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JUNE JOURNAL

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MY PUMPKIN TIPS:

MAKE SURE YOU:

: Have a well prepared patch

:enough space to grow

:try not to grow in the same patch every year

: compost and multching ,important

:use the fertilizer required for each stage of growth

:don't get your leaves wet:when watering and especially when fertilizing

:check your plant daily

: don't fertilize,insecticide,and prune all on the same day

:try not fertilize and insecticide in the heat of the day

:try not to walk on your patch, use spiked shoes or boards

:be consistent with watering ,feeding,and insecticiding

:start insecticiding:fungiciding:with first true leaves

:anchor your vines, from geting wind damage

:have some form of plant protection from storms

:use wind breaks

:try not to touch your pumpkin

:keep your patch weed free

:don't let your leaves touch the pumpkin

:build a shelter for shade and protection

:pumpkin sweating is a pumpkin: In its peak growing time

:keep your leaves a dark green

:Prune all runners especially 3rds.

:Sterilize infected prunner tools

:I use hospital duoderm for vine splits

;I circle the pumpkin base with a insecticide

:I keep a insecticide film on my pumpkin at all times

as I learn more tips or think of more or recieve more I will add them: THESE ARE MY OWN PERSONAL TIPS... I AM NOT AN EXPERT..JUST A PUMPKIN GROWER.

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STORIES & EXCUSES of the illusive PUMPKIN.

:My dog ate it..?

:It exploded..?

:It just diappeared..?

:The kids carved it up..while I was at work..?

:I cared for it too much..?

:I didn't care for it enough..?

:the bottom fell out of it..?

:it collasped..?

:the wife fed it too much..?

:The hubby fed it too much..?

:Had too much to drink & left the water running..?

:A mouse chewed a hole in it..and is living in it..?

:My cat sharpened his claws on it..several times..trying to get the mouse..?

:What pumpkin..?

My spouse axed it..said I was spending too much time with it..?

:Rolled out of the back of my truck..?

:Some-one sabotaged it..?

:My son drove over it..?

:Neighbour kids thought it was a big rock..?

:Some-one stole it..?

:people kept poking it ..thought it was fake..?

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DEBORAHS GIANT PUMPKIN DAILY JOURNAL

JUNE 1999 JOURNAL

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I hope you find some useful information here...I will be adding daily as I grow this years WINNER!!..LOLOL

My husand ...Dennis and I are members of the C.J. Pumpkin club....In our area... A hand full of us entered the Sarnia weigh off 1998...and we placed 15th....We were estatic with our showing and our trophy...This was our FIRST YEAR GROWING...2 other members took 13th..and 14th trophies.

See ROID..1998

PHOTOS #1 #2 #3 #4

I live in Southwestern Ontario Canada... close to the shores of Lake Erie...about 45 min.from Windsor We have warm summer days ...and usually cool evenings due to our lake location. Usually always a constant wind...and late and early frosts. Our soil or course is that lovely CLAY...So as you follow my journal...Please keep in mind what works for me ..May not work for you. I would apppreciate any and all feed backs on my journal...and any and all tips or info would be helpful.

I harvested 200 mature seeds from Roid..516.9 lb..last year...self pollinated and mailed out seeds to P.E.I./ OHIO /PENN./ waiting for a feed back on their progress.A few local growers...also have a few of my seeds.

PLANTS REFERRED TO IN JUNE JOURNAL ARE 'ROID"#2 "ROID"#3

JUNE 01 1999

Temps...are mid 70's..windy ..rainy..nights high 50's..mid 60's I sent in 3 more culled potted plants to members of our club..... Weeded the patch today Fertilized with ..Miracle grow... vines are starting to run now.. I have a problem..I have to move one of my plants...the original idea was to cull one...but since my 2 pollinating seeds did not come up I have to use both of my plants now.Defeats the purpose I intended for sowing direct seed...for this plant. we'll see...I still have some saved culled plants.

JUNE 6 1999

It is hot and windy today...I moved one of my plants...that was originally to be culled... ...hopefully it will survive.. Removed all the green house plastic today...left the top cover on for protection from storms...also put up a new overhead shelter for the transplant... INSTALLED WIND BREAKS TODAY...and did some very heavy watering.... I will be fertilizing this evening with 10/52/30.....root starter...and is excellent for transplants...use this according to directions...can damage your plants very quickly.... Continuing to weed the patch....try to keep your patch as weed free as possible...weeds suck up your soils nutrients very quickly

JUNE 8 1999

It has been torrid!!!...Highs have been 95+ ...humid....and windy....like a blast furnace... Some of my plants have sustained wind damage...even with the wind breaks we installed....Nothing that will compromise the plants....but is a little unsightly..until I prune the damage leaves. Still however this is a form of plant stress...something I have been going to great lengths to avoid... I have some leaves measuring 9"across...I will credit this to DIRECT SEED SOWING....Last years leaf measuremnt didn't reach this size as quickly. My transplanted plant...(ROID #2)...wilted quite badly...touch and go ....but appears he will make it.. I have been watering extremley heavy and often ..due to the temps...and the plants appearance...they are in need. I fertilized this evening again with MIRACLE GROW...and insecticided and fungicided again....I believe I have ran into CUCUMBER BEETLES...in another section of my yard....Orange and black...flying insect...with a longated body ....and a stubby head...I sure hope this isn't a preview of whats to come??!! Roto tilled the next section of the patch again...for my main...to run..I'll be posting in Feet the next entry....Still a long ways to go!!!! This section is like a dust bowl...I will start watering tomorrow to build up the moisture content... CAN'T WAIT UNTIL MEASUREMENTS OF THE PUMPKIN START??!!!

JUNE 13 1999

It has been so HOT and HUMID....high ...90's all week...winds have also been a major factor this week...plants have been taking a beating.. but I did install another protective wind break ....I have been watering very heavily...2...3x's a day...I cut back a bit on the miracle grow...but increased the fungicide and insecticide...during this humid ...heat wave... Roid #3 main is measuring 5' long and is my best plant thus far...Roid #2 ....the transplant..is just starting to run...I still have 4 other plants in the ground that are doing quite excellent....some what of a surprise...I still have space and time before I make decisions on these extra plants. I am keepng a close watch out for the dreaded cucumber beetles...and checking my plants 3 to 4 times a day for needs and stress signs...Can't be to careful!!!! We are expecting a welcome break in the weather....and some much needed rain...They are calling for severe thunder storms this evening....I learned my lesson last year...I have and will continue to have overhead plant protecion through out the whole season this year...let it hail ...let it hail...I'm ready this year!!!!I begin my pruning in the A.M.

JUNE 14 1999

Finally some much needed rain and a break in the heat and humidity. I have delayed my prunning for a day ...so I could fertilize and insecticide after the rain....I DO NOT prune ...fertilize....and insecticide all on the same day. I also did a bit more weeding....and gently worked the soil around the base of the plants. My transplant ROID#2 is running ....but not doing as well as I would have liked...I may keep one of the other plants... that was suppose to be culled..One seems to be exceptional...A little over 4'...not to sure of the position of the plant in regards to ...my main plant...I 'll give it another week or so...then decide.. It is extremely hard to cull any of these giants...

JUNE 15 1999

The weather has gone from one extreme to the next.. was even watching for frost last night. I culled one more oy my plants, sure was a hard thing to do, it was a beauty, but in the way of my main plant. I prunned some secondary's off my main plant as well Roid #3 , and weeded again. Roid#2 isn't doing very well:I still have 2 plants left to cull; both are beauties; I have re-directed one of these; and it may become Roid#2.

JUNE 16 1999

It has been cool, Only getting into the upper 50's low 60's.Nights are hoovering around the 40's. A little scary for our lake location, always a little cooler . Rained again, but was and is needed. I fertilized again today with miracle grow:I am going to Leamington This weekend to purchase my pail of 20/20/20/. I put up another over head protector, Roid#2 has out grown the incubator..lol ...I am not complaining. I used RAID (house and garden ) spray. I sprayed under the leaves to let it mist up. I find it hard to spray under the leaves with our nozzeled applicator. Does any one know if they make a good mister for this type of spraying..?? Started to bury my vines as well, have quite a few roots growing. I have noticed I have quite a few Lady bugs this year.They are a welcome insect, but so much spraying,can't be to good for them.?? And of course I weeded again. Plants are very healthy so far..???

QUESTION: I was asked..???

Why are you pruning so early...and all your runners..??

Answer

I have all my plants growing on a large mound, as I did last year. this mound is not settled: and I noticed last year with the rain and watering the mound would almost level out: only problem was parts would sink and other parts would not...it seemed the secondarys would sink and the main would not...therefore causing my MAIN to split from the added weight of the secondary's...So this year I am letting my secondary's grow but not until they have by passed the mound.So far not 1 vine split..!!!

JUNE 19 1999

I rolled back the overhead protective cover today to expose the plants.... I also took a vine and leaf measurement today:

MEASUREMENT LEAF = 18" ACROSS VINE = 7' LONG

All are doing great and very healthy. I am allowing some secondarys to grow at this point ...I am well pass the main root area on the mound..so there should be no stress on the main now.

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JUNE 22 1999

Weather has been perfect, a little windy for the leaves though, I fertilized this evening with MIRACLE GROW,haven't started using the 20/20/20/yet, plants are doing too good to switch at the moment.I should be use to the rate of growth, but I was taken back a bit with the new growth just in the last couple of days.I have placed a marker so I can measure and post it to yous. insecticided as well...heavy concentration around the whole plant base as well. I have 2 felines that I encourage to wander the patch, they are with me everytime I'm attending the patch , they are both layed back cats, but excellent varmit hunters, this is a plus ,with all the stories you hear of critter damage to plants.I would not encorage active cats though.Worked great for me last year, and no damage what so ever from them. Just a little tip, you might want to think about. I also have a pond nearby with resident toads they are always in the patch, good for insect control as well.

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