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Tuesday, April 21 View Page
Well, the weather hasn't been great, but it is supposed to warm up a little for a couple days. I guess that means it's time to get the seeds out! Don't want to fall behind!
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
A good day pumpkin wise! Kat wise :( Warm day today - melted snow and a black garden. Peeked at the seeds just before bed. The 1543 Carley has a root tip poking out. Germination!! I decided to start with two 1543 Carleys and two 1126 Dixons. For germination, this year I used a heat mat and the paper towel baggy method. Seeds were filed and soaked for 8 hrs.
Sunday, April 26 View Page
Took the seeds out of the paper towel and baggy - not the best results. 3 of the 4 look like they may not make it. Only 1 of the 1126 Dixons had a nice root growing. The others seemed shriveled up. Next year, I will germinate in soil with a germination station. Used a small one on the spaghetti squash in yogurt containers and it seemed to work a lot better. Planted another 1126 Dixon and 3 of the 402 Dixons (1684.5 Delaney X 1421 Stelts). Fingers crossed!
Monday, April 27 View Page
The 1126 A is poking out of the dirt! This is the one that had the good root. Woo hoo! We will see what happens with the others. Hopefully they are not too set back or dead.
Tuesday, April 28 View Page
A 1543 Carley is out! Yes! Seems to be growing very fast actually. On the 1126, the end of one of the cots is yellow and hard. Maybe it was stuck to the hull?
Saturday, May 2 View Page
Was quite happy to see the first true leaves forming on the seedlings, but upon closer inspection it looks like the 1543 has a problem. Four leaves are growing at the same time. Not sure what this is, but I will let it grow and see what it does.
Tuesday, May 5 View Page
All seeds germinated from both batches. The 1543 (B) was the last to pop, but that was because of the root problem in the baggy. For next year, plant 2-3 seeds of each pumpkin and look for the best plant. Sometimes they grow and are defective. If I use the coffee cans for pots again, cut off the bottom and put the rim and lid on the bottom. I thought I could slide everything out the bottom come planting time, but the weather didn't let me get them outside soon enough. They were too big.
Tuesday, May 12 View Page
The weather is still very cold. The last two nights have been around -8/9 degrees C. Just south of us they got 4 inches of snow! Not a great way to start the growing season. It is coming down to the 1126 Dixon and 402 Dixon. Despite being started 5 days later, this one 402 is growing quite well. It has bigger cots and first true leaves than the 1126. Going to be a tough call for which gets the prime spot in the garden!
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Well the 1126 Dixon better behave and grow me a nice BIG pumpkin! She's the one that gets to grow in the garden and get all the "extras." The rest get to live in the field (402 Dixon, 1543 Carley, 1126 Dixon B) This year they will only receive water for the most part. I am going to see if there is a true difference between getting all the goodies and growing in the regular soil here. Cornie Banman of Schanzenfeld, Manitoba says he grew his 1660.5 (2019) without any fertilizers. Hopefully they like the first part of their lives in the hoops!
Sunday, May 17 View Page
It may be windy, but the hatches are battened down and we're holdin' on! 40 km/h winds for the next few days. Had to take the plastic off the hoops and build some make shift wind blocks because the wind was getting way to strong.


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