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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 41 Entries.
Monday, April 6 View Page
First tilling done. Soil sample sent into Western Labs. Applied 40 lbs gypsum to the 500 sq ft plot. Granddaughters helping out.
 
Friday, April 10 View Page
Ready for the heating cables. Cables tested and working. Rain in forcast this PM. I am going to tye the heating cables to a 4x4 piece of hardware wire and attach with small wire ties. Next fall, the hardware wire, heating cables and all should come out in one piece and be ready for the next year.
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Got my soil test back from Western Labs. Looks like things are progressing well at trying to get this plot in good tilth and productivity. I wish I would not have applied the gypsum. Went on hope of conditioning my clays and increasing porosity. An agronomist friend of mine said that gyspum really helped his plot, so I gave it a try. Time will tell. Already have too much Ca and have been having trouble getting my pH down. Sulfer in the gysum may help things balance a bit, I hope so. I am going to just procede with Western Labs recommendations and act like the gypsum was never applied. This is my fertilization list for this spring based on test results and a 500 sq ft plot. 7.5 lbs of 0-10-0, Bone Meal = .75 lbs actual P 3.0 lbs of 21-0-0 +24% sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate = .75 lbs actual sulfate + .63 lbs actual N 1.0 lbs of 46-0-0, Urea = .5 lbs actual N 4.5 lbs of elemental sulfur I have on hand, but need to research a little more before I apply. I want to apply in a 5:2 humic/kelp ratio, but don't really know how much to apply on the 500 sq ft. 20 lbs leonardite humic acid 50 lbs organic kelp meal
 
Sunday, April 12 View Page
This will help flatten the curve on the spring fever.
 
Sunday, April 12 View Page
April 11 last year. I'm startiing to see a pattern here.
 
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
Cables attached to wire poultry fence. My idea is this is way easier than getting all that cable into formation when just loose on the bottom of the hole. Secondly, when it comes time to dig them back up, I can pull up the whole thing in one piece, then clean and roll up ready for use the next year. I don't know for sure, but with the heating cables being attached to the wire in many places, will it help disapate the heat into the soil better?
 
Thursday, April 16 View Page
Cables are ready to cover. Amending the soil I took out with: humic, kelp, fish meal, myco, and worm castings. My alfalfa meal is on a slow boat from Amazon prime, will not be delivered until May 4. It is considered nonessential, so toilet paper takes a priority. Otherwise, the alfalfa meal would also be added.
 
Thursday, April 16 View Page
First round seed lineup.
 
Thursday, April 16 View Page
Ready to go
 
Friday, April 17 View Page
Cables on and cloche in place. Beginning soil temp at 6 inches is 44 degrees
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
The two 1211 Borgers have broken the soil. Soil temp in cloche at 6 inches is 59 degrees. Warming 5 degrees per day.
 
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
Had one of my 11 year old 713 Winey germinate and even though not the most health looking, it is growing. Soil temp at 6 inches is 60 degrees inside the cloche.
 
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
Giving them some sun.
 
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
Outside soil temp 50 degrees.
 
Saturday, April 25 View Page
Five days old, getting too stretchy, planning on putting out in cloche today or tomorrow.
 
Tuesday, April 28 View Page
All amendments and fertilizers applied and incorporated. Heat cables have the soil in the stump area have been on for several days with the cloche over the top and ready for the plants. I have two 1211 Borgers that are looking real good. Both will be put in the ground tomorrow and the one will be culled later on.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
Plants grown well since transplanting into the cloche.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
Corner set up, going for diamond shape instead of xmas tree shape.
 
Sunday, May 3 View Page
Used all my myco from last year when transplanting the 1211's. Purchased a pound of Rons WOW myco.
 
Monday, May 4 View Page
Filed and soaked ten 337 Johnson 18's and have them in wet paper towel on germ mat. Scarified 8 long gourd seeds, soaked and have in towels on germ mat.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
20 days old, 10 days in the cloche. Looking good. One slightly larger, but both nice.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
This is the better of the two.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
This slightly behind. Did not take the transplanting as good as the other. The seed, 1211 Borgers 18, is something like five generations inbred, no wonder they are acting like clones.
 
Monday, May 18 View Page
Should be landing later this week. One plant is still clearly ahead of the other, but want to make sure the better of the two doesn't have some kind of troubled landing.
 
Friday, May 22 View Page
She has landed and off running. Going to wait a couple days and check for cracks once again. It lookis like a great bend with no kinks. If all is still good, the other will be culled.
 
Friday, May 22 View Page
Found a bug that I do not know what it is.
 
Friday, May 22 View Page
Another shot, pretty small.
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
Plants are looking good. Down and running. Will be culling soon, so hard to kill the runt.
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
337 Johnson transplanted into patch. 150 sq ft.
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Culling done and down to one. Stretching long nicely. 1211 Borgers
 
Wednesday, May 27 View Page
Growing a lot every day now. At least a week ahead of last year.
 
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Growing several inches a day. Seems like it gets longer overnight.
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
Built an awesome airated tea maker. Turned out great and works exactly as claimed
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
A look at how it is constructed.
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
Materials list.
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
A couple starter recipes.
 
Saturday, May 30 View Page
Got a batch of aerated tea going. Giving it 24 hour then a drenching is in order.
 
Saturday, May 30 View Page
Vine is 70 inches.
 
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Tea foaming ready for drenching
 
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Not looking the best, but 337 Johnson is in place for 150 sq ft grow
 
Tuesday, June 2 View Page
1211 Borgers Been in the nineties the last couple days. Had some flagging on the newer leaves. Eighties the next several days, should be great pumpkin growing!!
 

 

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