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Post  Triciasgarden 6/28/2012, 8:42 pm

Rose, what a wonderful cabbage, congrats!
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Post  walshevak 6/29/2012, 10:56 am

There is more than just one squash in the bed, but all those huge big leaves belong to one acorn squash.
This is before we pulled the leaves off the middle of the bed and uncovered and trellises the watermelon, cantaloupe, two tomatos, a zuchinni and a bitter melon plant.
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Post  llama momma 6/29/2012, 11:13 am

Josh wrote:I read that you can take the male flower when it is in bloom and freeze it till the female bloom opens and then take the male bloom and thaw it out and hand pollinate the female. I could see that by the time my female was blooming there would be a shortage on male blooms.

That's a nice tip to freeze the males. It reminds me of cattle A.I. Freeze the bull stuff to artificially inseminate the females w/ pipettes later on.

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I'm not doing the tissue culture thing either. I'm happy just seeing how far these vines will develop.
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llama momma wrote:That's a nice tip to freeze the males. It reminds me of cattle A.I. Freeze the bull stuff to artificially inseminate the females w/ pipettes later on.

Soo...Pumpkin A.I. ? I might do that. Big Stuff - Page 5 3170584802

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What a Face lol!
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Post  llama momma 6/30/2012, 8:28 am

Belle87ad wrote:
llama momma wrote:That's a nice tip to freeze the males. It reminds me of cattle A.I. Freeze the bull stuff to artificially inseminate the females w/ pipettes later on.

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Post  Josh 6/30/2012, 11:40 am

Someone else had posted about the kids planting pumpkins on a hill, but I can't find the post now, I thought it would be neat to see them on the hillside growing, I think they were planting giant pumpkins there too, does anyone recall that post? I would like to know how they are coming along with the hillside of pumpkins.
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Post  southern gardener 6/30/2012, 11:43 am

Josh...that might have been me? My grandson and nephew planted them on Father's Day. We got about 80% germination, and they are just starting to get their "true" leaves. I still don't have my new Mel's Mix from GroWell, so we planted them and are hoping for the best until it gets here. I will try and remember to keep you updated. We snuck in a couple sunflower seeds too, so we'll see how it looks!
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Post  Josh 6/30/2012, 5:37 pm

southern gardener wrote:Josh...that might have been me? My grandson and nephew planted them on Father's Day. We got about 80% germination, and they are just starting to get their "true" leaves. I still don't have my new Mel's Mix from GroWell, so we planted them and are hoping for the best until it gets here. I will try and remember to keep you updated. We snuck in a couple sunflower seeds too, so we'll see how it looks!

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Post  southern gardener 6/30/2012, 5:57 pm

Josh: We planted 6 varieties, white tiny ones, blue ones, "hat" ones, regular, LARGE and warty ones! I hope to get SOME pumpkins, to be in the contest would be icing on the cake!! God bless!
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Post  Josh 6/30/2012, 10:44 pm

Here's the baby...it's growing fast
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Post  llama momma 6/30/2012, 11:07 pm

2 Thumbs Up Josh, take good care of your baby Smile

I'm still waiting for the two female flowers to open.
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Post  southern gardener 6/30/2012, 11:36 pm

wow! congrats Josh. We are only up to three leaves here! lol
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Post  Josh 7/1/2012, 6:49 pm

Look what I found on the pumpkin leaves!
Anyone know what kind of eggs those are?
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Post  plantoid 7/1/2012, 7:01 pm

Der , d,d,d d... DAaaah !

The Mewkerlins came to earth in groups of 12 & 16 .. Will the earth survive.?

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Post  Lindacol 7/1/2012, 8:13 pm

Josh wrote:Look what I found on the pumpkin leaves!
Anyone know what kind of eggs those are?
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Post  Josh 7/1/2012, 8:55 pm

plantoid wrote:Der , d,d,d d... DAaaah !

The Mewkerlins came to earth in groups of 12 & 16 .. Will the earth survive.?

Don't miss the next thrilling installment of " Bugga it & bugga orft " Laughing

If you want to see a close up of whats really going on look at this
video, notice how they suck the life out of the green leaf..... tongue


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Thanks for the link! That's what they are!
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Post  Lindacol 7/1/2012, 9:06 pm

You're welcome Josh. I really had no idea what they were but the internet is truly amazing. I searched for red insect eggs on leaves images and there it was.



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Post  Josh 7/1/2012, 9:30 pm

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plantoid wrote:Der , d,d,d d... DAaaah !

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Post  llama momma 7/2/2012, 12:57 pm

llama momma wrote:2 Thumbs Up Josh, take good care of your baby Smile

Still waiting for the two female flowers to open.

This morning a third baby female showed up. This was me
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Post  Josh 7/2/2012, 5:38 pm

How many babies are you going to keep?
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Post  llama momma 7/2/2012, 8:59 pm

From the information I've gotten so far, I hope to get my 2 strongest vines to set 7 or 8 babies. Choose the best one and cut most of the rest. The best one is chosen by taking daily circumference measurements and choose the fastest grower.
Question for you Josh, have you started an insect spray program?? I have not and I think its very risky, yeah dumb, on my part. Yet the leaves and vines top and bottom look so strong. But I better get serious, like immediately.
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Post  Josh 7/2/2012, 10:20 pm

uestion for you Josh,
have you started an insect spray program?? I have not and I think its
very risky, yeah dumb, on my part. Yet the leaves and vines top and
bottom look so strong. But I better get serious, like immediately.
Yes I have, but I am being very cautious of spraying because of the bees, the bees are everywhere on the flowers, but I do hand check the leaves, so far none show signs of being chewed on, but I did find those eggs on the one leaf, I hand removed those. I have two vines, so I'm waiting on second vine to get a pumpkin going good, once I get at least a couple going good, I'm removing blooms, so I may spray some then, the bees shouldn't be a worry then.
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Post  llama momma 7/2/2012, 10:35 pm

Yes, I will start spraying tomorrow. I saw the pic of those red eggs on yours. I have two vines also. 1st vine has one female I hope will open the next 2 days and the 2nd vine has two females. I read if the female looks like she is going to open then the night before cover her in a bag so you can hand pollinate and Not get cross pollinated by something else that a bee might bring to her. I had no idea about any of this stuff, what a fun learning experience.
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