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Friday, February 23 View Page
It has been a mild winter except for that week or two in January where it flirted with temps below -40. We got our only real snow just before that. Made it easy to put up the shacks. This is the melon patch.
Saturday, March 9 View Page
The snow arrived and we really need it. Temps have warmed to melting.
Friday, March 15 View Page
Lots of melting.
Friday, March 22 View Page
The melting stopped and the highs are about -8įC. I plugged in the soil cables.
Saturday, March 23 View Page
Meanwhile in the big greenhouse, the cable was plugged in a week ago and the soil is to temp.
Saturday, March 23 View Page
Outside the temporary cold-frame,inside the greenhouse, the soil is still chilly but making good progress.
Saturday, March 23 View Page
Checked to make sure the hydronic heat system will still work. Apparently had enough glycol in the mixture because it flows. I turned it off now but if the soil temp falters during the season it will get turned on.
Saturday, March 23 View Page
This is a field pumpkin at about 22 days after planting. Itís part of an experiment to see if I can tell if the 191 Kapelari offspring that go bushy can be revealed as such. Itís probably easier to just double plant because by the time you can tell they are fairly rootbound.
Monday, March 25 View Page
Time to start melons and tomatoes. Cooler has a heat mat and thermostat.
Wednesday, March 27 View Page
Watermelons have sprouted. I plant them on their sides about 3/4Ē down. Most of the time that lets them shed their coats. I donít file or soak them.
Wednesday, March 27 View Page
Meanwhile outsideÖ it snowed. Again. We achieved a temp near melting but more snow is forecast. Soil temp is 14 ish. Celsius.
Monday, April 1 View Page
Baby melons doing fine.
Monday, April 1 View Page
May have started the rutabagas too early.
Monday, April 1 View Page
Snow really melted today. Warm and Windy.
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Going in. A little early but itíll give me time in case one doesnít come up. 1088 Miller 2365 Wolf 2037.5 Crews
Saturday, April 6 View Page
Iíve been planting seeds on their sides for years. They shuck the seed coat well most of the time.
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
Morning of day 4. 3 pots have some soil movement. Pumpkin growers know the stress level is dropping to acceptable levels.
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
The patch is looking better now. Added the automatic openers last night and will check temperature tonight.
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
Soil temp in the big greenhouse, in the area outside of the heat cable,is rising nicely. Near the surface is excellent.
Thursday, April 11 View Page
Baby pics. All are doing fine. Left the seed coat underneath. Not in pic is the other 2037.5 Crews
Friday, April 12 View Page
2365 24 hours later
Saturday, April 13 View Page
Transplantation of one of the melons. Hopefully it smartens up a bit. Looks a little tired.
Saturday, April 13 View Page
Step one - the small jar gets buried
Saturday, April 13 View Page
Step two - pull the jar out
Saturday, April 13 View Page
Step three - drop the peat pellet and sad looking plant in, push a little dirt around it. This works well for the next transplant stage. Just use the present pot as your mold instead of a little jar.
Sunday, April 14 View Page
Bad weather is expected later this week so it pushed my transplantation schedule ahead by a few days. Here is the 1088 Miller.
Sunday, April 14 View Page
2365 Wolf is in the big greenhouse patch.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
2365 Wolf Wanted to lean the wrong way. Fixed it a brick. There wasnít much light this week. Cloudy with a little snow.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
1088 Miller It was reaching straight up. Again, the brick is used. Next week some above 0įC temps and some sun might smarten things up.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
202 Crews watermelon Looking better. I have an urge to fertilize this plant.
Wednesday, April 24 View Page
This is just here to help me figure out how the plant start dates work out.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
Had a less than prime spot to plant one of the backup 2037.5 Crews plants. This one will be a genetic cross plant. This also will show why we need a greenhouse here.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
2037.5 Crews backup plant.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
Long gourd. Hopefully I can build something for it.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
Long gourd. Hopefully I can build something for it.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
Long gourd. Hopefully I can build something for it.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
Triple score!
Saturday, April 27 View Page
202 Crews watermelon. Truthfully Iíve had better plants at this stage.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
1088 Miller. Doing better with some sunlight.
Saturday, April 27 View Page
2365 Wolf Looking good. Watered the soil because itís going over soon.
Wednesday, May 1 View Page
Some things are learned the hard way. It took me a long time to figure out that I need to keep the soil moist around the crown area to allow the vine to tip over easily. Now I can let the top dry out some.
Friday, May 3 View Page
Looks like itís going to be one of those cold damp years. Snowed yesterday. More today. Working on 2Ē of rain/snow. -1
Sunday, May 5 View Page
202 Crews watermelon. Doing pretty good now.
Sunday, May 5 View Page
1088 Miller Pumpkins did ok this week considering there were almost no sunny days.
Sunday, May 5 View Page
2037 Crews Right. Just because it rained almost 2Ē doesnít mean it can rain inside the little cold-frame.
Sunday, May 5 View Page
2365 Wolf Doing well. Hopefully itíll land safely. Pretty full greenhouse. Thatíll have to change.
Sunday, May 5 View Page
Almost at the time of the year we donít have what is defined as night. Say goodbye to snow until May long weekend. lol. So many times Iíve had a sunburn under my winter coat.
Sunday, May 5 View Page
Oh. Forgot this weekend forecast.
Saturday, May 11 View Page
2037.5 Crews This is the first day with the bigger shack. Doing pretty good in the back patch. Maybe I should have gave this the north greenhouse
Saturday, May 11 View Page
1088 Miller This is the North greenhouse patch. Down and moving. Not much sun this week. Overnight s are still low single digit įC
Saturday, May 11 View Page
202 Crews watermelon Filling the shack nicely.
Saturday, May 11 View Page
I have another back up plant i just planted. 321 Crews from about this same spot. No heat cables. This will probably not be able to be pollinated until late July
Saturday, May 11 View Page
2365 Wolf Reached the end of the shack which means itís now naked. Filled up the torpedo heater. Like I said before overnights are still around 4įC
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Planted some field pumpkins on the 9th Had a couple extra peat pellets so I stuck a seed in. Iíve done this before and you can tell when itís germinatingÖ
Monday, May 13 View Page
All but one of the Field pumpkins are up and it was pushing soil up so reasonably sure.
Monday, May 13 View Page
Yes. Iím attempting a long gourd. Iím still trying to come up with the trellis for it.
Tuesday, May 14 View Page
Itís been pretty cool this May. Not the greatest for growing pumpkins.
Saturday, May 18 View Page
Field pumpkins love bright light. Agís long gourds and melons do very well. Tomatoes , peppers cabbages prefer less bright. Transplanted into bigger pots because itís winter outside. Going to be a tough season if this continues.
Saturday, May 18 View Page
Not a great forecast for a grower of things.
Saturday, May 18 View Page
202 Crews watermelon. Hoping to keep it in the shack until next week. Just too cool to erect the next stage of greenhouse.
Saturday, May 18 View Page
1088 Miller Hopefully it will make a couple more days in here. Donít want to take this down until it warms up a bit.
Saturday, May 18 View Page
2365 Wolf Filled the heater. Still not growing really fast but the weather may change.
Saturday, May 18 View Page
2037.5 Crews Well. Frost forecast tonight so this could be tense. Canít take it down yet.
Saturday, May 18 View Page
The long gourd really took off which is great but Iím running out of height. Going to hope that light makes enough heat to save it tonight.

 

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