Wet and cold year, . Got the final few passes done tonight with the tiller. Drip tape causes a few early issues that I've learned. You have to get tubing laid under plant before it gets too big, but you have to be tilled before you lay any tubing.
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Happy with this one after burning half the vine tips in July when I thought I lost the plant. It held a nice shape all year and brought in some colour late in the year. A bit heavy also which is always a bonus.
I'll never miss vine pruning and burying, but I would miss "loading day" and talking to the growers at the weighoff. Congratulations to Jim and Kelsey and to all who weighed fruit this year.
The zinnias are still putting out colour. These flowers are under rated. The bees and butterflies love them this time of year. The hairy vetch in the background is thick and full. I think I'll till it under in the spring.
Good luck to all the growers weighing fruit these next two weekends.
I've been trying to blow this one up all year but I can't even get the skin to crack. If I had to look back on this plant I guess I'd call it slow and steady, with an emphasis on slow. Just happy to have one to pick this season as things looked pretty dire mid July. Decent color and nice shape so I'll take that and run.
Getting near the end of the line. I haven't done any spraying in 2 months and the leaves show it. Day 98 today. This thing thumps like a boulder but I've proven in the past that I have no idea what's heavy and what's light. I don't have that Joel Jarvis touch of the Pumpkin Whisperer.
Well I hope you consider this your year off because I'm running low on those good Hoelke seeds lol
Just can't find the right camera angle to make this fruit look big. Took this photo last week. I rolled the tape up for the year. Im done measuring, too depressing.
The best part about having zinnias in the garden is that when you're late from being in the garden too long, you can chop a handful off and score bonus points when you get home late.
The zinnias have started to really bloom now. I got these in late when I ripped out a couple plants. They looks great. I have some hairy vetch growing in the background and some random tomatoes that came in with last falls leaf compost.
The 118 long gourd is 100". I think this one was pollinated august 10th so there should be about 12-14 days left of growing. 107 Kline in the background.
quick overhead video of my plant. Hope this works..
Long gourds are starting to move. DAY 'not sure' and the 118 Nieuwenhoff is about 65". The 107 Kline in the background is a little younger and approaching 4 feet.
Darker green with a nice pattern on the 118. Much lighter solid colour on the Kline. Both gourds crossed with each other.
These things are fun to watch grow at this stage in the game. I'm guessing they'd like some warmer nights, but don't we all.
That's good Theresa. Hope to see one of Jims at a weighoff if I get to one, or pictures of the two at the end of the season. Good luck Jim.
Our plants are behind due to wet weather, but the 2 jim says are growing the best are Holkes.
You grow nice plants Ryan we need you back next year !
Day 52. 326 OTT.
Finally all grown into the plot. I have only one secondary still growing that I'm going to turn 90 degrees to fill in the last bare area.
We'll see if I can get some decent gains but it's way too late.
Almost have filled the garden. Finally. About 6-7 more secondaries to dead head. Nothing worth talking about for fruit growth yet.
I talked my parents into growing long gourds. Hoping to have to dig a hole later in the year.