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Post #201 by Artie » Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:13 am

Craig wrote:Go fuck yourself next time, _dong.


do you think he'd have time to post?
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OOOH yeah life goes on, long after the thrill of Vinny is gone

It's too bad all the people that could really run the Habs are busy doing talk radio, writing blogs or posting on message boards.

Now, Lajoie is an imbecile, a cretin and a plagiarist, who to use author Dany Laferrière's deliciously withering expression, "lives beyond his intellectual means."

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Post #203 by Ricard_Persson » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:14 am

I dropped the 1463 pound pumpkin from a crane yesterday in a fundraiser for the local foodbank. (There were winning numbers inside for a draw). It went great, and what a bang when the air exploded out of the inside of the pumpkin. Video doesn't quite pick it up, but it was a force.

Before and after pictures, with some video.

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Post #204 by edgar_dong » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:19 am

Ricard_Persson wrote:I dropped the 1463 pound pumpkin from a crane


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Post #205 by MP » Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:17 pm

Nice. Did you keep the seeds?
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Post #206 by Ricard_Persson » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:54 pm

I did. I was tight for time beforehand and didn't get them out first. Won't do that again. A bunch got picked up, but I should have enough to fill requests.

I also didn't get the GoPro mounted to the harness. That would have been a good angle. Oh well, next year.
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Post #207 by Pennywise » Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:41 am

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Post #208 by Honus Joglund » Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:36 am

Officially worried about the lack of pumpkin chit chat in here. We all know that the giant pumpkin game is one of the most grueling sports out there. I just hope that all is well with our pal Rico_.
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Post #209 by Craig » Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:44 pm

If it'll tide you guys over until Rico comes back to put us all to shame, we can talk about our gardens in here instead of the homeownership thread for a little while.

I'm growing bok choi this year, it's exciting!*


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Post #210 by Craig » Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:56 pm

I got 14 tomato plants this year. I'm hoping the raccoons gorge themselves to death and leave me a few.
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Post #211 by Craig » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:36 pm

You want I talk about the peppers instead? Green beans maybe?

Once it gets to be after 10 I'll tell you all about my hops.
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Post #212 by MP » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:54 pm

Craig wrote:You want I talk about the peppers instead? Green beans maybe?

Once it gets to be after 10 I'll tell you all about my hops.


I've got 3 tomato plants (grape, cherry and beef steak) and 7 pepper plants, a celeriac bush, 6 garlic bulbs, some onions, cilantro, basil and oregano.

I've also got a motion sensor sprinkler to ward off the raccoons/rabbits.
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Post #213 by Craig » Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:20 pm

MP wrote:I've got 3 tomato plants (grape, cherry and beef steak) and 7 pepper plants, a celeriac bush, 6 garlic bulbs, some onions, cilantro, basil and oregano.

I've also got a motion sensor sprinkler to ward off the raccoons/rabbits.


I tried one of those. It kept leaking into the ground around the spike that kept it down, which made it fall over, which made it spray my fence incessantly.
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Post #214 by AD » Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:22 pm

onefatsurfer wrote:I planted a ton of stuff I grew from seed. A week later, we got a massive rain storm and everything died. Story of my life.


You died at a young age in a flood?
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Post #215 by PredsFan77 » Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:29 pm

someone needs to tweet rico and ask him wuts up
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Post #216 by MP » Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:28 am

Craig wrote:I tried one of those. It kept leaking into the ground around the spike that kept it down, which made it fall over, which made it spray my fence incessantly.


Leaking from the connection? If so throw a little plumbers tape on the threads...
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Post #217 by Craig » Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:41 am

MP wrote:Leaking from the connection? If so throw a little plumbers tape on the threads...


Yeah, that or if I try it again I might try just attaching it to something a little more solid. It's a bit of a pain in my back yard because the only hose outlet is in a stupid spot, so I'm inclined to just stop using it entirely. I've considered trying chicken wire, if I get desperate.
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Post #218 by MP » Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:16 pm

So ummm... Where's the pumpkin pics? It's gotta be pumpkin sexy time right about now?!
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Post #219 by PredsFan77 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:44 pm

I sent a twitter to the pumpkin man, maybe he'll respond.
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Post #220 by Ricard_Persson » Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:22 pm

I got tweetered on Twiiter.

Well, I just see that I left you y'all hanging last year. Very rude of me.

I'll start with the bad news - this year. I used a miracle grow potting mix when I started my seeds the end of April. It has slow release fertizlier in it. Big mistake, it crippled my plants and two made it out, but they sat there fighting off the burning for a couple weeks. I picked up a spare plant from another guy after one seed went into a coma and had it's plug pulled early May. They battled back and with the good warm spring we had, I was over last years pace. I add a lot of aged manure but the issue it gives me a lot of weeds, as the seeds in the weeds that the cows eat stay dormant in the manure until it's spread and watered and heated up.

So what I'm left with is a jungle of weeds about two weeks ago. I don't have time to hand week 2500 square feet nor do I want to till as it will just bring thousands of more seeds to the surface. So I used the weed killer Round-Up two weeks ago around the plants with a fruit tree pump sprayer. I've used gallons of this stuff before to kill poison ivy and other weeds and weed trees like poplars. Anyway, I underestimated the sensitivity of the new vine growth. On two of my three plants I burned the tips off. This isn't good because it all but stops the plant from growing, as it grows from the center out. One plant is really bad and will probably get pulled. The other might make it, and one is perfect and untouched.

That was tough to take as the hours put in are now wasted on the two plants, and I have all of my eggs in one basket with the one plant. Plus, I was over a week early on all three pollination's which went July 1 and two on July 3rd. It was a great start now wasted, as I'm left with my slowest and smallest plant in great shape and the two larger ones on life support.

I see that I didn't give an update on last years thread. Things went really well and I ended up with over 3700 pounds with the three pumpkins. 1463 pounds, 1351 pounds and 922 pounds.
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Post #221 by Ricard_Persson » Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:26 pm

Last year: 1463 pounds. Good for first place. Loved this plant, problem free and a long grower. It was still putting on 5 or so pounds a day in cold mid October when it got cut off the vine for the weigh-off. Nicest plant I've ever grown. Big green leaves all year long.

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Post #222 by Ricard_Persson » Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:29 pm

1351 pounds. Took first as a different weigh off. Grown from the seed from the ugly pumpkin that I grew two years ago that was featured earlier in this thread. What do you know, another ugly pumpkin from an ugly pumpkin.

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Post #223 by Ricard_Persson » Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:31 pm

922 pounds. Perfect shape and colour. Was the fastest grower but slowed down completely by late summer. Great shape, one of the nicest big pumpkins I've seen.

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Post #224 by Ricard_Persson » Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:32 pm

The view of all three from last year. All those vines, leaves and 3700 pounds of pumpkins from 3 little pumpkin seeds. I always find that amazing.

Won't duplicate last year for a while.

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Post #225 by MP » Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:49 pm

Ricard_Persson wrote:I got tweetered on Twiiter.

Well, I just see that I left you y'all hanging last year. Very rude of me.

I'll start with the bad news - this year. I used a miracle grow potting mix when I started my seeds the end of April. It has slow release fertizlier in it. Big mistake, it crippled my plants and two made it out, but they sat there fighting off the burning for a couple weeks. I picked up a spare plant from another guy after one seed went into a coma and had it's plug pulled early May. They battled back and with the good warm spring we had, I was over last years pace. I add a lot of aged manure but the issue it gives me a lot of weeds, as the seeds in the weeds that the cows eat stay dormant in the manure until it's spread and watered and heated up.

So what I'm left with is a jungle of weeds about two weeks ago. I don't have time to hand week 2500 square feet nor do I want to till as it will just bring thousands of more seeds to the surface. So I used the weed killer Round-Up two weeks ago around the plants with a fruit tree pump sprayer. I've used gallons of this stuff before to kill poison ivy and other weeds and weed trees like poplars. Anyway, I underestimated the sensitivity of the new vine growth. On two of my three plants I burned the tips off. This isn't good because it all but stops the plant from growing, as it grows from the center out. One plant is really bad and will probably get pulled. The other might make it, and one is perfect and untouched.

That was tough to take as the hours put in are now wasted on the two plants, and I have all of my eggs in one basket with the one plant. Plus, I was over a week early on all three pollination's which went July 1 and two on July 3rd. It was a great start now wasted, as I'm left with my slowest and smallest plant in great shape and the two larger ones on life support.

I see that I didn't give an update on last years thread. Things went really well and I ended up with over 3700 pounds with the three pumpkins. 1463 pounds, 1351 pounds and 922 pounds.


Now I see why there have been no updates... :facepalm: pity rep sent.
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Post #226 by edgar_dong » Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:26 pm

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Post #227 by Ricard_Persson » Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:51 pm

Nothing makes my day more than seeing Edgar give me the Rod Stewart/late great Jim Flaherty .gif.

I forgot I had the Expos Pumpkin pic for you.
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Post #228 by Ricard_Persson » Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:57 pm

Big#D wrote:we're all praying for you r_p. we're still hoping to have a contest this year.

speaking of miracle grow, it's been working wonders with my tomato plant (my wife's really since she takes care of it ... i just eat them). we bought a 2 ft high plant from somewhere and figured we wouldn't have to waste the effort of watching it grow. it's doubled in size and the first of the tomatoes (beefsteak) are just turning orange/red now. should be a bumper crop of about 100 tomatoes if the raccoons don't eat them first.


I'm growing tomatoes this year as well. Giants. I have five growing that I reinforced with 10 foot tall rebar. I'm hoping that will hold them. I was late and I started them from seed in the first week of May. Didn't realize they take two months to get somewhere. I don't know a lot about them yet but will be going for size. Pruning of the suckers is important and staying with one or two stems max is important too. Heavy pruning. They love fertilizers and are heavy feeders. I'll be learning as I'm going. I have some good seeds from 5 pounders that I got in an alley from my dealer.
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Post #229 by Redden Punches Faces » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:38 pm

sounds like something of a .... shit show you've got there, rick. :pacman:
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Post #230 by MP » Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:50 am

Glad we have giant tomatoes to root for this year... But I'll miss telling people I associate on the internet with a champion pumpkin grower. :tear:
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Post #231 by AD » Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:59 am

MP wrote:But I'll miss telling people I associate on the internet with a champion pumpkin grower.


Let's not go overboard.
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Post #232 by MP » Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:17 am

AD wrote:Let's not go overboard.


Like you don't stretch the truth about my internet associates in casual conversation...
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Post #233 by Ricard_Persson » Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:22 pm

Used five males to pollinate one female yesterday morning before work. Smoked a half pack of cigarettes afterwards.

So that leaves me with two on the clean plant, which genetically, should be a strong plant. Both parents were world class fruit. I have the first pollination at about 13 feet which is baseball sized and 6 days old. The newest pollination is at about 16 feet and only golf ball sized. I'd like to keep the second one, since I'll have more plant behind it to power it.

Having the other two plants sort of half assed dead has freed up more time for looking after the good one. I didn't have much time to begin with, but maybe this was a good thing. I have all vines buried and they're throwing roots at every leaf node. I wanted to push that this year because where every leaf stalk meets the vine, the plant has two roots hitting the soil and driving deep to feed the pumpkin. This can make a bigger difference.

I want 1500 pounds this year. I'm going to push it hard this year with more of a aggressive feeding schedule. I didn't fertilize as much and took a more defensive approach and ended up at 1463. I'm going to push more and risk blowing it up, but it should equal a good weight if it hold together. It's been a good season, however the cucumber beetles are out and breeding like Western Quebecois (many). Last year there wasn't many, but this year I've had to spray chemical twice already. They eat leaves but even worse bring in powdery mildew which kills the leave later in the year.
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Post #234 by PredsFan77 » Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:39 pm

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Post #235 by Ricard_Persson » Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:53 pm

Oh to be 20 days old again.

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Post #236 by Redden Punches Faces » Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:22 pm

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Post #237 by gr » Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:24 am

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Post #238 by Ricard_Persson » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:17 pm

Sorry lads.

Pic @ 10 am today, doing 35 pounds a day for a week.

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Post #239 by MP » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:26 pm

RP, have you experimented with what you place underneath the pumpkin? Say you grow it in a concave surface, would you then have a nice round pumpkin? Could you suspend the pumpkin in netting?
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Post #240 by Ricard_Persson » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:22 pm

I've never seen that done but thought about it. The bottom kind of flattens out and gets thick so I don't know how much better the weights would be if it was perfectly round. As in, the fruit grows thicker down low to support the weight of itself.

Right now I use a fabric that is originally from a conveyor belt from a paper mill. It breathes but is very tough. I try and pack it down so that I get a flat bottom. Some bottoms actually grow up into a upper concave shape. Some belief that these pumpkins are lighter than measurement estimates...I really don't know.

The issue with a perfectly round one would be transport. Even with these flat bottomed girls, taking a sharp corner can be tricky. I wouldn't want to try and strap down a 1500 golf ball and drive down the 401.

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