Saturday, August 23, 2008

Notes From the Pumpkin Patch

Some decent growth the last two days has left me with 25 inches remaining to reach my goal. I gave the pumpkin some compost tea tonight. For those of you who aren't familiar with compost tea it is simply a cloth type bag full of compost material (I use compost with earthworm castings and a little cow manure) put into a container with a few gallons of de-cholorinated water that is aerated (I use a good aquarium pump) for 24 hours. I also add a couple of teaspoons of de sulphured molasses to the water. The purpose of compost tea is to build friendly bacteria that will protect the pumpkin plant and help break down organic materials and fertilizer in the soil. The tea is sprayed or poured over the leaves and on the ground. The end result is a healthier plant and hopefully bigger pumpkins.


Mama Nic said...

It's so fun to see how large your pumpkin is! I followed your advice and cut off some smaller pumpkins and now have one that is growing really well-we won't get as big as yours, but we are still happy to see it continue to grow! I'll have to measure it tomorrow-resisting the urge to measure it too much as it's a bit obsessive! Check out my blog to see some great pumpkin pollunation photos-my daughter actually "pets" the bees we have so many! I have to update my pumpkin slideshow as it has grown quite a bit....
Good luck and thanks for all the info-it is very helpful to us newbies-especially the products and how they are used!

Jamie said...

Not obsessive, it's passion. At least that is what I tell my wife. lol

Thanks for your comments.