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Friday, January 6 View Page
Ripped and then tilled in 20yrds of compost, 8 bales of straw, 5 bales of alfalfa hay, 50lbs+ of ele sulfur. Still removing a lot of smaller rocks in top 6” that got stirred up from earlier, larger, rock removal.
Saturday, January 7 View Page
All tilled up, threw on a couple bales of alfalfa after pic to reduce erosion heading into Spring.
Monday, March 13 View Page
High pH is what causes me the most concern with this Spring’s soil sample. I’ll just keep putting down 10lbs of ele sulfur each time I work the soil till I start getting it down below 7.
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Seed selection for 2023
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Soaked in distilled water and splash hydrogen peroxide for an hour
Sunday, March 26 View Page
24 x 1gal pots with miracle gro potting soil w/ Myco and Azos
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Heat mats at 82F with domes over trays, watering just a little w/tap water
Monday, April 3 View Page
19 of 24 germinated
Friday, April 7 View Page
Planning on going into garden in 2 days. 15 days total from seed to garden. 1935 Ford and 2332 Paton looking the best so far.
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Put thermometers in 8 of the mini greenhouses with different heating types. Space heaters do the trick, heat lamps(300W total) w/blankets will likely suffice, and just heat lamps(300W total) are not quite enough.
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Plants handled the transplant/first week just fine. Used Azos and myco with potting mix/peat moss during transplanting. Watering nearly daily 1gal/plant w/ ~400ppm using 20-20-20 w/tap water with some vitamin C (drop PH, and might help w/Chloramine)
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Hit 84 today and windy, config’d miniGH w/only shade cloth over plant with plastic rolled back 1/2 way. Photone app read ~1000 PPFD on Sun setting w/shade cloth.
Sunday, April 30 View Page
Drip irrigation going in. First ~10’ out from each plant, spaced about every foot. Had to disassemble mini greenhouses, add amendments/fertilizer, and till. Then laid and staked drip tape. Hooking everything up today.
Sunday, April 30 View Page
Plants are doing fine, starting to vine. Issues have included sun burn, chilly temps, and wind.
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Plants are getting to about 6’, so culled down to the final 10.
Saturday, May 6 View Page
Most plants now have females in the main vine tip, this plant got culled.
Friday, May 12 View Page
1832 Graham 10’ vine, male flower blooming
Friday, May 12 View Page
1935 Ford 10’ vine
Sunday, May 21 View Page
2332 Paton , ~8’ out
Sunday, May 21 View Page
1832 Graham ~13’
Monday, May 22 View Page
Shade cloths up to protect from heat/Sun, wind, and hail. Done w/mini houses for the year. Broke main on 2046 Montsma, may convert to 150 sqft plant and pollinate current female at 10’ tomorrow. One of the 1832 Grahams had the main split in two spots, but will let it keep going. Other 8 plants are doing fine, with the 1953 Daletas growing so fast it’s hard to keep up.
Wednesday, May 24 View Page
150sqft patch roped off. 10’ x 15’, 8’ board for scale. 2046 Montsma plant.
Saturday, June 3 View Page
Most plants are getting pollinated this week. Picture: 1953 Daletas with ~20 secondaries behind it. It’s also the best looking plant in the patch. 2493 Wolf, 1935 Ford, and 1832 Graham are also looking really good. Generally all the plants are enjoy the weather.
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
1832 Graham
Wednesday, June 7 View Page
1935 Ford


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