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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby cmiller17363 » Wed Mar 13, 2019

Have you considered dumping some earthworms in the patch?
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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby gamayun » Thu Mar 14, 2019

Rodebaugh wrote:Completed my first till on the new ground extension yesterday evening. Thank goodness! I'm learning a good bit about my soil as I go along. Its tough to tell from my photos but my patch drops about 5-6 feet from the top diagonal down. So we are pretty well drained. The darker color of last year's portion is due to 27cuft of peat moss laying on top. I will add a similar amount to the new area before my final till of the complete plot.

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What did you use to till the ground with? Looks like tho wet for tractor

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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Rodebaugh » Thu Mar 14, 2019

Answers:

-I have a great worm population.....BUT I have thought about adding even more since I am upping my Organic Matter percentage.

-I use a walk behind self driven TroyBuilt tiller. It beats the tar out of me but gets the job done.

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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue Apr 02, 2019

It's go time grow time here in the valley. I'm starting 7 seeds all of which are proven producers.

(2) 2145.5 McMullen
(2) 1742 Wolf
(2) 1971.5 Barlow
(1) 1501 Vander Wielen

I know that seed knowledge is low here on bullionstacker but rest assured that the roster above represents an allstar dream team. No expense will be spared this year. The 2 McMullen seeds cost me an ounce of gold at auction. sh*t just got real folks....I'm all in.


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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby MrGaribaldi » Tue Apr 02, 2019

Rodebaugh wrote:The 2 McMullen seeds cost me an ounce of gold at auction.

:shock: I'm in the wrong business.
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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Rodebaugh » Fri Apr 05, 2019

I completed a final till of the top 1/3rd of the patch and set up the framework for one of the temporary greenhouses.

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The next day I covered it. This model is smaller than the one I used last year and I think it will serve my needs better.

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ANDDDDD......the first to pop is the 1501 Vander Wielen. This will be the plant I place at the downhill portion of the patch. It produces massive Orange. 84hrs for it to pop.....but who's counting. :lol:
It is tough to see in the photo but one 1971.5 Barlow and one 1742 Wolf are about to pop as well. :)

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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Brick's » Fri Apr 05, 2019

MrGaribaldi wrote:
Rodebaugh wrote:The 2 McMullen seeds cost me an ounce of gold at auction.


:shock: I'm in the wrong business.


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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Yellek » Fri Apr 05, 2019

Looks like your making ready for some deer fencing also.
m r purty. I like 'em gold 'uns.

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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue Apr 09, 2019

One of the Hut houses set up. Picture is from a few days ago.

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Inside a hut house pit is cleared out with heating cables ready to be buried.

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Finished hut house inside with heating cables buried and space heater. We just need a Sofa and a 60" flatscreen...maybe a mini fridge. The small white rectangle on the soil is a sensor so I can evaluate temperature.

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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Brick's » Wed Apr 10, 2019

Rodebaugh wrote:Answers:
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-I use a walk behind self driven TroyBuilt tiller. It beats the tar out of me but gets the job done.


More passes, shallower cuts. Replace tines if well worn.
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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Rodebaugh » Wed Apr 10, 2019

Brick's wrote:
Rodebaugh wrote:Answers:
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-I use a walk behind self driven TroyBuilt tiller. It beats the tar out of me but gets the job done.


More passes, shallower cuts. Replace tines if well worn.


It was the virgin ground Brick that got me. No more of that nonsense now. :clap:
I'm tilling clouds these days.

Here is another picture from the bottom half of the patch looking up. The plants that will be set in those huts will be run downhill like Girthtrude was last year. I am waiting on my 3rd hut to arrive in the mail. I will place it downhill and run that plant towards the house. All of my t-posts are now in the ground. Electrical and critter silt fence will not be added until the plants leave the huts. Yeah...yeah I know that the huts are not level....and yes it drives me batshit being type A, but their presence in the patch will only be until mid-late May tops. :lol:

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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Rodebaugh » Fri Apr 12, 2019

Plants are looking good. All of them were started on the same day of April 1st....except for the 2003 Haist which was panic started 3-4 days ago. It's on! :twisted:

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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue Apr 16, 2019

Plants are ready. I have been "hardening" them indoors by turning off the lights sooner and killing the heat to the room where it drops to 60 deg at night. Tomorrow April 17th they will be in the ground outside. My electrician came over yesterday and added 2 new dedicated outdoor outlets. Tripping the breaker shouldn't be a problem anymore. The second picture is of the jeep this morning. Temps hit a low of 29 deg outside last night and we had a light frost. Drafty ground level part of hot huts hit a low of 40 deg. I should be able to get that number up by taping up a few loose corners today. Obviously there is no insulation but if I can control the draft I think I can bump that up 5-15 Deg. Excitement is high folks. It's go time!

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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Brick's » Tue Apr 16, 2019

Send out the Vanguard, recon in force Doc!
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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby bigjohn » Tue Apr 16, 2019

I think Doc is just doing all the prep work for when WV legalizes naughty plants ;) He will take the market by storm
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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue Apr 16, 2019

bigjohn wrote:I think Doc is just doing all the prep work for when WV legalizes naughty plants ;) He will take the market by storm


They would be cheaper and easier to grow, but my plants would have to be the biggest.


In a side note I do have a couple other plant species that I will be growing this year. I have some big tomatoes and Giant sunflowers. They are side project fun ;)

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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby cmiller17363 » Tue Apr 16, 2019

You have time for a side project? :o
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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Rik Bitter » Tue Apr 16, 2019

Rodebaugh wrote:
bigjohn wrote:I think Doc is just doing all the prep work for when WV legalizes naughty plants ;) He will take the market by storm


They would be cheaper and easier to grow, but my plants would have to be the biggest.


In a side note I do have a couple other plant species that I will be growing this year. I have some big tomatoes and Giant sunflowers. They are side project fun ;)


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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Rodebaugh » Thu Apr 18, 2019

Well, it's full steam ahead. I'm doing an average of 2-3 hours a day now with weekends for catch up. That should stay pretty constant until late June and plant maintenance (vine work) starts.

I have 3 BullionStacker updates to make this morning as a bunch has been going on in the patch. You can see the draft areas I had that were sealed up. I used some Flex-seal 4" wide tape. That stuff is pretty nice but a little pricey. It helped my temps by 5-10 deg. Our night time low was only 51 and ground level never dipped below 60 in the greenhouses. That's the temp I have the thermostat set at so no real test has been given yet to the system. I'm cool with that. The soil inside the greenhouses is nice and loose but dry as a popcorn fart.


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Re: 2019 PUMPKIN

Postby Rodebaugh » Thu Apr 18, 2019

2 Plants went outside yesterday. The 1501 (larger plant) and the 2145. The third greenhouse is not quite ready to have a plant go in. Which is fine because my second 2145 is earmarked for this spot and its the one that has been slacking. A Gal of warmed rain water was placed at each transplant site. No fertilizer will be used for at least a week. We need to let them take hold in their new homes first.

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The 2145. She is small but the Genetics are huge.
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The 1501.
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