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Saturday, January 9 View Page
RIP Mark McWilliams, The bigpumpkins.com community lost a good one today. Cancer sucks
 
Saturday, February 13 View Page
One of our quarries near cedar rapids that took alot of the derecho wood chips, caught fire. Been up since 3 here since 4:30. Wanted me to work 14 hours, but I said no. Have a seed auction tonight. Hopefully its a good one
 
Saturday, February 13 View Page
Another picture, oh yeah its in the negatives as well
 
Saturday, February 20 View Page
Bags of bubbles ready to be shipped for Midwest auction. Heading to norlins with them. They may be out of town this week so please be patient they're on their way!
 
Tuesday, March 30 View Page
Looked at so many tomatoes last year going to try to give them a better effort this year, pumpkins still get priority of course.
 
Sunday, April 11 View Page
Like what Glenna did, as soon as it drys up going to see if the soil cables are working, think that's a big part why the greenhouse failed last year.
 
Sunday, April 11 View Page
Starting 8 today, 2552 mendi, 2350 tiger king, 2200 wolf x2, my 1222.5 x 2, and my 1587 x2. 1587 is same cross as 2114 Wallace and that seems to be very popular this year. May the best 4 win!
 
Sunday, April 11 View Page
Tomatoes, think I had about 20 out of 26 come up
 
Sunday, April 11 View Page
Another step closer, wiggle wire around the bottom makes fresh plastic a breeze! Like these hoops but wish I had made them a hair longer and wider
 
Sunday, April 11 View Page
This week looks dry, so next weekend final amendments, tilled, heating cables, and should be ready to go. Then I can concentrate on a wind fence
 
Sunday, April 25 View Page
All the baby's came up, 2 weeks old today, looking like a 2552 mendi, 2350 geinger, 2200 wolf and I really like how my 1587's look
 
Sunday, April 25 View Page
Great idea Glenna!
 
Sunday, April 25 View Page
All ready for the transplant, thinking Tuesday night. Supose to be 80 next couple days. Don't want to cook them to early
 
Sunday, April 25 View Page
Greenhouse tilled, probably spread the mustard seed next Sunday
 
Sunday, April 25 View Page
Last couple days before they head out to the campsites
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
So plants went out on the 27th, 1587 Caspers
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
Tiger king 2350
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
2200 wolf, I believe, should have did this that night lol
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
2552 got my camera in there so I can monitor from work
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
Dug out my long gourd trellis, fresh dirt and goodies next week after some bleach and copper fungicide roughly 15 wheel barrels of dirt
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
Today was putting in the north side fence post, 10 of them. Ordered some pretty good stuff off Amazon
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
1587 today, after a couple warm days they've yet to show any heat stress
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
Tiger kitty
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
2200 wolf
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
2552 mendi
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
Going to round up and broadfork 4 ft along the fence the full length and put landscape fabric down. Dedicated rooting area. Derek Sippel gave me the idea after seeing his on the patch tour a few years ago
 
Sunday, May 2 View Page
The area to the left of my hand is where some of my 21 giant tomato plants will go, same thing round up, broadfork and landscape fabric
 
Sunday, June 20 View Page
Been awhile, just way to darn busy lately. Here's the 21 tomato plants still doing alright, finally getting a little rain today, hot and dry for over the past month my plants only had one 5 min rain shower since I freed them from their hoops
 
Sunday, June 20 View Page
2200 wolf x 2552 pollinated on 6/13
 
Sunday, June 20 View Page
2552 mendi x 1587 caspers pollinated on the 14th
 
Sunday, June 20 View Page
2350 x 2200 wolf pollinated this morning, plant has been a headache scorches in the dark it hates the sun that badly. Only plant of my 8 I started who's 1st true leaf burned in the basement. Does great on no sun days.
 
Sunday, June 20 View Page
1587 x 2552 growing fast nice shape. Pollinated on 6/15
 
Sunday, June 20 View Page
Long gourds doing great in the fresh dirt, have a Brown tall sunflower on each 4x4 as well
 
Sunday, June 20 View Page
From a 8 ft ladder looking at patch from the greenhouse door
 
Sunday, July 11 View Page
2200 wolf x 2552 mendi 28DAP
 
Sunday, July 11 View Page
Finally got one going on the 2552 crossed with 2200 roughly 16 DAP
 
Sunday, July 11 View Page
Crispy cringer throwing a beautiful pumpkin 2350 x 2200 21 DAP
 
Sunday, July 11 View Page
1587 x 2552 going to roll over her blossom this week 26 DAP
 
Sunday, July 11 View Page
Pretty big leafs on a couple plants
 
Sunday, July 11 View Page
From a 8 ft ladder by the greenhouse
 
Sunday, July 11 View Page
From other end
 
Thursday, July 29 View Page
So my 2200 wolf has decided it might want to go to Iowa state fair. It has the largest main vine feeding it, plant is healthy except for one spot on main iam healing right now. It gets everything all the others get, just doesn't respond. I am letting a open go down the line it's close to 10 dap.
 
Thursday, July 29 View Page
2552 mendi, don't have my notes in front of me but really picked up pace here past few days pretty consistent 42# per day for at least last 10
 
Thursday, July 29 View Page
2350 think we're a day or 2 shy of 40, but she's beautiful. Did fine a few svb bastards early close to main.
 
Thursday, July 29 View Page
My 1587, if this keeps on trucking don't be surprised to see it in the top 20 overall this year. But as we all know disaster is right around every corner so fingers crossed!
 
Thursday, July 29 View Page
Wrong picture this is the 1587, I hope lol
 
Sunday, August 8 View Page
2200 wolf, going to des Moines this Friday, just not much growth after day 25
 
Sunday, August 8 View Page
Main vine totally skipping the 2200 fruit, huge!
 
Sunday, August 8 View Page
2552 mendi, doing alright
 
Sunday, August 8 View Page
2350 looking pretty
 
Sunday, August 8 View Page
1587 makes me smile, on pace for something special
 
Sunday, August 8 View Page
Side view
 
Sunday, August 8 View Page
From above! With alba
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
So the 2200 wolf that just didn't want to grow, took 4th at the iowa state fair
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
And of course the 1587 blew its main by the stem, was on pace for 1950-2200 17 days later still hanging on moving at snails pace
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
2200 wolf x Open 2nd attempt growing much better roughly 37 days old and 700 lbs
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
Bonus entry on the 2200 for a late weigh off
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
2552 mendi 66 dap, over 400" averaging 20 lbs a day
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
2350 x 2200 70 dap, she's pretty also over 400"
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
1587 x 2552 mendi should be about 450" tonight, it's not, thanks to that blow out
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
Life support, air bubbler keeping it dry
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
From the ladder
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
Other end
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
Unofficial personal best 4.2 lbs. Dqued for blossom end leak grown on the 9.44 La Rue
 
Sunday, August 29 View Page
Dark spot close to my hat tore apart inside, enough to leave a puddle on the counter
 
Sunday, September 12 View Page
Well a month of doctoring my 1587 x 2552 mendi came to end thos weekend, what little bit was still attached wasn't doing much, she went light officially measured at 419" for a estimated weight of 1592 came in with official weight of 1470 good enough for 3rd at kenosha. Thinking Bloomfield for my 2350 hopefully it's growth cracks can take a break!
 

 

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