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Friday, February 23 View Page
With Glenn and Miss Canada signaling the 2024 season is off to the races, itís time to officially begin the new season. It has been fun to check out the seed auctions and help support a club here and there but itís getting closer to being able to play in the patch. Mother Nature is trying hard to hold on to winter with another couple inches of snow last night but at least I can follow along with Florida Tim as he now has his own challenge to try and beat his own State record from last year. His cover crop is looking nice and green.
Friday, February 23 View Page
He had good luck with my 839 last year so it is in his potential lineup again this season. Plants are in his cold frame.
Friday, February 23 View Page
Now the fun begins. 4 candidates in the ground and the strongest will survive.
Friday, February 23 View Page
Tim started 4 plants. One of my 839ís , two other of mine the 977 and 1321 from last year and one of Kurt Hermanís 1400 pound plus pumpkins. Tim has thinned down to two with the 839 and 977 getting the nod so far. The weather in Florida is looking good now so these vines should start to take off.
Friday, February 23 View Page
Tim has work to do to top his Beauty from last year. That was one pretty pumpkin. I love the picture of a pumpkin and palm tree.
Saturday, March 2 View Page
Iím waiting for my weekly update from Florida Tim. I know he had to make a tough decision and get down to one plant. He went with my 977 this year. (The 839 x 2365 wolf ). It will be fun to watch.
Saturday, March 2 View Page
The plant needed room and it wants to stretch out.
Saturday, March 2 View Page
Hey I saw this on the random diary photo page. Now that was a Green Squash.
Saturday, March 2 View Page
The Swedish record back in the day. The 767 Johansson 2006.
Saturday, March 2 View Page
Itís a slow time in the pumpkin world around here. I have picked up a seed or two at an auction and I am thinking about the growing season. What can I do to improve my results this year. I was lucky last year to grab Bravo in the Tomato Challenge draft. Hell we were soooooo close to victory. If Westham had not gotten skunked and fell victim to rats again we could have taken the prize. Just one entryÖ. Anything and the crown could have been ours. Damn rats.
Saturday, March 2 View Page
I see everyone is getting their awards from the Zeke Challenge and it does sting a bit . I guess old Porkchop the big softy realized the Mastermaters had victory in our grasps. I got this package in the mail as a consolation prize, it was a nice gesture. I think. Thanks Chop.
Saturday, March 2 View Page
I think that might have been for the Cockscomb seeds I grew last year that he sent. They are a beautiful flower and will plant it again.
Saturday, March 2 View Page
Curly is all set in his pumpkin suit but itís not spring yet. Might as well enjoy the fire Curly. We will be in the garden soon
Saturday, March 2 View Page
We can dream about pumpkins though. I found this pic from John Robaís family farm from last year. I had sent him a bag of mixed seeds to plant. He had a pumpkin fall festival of some sort and wanted to grow some to display and carve . I miss the weigh off that he held there for a couple of years. It was a perfect venue and he was attracting some of the top growers.
Monday, March 4 View Page
Florida Timís Sunday update on the 977. It looks like he has some nice looking cover crop to mow under.
Monday, March 4 View Page
It wonít be long now as he spied the first male flowers blooming.
Monday, March 4 View Page
The 977 is starting to run.
Wednesday, March 6 View Page
Tim had a close call in his Florida patch. The enclosure was narrowly missed by a queen palm tree branch during a recent rain storm. I canít say I have ever had a close call with a palm tree here in PA. He has a female swelling and should be open in a few days and another baby showing on the tip of the main of the 977 .
Monday, March 11 View Page
Tim decided to extend his greenhouse. He said itís a combination of Beverly Hillbillies and Sanford and Son. Deck screws, duct tape and a electric stapler does the job.
Monday, March 11 View Page
The 977 has a female ready to open any day now so hoping the timing will be right for a male flower to participate at the party.
Monday, March 11 View Page
How about a little of that Florida Sunshine miss 977. ??????
Monday, March 18 View Page
I checked in with Tim to see how the Florida sunshine is treating the 977. It looks like the plant is picking up steam. The secondaryís are closing in on the edge of the garden. Tim was going to clean things up and start to terminate a few things.
Monday, March 18 View Page
The plant looks great with some nice leaf color.
Monday, March 18 View Page
Not sure what to call Timís expandable greenhouse but it seems to be working for him.
Monday, March 18 View Page
Tim had a second pollination on the main vine.
Monday, March 18 View Page
And the good news is the first pollination is definitely swelling. Quite the long stem on the young lady as well.
Monday, March 18 View Page
Timís backyard garden is lit up at night. Looking good Tim. Crack open a cold one and enjoy it.
Wednesday, March 27 View Page
The calendar says spring but old man winter is still lurking around these parts of Pennsylvania. The ice on the trees tells the story from last weekends ice storm. It looked pretty but come on now. Pumpkin season is around the corner.
Wednesday, March 27 View Page
There is better news for Timís Florida patch the first pollination on the 977 is swelling and he has a backup hiding in there as well. Itís GROW time in the Sunshine State.
Wednesday, April 3 View Page
We are getting a monsoon here in northeastern Pa. I guess itís better now than when the plants are in the ground. I got an update from Tim who is enjoying some better pumpkin growing weather in Florida. Day 21 and the pumpkin is rolling along with a 69Ē circ. Ok Tim I see #2 in the background. Time to cut the cord on that one.
Thursday, April 4 View Page
That is my pumpkin patch this morning. Thank you Mother. Nature for the fresh load of Perlite. Seed starting and patch prep is right around the corner. An early start is challenging in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Saturday, April 6 View Page
The 977 is taking shape.
Saturday, April 6 View Page
She is looking like the Orange color is going to come through.
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Tim has his work cut out for him to top his state record 1039. It was a good looking specimen off of the 839 sandercock.
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Tim said this years 977 is in the same location as last years pumpkin. Good luck Tim. Crossing the 2365 wolf into the 839 can only be a good thing. It will be fun to watch.
Sunday, April 7 View Page
Sunday and measuring day for Tim. Day 26. 91-59-59. Not bad! Itís GROW time now !!
Sunday, April 7 View Page
Our PA weather is all screwed up. I saw this guy crawling around yesterday. What is he doing out this time of year ?
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
Atta boy Tim! We pumpkin growers know how to multi task. ! Watering, having a beer and admiring the fruit of your labor ! Itís a fun stage of the season as itís day 29 and the pumpkin is just beginning to kick it into gear.
Monday, April 15 View Page
Tim is settling in with some good growth and past the 30 day mark.
Monday, April 15 View Page
My patch is to wet to work at the moment. Itís seed starting time for me at the end of this week. Iím hoping things dry out soon.
Friday, April 19 View Page
I put on my Heavy Hitch ripper toy that I picked up to help sub soil the patch some. Itís getting close to planting time. The BX was fun to play on.
Friday, April 19 View Page
We are getting somewhere now. I sprinkled a few amendments on and am now waiting for a couple dry days to get a tilling done.
Friday, April 19 View Page
Tim is reporting his 977 is dead even number wise at day 36 with last years state record. Pedal down Tim !!
Friday, April 19 View Page
Ifs all about the lighting and what time of day you take the photos. Can see some orange wanting to come through in this shot.
Friday, April 19 View Page
My seeds are soaking. It is a tough decision with all of the great seeds out there that generous growers have shared. Plus throw in some seed auctions, club giveaways, the seed exchange and wanting to plant some of your own in a limited space and itís easy to see how it becomes a daunting task to choose just a few. The garlic is on its way now let the sun start to shine and get this pumpkin season going.
Monday, April 22 View Page
Babies being born, some breaking soil in less than 3 days.
Monday, April 22 View Page
Tim had another good week. I like his expandable greenhouse. It seems to be working for him.
Monday, April 22 View Page
The 977 is filling up her spot
Monday, April 22 View Page
The 977 is now over 500 pounds. Tim is like a dog chasing his own tail as he is trying to pass his own State Record. Keep it going Tim !
Monday, April 22 View Page
Happy Birthday to me. Iím gonna experiment with a little drip this year.
Monday, April 22 View Page
Valís entry for wife of the year ! Thanks Val, and a great choice. We will have some fun. Love you.
Sunday, April 28 View Page
Itís Sunday fun day and PA hit 80 today. Letís get moving. Ned.
Sunday, April 28 View Page
Patch tilled and huts in place. I should really do only 3 but squeezing in an extra again. It will give me options anyway.
Sunday, April 28 View Page
Sunday is Florida Timís measuring day and the 977 is still rolling along albeit some leaves getting beat up a bit. The golden girl had a consistent week of growth and over 700 now. Letís go Tim !!
Sunday, April 28 View Page
I am hoping the PA weather continues this warm stretch. I will get the plants in the ground this week. Things are blooming here and my Asian pear tree is on fire. No more frosts please.
Monday, April 29 View Page
My seedlings never looked so good. The new LED grow light kept them stocky this year. Some for my patch, some for Dyberry patch Andy, some for local buddy Tom and we are off to the races.
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
I missed the Sunday measuring day with Tim. He harvested his state record last year on May 6 th. He is measuring close to his last years number on day 54 with only a 30 pound difference so the goal is to try and squeeze out a few more days this year. The 977 seems to be responding with a solid 110 pound gain for the week. The golden girl is now closing in on the 850 mark. Letís see if she can soak up some more Florida sunshine and set a new record. She is glowing !
Monday, May 13 View Page
Not much to report in my home patch. We have had a cold stretch of weather and too much rain. My plants are in their mini shelters with some lights on to take the chill off. We can use for Mother Nature to turn the heat up a bit.
Monday, May 13 View Page
My plants are all looking about the same. Here is my 839 which is in the same spot that I got my PB last year.
Monday, May 13 View Page
Pennsylvania spring weather can be challenging. I got a sad report from Bravo, my fellow PA tomato partner and current State record holder that strong winds had wiped out his new structures and plants. This gardening can be a heart breaking hobby.
Monday, May 13 View Page
Florida Tim also reports he has weather challenges. It is hot and humid and after an evening of a good watering the following day heat pretty much fried the leaves on a section past the pumpkin. The 977 is measuring around 900 pounds now and he was hoping to see if he can eke out a few more weeks as his state record is 1039.
Monday, May 13 View Page
The 977 has grown a nice looking Florida pumpkin. She may have to weigh heavy to set a new State record.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
I got a report from Tim on his Florida pumpkin project. The severe weather had rolled in and it was time to pick his baby. The plant was pretty beat up so letís get it out of the patch.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
Tim had some of his same lifting crew from last year and had saved his home made lifting ring.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
It was like he had done this before.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
A pretty smooth operation.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
Wheeeew. Bottom looking flat and solid !!
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
In the truck she goes and off to get a weight. You donít see many Giant Pumpkins in the back of the truck on the West Coast of Florida.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
On to the Killer Bait shop and some certified scales. Will she challenge Tims state record from last year. We need 1039 to top that !
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
We shall see, she is a pretty one.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
Ahhhh. A great pumpkin Tim. Growing in Florida is a big challenge. The extreme temps and a shorter season isnít easy. In the end the final number was 847 and Tim is thrilled with the number! She is now resting comfortably at the Swordfish Tiki Bar in Cortez and on display for all to enjoy ! Big pumpkins attract a crowd no matter where you are. Congrats Tim and thanks for sharing your journey ! Val and I will be down in November to celebrate. Beers around at the Tiki Bar! We will see you then.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
Back at the home patch the weather has suddenly turned summer like. I better get my butt in gear. The plants have been snug in their cold frames and starting to vine out. But as crap happens as I checked my best plant on my 839 I noticed some wilting leaves that I couldnít figure out. It had a pretty good kink in the stem but didnít figure that was the cause. So I brushed some soil away from the stump and it didnít take long to find the problem. The whole thing was about severed. I am still not sure what was the cause.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
I pulled it apart looking for some corn maggots but didnít see any. I had poured a light drench at planting time to take care of them but I am assuming thatís what it was even though I didnít see any in the plant but the roots were not attached at all, and pretty much non existent . Bummer ! So a root bound back up has gone in and I had another 839 and one of my 1321ís so we shall see how this plays out. I may give the 150 sq ft thing a try with it. At least I can let the neighboring plant take up more of the patch which I should probably have done in the first place. I tend to squeeze in to many plants and not let them reach their full potential.
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
The new plants are small , but their is still time to grow a nice pumpkin

 

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