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.