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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 44 Entries.
Friday, January 20 View Page
Winter growing in Florida is happening again this year. This is a self pollination on my % heavy genetics stock derived from a 1625 clone Josiah Brandt sent several years ago that was crossed with 2030 Kisamore summer 2022.
Saturday, January 28 View Page
Back up north for 10 days to check on the main season patch
Saturday, January 28 View Page
Winter cover crop is doing well. This is where the 1893.5 squash grew.
Friday, February 3 View Page
Fruit growing slowly in Florida, but so far so good for being able to have mature seeds to plant again April 1
Friday, February 10 View Page
Fruit is growing for the % heavy seed line and it looks like I should have mature seeds for planting in the north by the end of March if things keep going
Friday, February 10 View Page
2006 Wolfe has been an exceptional plant to grow and I think this fruit is about to take off
Friday, February 10 View Page
Got a fruit set in my 1822.5 as well
Sunday, February 19 View Page
I have a handful of fruit growing now. The % heavy project fruit continues to do well. Plant health is holding on, and if I can keep things healthy for a month I should have mature seed for spring planting in the north.
Sunday, February 19 View Page
Some fruit didnít make it. My 1822.5 did not set fruit. The 2006 Wolfe has set and looks nice.
Monday, February 27 View Page
The fruit from my %heavy experiment is looking good, even shows some signs of having a little color
Monday, February 27 View Page
Plants are holding up ok in the Florida weather. Disease pressure is a lot heavier compared to up north.
Wednesday, March 1 View Page
Civer crop didnít fill in as well as I had hoped everywhere, but we did sell all the winter cover crop for $1/oz or better. Donít worry Cecil, my dad pulled soil tests so we will have a soil test for the first time.
Wednesday, March 1 View Page
Snow is thinning, feels like a mild winter and early spring
Monday, March 6 View Page
2006 Wolf has a good looking color
Wednesday, March 8 View Page
The % heavy project fruit is all shoulders and still growing
Wednesday, March 8 View Page
2006 Wolfe is beautiful barrel shape great color and healthy stem. 30 days old and doing great despite me leaving town the day after pollination
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Started bushel gourd seeds today for watermelon rootstock. Some top shelf rootstock genetics I hope. Started 6 seeds, hope for 2 great grafted plants when I am done
Monday, March 13 View Page
2006 Wolf is doing well without any care
Friday, March 17 View Page
The heavy genetics seed line flopped over almost a blossom hill me down fruit
Friday, March 17 View Page
The 2006 Wolf is looking pretty but wonít grow too much more it pulled itself mostly off the vine while I was away. Still happy with it. You can see the hurricane rubble under the fruit.
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Going to take a clone of the 2006 to bring up north for summer growing. This is my preferred method getting rooting while on the vine and then cutting it off for transport.
Saturday, March 18 View Page
I managed to get two vine tips.
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Then I fill up the soil
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Next I will wait a few days for rooting
Thursday, March 23 View Page
Harvest day
Thursday, March 23 View Page
I am working on the worst ways to do pumpkin harvest
Thursday, March 23 View Page
Now for the drive north
Saturday, March 25 View Page
Back to the north
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Spring break provided some extra kids for labor since they didnít have school. Seeds harvested from the Florida pumpkins, 421.5 lb for the heavy seed line and 342.5 for the 2006 Wolf, day 45 at harvest and we took seeds out and planted them immediately
Saturday, April 1 View Page
Clones of the 2006 wolf plant survived the trip and are growing in one of our greenhouses awaiting snow meltÖ This is all mostly a proof of concept if this all works
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Had power failure in the greenhouse , it was 15 degrees F outside and the seed starting chamber dropped pretty low but still looks like seeds are sprouting
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Had power failure in the greenhouse , it was 15 degrees F outside and the seed starting chamber dropped pretty low but still looks like seeds are sprouting
Friday, April 7 View Page
Work kept me busy and I started a few days later than I wanted. I planted the 342.5 directly from the fruit to the germination chamber but so far 0/12 have germinates. I have a lot of other great plants up and have more than I can plants so I will be looking for growers who need an extra plant.
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Still snowing I will have the plants in extra large pots waiting for some warmer soil
Tuesday, April 11 View Page
342.5 germinates 1/12, but it looks like maybe 2 more are pushing up. Maybe proof of concept to get the seeds from the best fruit in the fall and have a new offspring ready for the following growing season
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Should be about the last day of snow. Time to get the soil warmed up
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
2006 Wolf clones looked bad after the transition up north but spear to be starting to take off again
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
342.5 produced 3 plants out of 12 seeds started. There is a substantial size difference between the mature seeds started at the same time. I will be starting more 342.5 seeds in a couple weeks for genetics plot to compare 45 day old fruit seeds dry vs fresh from the fruit
Friday, April 21 View Page
Potting up squash plants to gain time before transplanting in the cold
Saturday, April 22 View Page
I was 0% on my first round of watermelon grafting At least I saved the 316 Edwards plants so I will Be growing all non grafted watermelon
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Started long gourds today
Sunday, April 23 View Page
316 Edwards looks good. Had a little snow this morning but nothing that stuck
Wednesday, April 26 View Page
Transplanted first squash plant into hoophouse. About as large as I can get away with and not have transplant shock
Monday, May 1 View Page
Outdoor patch plants are going to have to wait longer for the soil to warm up

 

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