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Sunday, March 15 View Page
Hello Everyone... Did you know that in Joisey, When they test you for the virus... They also test you for that tick disease!!! Yup.... true story!!!
Sunday, March 15 View Page
cant have Corona without the Lyme!!! LMAO!!! But seriously.... Hope everyone is safe...Hopefully this will not be as bad as the pundits are predicting!! And hopefully team Pilley will be entering a pumpkin in 2020 weigh-offs!!! good luck all!!!
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Ok... 2020 season... Here we go.... Lineup change thanks to Covid19... Crazy busy with work... Not sure how much attention will be given overall... Who knows if there will even be a weigh-off... Going with 1806 Sperry and 1921 Carrier.... 4 for 4 on germination.... Let's all hope for the best this year!!!
Friday, May 22 View Page
The 'Kins are in... 2020 season is now officially under way... Here is 1921 Carrier
Friday, May 22 View Page
The 'Kins are in... 2020 season is officially under way!!!!! Here is 1921 Carrier plants
Friday, May 22 View Page
1806 Sperry plants
Sunday, June 7 View Page
My nephew chose which plant to keep in each spot... Here he is culling the other 1806 Sperry... Tough decisions as all 4 plants looked very healthy... But he made them... Now we work with the ones he kept!!!
Monday, June 8 View Page
1921 Carrier.... Starting it's run!!
Monday, June 8 View Page
1806 Sperry... Just about to lay down and start it's run...
Saturday, June 20 View Page
1921 Carrier... Really starting to take off... Gave plants a drench of kelp and NPK grow microbes.... Also foliar of 3 in 1 been oil....
Saturday, June 20 View Page
1806 Sperry... Slower than Carrier... Side vines just starting...
Saturday, June 20 View Page
1806 Sperry... Take 2.... My now 11 yr old nephew.. (turned 11 on Tuesday) Did a phenomenal job putting together the irrigation system...
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
1921 Carrier... Starting to spread it's "wings".... Hopefully will do a pollination in a week....
Tuesday, June 23 View Page
Gave the plants foliar NPK Raw... And sprayed Bio-repel throughout....
Friday, June 26 View Page
Buried vines this afternoon... Added Azos, Mycorrhiza, and blood meal for nitrogen boost...
Friday, June 26 View Page
My nephew working on the irrigation...
Sunday, June 28 View Page
Trying something new this year... The last 2 yrs... I was putting out SVB traps by early-mid June... While they worked pretty well by catching a lot of SVB moths.... I still had quite the problem past 2 seasons... Maybe the traps were attracting them? (I did put traps away from the plants themselves).. So this year, I plan on waiting till I see science of them.. 2-fold approach... 1... Checking under the leaves every other day for eggs... 2... Been spraying Biorepel that I bought from Holland's Giants... I have BT and Capt. Jack's deadbug at the ready.... So far, so good... But I am not letting my guard down at all!!!!
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
Looks like 1st pollination on 1921 Carrier.... About 12' out...did some vine burying.. also made compost brewer using 1/2" PVC to fit in 5gal bucket...
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
Now this is cute... My nephew Knevin Cole inspecting for SVB eggs with his patch dog Jagger... So far, so good still.. But must be ever vigilant
Friday, July 3 View Page
Made my first compost tea using W.O.W. compost tea packets... 36 hrs brewing... Then applied foliar on everything this morning...
Friday, July 3 View Page
Here is the 1921 Carrier plant... She is really stretching out nicely!! Only problem is just like last year... Starting to get really hot at pollination time... Right now I have my 1st set shaded with 2 ice bottles near it and a wet towel too keep the baby 'kin just a lil cooler...
Saturday, July 4 View Page
Happy 4th of July all!!!
Saturday, July 4 View Page
1921 Carrier... 3DAP
Saturday, July 4 View Page
My sunflowers are very weird... I started several indoors, with the pumpkins..This biggest one, has a massive stalk.... 3 others have already bloomed... But are now closing back up... 1 of the sunflowers has shot off 4 offshoots... Just gonna let things go and see what happens
Sunday, July 5 View Page
Pollination #2 on 1921 Carrier... Perfect 4 lober... Should have 1st pollination tomorrow on 1806 Sperry... Saw 1st cuke beetle today... Time for some Capt. Jack's tonight...
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
1921 Carrier.... Have 2 pollinations on this one... 1st on July 1.... 2nd on July 5... Starting to terminate the side vines that reached the silt fence...
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
Pollination #1. 6DAP on 1921 Carrier... Not liking this one as it is really slow growing...
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
#2. 2DAP on 1921 Carrier... Already same size as #1... Hoping this will be the keeper.... Will do a 3rd pollination just in case
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
Pollination #1 1DAP on 1806 Sperry... Not the best plant as it doesn't have great side vines growing... But otherwise, plant is healthy
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
Gave everything most likely last dose of NPK Grow... Most likely switch to Bloom next time.... Here is 1806 Sperry... Not pretty... But she's still chugging along...
Tuesday, July 7 View Page
Here is my "MONSTER" Sunflower... Never had one so thick before... Very interested to see how this ends up....
Friday, July 10 View Page
Corn took a hit
Saturday, July 11 View Page
So. The 1st pollinations on each plant aren't going to make it... But here's 2nd pollination on 1921 Carrier... 6DAP.... Here's hoping!!!
Saturday, July 11 View Page
Corn pic
Monday, July 13 View Page
Best looking plant I've had in past few years... Just can't get a set to go past 7 days.... ugggh
Monday, July 13 View Page
Hopefully 3rd time is a charm...
Tuesday, July 14 View Page
1921 Carrier.... Doing everything right except getting a lil 'kin past 7 days.... Hopefully 3rd times a charm.... Really need this set to take...
Tuesday, July 14 View Page
3rd set... 4DAP.... Looking better than the 1st 2 already!! Fingers crossed!!
Tuesday, July 14 View Page
Applied compost tea in foliar... Also sprayed neem oil... Still haven't seen any SVB's.. (knock on wood). Seeing some cuke beetles though...
Wednesday, July 15 View Page
Please... Please be the one!!! 5DAP....
Wednesday, July 15 View Page
Pic from previous post
Friday, July 17 View Page
7DAP on 1921 Carrier....
Friday, July 17 View Page
Put the mill fabric underneath....
Sunday, July 19 View Page
1921 Carrier... 9DAP.... Gonna be almost 100 next 2 days....
Sunday, July 19 View Page
1921 Carrier... Got the pumpkin tent constructed...
Monday, July 20 View Page
10DAP!!!! Didn't have a 'kin make it this far last year... So this feels so much better.... Still a ways to go obviously.... Drenched with WOW seaweed powder....
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
1921 Carrier plant 11DAP.... terminated a few more side vines... Trimmed around the main by the 'kin.... After the disasters of past 2 years... It's really heartening to see hard work starting to pay off a lil... Long, long ways to go... But looking forward to it...
Wednesday, July 22 View Page
1921 Carrier 12DAP... Starting to take off!!!
Wednesday, July 22 View Page
1921 Carrier plant... Sprayed Malathion last night for cuke beetles... Still no evidence of any SVB's....fingers crossed...
Thursday, July 23 View Page
And we are now on the OTT chart!!! Measured in at 93" on day 13!!!! Put on 13" in 24hrs!!!
Friday, July 24 View Page
1921 Carrier 14DAP.... 107"OTT... 35lbs est....
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Day 15 #'s... 120" OTT... Est... 46lbs... Foliar combo of NPK Bloom and Actinovate...
Sunday, July 26 View Page
1921 Carrier 'kin measurements... 133" OTT.. For Est. Weight of 60lbs... 14lbs in past 24 hrs!!! Sprayed foliar compost tea this evening..
Sunday, July 26 View Page
1921 Carrier 'kin measurements... 133" OTT.. For Est. Weight of 60lbs... 14lbs in past 24 hrs!!! Sprayed foliar compost tea this evening..
Monday, July 27 View Page
17DAP.... Gained Est... 20lbs in 24hrs....WOW!!!! So excited!!!
Monday, July 27 View Page
Inevitable to find this.... But...... We did!!! Not gonna let squash bugs rule the patch this year!!!!
Monday, July 27 View Page
Pic from 20lb post
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Ugggh.... SVB'S..... Found 6 this evening... Luckily, I got them as they were just starting to burrow in... Sprayed surrounding leaves with BT... Also did foliar of NPK kelp...
Thursday, July 30 View Page
1921 Carrier plant... So exciting to see hard work starting to pay off.... 183"OTT... 144lbs est... 20DAP... 23lbs last 24hrs... So she is still cranking up...
Friday, July 31 View Page
1921 Carrier plant... DAP 21... She is still cranking up the poundage.... Found a few more SVB'S... Again got them before they did any real damage... Foliar of NPK Bloom microbes... Also sprayed Bayer Advanced for the cuke beetles... nephew started brewing WOW compost tea for Sunday application...
Sunday, August 2 View Page
Punkelton at 23DAP... 212"OTT.. est weight 220lbs... Put on 160lbs past 7days....
Sunday, August 2 View Page
Today foliar sprayed compost tea... Also sprayed leaves with 50% solution milk and water as this is when powdery mildew usually starts to set in...
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
Ugggh.... Of course.... Finally get things going right... And Hurricane...... Really frustrating... Hopefully not too much damage...
Thursday, August 6 View Page
Punkelton at 27DAP is now 241"OTT... Est.. weight of 323lbs.. after all the rain... Letting the patch dry out a lil... Will go NPK Bloom tomorrow...

 

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