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Monday, April 18 View Page
Started our seeds on April 8th. We planted our own seeds as backup. The 2006.5 Brysons and the 2356.7 Mendi were our most aggressive plants coming up, so we planted the two Bryson plants in the ground beside the 2702.9 Cutripi and the 1885.5 Werner in another plot. The 2356.7 Mendi was plated by itself in the third plot.
Wednesday, April 20 View Page
We have power outside for the heaters and the heating cables in the huts.
Sunday, May 1 View Page
I spy with my little eye. A greenhouse at the Brysons! With just enough space for one plant.
Sunday, May 8 View Page
We plant Rye and Vetch in the fall. This patch was planted around October 8th 2021, after we chopped the previous pumpkin plant up. We follow a cycle of 2 years with cover crop for one year pumpkin.
Sunday, May 8 View Page
We checked out the drip line a few weeks ago for leaks. Everything looks good so far. Drip line was placed in the patches last fall at about every foot. We dont till the soil. As the rye grows taller, we chop it down to about a foot tall and chop it out completely as the pumpkin grows. Every time we chop it, it gets a little weaker.
Sunday, May 8 View Page
6 years ago we stopped tilling the gardens. The only time that soil is disturbed is when we place heating cables in the ground in the fall. We use mainly biostimulants as fertilizers. This year we are trying JMS by Korean Natural Farming (KMF). We dont use insecticides or fungicides. From our experience last year, we observed that biostimulants help keep the sugar up in the plant and in turn, keeps the bugs from wanting to bite it.
Sunday, May 29 View Page
When the cover crop is fully grown, we cut it down to a few feet tall. We then spread the next cover crop seed over the old before cutting it down all the way. As we finish cutting the crop, we water the seeds well to make sure they germinate.
Sunday, May 29 View Page
The first chop and seeding
Sunday, June 5 View Page
We cant believe what a difference the greenhouse makes in the plant and the flowers. This is our 2006.5 Bryson.
Sunday, June 5 View Page
The 2356.7 Mendi
Sunday, June 5 View Page
The 1885.5 Werner
Monday, June 6 View Page
Our first pollination of the season on our 2006.5 Bryson!
Sunday, June 12 View Page
Our 2006.5 Bryson
Sunday, June 12 View Page
Plants are doing well but its hard to get good growth on nights that are 10/12 degrees Celsius. This is the 1885 Werner.
Sunday, June 12 View Page
2356.7 Mendi
Sunday, June 19 View Page
From left to right: 2006.5 Bryson, 2356.7 Mendi & 1885 Werner
Monday, June 20 View Page
We use these wires to prop our leaves up without damaging the leaves.
Tuesday, June 21 View Page
Second cover crop is coming through nicely. We started spreading the seed with a bag spreader this year so its hard to get even coverage; we have a few spots that are heavy with cover crop and other spots are a little empty.
Sunday, June 26 View Page
Day 20 on the 2006.5 Bryson - we measured 204 inches. Were happy with it so far.
Monday, June 27 View Page
After the cool weather, the 1885 Werner is starting to grow well. Pollination date was the 14th of June.
Monday, June 27 View Page
This pumpkin on the 2356.7 Mendi was our last chance at pollination on the main because we broke the vine right after the flower. It was 3 lobes. Hopefully she takes off. If not we will have to take one from the side vine.
Monday, June 27 View Page
This pumpkin on the 2356.7 Mendi was our last chance at pollination on the main because we broke the vine right after the flower. It was 3 lobes. Hopefully she takes off. If not we will have to take one from the side vine.
Tuesday, July 5 View Page
Day 21 on the 1885 Werner. Shes taping 185.5 inches.
Tuesday, July 5 View Page
Day 21 on the 1885 Werner. Shes taping 185.5 inches.
Wednesday, July 6 View Page
Day 30 on the 2006.5 Bryson, shes taping 306.5 inches. We finished burying vines and the plant is about 800 square feet.
Wednesday, July 6 View Page
Day 20 on the 2356.7 Mendi, shes taping 149 inches.
Thursday, July 14 View Page
Cover crop is being cut down now
Thursday, July 14 View Page
Tomatoes are looking good. We have 3 big blooms on 3 of our plants.
Saturday, July 23 View Page
We lost the Mendi. It cracked open on the blossom end. The walls were really thick for a young pumpkin. OTT was 300.5 inches.
Sunday, September 25 View Page
We brought our 2006.5 Bryson to a local fair competition. A little while ago we discovered that we have vine bore, which slowed this pumpkin right down. This pumpkin was on track to be a heavy hitter. Now we are on our learning curve to try and figure out how to deal with vine bore. It is our first year with them. Final weight: 1296 unofficial weight.
Saturday, October 1 View Page
Final weight of our 1885 Werner: The 1483 Bryson 2022. Weighed at the first Ormstown QC, GPC weigh off.
Saturday, October 1 View Page
Final weight of our 1885 Werner: The 1483 Bryson 2022. Weighed at the first Ormstown QC, GPC weigh off.

 

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