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    Yesterday, 06:39 PM
    What a friggin learning experience. My patch runs hot like 102 degrees hot for a couple of hours during the day. I have two huge fans blowing that are set to come on at 74 degrees. The B.E.E. is retaining some serious heat, but the leaves are not wilting. It is the craziest thing and it hurts my head. I guess a 102 in the shade is better than 92 in the sun. lol As a temporary solution, I cut out four windows in the plastic poly on one side. I am hoping that this will release any trapped...
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    05-23-2019, 09:36 AM
    Storms, booo! But, I am curious how the B.E.E. will hold up in a gulley washer. But, as they say, be careful for what you ask for.
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    05-21-2019, 05:23 PM
    Kind of? I know how to keep plants warm, but I can only keep them so cool. But me personally, I am good with the warmer weather.
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    05-21-2019, 11:05 AM
    Seriously, how does it get sooooo hot, sooooooo darn fast!!!!!!!!! Pumpkins basically shut down at 90 degrees, and look at my forecast. Heck, 90 degree high is the coolest for the next week.
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    05-20-2019, 07:40 AM
    LOL....the shade cloth does make it seem more sinister in nature. I will admit that when I am inside, it does feel awkward like I am waiting for someone to tell me I can't be doing this.
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    05-20-2019, 05:27 AM
    The B.E.E. (Bug Exclusion Enclosure) is rounding into form. I have the insect netting over the entire 1200sqft. and the shade netting on the western half is up and the eastern half is secured on one side but not stretched out. As you can see the shade netting does not run the entire length of the structure. The one corner of my patch is in constant shade starting around 2pm so I am letting that end get a little more sunshine. I have learned a lot of lessons during the process and hopefully...
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    05-18-2019, 05:27 PM
    It is a never ending learning process. My first two years, I could not get a pumpkin to the finish line. Not sure about your space size, but I have found that my deer will not jump over a DOT silt fence. You can get it at Home Depot for like $50 for a hundred feet. You can see the black silt fence in the pics above around my patch. And another plus is that the silt fence will help act as a wind barrier.
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    05-18-2019, 09:24 AM
    Poly fence up. I am taking an afternoon break and will be back at it tonight. The goal is to get the middle pvc row installed. The middle row will be like a towel bar and I will drape the netting and shade cloth from one side over the bar to the other side.
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    05-18-2019, 06:07 AM
    Up and working on the enclosure at about 8am this morning. I have all of the pvc side wall structures completed. Next step, to roll out the plastic sheeting and connect it to the pvc. You can see the vine on the right is about five outside of the hoop house which puts the overall length at about 8 feet.
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    05-17-2019, 07:06 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: What is one to do with this? in Halloween Props
    Grunge it up first. Paint it gun metal gray or a like color. Cover the padded parts with dirty sheets. Agree that a mannequin of sorts would look cool. I'd have the thing in full recline position and a mad scientist actor next to it. Hell, use a live actor in place of the mannequin and let him and the doctor play off the crowd with some dialogue, etc...
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    05-14-2019, 06:00 AM
    Plenty of time left for Halloween growers such as yourself. If I have a pumpkin worth getting an official weight on then Sept.5 is my weigh-off date. My local fair is September 20th. My goal was to be pollinated by June 1st, plus with the heat any July pollination is iffy. Believe me, when you post that pic of all your pumpkins displayed nicely it will make me feel like I was lazy. :D
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    05-13-2019, 10:03 AM
    Last cold snap of the year. Suppose to be a low of 49 tonight, then mid 60's for the low over the next 10 days. Heck, next Wednesday is suppose to be high of 90. Talk about not having a spring. lol
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    05-09-2019, 02:58 PM
    UO, since you mentioned bugs, I saw one of the coolest bugs of my life. I wish I had taken a pic. It had a light silver body and at the top of it body it had two giant black eye markings which were just for show. It looked like a fishing lure similar to the one below but the body was a shimmering silver grey with no real markings. Apparently it was a eastern-eyed click beetle.
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    05-09-2019, 02:46 PM
    Is it possible after just two male flowers showing up? This early start has really been exciting. I will not let it grow because the vine is just 5 ft with no meaningful side laterals. But I have never had a pumpkin after just two male flowers. And this was one of the plants that I was going to cull. :rolleyes:
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    05-08-2019, 03:54 PM
    That is such a cool idea. I mean that sounds really cool. I would love to see pics if you have them. I have a couple of packets of sunflower seeds myself. I had planned on planting them around the "bug bunker" to catch rain off and to add decoration. I grew sunflowers one time around the mailbox several years ago. They were really easy to grow. But now that I am trying to grow sunflowers for the fair, it will probably be hard as heck. The state fair has a category for the best...
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    05-07-2019, 10:32 AM
    I assume you mean protecting my net structure from the wind as I have flashbacks of my redneck canopy last year being blown away literally 20 minutes after I posted pics. :D My hoop house has worked well in storms this year with cinder blocks at the bottom with a cord tied around the cinderblock and around the pvc pipe above. I will weigh down each 5ft section with a cinder block or maybe every other one. Plus, inside every vertical pvc post there is a four foot piece of rebar that I driven...
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    05-07-2019, 10:20 AM
    You are correct, sir. But my main goal is to bomb the plants with systemic insecticide and to do that with a clear conscious, I need to keep the bees out. Plus, it will keep out svb that are born outside and fly in. Last fall I tilled the patch and put out grub killing granules. This spring I put out grub killing granules. I will also till before the netting goes up and put out another dose of grub killing granules. Merit works great for svb's but it is hard on bees. So really this is more...
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    05-07-2019, 04:59 AM
    I am in the process of building about a 1200sq ft insect exclusion house. I wish there was a shorter name, probably like "net house." I think I posted some pics of set-ups in last year's thread. The big game plan is to line the bottom four feet with 6 mil plastic which will also act as a wind break. Use the top pvc rail of the four ft wall to secure the bottom of the net. Then I will run a 7 foot tall line rail of pvc down the middle of the patch and run the net from one side over the 7ft...
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    05-05-2019, 06:56 PM
    What a day! I was working on cutting pvc for my enclosure and I looked down at the patch. I saw some blurry yellow since I was not wearing my glasses. I was like "is the bagged soil down there in yellow bags, I thought it was green." So I went down to the patch, and to my surprise I had two flowers blooming. Not sure how I missed two fully formed flowers. I wish I had my enclosure up. The goal now is to get up by the end of next weekend. I have about half of the lower pvc up. I might have...
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    05-03-2019, 05:09 AM
    I love all the talk about varieties. There are so many appealing aspects of growing pumpkins. Kdestra, the nice things about giants is that you can grow them in smaller lots. They will just be limited in size by nutrient uptakes. I grew my 425 last year in about 250 sq ft and top notch growers have grown 900 lb pumpkins in 150 sq ft. But man, do I love the varieties. I have always wanted to give warty and peanut pumpkins a shot, but from some of the experiences shared here, they are not the...
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    04-30-2019, 05:24 AM
    Kedestra, don't forget to take down your video camera set-up off of the telephone pole.
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    04-27-2019, 08:41 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Pumpkin Sentinel in Halloween Props
    Looks nice. Did you make the head or is it a commercially available pumpkin?
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    04-25-2019, 06:01 AM
    I went with a LED set-up that came with a stand: https://www.amazon.com/Root-Farm-10101-10135-1-All-Purpose-Light/dp/B074SG33M2/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3DI05T7CRFX7L&keywords=root+farm+grow+light&qid=1556200983&s=lawn-garden&sprefix=root+farm+grow+%2Clawngarden%2C151&sr=1-3 It was $90 with free delivery. It worked well for me, and I was able to put 8 plants in 4 inch peat post underneath. You are right about how expensive LED grow lights can get. Plus, a lot of the fancy LED lights have to be hung...
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