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Saturday, March 2 View Page
A look at current patch conditions, temps are running below normal for this time of year, oh well, I got the snow removed from around the green houses to get ready for the coming season
 
Saturday, March 2 View Page
The one thing, about the current cold temperatures, is the greenhouse plastic, turns into glass like, kinda like the skin of a drum, making the snow slide off easier
 
Saturday, March 2 View Page
The rally wagon is still running , as we put some screws for studs in the tires, lol kid loves it
 
Sunday, March 3 View Page
One of the problems with having a greenhouse up in the winter months, a lot of wood seems to accumulate, during the off season
 
Sunday, March 17 View Page
The start of the new season has begun, Starting early this year , hoping for better results , one nice thing about starting early if things go , not as planned , I still have time , seeds sanded and soaked for about 3 hours ,going with my crosses this year , hard to argue with 2183,2365 and 1885 genetics-bred into them , there so many good seeds out there, but why make crosses if you aren't going to grow them
 
Monday, March 18 View Page
And into the germ box they went , after 4 hour soak, I don't use the paper towel method, straight into 5 inch sq pots, heat-mat t-stat set at 89 degrees and hopefully 3 or 4 days later we are in business
 
Monday, March 18 View Page
A better look at the box , by starting 10 days earlier than usual, I will, depending on the weather, carry the plants for may be 3 weeks inside , as I get things figured out on the outside
 
Tuesday, March 19 View Page
Digging out a trail, so I can get to somethings that I going to need to get the frozen soil in the gh thawed , Anchorage so far has gotten over 10 ft of snow this season, between keeping the gh roofs clear and all the plowing , I am really tired of snow
 
Friday, March 22 View Page
Day 4 of the germination process, things went well, the 2023.5 was really strong breaking ground in just under 72 hrs and the 2147 was not far behind , so far so good Let the games begin .. lol
 
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Day 8 of under the lights , they growing pretty good, as you can see I already transplanted into the breakaway boxes, hoping to get these into the ground in a week or so
 
Saturday, March 30 View Page
So for me , it all starts here on the ground thawing process, I use a small boiler to heat a 75 gallon Amtrol tank up to usually 120 degrees or so , then circulate that water thru the pex tubing buried in the gh soil, which is basically a 2 ft raised bed,alot goes into this process as you have to blow the glycol out of the tubing then repurge every thing with water, luckily today the temp was above freezing , makes it easier
 
Saturday, March 30 View Page
Here is one of the manifolds for the pex, it is divided in 3 loops or sections in the gh , for all you plumbers out there, this was all stuff I got from different jobs , so the price was right lol
 
Saturday, March 30 View Page
And then I pull the insulated concrete blankets up over the-poly thats on top of the gh soil and wait , the heat transfer isnt that great with tubing just buried in sand, so it takes a little longer, hopefully be ready in 5 or 6 days
 
Monday, April 1 View Page
This bath exhaust fan ,which is thermostatically controlled , pulls hot air from the peak of the gh roof and blows it underground thru 4 inch perforated pvc pipe buried about 12 " down or just below rototiller depth, each gh has 65 ft of this , it a good way of using the free heat of the sun, to expedite soil warming, of coarse it only works when the sun is out, which isnt to often so far this year...
 
Tuesday, April 9 View Page
This is day 18 or so on my starts , they are at the 5 th leaf stage , so I need to get these into the ground
 
Tuesday, April 9 View Page
The ground is all thawed, soil amendments added and tilling underway
 
Tuesday, April 9 View Page
The 2023.5 ready to hit dirt, it took a lot just to get to this stage , I decided to use the green SRM plastic mulch again this year, for both soil warming and weed control,so the drip tape has to be installed and tested before the poly mulch is laid on top, then the walk boards , then the mini house on top of those
 
Tuesday, April 9 View Page
Top view of the 2023.5 the main vine is already starting, so it should be done and running soon , that is if I can keep it from freezing as it going to be 24 tonight, the next 10 days or so are-the most stressful for me, April 23rd , is when the average night time temps hit 33 degrees ...lol
 
Tuesday, April 9 View Page
1 st plant , In the ground and in the game , Tomorrow plant 2 goes in
 
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
This is a look at the mini gh inside, something I really need in the early part of the season,its 10ft long in the back 13ft along the sides and 6 ft in the front by 32 inches high
 
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
Inside view, it has a hydronic unit heater,with a line voltage thermostat to control the fan, its set to 60 degrees for night time temps
 
Wednesday, April 10 View Page
A couple of moose are browsing on tops of the branches of a birch tree I took down , if you look close , a magpie has landed on his back,just for fun
 
Thursday, April 18 View Page
2023.5 main is down and starting to move,around 3ft mark
 
Friday, April 19 View Page
Soil temp looking good
 
Friday, April 19 View Page
My 2147 is also on the move
 
Friday, April 19 View Page
The 2147 main is down and at 4 ft ,day 28 above ground , with more favorable weather in the forecast , hoping this plant really takes off
 
Monday, April 22 View Page
A little surprise showed up on the 2147, around 7 ft mark , way to early to consider using, but pretty sure I have never had a female showing on a plant that is only 31 days above ground , crazy ....
 
Monday, April 22 View Page
A look at the 2147, sun is finally coming out a little
 
Monday, April 22 View Page
The 2023.5 now on the move Day 31
 
Monday, April 29 View Page
Patch update on my 2023.5 , its growing good main is around 10 ft or longer , I am thinking day 38 , but pretty happy with it so far
 
Monday, April 29 View Page
1st female on the 2023.5 showing
 
Monday, April 29 View Page
The 2147is growing great , main at 14 ft , with 2 females showing , almost out of the mini which was extended to 18 ft , hard to see but side vines are reaching the perimeter, then the problems start,its so much easier for me to control the environment in a smaller space, after all still mid 30's last couple nights
 
Monday, April 29 View Page
1st female off the 2147 , about 9 ft out
 
Monday, April 29 View Page
2nd female off the 2147 , right around 14 ft out , this might be interesting as it could be my keeper . Which could give the most grow days after pollination ever , umm, also around day 38 since sprouting
 
Monday, May 6 View Page
The 2 nd female opened on the 2147 today , its at least 16 ft out , with alot of side vines behind it , but the position in the gh is not ideal as far as getting the pumpkin out goes
 
Monday, May 6 View Page
It looking like a normal shaped blossom
 
Monday, May 6 View Page
A look at the 2147 plant , growing good only 7ft of room left to the end of the 30 ft gh, probably going to have to turn the main at 45 degrees to pick up some more room, 3rd female already showing , should be my earliest pollination ever
 
Monday, May 6 View Page
The 1st female on the 2023.5 also opened up to day ,along with a couple males, but going to pass on pollinating
 
Monday, May 6 View Page
A closer look at the 2023.5 female
 
Monday, May 6 View Page
A look at the 2023.5 plant , growing good also
 
Friday, May 17 View Page
Finally got this put in place after all these years, a normal atmospheric vacuum breaker on your normal hose bib Isn't rated for continuous use, and I don't shut it off every night. My wife started noticing some stuff in the kitchen faucet. The problem is when you're on a well on a hot sunny day the pressure in a garden hose can be greater than the cut in pressure of your well pump creating a backflow situation anyway it's code up here to have at least a pressure vacuum breaker on all your irrigation lines
 
Friday, May 17 View Page
The third female on the 2147 open today on the 16th, was pollinated by the 2023.5 making it my earliest pollination ever by over two weeks
 
Friday, May 17 View Page
The 2147 growing good , the pumpkin was pollinated around the 20 foot mark, I didn't measure it exactly, the side vines are looking good, so far so good, hopefully this pollination takes and it go time!
 
Friday, May 17 View Page
The the 2023.5 plant is also doing really good. Move along nicely. Hope to pollinate in the next four or five days, which should be also nice. So far just a nice plant to grow with minimal problems
 
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
2nd female on the 2023.5 opened today on the 20th
 
Tuesday, May 21 View Page
Closer look at my hopeful keeper
 

 

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