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Saturday, April 4 View Page
Perlite tilled into planting sites. Rain tonight and tomorrow so tarps on until I have time to put cables and hoops down on Monday.
Monday, April 6 View Page
Soil cables in and hoop house on the main planting site today. Now time to sit back and watch it rain for the next two weeks
Monday, April 6 View Page
This is where I usually grow my regular garden. Going to try a 150sqft pumpkin here this year.
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
This post is a thank you to Rodebaugh. Even more than the sunflower seeds I had requested he sent me a Mountain State Giant Grower’s patch which really means a lot to me as all of my family comes from the great state of West Virginia. Thanks again Chris
Thursday, April 16 View Page
Started two 1884 Crews today. Figured out that my laundry room stays 85-86 degrees with the door closed. If both germinate they will go in my main patch and one will be culled.
Sunday, April 26 View Page
This is my 1891 Harnica. I was very excited for this 23% heavy plant. One of the cots got stuck in the seed coat under the soil and the plant pulled away from it. I had to do some digging to get it out. Guess I will see how starts out as a one cot wonder!
Sunday, April 26 View Page
1938 Urena, 2269 Haist, and 1884 Crews all looking good. The 2269 had a small cot and they are kinda funky but should be ok. I’m using pieces of wood under the pots so I can adjust the height of each one individually if needed. Other seeds that popped out of the dirt today are 2469 Daletas, 1625 Gantner, and the poor 1891 Harnica. All of these will be grown between myself, my dad and a friend.
Sunday, April 26 View Page
Here are the root nodes on the stem of a 1615 Thompson that I mentioned in the new growers forum
Monday, April 27 View Page
Transplanted the 1884 Crews into a 2 gallon bag today. Hoping to plant this weekend
Monday, April 27 View Page
Roots on the 1884 Crews. Plant is one week old today.
Saturday, May 2 View Page
1884 Crews and 1938 Urena went in the ground this morning.
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
Should be the last night I have to drag the tarp over the hoop. Tarp gives me an extra 5 degrees. So far been able to keep it in the 60’s when temps are right around freezing. 1884 Crews getting the extra attention right now with the light. Also tilled a little more of my cover crop in around the hoop with lots of rain in the forecast for the next few weeks. I could only hope to have growing out of the hoop be a problem.
Thursday, May 14 View Page
Here’s where my 150 patch was going to be. Moved to a different location and got them planted right before this monsoon hit. 1891 Harnica and 1625 Gantner in the ground. 1625 is my 150.
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
Got a system rigged up to collect rain water. Each tote is 275 gallons
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
1884 Crews and 1938 Urena doing ok despite the lack of sunshine lately.
Monday, May 25 View Page
1884 Crews and 1938 Urena both on the ground now. Decision day looming. Good weather in the forecast so they should really start to go. Did about 6” today.
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Culled the 1938 Urena today. 1884 Crews has the hoop to itself now. Did another 6” today in 92 degree heat. Going to do my final till tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 2 View Page
First female showed up on the 1884 Crews today
Tuesday, June 2 View Page
She’s truckin right along, pushing 7 feet, secondaries starting to move. Hoop will come off Thursday after the severe storms tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 3 View Page
1625 Gantner. This is my 150 contest plant. Will post the required hoop house photo soon.
Thursday, June 4 View Page
1884 Crews “unleashed”
Monday, June 8 View Page
Official 150 sq ft entry photo. Hoop came off yesterday. Marked the area (10x15) with bamboo and string tonight. Plant is 1625 Gantner.
Tuesday, June 9 View Page
Last two male flowers on the 1884 have been odd colored. I have no idea. Someone help me out with what is going on here.
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Throwback Thursday. This is my grandfather Allen “Big Al” Kisamore and I with the 2416 Haist in 2018. Grandpa was the one who got me interested in giant pumpkins. He grew back in the mid 90’s the first few years the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers existed. He was super excited when I offered to take him to the weigh off and also when I said I was gonna try to grow one. Sadly he passed away last July at 88 years old. I guess you could also say this is my motivation photo. Trying to beat his personal best of 571 in 1995 or 1996 I can’t remember, I’d have to go look at all of the OVGPG newsletters he had saved from back in those days.
Monday, June 22 View Page
Storm today snapped the tip off the main vine on my 1625 Gantner. Not a happy camper. Should have one to pollinate in the morning on my 1884 Crews at 15 feet
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
Every blossom in the 1884 Crews has been a perfect 5 lober. This one is about 21 feet out.
Saturday, July 4 View Page
150 patch. 1625 Gantner x Self. 10 DAP
Friday, July 10 View Page
1884 Crews. 10 DAP. 27” CC. Tons of secondaries behind this fruit but all week temps in the 90’s have been burning them off like crazy.
Sunday, July 12 View Page
1891 Harnica x 1625 Gantner 10Dap 30” CC
Tuesday, July 14 View Page
150 plant keeper. 1625 Gantner x self. 20 Dap. She’s got some scars where some dumbass hit her with a little round up (me). But she’s growin good. 54” CC
Monday, July 20 View Page
1884 Crews x 1625 Gantner. Dap 20. 68.5” cc. Came home last week to the blossom starting to rot. Cut out as much as I could. Washed with alcohol and sealed with daconil. Hopefully she holds.
Wednesday, July 22 View Page
1891 Harnica x 1625 Gantner. Dap 20. 82” cc. My biggest day 20 on a plant that’s only 200 square feet.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
1884 Crews. Dap 25. 88”cc
Monday, July 27 View Page
1891 Harnica Dap 25. 100”cc
Thursday, July 30 View Page
1884 Crews Dap30. 100” cc. Only doing 24lbs a day. Hopefully she kicks it in gear.
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
1884 Crews Dap35. 110”cc. Still doing low 20’s a day. But she’s a new PB surpassing my 383 in my first year last year
Saturday, August 8 View Page
The new guardian of the patch Punkin aka Punk. Pictured here with my dad’s 1689 Platte which is 504 pounds on Dap 32. His first year growing and his goal was 500 pounds. Very pound of him. He’s gonna pass my pumpkins up. Guess I’m a better coach than a player.
Thursday, August 13 View Page
Pulled the pumpkin on my 150 plant yesterday. Had stopped growing. Never did grow right after the incident with the round up early on. Pollinated another one on the only vine still growing. Will try to get a weight on it. For now 185 Est (1625xself)
Friday, August 14 View Page
1689 Platte at Dad’s. Dap 38. Staying steady over 30# per day.
Wednesday, August 26 View Page
Finally cut open my first 150 pumpkin (1625 Gantner) Here is the cross section. No wonder this seed goes heavy.
Wednesday, September 2 View Page
Dad super excited his 1689 Platte taping over 1000 pounds in his first year growing.
Friday, September 25 View Page
Before we left for Barnesville. Dad in his first year growing took 8th place with his 1199 Kisamore 2020 (2469 Daletas x 1891 Harnica) 14% Heavy! And my pumpkin is now the 722 Kisamore 2020 (1891 Harnica x 1625 Gantner) 4% Heavy. Accomplished my number one goal for the year which was getting one to the scale. We both have another pumpkin to take to Canfield, hopefully we can make top 30 lol
Saturday, October 3 View Page
2021 has begun. Bought a house on 10 acres. Plowed about 10,000 sqft. Plan is that it will be two patches and I will only amend and not grow on one for the first three years.
Friday, October 9 View Page
Loaded for Canfield
Saturday, October 10 View Page
872 pounds. A new PB. 1884 Crews x 1625.5 Gantner. 6% heavy
Saturday, October 10 View Page
1326.5 pounds. Good enough for 9th place at Canfield in his first year growing. Very proud of dad. 1689 Platte x 2469 Daletas 10% heavy.
Saturday, October 10 View Page
As soon as I got home from Canfield it was back to work on next years patch. 60 yards of composted manure spread and tilled in.


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