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  • Col. Fryght's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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  • Col. Fryght's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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  • Col. Fryght's Avatar
    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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  • Col. Fryght's Avatar
    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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    05-11-2019, 03:39 PM
    Oh no!!! I am so very sorry!!!! Very thankful you and your pets are safe...but how devastating!
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    05-10-2019, 06:12 PM
    Hello!!! Welcome back to the forum!!!
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    05-10-2019, 06:11 PM
    Hello , welcome to the forum!
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  • Col. Fryght's Avatar
    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, 09:09 PM
    looks great
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  • lilibat's Avatar
    05-03-2019, 06:51 PM
    Finally getting updates and new projects after over a decade. Stuff like pirate shirts, cloaks, fancy skirts and such. Meant for beginning and intermediate sewing levels. Always wanted to learn to make your own costumes? This is a good place to start. Antimony & Lace
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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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    05-02-2019, 06:41 PM
    Mid September. This year it's going to be dicey because Bordferlands 3 is coming out right when I usually start.
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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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    04-25-2019, 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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  • Col. Fryght's Avatar
    04-23-2019, 05:00 PM
    Everything is looking good. Plants about ready to fall over and start vining. Pics are posted below of where I am at right now. I added a section of silt fence at each opening to keep the wind from harming the plants. We had some pretty strong wind over the weekend. The lows temps are between 50 and 60 at night. We are real close to seeing no more 50s at night. The downside is that the days are getting close to 85 and with two fans running, I am still having a hard time keeping the temps...
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