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giantveg
Aug 05, 2020
In Grower Diaries
220 Baggs marrow. All was going well until we hit a heat wave which is supposed to last 10 days. Covered plant with 32% shadow cloth. No pollination yet. Going to be around 35 Celsius on the day I have to pollinate so will have to cool the marrow with ice packs. 205 Wursten field pumpkin x 133 Wursten. Pollination 2 days ago. Covered this plant as well. Last year all my plants got roasted during a heat wave, so don't want that happening again. 176 Wursten field pumpkin. Two pollinated, both with the 205. Most of the plant has been terminated. The two tomatoes are in tubs. They were meant for the GVGO contest, but while both plants are doing great, the tomatoes won't grow. Poor pollination? 133 Wursten field pumpkin. Same seed in the same polytunnel that grew the 205 last year. Same type of summer as well. Pollinated with the 176. Just pollinated one of the inside tomatoes. This is the 5.75 Hunt 19 (Mega Zak). This is the other GVGO contest tomato, also inside. This one was pollinated on pretty much the same day as the Hunt and is the 5.95 Konieczny 16 (Domingo). Many, many other kinds of giant veg growing, but nothing worth mentioning as we had a cool and extremely dry spring and early summer. This is a MacKenzie FP. Grown solely for decoration on a piece of black plastic with just a hole for the roots. Several pumpkins on the plant, no water added but still 50-60 lbs (?).
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giantveg
Dec 02, 2019
In Grower Discussion
The Dutch giant vegetable club is going to have a seed sale on bigpumpkins.com in January, BUT we would like to offer our seeds to GVGO members first at reduced prices (Canadian dollars instead of Euros). The proceeds go to sponsoring our giant vegetable weigh-off. We have ten packages of each of the lots. You can buy one or more of each. Price includes shipping. Payment preferably by PayPal but if absolutely necessary in Canadian cash sent to The Netherlands. No cheques or money orders. If you want to buy one or more lots, email Bradley Wursten at giantveg@hotmail.com. First come, first serve. The sale will end at the end of the year (or when we run out of seeds) and then move to bigpumpkins.com. Lot 1: Giant veg lots ($20) Multiple seeds of all. All varieties have grown world records. Heavy cucumber - 21-23lbs Baggs 2019 Long cucumber – 30-32” Aubergine / Eggplant – Monstruese de New York Kohlrabi – Superschmelz Tomato – 4.65-6.22lbs Leek – Mammoth Pot Carrot – New Intermediate Red Mangold - Brigadier Radish – April Cross Pepper - Colossal Long chili pepper – Joe’s Long Cheyenne Heavy chili pepper - Pablona Lot 2: Wursten FPs ($30) FP - 1x 205 Wursten 19 (133 Wursten x 158.7 Horde) – GPC 1st place FP - 2x 156.5 Wursten 19 (176.4 Wursten x 158.7 Horde) - 32% heavy FP - 2x 110 Wursten 17 (reverse cross of the 133 that grew the 176.4 and 205) Lot 3: Dutch FPs ($40) 1x 205 Wursten 19 (133 Wursten x 158.7 Horde) – GPC 1st place 1x 180.8 Horde 17 (158.7 Horde x 158.6 MacKinnon) – former NL record 3x 164.7 Horde 14 (103 MacKinnon x 128 Lyons) – former NL record 1x 158.7 Horde 16 (117.1 Horde x 247 Graham) – grew 180.8 Horde 1x 156.5 Wursten 19 (176.4 Wursten x 158.7 Horde) – GPC 9th place 1x 102 Horde 18 (205.8 Schenk x 180.8 Horde) - grew 181 Young 19 Lot 4: FP + marrow ($30) FP: 205 Wursten 19 (133 Wursten x 158.7 Horde) – 1 seed Marrow: 156 or 167 or 181 or 196 Baggs 19 (165 Baggs x 220 Baggs) – 2 seeds Lot 5: Mystery lot ($20) Have some fun with a mystery lot of giant pumpkin and giant vegetable seeds. No two lots are the same but they all contain at least one AG seed over 2000lbs, a top of the line field pumpkin seed and they could contain squash, gourds, cucumbers, watermelons, tomatoes, beets, carrots, peppers or anything else we can find in our stash. Each lot contains a minimum of ten packages. Note: outside of this seed sale there are only about four or five seeds from the 205 Wursten field pumpkin available at auctions.
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giantveg
Sep 14, 2019
In Grower Discussion
The current Canadian record for marrow is 145lbs, grown by Fred Ansems of NS in 2014. The current Ontario record is 105lbs. The current world record is 206.5lbs.
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giantveg
Oct 15, 2018
In Grower Discussion
Hi John, Could you contact me at giantveg@hotmail.com, about the newsletter please? Brad Wursten
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giantveg
Sep 06, 2018
In Grower Discussion
The new international rules and regulations for showing and judging giant vegetables and related crops have been posted here: https://www.pompoenweging.nl/rules and will appear on this website and others soon. These rules can be freely used by all growers and weigh-offs and may be posted on any website. The GPC is using these rules when they help growers at a GPC event claim a Guinness World Record. In the document you can see who was involved in making these rules and which resources were used. All weigh-offs/fairs, etc are strongly advised to use these rules in order to standardize judging.
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giantveg
Jul 05, 2018
In Grower Discussion
If you run or help organise an Ontario weigh-off, can you send me your weigh-off information so I can publish it in the newsletter? giantveg@hotmail.com Thanks, Brad
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giantveg
May 04, 2018
In Grower Diaries
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.
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giantveg
Nov 27, 2017
In Grower Discussion
Is it correct that Port Elgin is measuring sunflower plants with the tap root included? And are other weigh-offs doing the same? The correct and official way to measure sunflowers (and tall corn) is without all roots. In the case of sunflowers from the base of the stalk to half-way the sunflower face. In the case of corn, from the base of the stalk to the top of the tassle, or by lack to tassle to the fold in the top leaf when standing up straight. If PE is doing so, that would disqualify all contenders, including those claiming records.
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giantveg
Jun 21, 2017
In Grower Diaries
I started out the year with 4 1/2 allotments and somehow inherited an additional 3 1/2, so now I'm gardening on eight 1500 sq ft allotments. This morning I planted out the giant tomatoes, so I now have all the giant veg in the garden. 1x squash (967 Horde*) - almost ready to pollinate 5x field pumpkin (2x 117 Horde, 1x 133 Wursten, 1x 189 Crews with 109 MacKenzie backup and 1x 158 Horde) 2x long gourd (122.88 Eaton and 137 Eaton) 2x marrow (86.4 Osmala, 60 Wild) 1x bushel gourd (185 English) 1x watermelon (220 Bartoli) 4x heavy/long cucumbers (Thomas and Wursten) 4x tall corn (Jalapeno) 7x sunflower heads in 2 different locations (Fifolt) 9x beet in 3 different locations (Brigadier) 7x runnerbeans in 3 different locations (Jescot) 11x tomatoes in 4 different greenhouses (2x 6.06 Sproule, 2x 4.72 Butler, 1x 4.30 Timm, 2x 5.58 Nieuwenhoff, 2x 5.91 Timm, 2x 3.40 Wild) I'm also tutoring a 10 year old boy who has 4 beets, a field pumpkin and 5 sunflower heads growing on one of my allotments.
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