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Sunday, March 14 View Page
Hello , the dark cold winter is almost over as spring approaches, so its time to get the diary started for the 2021 season...
 
Sunday, March 14 View Page
I have been spending the winter hours fooling around with 3D wood art .. good holiday season presents ..lol like it or not..
 
Sunday, March 14 View Page
Germination time is about 2 weeks away..and things look like normal for this time of year.. a lot work ahead getting things ready
 
Sunday, March 14 View Page
That's why this baby, really helps me out on keeping things cleared out , so I can move around the GH's easier.. starting to excited about this coming season..!
 
Saturday, April 3 View Page
Test pic from last week
 
Saturday, April 3 View Page
Finally trying out the bp app, so here is a test pic from today on current conditions
 
Saturday, April 3 View Page
Some of my seed choices, for this year thanks Ruben, I also got some great seeds from others, thsnks
 
Saturday, April 3 View Page
I had good results for germination , the 2183 Mendi was up out of the soil in 3 days, the two 2051 took 3 1/2 days, the 183 (2469x2416) took about 5 days, the 2183 is a day younger than the rest , as with are crappy weather I was hesitant to start it
 
Saturday, April 3 View Page
A look at the current weather forecast, global warming.. not here lol
 
Saturday, April 3 View Page
Since , I will probably have to keep the plants inside for about 3 weeks , I made some containers that fall Apart , pull the bottom panel out , cut the strings and done, should be minimal root damage as the plant should large , 4 th or 5 th leaf stage by then
 
Sunday, April 4 View Page
Another angle on the transplant boxes, in case any DIYers, want to make some
 
Tuesday, April 6 View Page
Transplanted the plants into their new homes, hoping to only have to keep them there for about 2 weeks or less, the roots looked great , won't be long for they out grow these, it's DAG 5 for the 2051 and 4 for the 2183
 
Tuesday, April 6 View Page
The other 2051, will be pollinator plant if needed also at day 5
 
Sunday, April 11 View Page
Patch update, as you can see not might as changed in our supposed spring, it was 4 degrees sat it day morning ..lol. crap
 
Sunday, April 11 View Page
Even the locals are looking around for it , the good news it should arrive soon , as the temps are expected to climb into the 40's
 
Sunday, April 11 View Page
The 2051 (rear ) and 2183 under the lights dag 9 and 10 .. the 2051 is just a nice strong plant , the 3rd leaf is starting
 
Saturday, April 17 View Page
I need to get these in the ground , I was hoping this weekend , but having issues with my soil warming process...
 
Saturday, April 17 View Page
2051 is looking good , 4 th leaf stage now
 
Wednesday, April 21 View Page
Transplant day as I have to get the 2051 into the ground as this is DAG 20,I believe , the weather is finally turning favorable
 
Wednesday, April 21 View Page
1st step is to put it in the hole and slide bottom panel out, it took a minute but actually slid out pretty easy
 
Wednesday, April 21 View Page
Then cut bottom string , and bury sides up to the 2 nd string cut, then bury to top of sides
 
Wednesday, April 21 View Page
Then cut bottom string , and bury sides up to the 2 nd string cut, then bury to top of sides
 
Wednesday, April 21 View Page
Then pull up sidestakes and then the panels and done , it worked great and very minimal damage for a large plant starting to vine
 
Thursday, April 22 View Page
2183 Mendi finally getting in the ground
 
Thursday, April 22 View Page
10 min later , all done , nice
 
Thursday, April 22 View Page
2183 all tucked in for the night, but not really after today , anchorage won't have what is officially called night agin until August 25 th... the 61st latitude does have some benefits..
 
Friday, April 30 View Page
The 2051 is down and running , with the main almost at the 6 ft mark, really aggressive plant , I think this is day 29 above ground, I forgot to take a picture of the 2183 , also doing well before I tucked it in for the night
 
Monday, May 3 View Page
2183 mendi at the 5 ft Mark or so
 
Monday, May 3 View Page
With a little surprise showing , not a keeper , but still a good sign
 
Saturday, May 15 View Page
2183 mendi , moving along nicely
 
Saturday, May 15 View Page
2051 Marshall also in gear
 
Wednesday, May 19 View Page
The 1st female is showing on the 2183, which means I should have a late May pollination and if it takes a 90 day grow window until the weigh off Aug 30 th, which is good
 
Wednesday, May 19 View Page
The 1st female is 15 ft out, with 8 secondaries on each side, it's been a great plant so far , a little slow on secondary growth at first, but now kicking into gear as our day time temps near 60 and night time lows are above 40
 
Thursday, May 20 View Page
2183 from the front
 
Friday, May 28 View Page
The 1 st female on the 2183 mendi opened today
 
Friday, May 28 View Page
A look at the flowers lobes , not perfect symmetry , but still pretty nice
 
Friday, May 28 View Page
The 2183 is moving along nicely, it has been a very easy plant to grow so far
 
Friday, May 28 View Page
All bagged up with a 1 gallon paint sprayer bag , to protect the cross and enhance air flow, the 2183 was crossed with the 2051
 
Friday, May 28 View Page
I really hope this pollination sets, then it is game on ! Lol
 
Saturday, June 5 View Page
2183 mendi moving along nicely, in our almost 19 hrs of daylight
 
Saturday, June 5 View Page
2183 x 2051 at day 7 , this will be my keeper , as it is now a time race to the Aug 30 th weigh off
 
Saturday, June 5 View Page
2051 is rebounding nicely after losing the main a while back
 
Saturday, June 5 View Page
The first female off the 2051 main , all the female on secondary vines looked good, so I am hoping this one pans out, should be ready in 3 or 4 days
 
Sunday, June 6 View Page
146 LeBlanc LG's in the front and 9.65 pork chops in the back, I am a little behind where I want to be
 
Sunday, June 6 View Page
But at least , I have my 2 year old grandson to help out, he is a worker and don't have to pay him much ..lol
 
Thursday, June 10 View Page
The 2051 plant, moving along and almost out of room in the gh, not the nicest looking plant I've grown , but it's pretty aggressive
 
Thursday, June 10 View Page
Pollinated the 1st female off the new main, probably 18 ft out with plenty of secondary vines behind it
 
Thursday, June 10 View Page
It is a nice 5 lober that was crossed with the 2183 mendi, the plant should be all pruned in the next week or so , so I am hoping it starts out fast , since it is a late pollination date for me
 
Sunday, June 13 View Page
A nice 6 lober opened on the 2051 today , just a few feet down from the last pollination
 
Sunday, June 13 View Page
So I went ahead and crossed it with the 2183 mendi,I will let both grow for now and see what happens
 
Sunday, June 13 View Page
A look at the 2 pollinations on the 2051, this plant is basically a insurance policy for me, in case any goes wrong on the 2183, I can only enter 1 plant at our gpc event and the next closest box weigh -offs are in Canada , 2000 miles (one way) away , and the Alaskan part of the road is pretty crappy
 
Sunday, June 13 View Page
Stupid auto correct.. that should say the nearest gpc weigh- off
 
Monday, June 14 View Page
2183 starting to ramp up... fingers crossed
 
Wednesday, June 16 View Page
2183 mendi. Dap 18
 
Wednesday, June 23 View Page
2183 mendi Dap 26 , plant and pumpkin growing nicely , despite the temps and lack of sun lately
 
Wednesday, June 23 View Page
2051 Marshall Dap 16 , this plant is also moving along nicely now after a rocky start ..
 
Monday, June 28 View Page
Break time or casing the patch out ...
 
Monday, June 28 View Page
Growth rate info on this years pumpkins
 
Saturday, July 3 View Page
2183 mendi , growing nicely Dap 36
 
Thursday, July 8 View Page
2051 Marshall dap 30
 
Tuesday, July 13 View Page
2183 mendi , averaging ing 38 lbs for the last 9 days , not great , but with our weather this year so far , that's amazing
 
Sunday, July 25 View Page
Nice to see the pumpkins are still growing, 2183 on left and 2051 on right
 
Sunday, July 25 View Page
Pumpkins still growing ,2183 on left 2051 on right
 
Wednesday, August 4 View Page
My daughter and my 2 year old grand son Wyatt, posing on the 2183, just a tad over 3 weeks to weigh / off and journeys end
 
Wednesday, August 4 View Page
The 146 Leblanc long gourd hanging , could be a new system record..
 
Saturday, August 21 View Page
One of the 146 Leblanc long gourds hanging , as 2 year old grandson , Wyatt is fascinated by the fountain
 
Saturday, September 4 View Page
Well , I smashed my i phone at work the day after or weigh off event , so lets re cap
 
Saturday, September 4 View Page
Always, a nice site for me, means its go time
 
Saturday, September 4 View Page
Pretty special for me , Wyatts first big lift , with the 2183 mendi
 
Saturday, September 4 View Page
The 2183 rising out of the gh , a film crew from germany , was in alaska this year for the fair and some other things. , I am far right
 
Saturday, September 4 View Page
The pumpkin off the 2051 coming out
 
Saturday, September 4 View Page
Now both on the trailer and heading to Palmer and Alaska mid nite sun weigh off
 
Saturday, September 4 View Page
Another trailer view
 
Saturday, September 4 View Page
At the fair
 
Saturday, September 4 View Page
The 2183 mendi , is now the 1603 marshall, dont have the exact numbers in front of me , but thinking 10% light to the chart, which stung a little at first, but im over it and really like this one
 
Saturday, September 4 View Page
The 2051 came in a little over the chart snd was 83 days old at harvest , the 1603 was 94 days old
 
Monday, September 6 View Page
My long gourd entries at the fair, both are off the 146 leblanc
 
Monday, September 6 View Page
Another view of the prospects
 
Monday, September 6 View Page
A look at all the info , thanks Barry it is a new alaska state record at 128 7/8 inches or almost 129 " lol
 
Monday, September 6 View Page
The winning cabbage in the background , came in 87.6 lbs , I believe
 
Saturday, October 16 View Page
I cut open the 1603 marshall (2183x2051) as you can see it had a pretty big cavity, probably why it went light to the chart, but still looked good inside 5 weeks after harvest
 
Saturday, October 16 View Page
Apparently, it doesn't taste bad either
 
Saturday, October 16 View Page
They just love the skin..
 
Saturday, October 16 View Page
Not a bad seed count either, I have some to spare , if your interested
 

 

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