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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 44 Entries.
Wednesday, March 24 View Page
10x15 for my 150 plant
 
Wednesday, March 24 View Page
The start of my 12x16 watermelon bed and greenhouse.
 
Friday, March 26 View Page
Added about 2 1/2 yards of leaf compost. Now need peat and top soil then add the hoops for the greenhouse.
 
Wednesday, May 12 View Page
150 sqft plant update —- 532 House made the final cut for my 150 plant. The cross is 1044 Gansert x 575 Wolf. Hoping for a nice orange one here. The plant that got culled was a 667 Wolf. Centered up the hoop house which will probably need to come off within the next couple weeks as the plant is starting to take off.
 
Wednesday, May 12 View Page
Melon hut is ready for plants. This cold weather will be here until Monday so that’s when I’ll transplant them out. Dimensions are 12 x 16’. Soil cables have ground temp at a nice 75 degrees now.
 
Monday, May 17 View Page
131” Tobeck long gourds heading for the trellis. I like to try and get a couple leaf node roots to grow before the plant heads up the trellis. Only one of these plants will stay.
 
Monday, May 17 View Page
Grafted watermelon plants went in the raised bed greenhouse yesterday. Left is 268 Houston and right is 259 McClassin. Both grafted to rampart gourd rootstock. Thanks Nick, Hank and Kerry Gross for all the help. Could not have gotten to this point without you advice. Only one plant will stay. I may throw a giant tomato or two in here as well. The bed is 12x16’.
 
Monday, May 17 View Page
2307 Wallace stretching its wings. Secondaries are picking up as well so vine burying will probably be starting very soon. Big Dummy, my pet Turkey, photobombed my pic.
 
Wednesday, June 16 View Page
150 sqft competition plant is ready to unleash the beast in the next entry.
 
Wednesday, June 16 View Page
Here she is. 532 House x 2307 Wallace. Pollinated on 6/8. She’s gonna be orange but not sure about the shape. I’m just happy to get one set. It was quite the challenge in such a small space. I’m growing in a 10x15’ rectangle.
 
Friday, June 18 View Page
150 sqft competition 10 DAP
 
Monday, June 21 View Page
150 Sqft competition fruit is all set up and ready to rock. 12 DAP
 
Tuesday, June 29 View Page
150 sqft competition DAP 20 OTT 155
 
Tuesday, June 29 View Page
Yep a picture of bare dirt. This is where my 470 Connolly bushel gourd was planted. It looked horrible and could not take the heat so it got pulled. Direct seeded some field pumpkins in its place. Bummed that I’m out of the game for BG this year.
 
Tuesday, June 29 View Page
Thinning out some tertiaries this evening and I found this lady. I will hopefully have a bunch to choose from in the next week or so and then it’s go time.
 
Thursday, July 1 View Page
Watermelon set up and ready to go. 259 McClasin grafted to Rampart rootstock.
 
Thursday, July 1 View Page
150 competition. Dap 23 est 153#. +20.5/day over past 3 days. Was hoping for more but weather hasn't been good neither.
 
Friday, July 9 View Page
259 McClasin went down due to stump rot…bummer
 
Friday, July 9 View Page
2307 Wallace stump surgery…
 
Friday, July 9 View Page
150 sqft competition. DAP 30 est 297 pounds
 
Friday, July 9 View Page
150 sqft competition plant
 
Wednesday, July 28 View Page
150 sqft competition. Dap 50. 623 pounds. She’s has slowed to <10/day
 
Saturday, August 7 View Page
150 sqft competition. 532 House x 2307 Wallace. She’s been steadily gaining around 10 pounds per day for the past 15-20 days. Down from low 20’s at her peak. Got some PM on the plant as well. Taping 720 pounds.
 
Saturday, August 7 View Page
2307 Wallace. Dap 50. Taping 1154. Mid 20 gains for the past 10 days.
 
Saturday, August 7 View Page
Decent long gourd going on the 130 Tobeck. Shown here is 8 days of growth. It’s the one on the left in the picture on the left. I culled the one beside it.
 
Sunday, August 15 View Page
Tip getting soft. Darn it.
 
Sunday, August 15 View Page
150 sqft competition. Pollinated on June 8th.
 
Sunday, August 15 View Page
395 OTT on this one. My biggest Ott was 400” in 2019 but the fruit went light and only weighed 1303 so I’m possibly in PB territory which is pretty cool. Been dealing with some rot on the main and I think it’s slowing the gains down. Currently doing low 20’s per day.
 
Sunday, August 15 View Page
My squash just never took off. Slow and steady. She has a nice shape and color.
 
Sunday, August 15 View Page
19 dap and stretching the tape to almost 32”. She could be something special if she holds together.
 
Wednesday, August 18 View Page
She split open in at least 3 different spots today. Stupid marrows… haha
 
Sunday, August 22 View Page
150 sqft competition. 532 House x 2307 Wallace. DAP 75. Taping north of 800 pounds. Still gaining but very slowly.
 
Friday, August 27 View Page
2307 Wallace taping 417.5” at day 70
 
Monday, September 6 View Page
150 sqft competition. DAP 90 and growth has slowed to a crawl. Estimated 856 pounds.
 
Monday, September 6 View Page
2307 Wallace estimated at 1665 on dap 78
 
Monday, September 6 View Page
Pic from a couple days ago. Dug hole today because she’s about to hit the ground. Trellis is 12’ tall.
 
Monday, September 6 View Page
I’ve had 3 tomatoes in the upper 4# range but still struggling to hit 5# this year. Have a couple nice ones left so we’ll see what happens.
 
Wednesday, September 15 View Page
Weighed my biggest tomato ever yesterday.
 
Wednesday, September 15 View Page
This thing is incredible. If I taped it right, it’s currently the 3rd longest ever grown in the world. Please please please stay solid until the weighoff.
 
Sunday, September 26 View Page
150 sqft competition plant. Hoping she can hold on for another 2 weeks. Planning on taking her to the Ohio Valley weighoff on 10/9.
 
Sunday, September 26 View Page
My 2307 Wallace grown on approximately 600 sqft of plant. She’s a tank.
 
Sunday, October 3 View Page
New pb and first weighoff win. So happy.
 
Sunday, October 3 View Page
Long gourd officially measured 152.25” and is a new PA and US record.
 
Saturday, October 9 View Page
150 sqft competition fruit. Weight was 889 pounds and also won the HD award at OVGPG. That’s a wrap for this season. Congratulations to everyone that got a fruit to the scale.
 

 

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