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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 24 Entries.
Thursday, June 9 View Page
Hi everybody. I haven't brought a decent sized pumpkin to a weigh-off in a few years now. Disease pressure is the main reason and has forced me to give the patch a rest for 2022. I plan on coming back strong in 2023. Successive cover crops will be planted and the soil amended over the next few months. The honey do list has gotten a little out of hand lately, so I think it will be a win win all around to sit out a year in this area.
 
Thursday, June 9 View Page
Haven't gotten around to cutting down the winter rye yet. Hey, it's on my list. About six feet tall.
 
Thursday, June 9 View Page
I decided to grow some real food this year in a part of the patch. No members of the squash family allowed. We have potatoes, corn, cherry tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers.
 
Thursday, June 9 View Page
I have a few Giant Amaranth growing. The record height for these annuals is just over 27 feet. They have been beset with problems. Deer love to eat them, and some kind of beetle has been ravaging them. Time to get out the Merit. Still they persist on growing. Thanks Brian for the seeds.
 
Thursday, June 9 View Page
OK, I couldn't resist planting just one. I'm going at this very low key. No big name seed to worry about. Minimal patch prep. This area is behind my house about two hundred feet away from the main patch. Maybe the bugs won't find me.
 
Thursday, June 9 View Page
Side view 1109 Pappas 2528 Geddes X 2469 Daletas.
 
Thursday, June 9 View Page
I was drafted as a rookie grower for one of the giant tomato growing teams. As you can see, I'm a little bit behind the rest of the pack right now. Steve ( Materdoc ) assured me that there is still time to grow and be able to compete. I think the guy knows what he is talking about. He sent me several of his better seeds including his Megadom 8.36.
 
Thursday, June 9 View Page
Of course there is the obligatory ground hog to be dealt with
 
Sunday, June 19 View Page
Looks like some fun-guy pooped on my lawn
 
Sunday, June 19 View Page
Not quite as cool as Captain 97's eight lober, is this still unusual six lobed flower
 
Sunday, June 19 View Page
My one plant is starting to move now. No soil test was taken in the new area. Just going by past experience, winging ferts by reading the plant. About 15 feet long with a flower at 14 feet that should open within five days. Let's hope it is a good one.
 
Friday, June 24 View Page
Time to deal with the mustard.
 
Friday, June 24 View Page
Done. Another cover crop will be planted in a few weeks.
 
Sunday, June 26 View Page
Nice five lobed flower pollinated this morning. 1109 x 1109. At about 15 feet out.
 
Saturday, July 2 View Page
Ok, it is time to get serious now about this giant tomato contest. Can't let my team members down.
 
Saturday, July 2 View Page
Their new home is good to go. Going to plant tomorrow. Eight holes were dug in the Tomato Town planting area. They were backfilled with composted manure, dump compost, and the good pumpkin patch soil in this area. Bone meal and three Wow fertilizer packs are at the base of each planting area.
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
Well, what is a growing season without a setback or two. I was wondering why the leaves were flagging near the front of the plant. At about the eight foot mark, the main vine was nearly rotted through. A few weeks ago, I think I may have kinked the vine moving it onto the weed block fabric. Either that or a critter chewed into it. Good thing I wasn't taking this year too seriously. Upside, now I have two plants. I'll grow a pumpkin on each. Let's see how that goes lol.
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
Day 10 pumpkin on the front eight feet of plant. Or plant number 1. At 23 inches in circumference. A fairly normal measurement for it's age. I doubt that it can sustain normal growth. The front end of the plant is only about 150 sf. I guess it is too late to join the 150 sf contest.
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
Giant amaranths are over eight feet tall now and growing rapidly. They kinda remind me of " The Day of the Triffids ".
 
Saturday, July 9 View Page
The tomato plants are happy. I had never read before the tips and tricks of getting a giant tomato. I'm learning ! My biggest challenge will be to keep them from being eaten by deer. I keep the spray bottle of deer repellant handy.
 
Saturday, July 9 View Page
Plant (s) are looking good.
 
Monday, July 18 View Page
The giant amaranths are really starting to move now. About eleven feet tall I would guess.
 
Sunday, July 24 View Page
My single plant experiment has been a bust so far. Every pumpkin set has aborted. Too late now for anything but a display pumpkin. I'll let any female that emerges grow and see what happens.
 
Sunday, July 24 View Page
The tomato plants started on June 5 are beginning to really take off.
 

 

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