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JUNE JOURNAL

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OCTOBER 3 1999


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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

:Try to get your pumpkin on the main

: 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

:Be careful not to disturb roots, when workng in your patch

: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.

:Bag or compost all pruned vines & leaves away from your patch:(insect control...beetles)

: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..?

PRODUCTS I use:

:MIRACLE GROW (gran)&(liq)

:20/20/20/ (gran)

:ROSE FOOD (gran)

:PLANT STARTER (gran)

:SEVIN (conc liq)

:DIAZINON (conc liq)

:RAID/HOUSE & GARDEN (spray)

:CIL/FUNGICIDE INSECTICICDE;(dust)

:FLORITEC/FUNGICIDE INSECTICIDE/ (conc liq)

:BAGGED MANURE

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DEBORAHS GIANT PUMPKIN DAILY JOURNAL

AUGUST 1999..... JOURNAL.....AUGUST 1999

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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...1998 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 appreciate 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./MASS. waiting for a feed back on their progress.A few local growers...also have a few of my seeds.

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

AUGUST 1 1999

Weather is a just what the doctor ordered;much more tolerable for me and the pumpkin. took my first measurement this evening

CIRCUMFERENCE = 47.25"
not bad for letting mother nature do her thing..lol. Last years circumference at this time was 69"...a little behind but these guys ...as we know can surprise us; one way or the other?????

AUGUST 4 1999

I have been prunning and burying vines...got most of the mess sorted out finally.Had to adjust the pumpkin and re-shape the position of the vine and cut some of the roots, since this pumpkin has pollinated and set while I was away, it was not my choice of vine or location. The pumpkin is on a secondary vine, in the same spot as last years pumpkin..???? I fertilzed with the potassium, will insecticide and fungicide tomorrow. I am not to happy with the condition of my main at present it's bigger around than my fore arm but starting to look a little mushy.I am going to treat as a fungus but thought I would add a small fan to circulate the air around it a little more.The problems with the heat/ humidity / lack of rain & cucumber beetles has caused more problems than I ever anticipated...it has certainly been a battle thus far ...!!!! and the season has just really begun for the fruit. I shall consider myself lucky if I even end up with a pumpkin this year????I'll never take another summer vacation when growing a giant again .That is for sure.

AUGUST 8 1999

I have culled Roid #3 plant today; beautiful plant but no fruit. Weeded the patch; fertlized the culled plant area with potassium and gave the rest of the plant a feeding of miracle grow.Cut and burierd more vines and repositioned some to head into the new area.Of course I have insecticided; and used the fungicide combo.

MEASUREMENT

Circumference = 64" O.t. = 43" S.S.= 43" TOTAL =150"

Not bad for 6 days growth:circumference= +17". I am behind last year:but considering the problems this year...I will take it.

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AUGUST 12 1999

Fertilized with 20 / 20 / 20.today... used a fungicide inseticide combo again...still have cucumber beetles.... The main has cleared up from the mushy look...Roid #2 still growing at a fair pace.

AUGUST 15 1999

Pruned, weeded, buried vines,and took a measurement. Weather a little cooler, and had a wonderful rain ...finally. Have filled a 50 gal. drum with rain water, so I can water the pumpkin, instead of using tap water...hopefully this will make a difference.

MEASUREMENT:

cicumference= 79.5"

O.T.=52"

S.S.=53.5"

TOTAL =185"....+35" (in 1 week)

WEIGHT ACCORDING TO CHART =142lbs.

I have been been really pushing the growth...and keeping a eye for stress signs with the amount of fertilizer I have been feeding. I will be fertilizing again to-day.The plant seems to be handling the amount okay. NOTE** Roid has a history of weighing more than he measures USUALLY AROUND +30 lbs.

AUGUST 19 1999

If slow and steady wins the race ; then I have a chance..lol. Roid #2 is gaining approx 3" a day in circumference.The weather has turned a bit cooler.Still fighting the beetles and I have been working the ground ...I am getting a green fungus from the dampness. Talk about dedication. Just finished fertilizing...in the rain; no less. My husband has now become dedicated to our one and only pumpkin: he is right by my side for all the pumpkin chores: I suppose When credit comes due I will have to mention his labour of love as well...lol.I have no defining pumpkin lines as of yet and Roid is a beautiful cream color: so I still have some growing time.Still pruning off all other pumpkins: and flowers as well.The flowers are exceptional size this year: some measuring 8"across...if there was any thing else to measure on this plant I would..lol.

AUGUST 22 1999

Weather been a little too cool in the evenings ; has slowed the growth down quite a bit ; But the main thing still growing. Not a lot of rain; and have not been real consistent on watering; been so busy with other functions at present.

MEASUREMENT

Circumference = 90"

O.T. =59.5"

S.S.= 61.5"

TOTAL=211"

1 weeks growth = +16"

Measurement 211" to weight=197lbs. Roid #2 is measuring more than our secondary did last year and it weighed in at the International Sarnia site at 302 lbs....So I don't know what this says for the weight's and measurements chart.???

Still behind last year's =221" total.

AUGUST 25 1999

Been so cool and dreary...One good day of sunshine and heat....in the last week. Has sure slowed the growth down. Have got a few reports from other members of our club...NOT GOOD. Most have plowed their plants under...Some not producing friut...others producing but not setting..others setting but rotting or just not growing..??? HAil damage...Insect damage...drought...heat.. Damage..etc..any-thing else you can throw in has hit our area this year. Needless to say ...it's not been a grand pumpkin year. I'm still crawling along ..Happy to have a pumpkin.Fertlizing today and that's about it...too miserable and cool..out there today.

I need help please see MESSAGE BOARD

AUGUST 30 1999

I have been busy in the patch again...weeding /feeding/pruning/...I can't believe the vine growth again..?? I have received 2 reports from fellow growers I sent seeds to....1 from MASS.has won one 2 blue ribbons from their county fair..for the heaviest...350lbs.and the largest in circumference...9.5'...this is their first year growing...congrats...to them...they are already planning for next year..!!..lol. The 2nd ...from PA. not so lucky...he has encountered the same problems as my area...1 plant only produced a 20lb. pumpkin...and seed from a 897..only produced a 126lb.der...HIs plants have died....Better luck next year...But remember any pumpkin is a good pumpkin... I have plugged in my ground heaters ..has really turned cold....I am also still watering with rain water....HAve added the fertilizer to the barrels and bought a pump to pump it through the garden hose ...makes for a lot easier watering ...instead of hauling buckets.... I am considering heat lamps and covering the plant...since it is still growing...NO I'M NOT COMPETITIVE..LOL. I also have thought that I have had every-thing thrown at me this year there was...so now I can add powdery -mildew to the mix...is there any-thing else left...???

MEASUREMENT

Circumference = 96"

S.S. = 64.5"

O.T. = 63"

TOTAL = 223.5"

GAIN = + 12.5"

Still a creamy color and still plugging along...and still behind last years...total = 288"...at weigh -off...OCT 3rd.....

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