only is this a lot but this is happening about a month earlier than last year! I donít even think I had this many last year. Woodyís coming over to spray after the sun goes down
Friday, June 5 View Page
1989 Daletas is really growing fast. Got a little rain this morning but not much at all. Need some more. Havenít seen any bugs today so I think the pesticides woody sprayed helped. Probably about 2-3 weeks away from pollinating
Monday, June 8 View Page
Finally got some rain yesterday. Wasnít much as it was a 15 min downpour but it was needed. Hereís the 1989 Daletas. Sheís really growing fast. Pumpkin in the tip which will carry it out a few feet. Probably looking at June 20th or so for that one to open. Weíll see how big the plant gets. Could be an option but will probably go with the one after
Monday, June 8 View Page
2051 Marshall. Definitely the beefier plant in terms of vine size. Secondaryís a bit slower and some are dead heading themselves at a few feet. Pollination will probably be pretty far out on her
Wednesday, June 10 View Page
Got a pump yesterday to feed the pumpkins. A lot more powerful than the sump pump I used last year! 1 HP. This thing will throw water over 50 ft
Wednesday, June 10 View Page
Keeping it out of the patch will allow me to have more room for the plants.
Wednesday, June 10 View Page
1989 Daletas is just cruising. 18 ft today. Pumpkin in the tip but may take the one after since sides will be a bit bigger. Pollination likely at around 25 ft or so in the next 2 weeks. Should be plenty of secondaryís behind it.
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Finally got a little rain. Nice downpour that lasted about 35 min. Now back to the dry weather. Oh well. Maybe another shot at rain in a few weeks lol
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Option 1 on 1989. 7-10 days until she opens. 19.5 ft out will probably be at 20 ft.
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Sheís coming along pretty well. If only the main vine could slow down a touch. Option 2 would likely be at 25 ft or so
Thursday, June 11 View Page
2051 vine is 18 ft. Has some work to do with the sides but coming along pretty well. Only if the main could slow on her as well. Not sure whatís with the rapid growth on the mains this year. Need to see a ton of growth in the next week. Night temps in the 50s though.
Friday, June 12 View Page
Catching up on some vine burying/moving boards this morning. Shown here is the 1989 Daletas.
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
The 1989 Daletas is just a gorgeous plant. Shown here. The main vine is just flying and secondaryís coming out well except for two stunted ones. 2 pumpkins can now be seen. First one is at 22.5 ft with 20 secondaryís behind. Second will be at around 25ft with 25 secondaryís behind. First will open Sunday or Monday. Second late next week. Iím leaning towards second. 2051 on the other hand is a bit slower and the pumpkin will likely be at 25 ft or so. One in the tip at 21 or so but a few stunted secondaryís behind so would like to get more growth on new secondaryís. Feeling good so far!
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
1989 Daletas
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
2051 Marshall shown here. Definitely a bit behind from the 1989 but not looking bad at all. Few gaps from the stunted secondaryís that arenít doing much but new growth looks good! I think she will produce a big pumpkin. Happy with both plants!
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
Patch view
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
Time to feed. Now using 55 gal instead of half. Urea mate, humic, fish and seaweed, root, and some nitrogen added.
Thursday, June 18 View Page
Well here we go. The weather is about to heat up big time. 90 almost every day through the next week and no rain. Hasnít rained for a longgg time and currently in a drought. Iíll have pollinations during this time so Iíll need to shade and stay on top of watering.
Thursday, June 18 View Page
The 2051 Marshall plant burns extremely easy. Was gone for 4 hours and before I left I watered the plants heavy for the upper 80s. Came back and multiple leaves were burnt. Soil moisture was alright but the leaves were just too hot from the sun. Need to set up a sprinkler to go off when I am out so the leaves get wet. No burns at all on the 1989! Canít have this happen again!!
Friday, June 19 View Page
It was a hot day today! 90. 92 tomorrow! Shown here is the 1989. Umbrella over main tip for protection from sun
Friday, June 19 View Page
Closer look. Sheís getting big
Friday, June 19 View Page
Pumpkin time baby! 22 ft out with 20 secondaryís behind on 1989. She may open tomorrow because the low is only going to be 72 tonight. For the reason Iíve placed that red solo cup over her just in case!
Friday, June 19 View Page
If she doesnít open tomorrow Iíll be pollinating her Sunday! This will be my earliest pollination ever
Friday, June 19 View Page
Hereís the next pumpkin on the 1989. 25 feet out with 25 secondaryís behind. Will be a very Hard decision. About a week behind the one before it and plant is getting big. Weíll see! Hmm
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Tomorrowís the day on the 1989 Daletas.
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Iím leaning towards this one though on the 1989. It has 5 more secondaryís than the first one. (25 in total) 25 ft out. Opening next THU-FRI which will still be my second earliest pollination ever.
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Going to be another hot day today with temps hitting 93 degrees with full sunshine. Hard on the 2051 so Iíll be misting it often
Saturday, June 20 View Page
2051 Marshall. Sheís filling in now as these Warmer nights are helping.
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Possible keeper on 2051! Iím going away for 3 days next Friday so woody may have to pollinate her. Iíll get measurements soon but sheís out there
Sunday, June 21 View Page
First pollination of the season on the 1989 Daletas! 5 lober. 1 lobe that is a tad off but overall pretty good in my opinion. Pollinated with the 2051 Marshall. 23 ft out with 20 secondaryís behind. Another pumpkin opening next weekend being 27 ft out with 25 secondaryís behind. Hmmmm
Sunday, June 21 View Page
Longggg stem!
Sunday, June 21 View Page
Made sure to get a lot of pollen in there. Used 4 males.
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Giant tomato update. Donít think Iíve posted about these. Iíve got 5 giants going. They are looking good! 2- 6.06 Schmits, 1- 5.71 Dunn, 1-4.07 Borgers and 1 6.13 Zappa
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
2051 Marshall is growing fast now. Side vines are a lot more thicker than the 1989
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Gotta do some burying today!
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
There she is on the 2051 Marshall! 23 ft out with 22 secondaryís behind. If I counted the stunted ones that are a few feet it would be 25-26
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Looks like the pumpkin on the 2051 will open Thursday or Friday
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Plant is a bit on the smaller side than what I would like but Iím not worried. These warm nights continue to make for some fast growth!
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
The main vine on the 2051 is just so vigorous, every time I get her down she comes back up. Been fighting her all along. I guess itís a good thing though! Secondaryís beefing up
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Stump view of the 2051
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
Dap 3 for the 1989. She needs to get on the ground before that stem snaps.
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
2051 Marshall definitely opening tomorrow! I think she will be my keeper if the lobes are good
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
Another pumpkin on the 1989 also looks to open tomorrow! I originally was thinning she should be my keeper but Iím leaning towards the first. Weíll see. Time will tell!
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
The patch is filling up
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
Finally got some rain but it was only a quick downpour. It was absolutely pouring though. Was driving and couldnít see a thing, cars were pulled over and zero visibility.
Thursday, June 25 View Page
First pollination in the 2051 Marshall! If she takes sheís my keeper. Nice 4 lober pollinated with the 1989 Daletas!
Thursday, June 25 View Page
Nice 4 lober on the 1989 as well! 27 ft out
Thursday, June 25 View Page
Hereís the first pumpkin I pollinated on the 1989. 23.5 ft out. 4 days old today. I think she will be my keeper!
Thursday, June 25 View Page
I Iíll be going away for 3 days tomorrow, going to VT with a few friends before we go to college. trying to get all the vine burying done. Thankfully woody will be taking care of the plants. Iíll be back Monday.
Friday, June 26 View Page
One last pic of the 1989 before I leave the patch for the next 3 days. Sheís 5 days old today. Should definitely be on the ground when I get back
Friday, June 26 View Page
1989 plant pic. Getting big.
Friday, June 26 View Page
2051 Marshall! Looking good
Friday, June 26 View Page
Pumpkin I pollinated yesterday on the 2051
Friday, June 26 View Page
Goodbye pumpkins. See you Monday
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Drove up to the top of Okemo mountain in VT yesterday evening and what a view! Wow. Cool how you can drive up and itís weird to see it in the summer and not winter
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Absolutely gorgeous
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Iíll definitely be living up north when I get older
Saturday, June 27 View Page
Friends pic :) My brother in the UMass Amherst sweatshirt
Monday, June 29 View Page
Woke up for a sunrise. There was no sunrise... lol
Monday, June 29 View Page
Looking at the camera here on the 1989 daletas she seems a bit slow. Sheís 8 days old today and still not on the ground so somethings going on. Damn. Iíll be coming home today so Iíll check her out
Monday, June 29 View Page
Blossom looks a bit brown and rotten. Jesus. Hopefully Iím wrong...
Monday, June 29 View Page
I didnít want to come home to this. 1989 daletas is not doing what it should do. First pumpkin I pollinated at 23.5 ft is not growing and blossom is rotting. 8 days old. Second pumpkin is 4 days old and you can see itís rotting and not growing. I donít know why this is happening! Maybe weather related because when I pollinated those it was very hot and muggy. Iím getting a bit nervous. We have a 3rd pollination at 38 ft tomorrow. Yes folks. 38 ft. Main vine is 42 ft. I donít know why itís growing that fast. Keep your fingers crossed that this one does something! I need some luck.
Monday, June 29 View Page
Itís hard not to lose hope on the 1989. Itís sad and disappointing that two pollinations were a no go. I cut the blossom off on ya first pollination so weíll see what it does but Iím not expecting any growth. This one right here needs to do something. When I pollinated the other two the temps were in the 90s with nasty humidity. Iíll be pollinating this one with temps in the upper 60s to low 70s and some rain until Wednesday. Much better pollination weather. Iím hoping it was just the weather!
Monday, June 29 View Page
Unbelievable. Now I find out the main vine broke on the 1989.. now if that pumpkin doesnít take Iíll have to pollinate on a secondary. come on!
Monday, June 29 View Page
She was split more than half way...
Monday, June 29 View Page
See the pumpkin? Cmon. Iím praying that she takes. Last chance on main vine! 38 ft out!
Monday, June 29 View Page
Iíll be up all night tonight thinking about her. Cmon,.. pleaseeeee be successful. All the other pumpkins on the secondaryís will open in like a week or two which brings me into the first week of July to the second week. I need this pollination to work! Temps this week will be in the upper 60s to low 70s. 1 day in the 80s THU but much better than the 90s I pollinated in. Cmon
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
Gorgeous 5 lober
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
Now we wait. Cmon!
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
2051 Dap 5
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
Picture of the patch. Plants are definitely still in plant mode it seems. Vines are still growing a foot a day
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
5 day old pumpkin on the 2051 Marshall
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
2051 plant
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
Little mistake on the distance of the 1989. Sheís at 34 ft not 38 ft.
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
Planted 6 sunflowers and Iíve only got 3 left! Something is destroying them.
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
This year is just not meant to be in the pumpkin patch. Last year I had better luck with plants half the size. Dap 6 shown here on 2051. Dap 6 last year they were already on the ground and bigger. About to give up at this point. Really getting frustrated
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
Pumpkin patch flooding. We go from no rain to a lot! UNBELIEVABLE
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
Sun came out for a few minutes and bam leaves started wilting immediately oh the plants. Soil is soaked too. Something is wrong and may be why my pumpkins arenít growing much. Unbelievable
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
Plants now back to normal.
Wednesday, July 1 View Page
Had to cut blossom off on 2051. Was freakin rotting. I need some luck!!! Where is it!
Thursday, July 2 View Page
Cut the pumpkin at 23 ft on the 1989. This is the one that hasnít grown for 5 days now. Was just sitting there. 11 days old. Lol
Thursday, July 2 View Page
2 more sunflowers gone! 1 left! I thought I closed off where the animal got in! Starting more sunflowers and figuring something out.
Thursday, July 2 View Page
First SVB spotted today.
Thursday, July 2 View Page
1989 dap 2. 34 ft. Cmon baby. Keep that shiny look. This one seriously need to work out or Iím in big trouble.
Thursday, July 2 View Page
Plenty of plant behind her. Been terminating a lot of secondaryís.
Friday, July 3 View Page
2051 is 8 days old today. Taking a long time to get on the ground this year but Iíd say by tomorrow (dap 9) sheís on the ground. Will probably be one of my smallest day 10s but day 10-20 is when it matters more.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Time to update on the 1989 Daletas. She is 4 days old today. This is the one that I need to work out because my main broke and this was the last pumpkin before break. Others werenít growing. Iíve terminated a lot of vines in the last few days. 8 secondaryís remain. 3 are 2-3 ft long. Last night the stem oozed a ton. I guess thatís a good sign but donít want it to get out of hand! Big plant behind her. Have to set her up soon. Cmon baby!
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Plant size behind her. Itís big and itís not done growing yet.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
In a week or so all secondaryís should be terminated
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Oozing stem. Need to keep this under control. I cut the roots and the node so that may help a bit.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
2051 is 9 days old today. A bit small for my liking. Time to feed heavier
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Looking at previous years this will be my smallest day 10. Plants all bigger too. Iím not feeding enough. They better be ready..
Sunday, July 5 View Page
The 2051 Marshall has reached dap 10! Sheís on the smaller side of the day 10s Iíve had in the past but feeling good! Loving the shape. Orange?
Sunday, July 5 View Page
Last year on dap 10. Cmon 2051. Kick into gear.
Sunday, July 5 View Page
Missed a huge thunderstorm tonight by just miles! Hail, 60 mph wind gusts with that! I did get some heavy rain though, extremely lucky that the core missed
Monday, July 6 View Page
The 2051 had a big surge of growth last night! Can you spot the stem split?
Monday, July 6 View Page
This happened quick! Iíll need to clean it up a bit.
Monday, July 6 View Page
This split on the bottom of the stem is getting bigger. Yikes..
Monday, July 6 View Page
Drone pic of the patch! Plants are almost done filling the 1900-2000 SF patch!
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
1989 dap 7! I needed this one to work out and so far she is. Keep on growing baby!
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
Sheís going to push to push with all that plant behind her. Setting them up today!
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
Secondaryís on the 1989 on the right. They will be terminated by this weekend. I donít think Iíve mentioned this yet but I will be going away for a week on Saturday. I donít want to but my parents are making me lol. I sure hope the pumpkins do alright! Stressful time to leave
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
We are rolling! Pumpkins are all set up. 1989 shown here. Plenty of plant behind her. Sheís 8 days old.
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
2051. Sheís 13 days old. Yes she is very small for day 13 but still showing signs of growth.
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
I believe I know why she is slow. Phosphorus is very low! So is sulfur and copper.
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
Even last year I had bigger day 13 then this
Wednesday, July 8 View Page
I picked up some triple phosphate and gypsum. That should help a lot with my things that are low.
Thursday, July 9 View Page
1989 Daletas will be all terminated by Saturday! Iím going away for a week then and I want to have them all terminated and weíre on track for that to happen. Got my sprinkler set up. Pumpkins should be good for a week.
Friday, July 10 View Page
2051 Marshall is 15 days old today. Looking good! One of the smaller 15 days but sheís gonna push.
Friday, July 10 View Page
Friday, July 10 View Page
1989 is 10 days old today. Lookin good!
Friday, July 10 View Page
2051 is going to be pretty!
Saturday, July 11 View Page
Goodbye pumpkins! Iíll be away for the next week. Canít wait to see all the growth when Iím back next Saturday
Monday, July 13 View Page
Crap. The plants took some hail.
Tuesday, July 14 View Page
Good morning from Green Lake Maine!
Saturday, July 18 View Page
Itís been a fantastic week here in Maine. Headed home today. Hopefully no big issues with the pumpkins.
Saturday, July 18 View Page
The house was right on the lake that we stayed at. Iíll miss it
Saturday, July 18 View Page
Goodbye Maine! Itís been an awesome week. Before I left I had to take my drone up for one last flight here. Went above the fog and it was incredible!! Enjoy these pics.
Saturday, July 18 View Page
Stunning
Saturday, July 18 View Page
Saturday, July 18 View Page
Iím not a happy camper! Got home and have bad numbers. 2051 is 23 days old but only estimated at 81 pounds. 1989 is 18 days old and only estimated at 61 pounds! They were real fast last weekend. 1989 plant is 800 SF and 2051 is around the same! Way behind from last year even with double the plant size!!
Saturday, July 18 View Page
2051
Saturday, July 18 View Page
1989
Saturday, July 18 View Page
Look at this!! Powdery mildew just a few months early! Unbelievable
Saturday, July 18 View Page
I need to take a chill pill. The numbers arenít good on the pumpkins but itís not a race. The plants are twice the size as last years so shouldnít the pumpkins be bigger? Well no. I had about 20 tertiarys on each plant and 8 secondaryís on the 2051. They were taking most of the energy. They were growing at least a foot a day because each tertiary or secondary was 3-6 ft long! Everything has been terminated so the pumpkins will hopefully respond now. No more growing plant! Thatís why I shouldnít of gone away for a week lol.
Saturday, July 18 View Page
Pile of tertiarys and some secondaryís. Cmon pumpkins. Kick into gear now. The energy is all yours.
Monday, July 20 View Page
Not very happy with my numbers. 2051 Marshall is 25 days old and only estimated at 100 pounds. 1989 is 20 days old and estimated at 82 pounds. Worst numbers Iíve ever had. Plants are big. Pumpkins need to kick into gear. Cmon!
Thursday, July 23 View Page
GO Gene Lariviere! I went to CT yesterday to visit Genes patch and oh my. He has some huge pumpkins early on. This one was estimated in the 690s and only 31 days old on the 1989 Daletas. Wow. He gave me permission to share.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Time for a pumpkin update. Not very happy. 2051 is 30 days old and only estimated at 203 pounds. Worst day 30 numbers Iíve ever had. 1989 is 25 days old and only estimated at 183 pounds. They donít want to do more than 23 pounds a day. 2020 being 2020. Iíll be happy to beat my PB at this rate.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
1989
Sunday, July 26 View Page
What a weird year itís been. Iíve only seen 2 SVB in my patch and no other bad pests. 1 SVB was caught in a trap weeks ago and I saw one flying around about a week ago. Nothing since then!
Sunday, July 26 View Page
Unbelievable sunset tonight!
Monday, July 27 View Page
1989 Daletas getting some nice color by the stem
Monday, July 27 View Page
Sheís 27 days old and tapes over 200 pounds. Should be in the 300s day 30
Monday, July 27 View Page
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
The 2051 Marshall is picking up steam! I was surprised to find her doing 32 pounds a day from 22 a few days ago. Very slow starter but now sheís picking up. Estimated at 311 pounds at 34 days old.
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
What a shame. Very sad
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
My pumpkin made the news from last year lol. The fair has only been canceled 2 times. During the Spanish flu in 1918 and during world war 2 in 1943-45. Sad!!
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Today I graduated from High School! Wow. Feels weird. Never would I of imagined that I would graduate in a pandemic in August. Itís been a ride for sure since day 1! Iíll miss seeing my friends but Iíll never forget them! Thank you Masco! Onto the next 4!
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Iíll miss everyone!
Sunday, August 2 View Page
Big disappointment with the 2051 Marshall. She was cruising at 32 pounds a day and in the last 3 days she dropped to 22 pounds or so a day. Not sure what caused that. Weather has been great. Warm nights, no big rains, been on top of watering. 38 days old and estimated at 417 pounds
Monday, August 3 View Page
Big winds coming tomorrow night. 45-55 mph wind gusts. Hopefully the plants hold up well!! Not much rain expected
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
Pumpkin plants getting destroyed by this storm!
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
Canít believe this
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
The 2051 is taking most of the damage. It better rebound!
Sunday, August 9 View Page
PUMPKIN UPDATE! This year has not been what Iíve hoped for but Iím happy that i have 2 pumpkins still going in 2020 so I canít complain. The 2051 Marshall is estimated at 600 pounds today. Dap 45. The 1989 Daletas is estimated at 560 points on dap 40. Pretty far behind from last year even with putting double the work in this year with bigger plants. Sometimes things donít always go the way you want. I think my chances at a PB are fading (1138) but weíll see!
Sunday, August 9 View Page
1989 Daletas
Sunday, August 9 View Page
The plants have rebounded from the storm! Wooo

 

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