All three plants grew considerably when I was gone. The 1566 plant is now busting out of all sides of the hoop house (I cut holes in the sides to give vines a place to grow) and the main is 7 feet long now (which puts me about 2.5 feet ahead of this time last year). The 1350 is recovering nicely and a new main is about a 8 inches past where the old one main once existed. I had lots of vine maintenance to do this morning. More to do tomorrow when I remove the hoop houses permanently. Another storm is forecasted for this afternoon so I want the hoop houses up for one more day to protect the plants and then I will take them off for good because 80 and possibly 90 degree temperatures are in the forecast. Hopefully that will mean main vine growth of a foot a day starting in the next week
Monday, June 15, 2009
All three pumpkin plants survived the hail storms of the last two days. I was out of town in Colorado Springs this weekend and was driving home when I reached the I-70 and I-76 interchange when the hail started. You could see this storm system from miles away. Big, black clouds with greenish tints and large swirls. I immediately said we are going to see a bad storm and it didn't disappoint. I immediately pulled under an over pass to protect my car as quarter sized hail fell for 15 minutes. When it finally let up to a heavy downpour I drove strait to the house. Immediately upon my arrival I jumped out of the car, threw on a Gortex jacket and went out to the patch. To my amazement it was obvious the hail was very light at my house and the plants were spared.