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Chris L
Jan 14, 2023
In Grower Discussion
The Giant Vegetable Growers of Ontario auction will be running on the Big Pumpkins message board starting at 6:00 pm Saturday January 21st and ending on Saturday 28th at 12:00 noon EST. All money raised is to help support the GVGO and it's activities and contests. As always all bidding will be in Canadian Dollars and there will be a wide variety of seeds to bid on. We would like to thank all the generous seed donors without whom this auction could not happen. Please join us and help support the GVGO.
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Chris L
Jun 09, 2022
In Grower Discussion
Hi Everyone, even though I'm not really growing this year I was attempting to grow two giant tomato plants indoors under grow lights to hopefully keep me growing something this summer. Unfortunately my would be tomato plants have all but died before being transplanted into their large containers for reasons that are not known at this time. Nothing like this has ever happened to me ever since I started growing giant vegetables but I would really like to follow through with this experimental project and possibly produce a decent tomato. If anyone can spare an unused giant tomato plant it would be greatly appreciated. My E-mail address is Lyonspum@aol.com. Thanks, Chris Lyons
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Chris L
Jan 09, 2022
In Grower Discussion
The GVGO seed Auction will be running on the Big Pumpkins message boards starting at 12:01 am on Sunday January 16th and ending on Saturday January 22nd at 12:00 noon EST. All Money raised is to help support the GVGO and it's activities and contests. As always all bidding will be in Canadian Dollars and there will be a wide variety of seeds to bid on. We would like to thank all the generous seed donors without whom this auction could not happen. Please join us and help support the GVGO.
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Chris L
Oct 09, 2021
In Grower Discussion
Congratulations to Jim and Kelsey Bryson on their 2006.5 pumpkin weighed at the Woodbridge fair weigh-off.
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Chris L
Apr 29, 2021
In Grower Diaries
It looks like 2021 will be an interesting season for me and I have been keeping a low profile until I was cleared to work in the garden again. My shoulder has improved significantly over the past few months and although it won't be 100% I think that it is good enough for me to grow a few pumpkins this season. I was able to get the planting sites and hoop houses up early although my cover crop was really sparse after the chickens spent weeks eating the seeds. Only two AG's this year for me and maybe a field pumpkin tomatoes and some other vegetables The heater cables have been tested so everything is a go. The soil PH is at 7.6 now so the patch will need a major application of sulfur to bring it down a bit. The wind fencing needs a lot of work but I am still not ready to pound in "T" posts yet and I am concerned about potentially damaging winds on Friday. I suddenly found myself with more space at home due to a change in my life so the plants were brought into my living room from the usually hot solarium. In the past there was a problem with them becoming leggy from the heat and it looks like it is working. The 1450 Fifolt plant on the left is one of the best starts I have ever seen and the 2226.7 Boonen/Herman beside it is looking good as well. There are several mangel wurzels and a few kohlrabi plants that are ready to go in the ground now as well. I am tempted to plant the pumpkins this weekend but I need a reliable heat source in case of a deep freeze in the coming weeks.
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Chris L
Jan 16, 2021
In Grower Discussion
The GVGO silent seed auction will once again be running on the Big Pumpkins message board starting at 8:00 on Sunday January 23rd and ending on Saturday January 30th at 12:00 noon EST. All money raised is to help support the GVGO and it's activities and contests. As always all biding is in Canadian dollars and there will be a wide variety of seeds to bid on including the UK seed exchange lot with approx. 80 different vegetable seeds. As always, a big thanks to all the generous seed donors without whom this auction could not happen. Please join us and help support the GVGO.
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Chris L
Apr 26, 2020
In Grower Diaries
This was going to be a year off for me to give me and the soil a break but somehow I found a way to grow one pumpkin along with Phil and Jane Hunt. This was the only way I could be involved in this since I injured my left shoulder back in December and I am limited in my abilities to do things that I would normally have no problem with. Saturday was the best day so far this year and I was able to take advantage of It. I added all the soil amendments to the growing site including compost, peat moss, bio-char, K-mag, sulfur, kelp, humic, 46-0-0 and some 19-19-19. After that was done Phil tilled up entire patch and I installed the heater cable and got a 8' x 9' hoop house built. I really hope that this was the hardest day for me this season. There will be two plants started in hoop house which is large enough to walk into. Aiming for a planting date of May 9th. Would be sooner but the pumpkins won't be ready until then. The fodder beets and kohlrabi plants have to go into the ground sooner. I started them in January which was too early but I was off work for two months and I had lots of time on my hands. The ones that I transplanted into large pots are all larger and more robust than the plants in the 6" pots. Getting them out of here will give me room to start some tomato plants soon.
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Chris L
Jan 05, 2020
In Grower Discussion
The GVGO seed auction will once again be running on the Big Pumpkins message board starting at 8:00 am on January 12th. and ending at 12:00 noon EST on Saturday January 18th. All money raised is to help support the GVGO and it's activities and contests. As always all bidding is in Canadian dollars and there is a wide variety of seeds to bid on. A big thanks to all the generous seed donors without whom this could not happen. Please join us and help support the GVGO.
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Chris L
Jul 09, 2019
In Grower Discussion
So far this season I have not observed any evidence of a single cucumber beetle. Usually the first wave arrives sometime in May but so far nothing yet. Is it possible that the freeze thaw cycles of this past winter and wet spring have taken a toll on them? I have also noticed that there are no honey bees around this summer. Normally they are around in large numbers but so far none.
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Chris L
Apr 08, 2019
In Grower Diaries
Well, here it is again. another growing season is just around the corner so I thought that I would put up a diary for 2019. This season will be different for me in a few ways with only two giant pumpkins planned at this time and some changes in what and how I will be growing as well. I had decided to grow my last giant fodder beet seeds this year but no rutabagas or Kohlrabi this year but I am now the proud owner of a bouncing baby kohlrabi that I got from John Butler at the GVGO seminar. I was not going to grow giant carrots this year as well, but when I saw that it was the veggie of the year for the EGVGA my competitive side kicked in and I started some as well. Like my beets they are far behind of where I was last year but they are all doing well Checked out the garden today as it was probably the warmest day today since last October and things did not look too bad but could be better. The soil is only thawed down a few inches and there is still ice in the far corners of the garden. With the forecast not really showing a significant warm up and lots of cool wet days ahead I double covered the hoop house sites with plastic. It looks like it will be a repeat of 2018 with me only getting the hoop houses ready for planting in May.
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Chris L
Jan 07, 2019
In Grower Discussion
Once again the Giant Vegetable Growers of Ontario will be running a silent auction on the Big Pumpkins message board. This fundraising auction will be commencing on Sunday January 13th at 8:00 am and bidding will be concluding on Saturday January 19th at 12:00 Noon EST. All bidding will be in Canadian dollars with many of the most sought after seeds being available at this time. There will be pumpkin seeds from Haist, Geddes, Daletas, Urena, Wolf and many more. There will also be Long Gourd, Field pumpkin, tomato, bushel gourd and marrow seed lots included. Please join us and help support the GVGO. Best of luck and thanks from the GVGO seed auction committee.
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Chris L
Nov 10, 2018
In Grower Discussion
The GVGO is looking for those Canadian members who this past season had the largest increase in their previous personal best pumpkin. We do not keep records of this, so you must contact us by Dec 31, 2018 to tell us where and when you grew your previous PB and your current PB. Both pumpkins must have been weighed at a reputable Canadian weigh-off event. There are 3 prizes for this award. 1st - $300 2nd- $150 3rd- $50 Please e-mail me at Lyonspum@aol.com if you feel like you have a winner. PLEASE REMEMBER: THE GVGO DOES NOT KEEP THESE RECORDS, S0 PLEASE CONTACT US WITH YOUR INFORMATION ASAP. Thanks
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Chris L
Nov 10, 2018
In Grower Discussion
This past season saw the heavy cucumber as the 2018 veggie of the year. This was a very successful veggie of the year with most weigh-offs receiving several entries in this category. The results collected so far are : 18.51 lbs. Dennis Hartung 18.22 lbs. Joel Jarvis 14.88 lbs. Jeff Warner 12.56 lbs. John Nieuwenhoff 11.92 lbs. John Butler Art Johnson If there are any individuals or weigh-off sites with entries that can be fitted in here please post them here or e-mail me at Lyonspum@aol.com with those results. Thanks again to everyone who grew and weighed one this past season.
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Chris L
Oct 06, 2018
In Grower Discussion
Your 1959 Lb. pumpkin weighed today at Woodbridge is now the new Canadian record. It was great to watch it grow all summer and even better to finally see it get weighed. You can finally take a sigh of relief. Congratulations to all the other growers and volunteers who made the day go so well.
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Chris L
Mar 12, 2018
In Grower Diaries
Well it is getting close to the 2018 season so I thought that I would run a full diary from start to finish. My season started at the beginning of February with the planting of carrots which were followed by Parsnips and then Kohlrabies and finally fodder beets. Parsnips are the feature vegetable for the Royal Winter Fair this year so I am going to give them a try. They all start out so slow unlike AG's which are ready to go in just a few weeks after germination. I start three or four plants in each pot and then remove the lesser plants and keep the most aggressive plant.
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Chris L
Jan 07, 2018
In Grower Discussion
The Giant Vegetable Growers of Ontario will be running a silent auction on the Big Pumpkins message board. This fund raising auction will be commencing on Sunday January 14th at 8:00am EST and bidding will be concluding on Saturday January 20th at 12:00 Noon EST. All bidding will be in Canadian dollars with many of the most sought after seeds available at this time being available for bidding . Some of the seeds available will include the 2363 Holland, 2118 Jutras squash, 2112 and 2150 Skinner, 2269 Paton, 2031 Mendi and many more. There will be many proven seeds as well and other lots containing tomatoes, field pumpkins, long gourds and other giant vegetable seeds. Please join us and check it out and help support the GVGO. Best of luck and Thanks from The GVGO seed auction committee.
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Chris L
Jun 02, 2017
In Grower Diaries
After a very wet and cold start it looks like there may be some hope to a good season. Just have to survive the chance of frost tonight. The biggest 2145 McMullen plant is way out of the hoop house and it looks like a June pollination will happen this season.
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