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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 37 Entries.
Friday, July 24 View Page
Starting to get valid females now that the plant is long enough with some secondaryís. FYI, this is my very first time growing pumpkins, EVER! Spent hours searching online about hints and tricks, and i did not want a baby pumpkin, i wanted one at least as big as my head if not larger, tho not going for a prize winning one (not trying at least). I have limited space in that I did not want to take up my entire 400sq ft yard, so i decided to try to trestle it. Then i thought of the ladder I had in the garage, and it doesnít need a lot of sun to warm up. The downside is, i am not having extra roots into soil, and that may be my downside? The landscapers are awful and chop plants easily (mowed my flowers last year, argh) and this way I feel safer, and it provides more airflow etc. We only recently got weather over 24c, this year has been cooler. In two days weather warms up again 85-90F. I do get lots of sun... morning sun, then early afternoon into late evening when sun sets. Come fall I will get less but enough to still make it work. Ideally i want pumpkin 50lbs-100lbs, or two around 50lbs ish. Using generic $4 seed pack from Atlantic Giant. Pollinated one two days ago (pretty sure it took, next entry will show a photo) and pollinated another yesterday morning (thurs) so wont know about that one till prob Saturday or so. I added organic soil today as top up and fertilized last weekend with a lower nitro but higher phosphorous and potassium. Noticed a mole hill on outskirts of my lawn... is that going to be a problem? No idea how to get rid of them, they are always around yearly, i just stomp their holes and they make new ones lol. To be continued....
Friday, July 24 View Page
This is 3 DAP, cant tell if it took but was bigger than the day before... crossing fingers.
Friday, July 24 View Page
Had a vine split when i was moving vine for better support... sigh. So far nothing has seemed to suffer and i chose to deal with the split with clips, lol. It been working, so do I leave it or is there a time when it will be healed and i can take it off. Donít even know how long it takes for a vine to heal. Itís the main vine, that has an already pollinated pumpkin on it and an agressively growing tip with another female in the works in a couple of days, so it NEEDS to not fall apart on me, lol.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
5 days past pollination... today is Saturday, it was pollinated Monday. Cannot touch fingers around it, flower got soggy and made the female lobes inside very soft after rain, tho rains only lasted few hours. I chose to remove the flower, broke off some lobes and then thought what the heck, and took the last of it off. Nothing else is soft. So hope nothing bad comes from that... either me removing the lobes or the soft lobes to begin with... i was worrying it means its dying. There is another female up the main two feet or so, and another 2 ft from that one, but a few days out before it blooms, likely Tuesday is my guess.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
What my ladder vertical growing plant looks like atm. Trying to get that vine tip (top right ó sticking out front the ladder and up) to start growing down... its harder than i thought lol. Initially i thought the weight would slowly pull it down without breaking it as no pumpkins on the end yet. But it has a mind of its own which is UP! I think it needs to twist away from the fence and then it will go down, but sooner than later would be nice :) Plant looks even more healthy after I sprayed the dawn dish soap n water mixture... leaves more perky. Still seeing the odd insect but less of them.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
What my ladder vertical growing plant looks like atm. Trying to get that vine tip (top right ó sticking out front the ladder and up) to start growing down... its harder than i thought lol. Initially i thought the weight would slowly pull it down without breaking it as no pumpkins on the end yet. But it has a mind of its own which is UP! I think it needs to twist away from the fence and then it will go down, but sooner than later would be nice :) Plant looks even more healthy after I sprayed the dawn dish soap n water mixture... leaves more perky. Still seeing the odd insect but less of them.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Ladder plant, with first successful pollination, 3 DAP
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Mosquitos are so bad right now, i swear i go to check on the pumpkins and I am bit within seconds. I usually feel it a few hours later when the welts show up, i itch like crazy and today ive been bit 4 times in less than a few minutes. In between my knuckle, my neck, my ear. My forearm and the worst one that seems to hurt, palm of my hand above the wrist. I even wondered if i got bit by a spider and didnt notice, as its the only that hurts and its a bit red but nothing there to scratch in a typical mosquito bite, and its the only that throbs a bit. Never been bit by a spider as far as i know, so if it is, this will be a first :)
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Nice one on main that should be opening tomorrow (sunday morning) or the next. At least its a nice looking flower from the outside, guess ill know for sure when i see the inside
Sunday, July 26 View Page
Changed my mind... going to put some secondaries in soil and the main when it climbs back down.
Sunday, July 26 View Page
My spider bite or something from the garden - more red today and itchy itchy. Thought it was a mosquito bite but itís not like any of the others.
Sunday, July 26 View Page
Not rotten after the lobes I accidentally knocked off so thatís good news. More in a carriage position and working out a way to support it better.
Sunday, July 26 View Page
There is my vine split since photo didnít show up the last entry.
Sunday, July 26 View Page
Dap6
Monday, July 27 View Page
Gives you an idea of my smaller gardening space - planters r bottomless they just act as a barrier so the landscapers donít mulch it by accident. I swear sometimes they mow with their eyes closed.
Monday, July 27 View Page
My 5 DAP off main vine, ladder plant.
Monday, July 27 View Page
Photo: Down carriage style, off main, chain link plant.
Monday, July 27 View Page
Vine split and how i handled it... tried two times days ago and photo never showed up so hope this time it does.
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
Support for vines completed, but pumpkin was at bad angle so trying to move it a bit by using this sling to get better support for it.
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
Up she went, and now down she goes in an S curve. Will be on the ground by weekend.
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
This is 6 days after poll, on the ladder plant. The pot support is temporary as it grows, then i want something better underneath. Nothing i have at home and ready is good for that, so need to create or go purchase. Prefer a remnant plywood 3x3 ish... Covid just makes it harder.
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
Well... that peat pot I had for support, the pumpkin outgrew it in a day, lol. Literally was almost stuck it was that much growth. Took it out and canít wait to see what happens over next 24 hrs. So, my family said today - your not even going to get over 30lbs, why are you so gung ho. Isnít it easier to just go buy one. They donít get it, but I know you guys/gals reading this do. Not sure what I will end up with lb or size wise, but Iím going to give it my all and show people that I can do 30lb plus, even in a 3x12 space. Let the unknown genetics of my random seeds bring me luck!
Thursday, July 30 View Page
8 DAP, ladder plant. Second pollination aborted, never really grew. Chain link fruit seems stunted, tho still shiny and not soft - going to measure it later and if no growth I will sadly cull it. New pollination, 5lober, on chain link plant today. Must be a keeper as SOooooo many bees on it I lost count.
Thursday, July 30 View Page
Forgot the photo lol. At some point Iíd like to try to predict its weight.
Thursday, July 30 View Page
Pretty 5 lober being pollinated by numerous bees this morning. Makes my job easier :)
Thursday, July 30 View Page
DAP 8, ladder plant. Such a beauty with steady growth. After this pic I realized a ball cap fit quite well to hide the sun, so sheís in a pink cap till she outgrows it.
Thursday, July 30 View Page
8 days past pollination.
Friday, July 31 View Page
Beautiful 5 lober pollinated Thursday.
Friday, July 31 View Page
We will be 10 days old tomorrow and is getting a new place to rest her growing self on for the next two months. Got all I needed from Home Depot :) but need a cover from the rain still... Iíll do that next week before a good rain comes.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Platform is done - but wobbly a bit (if hit/pushed) so Iíll need two side supports 2ft long before next Friday when the landscapers come. If anyone will hit it, it will be them lol. Wonít fall over tho, but I donít want stress on the pumpkin stem here on out. Was scary enough to move the vine plus pumpkin BY MYSELF today (didnít have help nearby). But now Iím relieved and feel better about the whole thing. Pumpkin is under the pink hat which it almost fills in. Once it does pumpkin will be as big as my daughters head :) What do you think pumpkinPal?
Saturday, August 1 View Page
She is 10 days old today - 19 inches circum. I should be happy with this, right? Or should I be scared of an incoming monster lol.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
Trying for pic again of platform
Saturday, August 1 View Page
What bug is this? Consider it dead but this isnít the first Iíve seen it - saw a total of two others since I started this adventure. Got insecticide spray that says only works when bug gets sprayed or wet with it. Worst bug numbers wise Iíve seen is the spotted beetle. Still see them but not as much.
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
13DAP grew 2 inches circ overnight, noticeable before measuring. Also the pink hat is getting small lol.
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
Ha forgot the pic lol... Iím not a morning person, guess pumpkinella isnít either, didnít want to show her face!
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
My beautiful 6 lober tho she was pollinated yesterday but wanted to show her lobes. She was such a large flower, both wide and tall... my fiat could have fit inside the flower. Did I try it? I saw a big ass bee on her and was like nuh-uh, no way hozay!
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
Ariel view showing my small planting space. I can only plant 3 ft or so out from the fence line. vines def grew ground wise once they got down. In a few days Iíll likely start terminating some vines.

 

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