Category: Growing Season 2014

Growing Season 2014

Seasons End

The kids carved my pumpkins again this year. The one collapsed as we were driving to our congregation’s trunk-or-treat.

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The Year Of Experimentation

Since this year started off a little slow, I decided to make it a year of experimentation.  My 1065 Corbin pumpkin from last year had very few viable seeds.  I averaged a 50% germination rate at best with them.  I was able to get five pumpkins up, but four of them did not withstand the frost we had on June 15th.  I had them in hoop houses with heat lamps, but it was still to cold.  The remaining pumpkin took off, but 8 days later we encountered a hail storm after I removed the hoop house.  I’m not sure when I took this photo, but I went ahead and decided to give this plant a chance because I wanted to see the color and shape of this pumpkin.

HailMy watch cat who continues to scratch all of my pumpkins sits above helping mice gnaw at the pumpkins on cooler days.  As you can see, I was able to set a pumpkin on this plant and it’s really starting to gain weight.  I plan to give this one to my wife for her classroom to get the kids interested in growing giant pumpkins.  I suspect it will be a brilliant orange as it ripens.

Corbin 1065 Pumpkin

This year, I am performing and documenting the following experiments:

1.  What adjustments have to be made to your PH while adding potassium to the plant?

2.  Do dark colored sheets work better for pumpkin weight gains?

3.  How much nitrogen should I be adding throughout the year?

4.  If I flood a patch with a genetically inclined pumpkin to go light, will it weigh heavy?

5.  If a pumpkin starts growing over the blossom end, how can you stop it?

It has been a fun year and I feel I am learning all the time as to what works best in our growing region.  I’ll post my results later in the year.

Is Frost or Hail Worse?

On June 15th, my entire garden encountered a light frost.  The frost hit most of us folks that live out in the  country a little ways and Northeast of Cheyenne.

Enough said about this post, I’ll take hail over frost since my netting can stop most of the hail.

greenBeans FrostPumpkin

 

Snow and Cold

SnowI have not officially talked about the start of my 2014 pumpkin growing season yet since it is having it’s challenges.  I was planning on growing several seeds from Joe Scherber and a 1495 Stelts seed this year, but unfortunately they had problems or did not germinate.  I practiced with my own seeds in advance to try and perfect my technique, but I’m confident that the soil was too moist and I didn’t use enough heat this year which  caused the failure of the seeds.  I am having to go with my backup plants which I am not sure if they are frozen or alive.  As I’m typing this, I’m in a hotel room, hoping that my heat lamps are still turning on and that the hoop houses can survive high teens/low twenty’s.  I will ask my family to investigate tomorrow morning and take a peak to see if they made it through the cold snap.

The photo above is snow that we received on Sunday and Monday.  The drift is over 4 feet and I had to plow the driveway entrance twice to get the vehicles out.  We had sustained 30+ mph wind two weeks previously that shredded my wind fence which is the same material they use around tennis courts.

The weekend is supposed to be close to 70 degrees.  When I get home, I will start another round of backup plants and look forward to the warmer days ahead.

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