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Tuesday, April 20 View Page
Guess it's time to get started. I had a knee replacement in January and it only took me three weeks to strain a tendon and a ligament where they meet the knee, Doctors said it should be healed by mid-summer. Knee is doing fine but tendon is coming along slow. So not sure how much i can do. This old fat guy hurts himself more than helps himself. So lets get on with it and see what happens!!
 
Tuesday, April 20 View Page
I will be starting some older seeds today and see how I make out. I really don't want to start some of the nice seeds i acquired this year if I can't take care of them SOOOO I'm starting with some great older orange. Will be starting 11-777 Youngs and 2- 907 Youngs. 777s are white seeds so we soaked them in hydrogen peroxide solution for an hour. Following that up with an hour soak in Gibberilic acid solution and then soak for a couple more hours in water then plant in starting medium. 907s will get the same. Will see if anything germinates and if not I've got plenty of nice orange for backups. Good Luck to all and Orange Rules!!
 
Monday, April 26 View Page
Science Experiment isn't going real well so far. Mr Young felt I would have a hard time getting any of them to germinate but you don't know unless you try???? So I started 7 -358 and 6 -318 Hoffmans a 600 Gansert 2020 DMG ( who in there right mind would plant a Gansert seed anyway) and a 681 Gansert and a 681 Dill McDonald. My knee is telling me to wait and just to waste my seeds and the Ganserts of course.
 
Thursday, April 29 View Page
Science experiment failed terribly. Pullled all seeds and tips rotted on all. Had a couple with short roots but then died.
 
Thursday, April 29 View Page
On a brighter note all 6 of my 358s are up...some 318s pushing dirt...and i forgot to mention I started a 1215 also and its up..happy camper here..see what tomorrow brings
 
Thursday, April 29 View Page
Soaking and starting a dozen 328 Hoffmans 907 Young x self...prettiest of the patch a couple years ago. I should have enough to get started.
 
Saturday, May 1 View Page
Started 5 of my 699s today. Stick a fork in me. I'm done.
 
Wednesday, May 5 View Page
It took 15 days but I had a 907 Young ( 1059 V/M x self) up this morning. Happy Camper here.
 
Thursday, May 20 View Page
Looks like it might be another 2nd half of a warm may. 2 years in a row!!! I Because of my knee replacement I'm only planting a few. Can't believe I'm growing two Gansert seeds. The man only grows ORANGE. I planted his 600 dmg from last year and a 681...can you say Orange. ( who in there right mind would grow a Gansert seed anyway..I grow more of his damaged seeds than he does!!) I also planted the 1215 Young...another Orange guy. It has potential as it grew a few beautys last year. Oh and I planted a couple of mine. Happy growing and like Norm says ORANGE RULES !
 
Saturday, July 3 View Page
I missed two flowers that opened this morning. Pollinated with what i had available. All ORANGE so life is good. 4 lobe mishapen on 600 dmg Gansert and nice solid 3 lobe on 681 Gansert.
 
Monday, July 12 View Page
pollinated 681 Gansert 5 lobe with 600 dmg Gansert this morning at 12'...expecting 600 to open tomorrow at 16'...and surprised by my 318 (666.5 Gansert x 775 dmg Gansert)opening this morning,.pollinated with 600 Gansert but will have to call it open pollination.
 
Wednesday, July 14 View Page
Garden did not like last night. Never had a main snap at 1 1/2' from the end..snapped it on on my 318 (666.5 Gansert x 775 dmg Gansert). Glad I had a pollination just before it.I am going to take care of two plants and the other 3 will grow multiples with little care...1215 being a real bitch about 9' of twisted vine and an open pollination this morning along with being selfed. Many turned over side vines and a bunch of my zukes got tipped over. Most of it my own fault because I couldn't keep up with everything I've got growing. Veggie Patch takes precedence over kins for an old fat guy. I like to eat. Mother Nature is a wonderful creature. She throws something different at you every year. Gotta Love It. Keeps you on your toes and you learn a lot.
 
Thursday, July 15 View Page
pollinated 600 dmg Gansert with my 318 this morning. Nice lookin 5 lobe..
 
Friday, July 16 View Page
Had another main snap at about a foot from end. I grow a lot of plants and never really seen this before. 1215 snapped about 1' from end.my problem child this year..always seems to be a Young seed is always my problem child. Had a pollination on problem child just before where it snapped. Life is good!!!
 
Monday, July 26 View Page
About cried when I culled this one a few days ago. 22 dap 681 Gansert..nicer one next kin out!!
 
Wednesday, July 28 View Page
Culled the 600 Gansert which is about identical to previous pic..growing very slowly and does not look healthy. I have an open pollination on main at over 20'. Will go with that and the 600 just turned into a multi-pumpkin producer..have several babies on secondaries.
 
Wednesday, July 28 View Page
My 318 open pollination has taken off the last several days. Approximately 17 days old with a 55 cc with a 131 ott. We'll see what happens.
 
Friday, July 30 View Page
The 681 I culled. Yellow to orange in a week and darker to come...
 
Saturday, July 31 View Page
681 Gansert that I culled the other one for. 19dap 60ccx42x43+145 ott..like these numbers a lot better but they both sure are pretty
 
Saturday, July 31 View Page
Also have my 318 at 19dap 64ccx45x45+154 ott...hate my cell phone for pics..she be pretty and will post a pic soon
 
Saturday, July 31 View Page
Put the phone under the truck tire and ran over it a few times and now it seems to be working. Pic of 318 Hoffman 666.5 Gannsert x 775 dng Gansert. Both Ganserts were smooth skinned last year and baby looks the same. Hoping for nice dark orange like mama and papa
 
Sunday, August 1 View Page
20 dap on 318 Hoffman 70cc 47x45 ott 162..put 6" on for circumfrence in a day..I'm a happy camper
 
Sunday, August 1 View Page
20 dap on 681 Gansert 64cc 44 x45..ott153,, i gotta like it
 
Thursday, August 5 View Page
He's been terrorizing my patch. Surprised he even fit into the 220 conibear. Took me five minutes to get him out.
 
Thursday, August 5 View Page
27 lbs..be eating on him for a week or more
 
Friday, August 6 View Page
There ya go Flat Norm..beat that!!
 
Sunday, August 8 View Page
My first mater off the 8.1 McDonald..1.15 lbs..was real good on the burgers. Nice Megabloom at about 5' that will get some special attention..18" cc right now..not bad for a 4 gallon pail
 
Sunday, August 8 View Page
25 day cc on 318 is 86"...25 day cc on 681 is 80"...I gotta like it
 
Sunday, August 8 View Page
One of two 4 gallon pails my friend Cheryl is growing the 8.1 McDonald in. Couple nice single bottom dwellers on this one. The other one is the one that has the nice megabloom. I will officially withdraw myself from the 5 gal bucket challenge as I do not have a viable plant going. Looking forward to seeing what Cheryl can do!!
 
Sunday, August 8 View Page
One of two 4 gallon pails my friend Cheryl is growing the 8.1 McDonald in. Couple nice single bottom dwellers on this one. The other one is the one that has the nice megabloom. I will officially withdraw myself from the 5 gal bucket challenge as I do not have a viable plant going. Looking forward to seeing what Cheryl can do!!
 
Wednesday, August 11 View Page
681 Gansert 30 dap..238 ott..was still hoping for Orange and better shape but it is what it is
 
Wednesday, August 11 View Page
My 318 ..30 dap..all Gansert genetics 231 ott..another i wish would turn orange.time will tell
 
Wednesday, August 11 View Page
1215 Young..My Problem Child this year. Only have the main and one side vine. Kins on both..woodchuck liked the one on side vine. Still growing..I'm a Happy Camper! John Thank You for specially selecting my seeds. Another classic.
 
Friday, August 13 View Page
Pulled some measurements today and am getting 27-30 lbs a day at 32 dap on two of my plants.. My 318=27 lbs a day ..681 Gansert=30lbs a day..3 day average
 
Monday, August 16 View Page
My best gains ever the last 3 days!! 681 did 116 lbs in the last 3 days..46 lbs last night even with temps in the high 40s at night and 35 dap. Hoping I taped it correctly. Hope i can get her to hold together for a while longer. Grow season about over here in a couple weeks.
 
Monday, August 16 View Page
681 still hoping for orange
 
Sunday, August 22 View Page
681 40 dap 128cc 82x 81=291
 
Sunday, August 22 View Page
my 318 40 dap 120cc 72x73=265 ott
 
Sunday, August 22 View Page
681 averaging 33 lbs a day last 10 days..318 averaging 16.5 lbs last 10 days..had tropcal storm Fred sit over me for a day when it stalled out. Soaked the patch and growth slowed considerably for a couple days. Things have picked back up and now we get Henri..3-6" predicted with up to 10" in some areas. River is already at spring level..we'll see what happens. Gotta love the Adirondacks!!
 
Monday, August 23 View Page
Got lucky..storm went southwest of me and when it turned around and headed east it went south of me...some rain..hope everybody fared well.
 
Friday, September 3 View Page
All good things must come to an end..RIP..318 Hoffman..50 day ott 278
 
Friday, September 3 View Page
681..only kin left..hope she holds together for a while longer..50 DAP Ott..317
 
Friday, September 3 View Page
681..only kin left..hope she holds together for a while longer..50 DAP Ott..317
 
Thursday, September 9 View Page
Just put the plant in the ground and let her go. Taping just under 100 lbs with no care..well maybe watered it a couple times..believe momma is 184 Thorrington..could be mistaken on mommas weight butt
 
Thursday, September 9 View Page
681 Gansert..still hoping for ORANGE
 
Thursday, September 9 View Page
pic of FP
 
Friday, September 10 View Page
60 Day Numbers on the 681 ...144cc..93 x89= 326 OTT
 
Sunday, September 12 View Page
My grandnephew and his mom stopped to take a peek at my kin
 
Sunday, September 12 View Page
be nice if i added a pic
 
Monday, September 13 View Page
2016 when he was 1 1/2 years old with a Prizewinner Kin
 
Tuesday, September 14 View Page
I put vinegar on corners of my sheet. Believe I have another woodchuck and I know I have deer. Sprinkled vinegar around on weeds surrounding plants.
 
Monday, September 20 View Page
70 dap 681 Gansert 148cc x94 x91=333 ott
 
Monday, September 20 View Page
A few nice days left weather wise so I'll pick the 681 on Wednesday before the rain starts. Been in the 40s at night so it's time to start the lawn display. The 681 should get a little bit of attention along with a couple 100 lb field pompkins. Just need a few cornstalk and I should be set. I'll weigh kin with 2 ton certified digital scale so I can see how she goes to chart.
 

 

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