May 4, 2018

Dutch Brad...2018 Diary

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After some failed germinations and mutilated plants I will be going with the 2269 Paton this year. This will be my last year growing AGs (at least for the time being) so hoping for the best, but unfortunately I have no back-up plant.


I also have several fodderbeets and table beets going, as well as a giant carrot, two parsnips, several heavy bell peppers, tall corn, a 127 Kline LG, and two 108 Nieuwenhoff bushel gourds. Still have to sow the runner beans, heavy and long cucumbers, tomatoes and field pumpkins.


I also planted 30 mostly old or rare varieties of potatoes for an exhibition at a botanical garden here.


Jun 21, 2018


108 Nieuwenhoff bushel gourd. Perhaps one of the first times a bushel gourd has been grown inside. All the other giant veg is up and running.

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    Better later then never right? I meant to start this a while ago, but just never got around to it. Here is my bushel gourd progress for 2019. May 23, they have been sitting in the front window soaking up the sun. May 27, I finally got them into the garden. Jun 7, they seem attracted to each other... Aug 8. I had seen a lot of flowers, but hardly any female flowers. After a few didn't take off I decided to manually pollinate them and this one took off! Aug 14. This is before I leave for a vacation, its growing pretty well. Aug 25. Its growing a lot faster then I imagined! I hope my trellis (read: Fence) can handing the possible size of this monster!

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