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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 26 Entries.
Wednesday, January 8 View Page
Happy New Year to all. 2020 was going to be an “off” year (famous last words) and still kind of is. This year we are going for Orange and otherwise just making a few power crosses. Here are a few of our seeds.
Tuesday, February 11 View Page
Last year we grew a couple marrows for fun so we thought we'd have another go this year, made possible by the generosity of Mr Mar(row)k Baggs.
Tuesday, February 11 View Page
Only another 2 months until we start the AG seeds. In the meantime, I received some field pumpkin seeds (some unsolicited). Thanks guys! We'll see if we can find some space to squeeze one or two of these in.
Tuesday, February 11 View Page
Last but not least, I thought to try a squash (1 max). There's a first for everything. Space is going to be an issue so we are going to have a lot of unofficial 150 sq. ft. patches going on.
Wednesday, March 25 View Page
Here's my patch in the valley where I hope to do a couple marrows and a squash. The mini Greenhouse is just trying to warm the soil up. Hard frost the last several nights in a row.
Wednesday, March 25 View Page
And it doesn't look set to warm up much any time soon, but you never know. Rumor has it, it's going to be a hot summer in the UK.
Tuesday, April 14 View Page
The Easter weekend was sunny and hot (for England) but it has cooled off again. Another cold night ahead but then it should start to warm up enough to plant out a few on the weekend. (Temps are in Celsius.)
Friday, April 17 View Page
There will be two main plants here and a bunch around the edges. This is where my daughter grew her 1256 last year. Hoping for a PB again this year.
Friday, April 17 View Page
We started some of our own seeds quite early. The 1256 (2070 Paton x 1752 THW) on the left is definitely ahead of the 1236 (2070 x 1080 Hochstetler).
Friday, April 17 View Page
We also planted out the Mendi plants a little early (2183.7 (1911 x 2469) and 1819 (2528 x 2469).
Friday, April 17 View Page
Here are the rest of the plants waiting to go out. Thanks to all the growers who sent seeds: Ian and Stuart, Glenna, Rubén, Jeff, Norm and others.
Monday, April 20 View Page
Got to give a shout-out to Vermont John. Both the 1215 and the 532 (pictured) germinated quicker that the other seeds and will definitely have a place in the garden.
Saturday, April 25 View Page
I'm not going to be growing squash this year after all as there was a fire in the glass house and all the plants burnt up (not my fault). So, Matt doesn't have to worry about the UK record being broken this year (at least not by me). Plants lost included the 1579 Podraza (1826 Wolf x self) and the 990 Heavy West (1871 Cutrupi x 2145). Both were pure 2145 genetics, but luckily my other plants were spared and are now safely in the ground.
Monday, April 27 View Page
The 1215 Young did make it into the patch and even if it doesn't have a lot of space we should get a decent sized orange pumpkin off it.
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
692 Podraza. This is any exciting cross: 2005 Haist x 2416 Haist. However, the first true leaves were shriveled and so far it has failed to really impress me. It was a pretty pumpkin though.
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
1462 Podraza (2416 x self). The first true leaf appears to have been scorched on a hot day last week. We got almost an inch and a half of rain in the last 48 hours. We needed it. Now we need some warmth and sun. All plants in the ground now.
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
1533 Rea (1501 x 1810). Doing well enough. Should produce a big orange pumpkin.
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
2183 Paton (1911 x 1875). I'm guessing this will produce our biggest pumpkin this year, but you never know. (We are only giving the 1533 and 2183 free rein. The rest are restricted by space.)
Wednesday, April 29 View Page
I'm trying giant tomatoes for the first time this year and will do one in a 5 gallon bucket, probably the 6.11 Smith (Delicious variety). 5.57 Smith (Domingo) will go outside to give it a bit more potential.
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
A rough week but better times are ahead. We had 3 nights of frost in the last 7 days: last Tuesday was 3 degrees Celcius, Wednesday was 2C and last night was down to 0 (proper freezing). The first frost caught us off guard and many of the plants suffered frost damage and a couple died (including 1354 Short - sorry Gerald). Yesterday we had high winds and one of the 1462's snapped completely off despite being inside a hut. Luckily we have a back-up.
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Here is the 1462 Podraza. So far so good. Actually doing better than the 2183 Paton at the moment. Now we finally have a bit of warm weather ahead of us.
Tuesday, May 19 View Page
2183 Mendi and 1819 Mendi getting ready to lay down. No complaints about these.
Tuesday, May 19 View Page
These are my daughter's 2183 Patons. Small but looking healthy.
Tuesday, May 19 View Page
These are my other daughter's 1533 Rea's. They have out grown the mini greenhouse so we will cull one today.
Thursday, May 21 View Page
Here are the marrows that germinated. So far the front runners are the 167, 125 and 165. I'll plant them all and select the strongest 4 or so.
Monday, June 1 View Page
5 gallon bucket challenge underway. 6.11 Smith.


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