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Re: Big Stuff

Post  Daniel9999 on Sat 14 Apr 2012 - 13:15

I went down to Wilco and signed up for the pumpkin growing contest had and got my free giant pumpkin seeds.

I did not get what I was expecting...

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I got the Big Moon variety...these go up to around 250 lbs or so....big pumpkins for sure but not monsters I was expecting.

I may have already have lost the pumpkin contest here in the forum if Llama Momma or Josh have Dill's Atlantic Giant. Sad

Good news is now that I know that the Wilco contest is with Big Moon pumpkins and not Dill's Atlantic Giant I can actually try to win Wilco's contest.

First prize is a 500 dollar gift card....that could buy me quite a bit of Mel's Mix..... Laughing

So all hope is not lost yet......

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Post  givvmistamps on Sun 15 Apr 2012 - 3:09

I have no idea how big my Heatmaster tomatoes are supposed to get, but I know that the only other seeds that I got that produce anything BIG are my sunflower seeds: the things are supposed to get 12 feet tall, with blooms about 20 inches across!

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Post  llama momma on Sun 15 Apr 2012 - 5:04

I may have already have lost the pumpkin contest here in the forum if Llama Momma or Josh have Dill's Atlantic Giant. Sad

So all hope is not lost yet......[/quote]

Not all is lost ! I was hoping to find Atlantic Giant but couldn't.
As for Josh, I don't know what variety he is growing. It will be interesting. I'm growing 3 varieties, small, medium, and large. Let the growing begin!

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Post  Josh on Sun 15 Apr 2012 - 7:41

Now this is what I'm talking about cheers Let's say it dosn't have to be a completion against me, let's say it's just a BIG STUFF show what you can grow! bounce It can be anything that you grew big, as long as you use Mel's mix. Cause even Mel says you can use containers for his mix! Maybe I should ask RoOsTeR if it's ok for us to have a Show Your Big Stuff contest...no prizes just braggen rights... Wink

BIG STUFFsunflower
BIG STUFF zuc
BIG STUFF cabbage
BIG STUFF tomato
BIG STUFF carrot
BIG STUFF pumpkin

What other BIG STUFF can we grow?

Last year my guitar instructor grew some really BIG turnips!

@givvmistamps wrote:I have no idea how big my Heatmaster tomatoes are
supposed to get, but I know that the only other seeds that I got that
produce anything BIG are my sunflower seeds: the things are supposed to
get 12 feet tall, with blooms about 20 inches across!

givvmistamps I have big sunflower seeds too, I had forgot all about them! A few years aga, I grew a really tall sunflower in my SFG, even Mel was impressed! I used a old TV antenna as a support for it. It had several large flowers on it.


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Post  Goosegirl on Sun 15 Apr 2012 - 7:46

@Josh wrote:Now this is what I'm talking about cheers Let's say it dosn't have to be a completion against me, let's say it's just a BIG STUFF show what you can grow! bounce It can be anything that you grew big, as long as you use Mel's mix. Cause even Mel says you can use containers for his mix! Maybe I should ask RoOsTeR if it's ok for us to have a Show Your Big Stuff contest...no prizes just braggen rights... Wink

BIG STUFFsunflower
BIG STUFF zuc
BIG STUFF cabbage
BIG STUFF tomato
BIG STUFF carrot
BIG STUFF pumpkin

What other BIG STUFF can we grow?


This is a SWEET idea! I know I can't even come close to winning a BIG STUFF growing contest, but I can sure show off what I DO get from my MM!

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Post  givvmistamps on Sun 15 Apr 2012 - 11:14

@Josh wrote:Now this is what I'm talking about cheers Let's say it dosn't have to be a completion against me, let's say it's just a BIG STUFF show what you can grow! bounce It can be anything that you grew big, as long as you use Mel's mix. Cause even Mel says you can use containers for his mix! Maybe I should ask RoOsTeR if it's ok for us to have a Show Your Big Stuff contest...no prizes just braggen rights... Wink

BIG STUFFsunflower
BIG STUFF zuc
BIG STUFF cabbage
BIG STUFF tomato
BIG STUFF carrot
BIG STUFF pumpkin

What other BIG STUFF can we grow?

Last year my guitar instructor grew some really BIG turnips!

@givvmistamps wrote:I have no idea how big my Heatmaster tomatoes are
supposed to get, but I know that the only other seeds that I got that
produce anything BIG are my sunflower seeds: the things are supposed to
get 12 feet tall, with blooms about 20 inches across!

givvmistamps I have big sunflower seeds too, I had forgot all about them! A few years aga, I grew a really tall sunflower in my SFG, even Mel was impressed! I used a old TV antenna as a support for it. It had several large flowers on it.


That's awesome Josh!

I have to see if I can get the ingredients for MM or have it shipped to me somehow...I couldn't figure out how to mix it with my situation the way it is when my boxes were assembled and filled, but got good suggestions here and think I could mix enough if I can get the stuff. OR, maybe I can get the Lowe's to order it in for me...a little wheedling...some begging...two innocent, wide-eyed young boys who'll be HORRIBLY disappointed if they can't grow the BIGGEST SUNFLOWER EVER for this summer biology project/contest... What a Face What a Face

Let me work on this!

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Post  Josh on Sun 15 Apr 2012 - 11:52

@givvmistamps wrote:That's awesome Josh!

I have to see if I can get the ingredients for MM or have it shipped to me somehow...I couldn't figure out how to mix it with my situation the way it is when my boxes were assembled and filled, but got good suggestions here and think I could mix enough if I can get the stuff. OR, maybe I can get the Lowe's to order it in for me...a little wheedling...some begging...two innocent, wide-eyed young boys who'll be HORRIBLY disappointed if they can't grow the BIGGEST SUNFLOWER EVER for this summer biology project/contest... What a Face What a Face

Let me work on this!
I'll let you in on what I know and how I did mine, I don't know how tall it was, but it grew even taller because it didn't have a flower on it yet in that photo. Your gonna need a support to tie it to, mine did fine growing in the antenna, but since it grew up way past the antenna, and when it got the big flowers on it, a wind blew it over and it bent right there where the support stopped So I din't let that stop me I got a ladder, two boards, the kind like I use for grids in my SFG's, some Duct tape, and I made a splint....I carefully raised the bent stem back up, put the two boards on the sides of the stem and taped it up, all the way to the top. It never fell over anymore, and it continued to grow and produce flowers! Just call me "Plant Dr. Greene" Razz

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Post  givvmistamps on Sun 15 Apr 2012 - 13:18

This is exciting!

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Post  Daniel9999 on Sun 15 Apr 2012 - 13:26

Lets all grow the biggest stuff we can!

*Makes....Tim Allen style grunting noises*

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Post  givvmistamps on Mon 16 Apr 2012 - 11:38

@Daniel9999 wrote:Lets all grow the biggest stuff we can!

*Makes....Tim Allen style grunting noises*

So, we could just post photos of the biggest specimen of everything we've grown, with measurements, and see who grew the biggest in each category. Very Happy This would feed into my boys' participation big time. Wink

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Post  Kelejan on Mon 16 Apr 2012 - 11:48

@Daniel9999 wrote:Lets all grow the biggest stuff we can!

*Makes....Tim Allen style grunting noises*

For myself, Daniel, I would prefer to grow everything ripe, tender, and tasty.

But do have fun growing the biggest. but not everything. And when you send pictures, put something beside the produce so that we can judge the size visually. Think like an archealogist.Very Happy

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Post  camprn on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 5:29

I just saw this on Yahoo Shocked


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Post  Kelejan on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 8:28

Just imagine 16 of those in your 4x4: What a Face

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Post  givvmistamps on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 8:38

Kelejan has a good idea; we need to give evidence of the validity of our measurements. Wink So, a ruler for things less than 12", and a yardstick or measuring tape for larger. A human for the giant sunflowers, with a notation on the height of the person standing there.

Camprn, what in the world is that man holding? It looks like some sort of onion or something. He looks as proud of it as though it were his baby.

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Post  donnainzone5 on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 9:19

Does this old picture count? It was taken the last time we had a hottish summer and that dratted olive tree was severly hacked back, maybe 2004 or 2005.



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Post  donnainzone5 on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 9:47

I forgot to add that this cuke weighed 42.5 oz.!

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Post  givvmistamps on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 10:01

That's one big cucumber! It would make a nice size for slicing and putting on a sandwich. How did it taste?

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Post  donnainzone5 on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 10:06

Truth be told, that one had a "twin" that measured and weighed just about exactly the same. The prior year, I grew one that weighed 38.5 oz. Spacemaster variety.

And yes, my dear deceased friend Mary Lou and I held a cucumber carving ceremony and eventually polished it off. It did taste good, though possibly not quite as good as it would have if it had been harvested earlier.

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Post  givvmistamps on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 10:09

I'll bet it was better than the stuff you find in a grocery store. I was already thinking of letting one cuke stay on the vine for as long as it looked healthy, now I know I will! My boys will really enjoy watching the one cuke grow, and grow, and grow!

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Post  camprn on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 15:17

@givvmistamps wrote:
Camprn, what in the world is that man holding? It looks like some sort of onion or something. He looks as proud of it as though it were his baby.
It's an onion, click on the link for more info.

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Post  Josh on Wed 9 May 2012 - 16:57

My dad picked the first head lettuce today from his SFG, he had the biggest one.
It measured 23 inches across in the SFG.





It weighed 3 pounds 13 ounces with all of the leaves on it.

And with the outer leaves removed it weighed 2 pounds 2 ounces.



So I'm giving him a TOP BANANA AWARD!




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Post  littlesapphire on Wed 9 May 2012 - 17:01

Wow, that's a massive head of lettuce! Your dad did a great job and totally deserved the top banana award I hope you guys enjoy salad!

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Post  givvmistamps on Wed 9 May 2012 - 17:27

What a great looking lettuce!

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Post  llama momma on Wed 9 May 2012 - 17:32

Josh I bet your bunnies are drooling!

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Post  camprn on Wed 9 May 2012 - 17:34

I am impressed with everything you do in your garden. Well done and a WOOT! to the top banana!

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