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Sunday, January 1 View Page
Let's grow a pumpkin...
Sunday, January 1 View Page
But first... potatoes. They make digging the grass out more fun... Every bit of grass has potatoes under it. The advantage of harvesting them in late summer is they will be less muddy, also better quality because later freezing temps will cause the starch to convert to sugar. But the advantage of leaving them in the ground is nearly effortless food security. As long as there isnt sufficient habitat for pests or disease they can just be grown perennially in the same spot. Its a lot less work than digging and replanting. Ideally I would dig out all the perennial weeds or grasses in the fall and any accompanying potatoes but then do nothing other than add enough compost to get another crop in the same spot the next year.
Monday, January 2 View Page
The home made soil from tree duff has the perfect texture for watering and was ok for germination but I can tell the nutrient availability is still off. Probably phosphorous, I'd guess. Round 2 might skip the miracle grow and just use some bone meal and boron.
Wednesday, January 4 View Page
One lid of seeds = 1 jar of sprouts. I guess people use broccoli but in this case I am using kale, which is genetically so close it should be pretty much the same. Sprinkle some kale seeds around your garden and grow a few kale plants this year. Capture the seeds to make sprouts otherwise one plant can make this many sprouts appear in your garden...
Friday, January 6 View Page
Real or fake, who can tell anymore!
Wednesday, January 11 View Page
I have newish ideas to try every year plus I have to relearn all the stuff I've already learned, it seems. Some great genetics and I feel bad I cant give them all a perfect chance at becoming something great. But depending how this experiment goes... and the next experiment... maybe something is possible. First thing is I've gotta quit soaking seeds in water and switch to paper towels, as paper towels are much more forgiving as far as rot goes (if I get distracted for 24 hours or more, which I invariably do...). I'll post more about this silly experiment in about 2 weeks!
Thursday, January 12 View Page
YUP, all set!
Friday, January 13 View Page
Previous photo/Experiment notes: test subjects starting front right around clockwise, 210 Hochstetler, 528.5 "S. Martin x self", 578 Kibbie, 535 Hockley. Center = 721 Hockley.
Tuesday, January 17 View Page
Pathogens need mobility because they destroy their host. Hence they have to be mobile, in order to find a new host. The good guys in the soil want a stable, long lasting symbiosis because they benefit from their host. Oversaturation is bad because it gives the bad guys (phytophthora) a way to be mobile, rather than inert. Also reduced oxygen slows down the plant root's respiration/growth which is its main defence. That's my two-prong understanding of why very wet soils are bad... Is there a third prong maybe?
Thursday, January 19 View Page
1500 watt hps at 18". I already blanched some plants. Unfortunately the Hockley seeds did not germinate hence its down to a three way competition/experiment now. And yes, I will raise the light up a bit.
Monday, January 23 View Page
I have a good idea regarding getting a large plant out early. Something you've never seen before. Stay tuned...
Thursday, January 26 View Page
Einie meanie minie moe, if it hollers let it grow! Test 2 will get underway soon.
Friday, January 27 View Page
First the results of the 1st experiment. I grew these on a tray so the root depth is 2" at most. The amount of dirt is approximately that of a 2 gallon pot (nominal, may not really be 2 gallons). To keep it short and sweet all I've really learned so far is that I need to be more careful with the fertilizer. The Hochstetler plants are more robust but their leaves got burned by an excess of fertilizer applied to the soil the Kibbie plants didnt get burned even though they are growing in the same tray.
Sunday, January 29 View Page
(No pic, sorry...) The roots were thickly matted but also nicely spread out on the bottom of the tray. I did plant them, not sure they will survive this next freeze, but had to try because I am ever too hopeful and never sufficiently discouraged...
Monday, January 30 View Page
574.5 Mercer, 1676.5 Daletas 2012 and a mystery seed, a pepo I think, maybe a zucchini. The Daletas got a 12 hour head start soaking. These will be round 2. Round 1 got obliterated by the current arctic air blast, oops.
Tuesday, January 31 View Page
One idea. The dirt is in a plastic bag/ wood stick medical stretcher. The idea here is that after its planted in a shallow depression I will be able to pull the plastic out, by pulling the bottom layer of plastic which will peel the upper layer out from under the pumpkin plant, and not move or harm the roots.
Tuesday, January 31 View Page
Another pic. I dont have holes in the bottom because the roots would come out the holes. Instead, this setup relies on one's "not-overwatering" skills. But there's good air in the dirt and evaporation because the depth of the dirt is relatively shallow, so in case there is any overwatering, it will dry faster and damage the roots less. Lifting the tray should give a good sense of how much water is in the dirt. (I usually only get the top half inch wet when I water the plants, then let the soil absorb it down from there...)
Tuesday, January 31 View Page
With this setup it may or may not be helpful to have a second person to help with the planting. Onto the next idea...
Tuesday, January 31 View Page
Next idea... Wood frame plus kitchen garbage sack... Lifted the thin garbage sack with the toolbox on it which weighs 25-30 lbs, and it held. So hopefully it wont fail when I make the frame a bit deeper and add about 5 gallons of dirt. This might give me a really big plant that can easily be moved into the garden. Having all the roots spreading out wide & shallow will (in theory) solve the problem of the low soil temps and less oxygen deeper down in the ground. The plant will have all spring & summer to send roots deeper and my soil isnt deep anyhow so really laterally will be a better direction for the roots to grow anyhow. So since it will take 4 weeks to get the size plants I want... I figure it will be a month before the next round of plants is ready to go outside. Some years we've had snow all month in March, other years our last frost was in February... I dont have an accurate 1 month forcast, so rolling the dice here!!!
Saturday, February 4 View Page
I threw some fertilizer on the ground, now I am pulling the rotten bale over atop the little zone of fertilizer/amendments. No till/ no dig... just going to percolate water through the rotten bale. I think a soggy hay bale is actually not that friendly to healthy roots, but hopefully there can be a zone of nutrients/healthy roots under the bale... Target grow area has a little bit of rye. About 1000 ft available, I'd be happy just to get the plant to take up 600-700 ft though. Less is more this year...?
Saturday, February 4 View Page
We are gonna try give Dale Marshall an early person to draft off of for a month. By we I mean me and little Monsterette. The Daletas is slow, barely germ @ 10 years old but I think its alive. It will have to in the next tray it would get its butt kicked by these two. Pretty excited to try Suburban's seed, all the way if all goes well. Ps previous pic, blue line was supposed to show the cable ratchet I was using to tip the round bales over. It worked quite well.
Sunday, February 5 View Page
80+ lbs of blood/bone compost. Check. 40 lbs of high potassium fertilizer with micronutrients. Check. Its easy for certain spoiled city folk to "not believe in using chemicals like miracle grow" but here's the alternative. Yuck! (If you are eating, don't look too closely at this pic.)
Sunday, February 5 View Page
Just one truckload of dirt, and one rickety pvc hoophouse, and one boiling barrel of water away from a 'go for launch.' First week of March maybe? Ps 7.95 Young tomato came up, only planted 1 so 1/1 germination. (They all look like good seeds.) So I will have an ultra early tomato bush too if things go well.
Monday, February 6 View Page
Planted an autographed 'DY' 1622 Young 2011. Now thats something you cant do with a baseball card. Maybe that seed was worth a fortune, idk. Too late now, its already gotten soaked for a bit & now its proceeding into the Clayton 2023 lineup... 14 years old so its probably now or never.
Monday, February 6 View Page
Since typos are getting the best of me, I'll go with a pic.
Monday, February 6 View Page
I thought this was a really good look at the affect of seed age on germination! Left to right, a fresh seed (1 or 2 years), a 4 year old seed, and an 11 year old seed. These were planted at the same time, (the 11 year old seed was actually presoaked ahead of the other two)... but even so its lagging way behind... this is why old seeds can be started a full week ahead of new seeds for approximately equal planting date! They can be very slow out of the gate.
Wednesday, February 8 View Page
1622 Young 2009 gets the old seed "tissue culture style" germination. If its alive it should begin to green up in 2-3 days. If its totally dead it will remain white. I will spray it with H202 and re-rinse as needed. When they are this weak, even the beneficial organisms aren't really beneficial. The way beneficial organisms work is the plant basically pays them to be beneficial (with extra energy/sucrose). And these old seeds simply do not have any extra energy to pay the "good guys". Without that root exudate "payment" they cant do their job so it ends up making more sense to just keep things sterile.
Wednesday, February 8 View Page
Some further explanation if you want to understand the setup in the previous picture: The white seed embryo in the pic was taken out of a presoaked seed. The seed was planted in starting mix for a couple days, but no root showed in 48-72 hours, so --in my experience-- that likely means the seed does not have much vigor and its at risk of rotting. ... Thus, since its been moist long enough, its now possible strip the seed coat and embryo sack relatively easily without damaging the embryo (the root tip is the critical part, you can accidently break bits of cotyledon edge off and thats not a huge deal but if you break the root tip off then its all over! So starting at the edge break the seed coat off bit by bit then work your way down until you remove enough of the seed coat to be able to gently free the root tip.) The soda lid may provide some extra heat and humidity, but its not really necessary, just some occasional misting might be helpful, (or even better) because mold actually needs humidity more than the seed embryo does. If you have further questions please post in the seed starting forum, or email me!
Thursday, February 9 View Page
Good weather. First pollen today (on bees legs). Not having much luck with anything other than the weather.
Friday, February 10 View Page
Planted 6.xx young tomatoes x 4 and 7.95's x 4. Its probably way too early but oh well. Planted 1486 Gadberry. Also too early I'm sure, but I guess I enjoy the challenge/ pushing the boundaries. The 1622 Young 09 appears to be dead... too old. I guess it should have been left in its packet for its "baseball card seed" novelty.
Tuesday, February 14 View Page
Setting up a "rocket stove" to heat a barrel of water.
Tuesday, February 14 View Page
I had infrared foil and sunlight helping. The rocket stove was very efficient it didnt burn much quantity of wood but the wood being a bit wet kept the fire temp a bit low. It heated the water to about 110 degrees, which I then dumped onto the floor of the greenhouse hut. All of this has no purpose other than trying an alternative heating method (besides electricity). Granted electricity is cheap so it saved very little money maybe $5. Last year the heating effect lasted about 10 days. Temps in the 20's tonight so wondering how much this heating method can boost that. Just experimenting. It didnt consume much wood, hence the rocket stove setup has proved itself superior to a standard camp fire in that regard.
Wednesday, February 15 View Page
The heating didnt do as much as I had hoped. It raised the temp 10 degrees or so which is about the same as last year. I think if I had used boiling water I think it would have raised the temp 15-20 degrees, but this requires a foolproof plan to not get scalded and it would also require bone dry wood to fuel the rocket stove.
Saturday, February 18 View Page
Hopefully just one more cold blast before the winter is done here. 8/8 good germination of the Young tomatoes, which I am excited to try. All 8 could go in a one long hoophouse just for them. I need to remember that lots of healthy roots will be what makes or breaks possibly getting a big tomato. After that, it will probably mostly be luck, since I'm still a bit short on brains, lol...
Monday, February 20 View Page
Trying to make apple cider vinegar from the apple pulp from my cider making. Meanwhile, I think I made some pretty good hard apple cider. I dont think the constantly increasing alcohol smell has been good for me though. A 5 gallon bucket of fermented pulp made these halfway finished jars... and a big mess too. The "Roma sauce maker" hand auger press that I used to squeeze the pulp worked like a champ.
Tuesday, February 21 View Page
Every year I vow "to not do any more gardening" until I build a garden shed, and it never happens... I start a bunch of seeds and the cycle starts all over again, again with no good place to store my tools or fertilizers. I guess having zero knack for carpentry is whats really holding me back. Maybe I need to watch some of those youtube videos where people make things look easy. Or I could draw inspiration from watching a real dummy-- then I could say to myself, "Gee, I could do better than THAT."
Thursday, February 23 View Page
Winter tomato liked the sodium bulb a lot, it went crazy. Pumpkins on the other hand have been unhappy with the homemade potting mix. So... round 3 coming up, one last attempt to salvage this debacle. (There wont be a Round 4/ Round 4 will be the purchase of a bag of potting mix.)
Thursday, February 23 View Page
1486 Gadberry is the next contestant. Shallow tray, only a few inches deep of the home made potting mix, but the roots might spread outward more, which will be an important factor in getting a successful, shock free ultra early start. (My theory.) The white stuff is just some coarse dolomite. Its basically sand, so coarse it wont change the ph too drastically. Using it to brighten the grow space, since I'm paying for the lights I want to reflect light off the dirt if possible. Save $, or get a slightly more robust plant, maybe? Maybe.
Friday, February 24 View Page
Suburban gardner-- I will try to keep little Monsterette going as well. No luck with the weather forcast so far though. Going below 20 Fahrenheit tonight Its probably warmer up in Alaska. My redneck foolery cant overcome this level of cold.
Sunday, February 26 View Page
The thing about these tray-type setups is that if the dirt gets pushed around at all, big cracks will form and presumably this isnt great for the roots. Here, I thought the dirt was resting (hanging, really) only on the plastic but it was also resting on the bottom of the tray. I know the way Im saying this isnt going to make much sense. Long & short of it is that I want a healthy mat of roots and I dont want the soil to be cracking like this, just because it can!
Sunday, February 26 View Page
I spread the coarse dolomite directly onto these pepper seeds, about 1/4 inch so that there would be enough weight on the seeds that they could pull the seed coats off. Thought the high ph might kill them but it worked great. Proves the coarse dolomite isnt too chemically harsh. They look like they are doing well in their miniature "white sands national monument" lol. Peppers are touchy seedlings-- its easy to mess them up especially with overwatering.
Wednesday, March 1 View Page
The latest redneck attempt-- I heated a barrel of water a bit hotter probably 150. Sure enough when I dumped it some splashed on my boot so it was good that I was wearing boots and that it wasnt boiling. The soil temp was 40 last I checked. So, maybe it should be 50 now? I also made room for a barrel of organics, to add a natural heat source. So this little hoophouse will be my version of a walipini greenhouse, its dug almost 3' down in the middle. Put some LEDs on my wish list.
Tuesday, March 7 View Page
I made a "rocket stove" out of a large round of wood. It worked very well. But transplanting the pumpkins on the plastic did not go well. The plastic stuck to everything way more than I would have guessed so I couldnt pull it out from under the plants. Then I accidentally broke the largest leaf on Monsterette so Monsterette is rather hopeless now, as with all my punpkin efforts thus far. I did plant my kid's giant cucumbers though and that went well. I'm not really hoping for a giant cucumber I'm actually just hoping for some edible cucumbers to go with the winter grow cherry tomatoes. I might regain my sanity and just wait until April or May. The forcast still isnt that good, not even for growing things in a hoophouse.
Tuesday, March 7 View Page
I couldnt figure out what the heck was wrong with that homemade soil mix, but when I was attempting to transplant the pumpkins today I figured out that they were waterlogged lower down, despite drying out on top. So all of my guesswork about missing nutrients was the wrong concern. It was all because their little feet were way too wet (in my experience this always ruins the uptake of minerals regardless of the prevalence of those minerals).
Friday, March 10 View Page
Started 3 x 1133 Yohe Squashkins 1 x 1702 Sherwood Thanks for the seed exchange seeds everyone! I got to rethinking the flat tray thing after pumpkinpal sent me an email. I can resolve some of the problems. Winter is really dragging its feet this year, I think number one on my bucket list: one of these years... is to literally hibernate.
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Potted the Young tomatoes up. In front 6.48 x 4 and 7.95 x 4. I'd be quite happy even if this was the only thing I was able to grow this year. The tomato plant in the back is the 'Koralik' variety this plant was volunteer that sprouted out of my homemade back around Christmas. I had no clue it would go this crazy... The semi determinate habit is neat it seems like it would be perfect for a porch or patio. It self prunes in a way that just creates oodles of little tomatoes. And they taste good. The best part is, these 'Koralik' seeds (hopefully!) made it out to most of the seed exchange participants. The original strain was from Territorial Seed Co. but the ones that went into the seed exchange might have been selected from a plant that produced slightly larger tomatoes.
Sunday, March 12 View Page
*homemade potting mix (No superb results so far. I hope the Young tomatoes tolerate it well enough.) Peppers and celery, next.
Thursday, March 16 View Page
1487 Gadberry x 1 First nice weather we've had, wish I had a bigger plant to set out. This one took forever tp germinate but its got healthy roots. EZ part done, now just need 21 ft of vine and a female flower!
Thursday, March 16 View Page
Weird wint started his tomatoes at about the same time, and used some the same seeds. If you check his latest entry you can see his plants look different. I thought this was interesting. Im not sure whose plants will grow a bigger tomato, all I can say is I took a big risk on my homemade seed mix after poor results the first two times. I spent about an hour trying to figure out what was wrong and finally came to the conclusion that there was excess chloride interfering with sulfer uptake. Anyhow I flushed the soil with dilute magnesium sulfate water. It seems to have worked and they are now recovering and growing. Anyhow, thats some of the difference in how our plants look.
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Hut, hut, Grow! 300 sq ft
Saturday, March 18 View Page
I used bamboo rather than pvc. Worked GREAT. Bamboo grow huts this year... environmentally friendly and frankly better than pvc. This hut is just for stir fry type veggies, 1702 Sherwood planted yesterday in a different hut though. With it I am trying an "almost direct seeding" method where the roots wont be constrained. Adding superphosphate, cal nitrate, blood meal, maybe ammonium sulfate, epsom salt, coarse dolomite lime, and standard mircacle grow. My flash-in-the pan nutrient wake up recipe. I might add bone meal atop the ground too and let the worms deal with it. Fish fertilizer would be really good for early season nutrients but I dont have any.
Saturday, March 18 View Page
The variety of bamboo I have to work with is called incense bamboo. If you're up for trying growing bamboo, I recommend this variety. Ive had it for a number of years, its over 20 feet tall but the canes are still getting bigger every year. If you're slightly clever, its like free pvc!
Saturday, March 18 View Page
My Stihl electric chainsaw works good on it. A miter-box type hand saw should work...? Something with fine teeth. Spring is finally here! Have a great year...
Saturday, March 18 View Page
Advancing Eco Ag Nutrient Diagram... their website is what helped me diagnose the chloride problem. Lots of other stuff to try to understand. Part of the experiment with the 1702 Sherwood is to add no heat at all. Today was sunny, so off to a good start. Two layers of clear plastic on the ground around the plant, one layer over the plant (for a grow hut) plus an extra layer at night. With just one sunny day measured the soil at 80 degrees 2" down and 56 degrees 5" down. So perhaps the root zone currently just 3" down was right on target at 70 or so. I wish I had a large plant to set out, but maybe it is for the best, because a large plant could outgrow my gimpy grow tents a bit too fast.
Sunday, March 19 View Page
I burned the grass off some new plots. Unfortunately, the rhizomes are still there. Its really great to get rid of the slugs and bugs and disease though. I wonder if there is a cover crop that could be burned off, but not have the pernicious rhizomes? It takes a somewhat thick layer of thatch to get an effective burn and I'm not sure the best way to recreate that.
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
Uh oh, nearly potbound. 1133 Yohe Squashkin needs a new home.
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
Tray method, 3rd try... I decided on seven layers of newspaper because its already soaked from the potting mix and it needs to have some integrity to survive pulling the plastic out from under it later. Damp newspaper is of course very weak. I could have used a number of other things to give a biodegradeable platform for the dirt to sit on such as very thin strips of wood lathe or cardboard but hopefully this will be enough strength (I may let the soil dry a bit prior to planting through.)
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
The plastic bags were cut on the bottom corners on the inside where they are crimped. This is important to create a space for the holder sticks, which will lift everything off the tray, and later at planting another cut will be made up the edge of the bag, at which point the bag will just be a doubled layer of plastic and pulling the bottom layer will theoretically free the plant from anything non-permeable/ non-biodegradable.
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
Two yellow/golden chain trees from the seed exchange sprouted which is cool, although I think I planted around 10 seeds. They are showing a severe iron or zinc chlorosis whereas the tomato looks to be ok. Its interesting that some plants will give indications of soil deficiencies which are more easily observeable than others. Any signs of a deficiency in the tomato plant is much more subtle. The onions are from seed I saved. I've got a large amount but I wasn't sure if the seed was any good so I didnt include it in the seed exchange. Good germination, well then... if it grows some nice onions I can send it in next year.
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
My new favorite tool is a two prong broad fork. Its doing great at harvesting potatoes and its quite effective against my wire grass and bindweed/morning glory nemesii and it tills the soil almost effortlessly, with the least damage to the soil tilth and worms... I wasnt too keen on it when I first contructed it (destructed, really... took two center prongs off of a four prong tool) but now its like, how could I live without it! Might post a pic of it tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 21 View Page
Winter is over, my winter tomato grow yielding some ripe cherry tomatoes. Might be sick of cherry tomatoes soon. I didnt know what variety it was when it sprouted. Obviously not how to grow a big one.
Wednesday, March 22 View Page
Possibly should have divided the plastic into four pieces for the 'tray method.' Adding some cardboard should help instead. Just redoing it to give more depth. I don't see how this could fail. Famous last words:)
Wednesday, March 22 View Page
The tray holds about 2 gallons of dirt. Using my best garden dirt rather than potting mix, I deep froze it to give a bug free start. The cots are weird at the moment, so soaking 1643 Kisamore's as backups. So the current lineup is: 1133 Yohe x 2 1487 Gadberry x 1 1702 Sherwood x 1 1643 Kisamore x 2 Whichever plants seem the most promising by the end of April will get the most care, and I will try for a decent result from one or two of them.
Friday, March 24 View Page
Some observations here, first is that everything is struggling with nitrogen despite my attempts to care about that early season issue, I'm probably just not adding enough. Low oxygen, low temps, less-than- sunny-days, nothing favors root growth. But if the nitrogen is very close to the existing roots the plants can maybe pick it up and thrive, some are doing ok, maybe in the spots where some blood meal was very close to the roots? So a bit of improvement is needed either targeting the small roots directly or via foliar spray. The nutrients need to be very close, basically in contact with the roots. Kind of a 'duh' thing I guess. Second is the soil temps were as good or better under the double layer of plastic laid on the ground for simple solar heat collection than in the area where I dumped 55 gallons of hot water?? So it seems the single or double plastic (or a lasagna of plastic scraps) achieves what I want, which is an acceptable soil temp. for the top 6" for less work. Interesting. Last of all the rotted round hay bales started to further "spontaneously combust" they used to be cold but now one is at 70+ the other is at 90 degrees. This is providing as much heat as running a small heater. They have a lot of mass plus they generate a bit of their own heat plus they are wrapped in white plastic so they reflect light well. They generate CO2 (...maybe too much, if I close the tent, between them and the soil they might be stealing all the oxygen). Anyhow, I think all this new info I am getting could help me be successful. Its exciting.
Friday, March 24 View Page
Using the envelope the SNGPG newsletter came in to sketch out a possible 150 sq ft solution. I have plenty of indestructible 5 ft cedar to make square garden beds.
Friday, March 24 View Page
I've figured out that Four 3,4,5 right triangles = 24 sq ft. Add in five 5x5 squares = 125 sq ft. Equals 149 sq ft total. With these basic shapes there should be endless good and bad configurations. I'll do most of the work, but maybe I will let the younger kids pick the seed, plant the seed, and/or design the patch. Three kids x three tasks, so no fighting right??? This should be fun for them and it may be interesting for me.
Saturday, March 25 View Page
Again, seeing how effective the clear plastic is at keeping the ground warm. Ground temp measured 65 this evening 5-6" down, even with one end of the hut open. No heating cables, in the midst of a horrible spring cold front! The plastic on the ground IS the way to go. My other double plastic tent gets quite hot during the day, but the ground temp there is 10 degrees cooler. I'm sure if I put plastc on the ground there, the temps would go up there as well. The tomatoes will need to be transplanted out soon. This could make a huge difference, it will help avoid a total disaster anyhow.
Tuesday, March 28 View Page
150 ft idea. This design has a perimeter equal to Steve's 6x25 setup. I'm not having any luck with the AGs this year. I haven't got any plants I feel good about yet. I guess I'll just keep trying. I would like to pick a pumpkin in mid August for the southwest WA fair but if I get it one on track for a personal best it will be tempting to leave it on longer. Its been a frigid spring so far. Dandelion #2 was in full bloom today but all the fruit trees, daffodils, etc. are budded up tight still.
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Main patch today. I started a whole bunch of seeds, only looking for two good plants, can sell any extras on the side of the road, but at the rate I am going its going it may take 40 or so seeds to get two good plants. Considering I have about 4,000 AG seeds of my own and 400 packs from other growers, even at this rate I still have a lifetime's worth. Giant celery from GiantVegSeeds.com came up/germinating well. Thank you Mr. Fortey. A bit of a late start on these but oh well...
Friday, March 31 View Page
Two 150 ft configurations. Perimeter (P) should be 61 for the one on the left, not 63. Steve's winning pumpkin had a patch perimeter of 62 ft. I dont want to fudge with the perimeter in ways that would be unsportsmanlike. Even though my chances of winning are around 10,000:1 against I'm nevertheless still interested "in what would be fair." Even a regular patch 1375 would still be quite an acheivement for me. Anyhow, those are the two designs I came up with. Both designs based on 5 ft squares, half squares, and 3,4,5 triangles.
Friday, March 31 View Page
Or here, back to the Easter themed 150 sq ft pumpkin patch. This would have a perimeter of 70 (14 x 5' sides). Fair competition wise, it looks fair enough to me, although having more perimeter does give places to hang some extra leaves out past where the vines must end.


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