Thursday, June 5, 2014
Pumpkin Plant is Out of the Hoop House Now
Once I got the plant out of the hoop house I started staking down the vines with bamboo sticks and burying the vines. If you bury the vines you'll get roots out of the top and the bottom of the vines at each leaf node. I also took off the start of any tertiary vines because you don't need those and if you let those grow you will end up with a jungle mess of vines. Lastly I put down a little myko and Azos at each leaf node.
I'll use a modified Christmas tree pattern for my vines. From the main vine I'll let the side vines grow out and I kind of bend them back towards the stump so it looks like a Christmas tree laying on the ground. A good example of what this looks like can be seen at on this old blog post.
After burying the vines, I then put up a silt fence to help protect the plant from wind. The plants are kind of vulnerable at this point until the side vines get a little longer and have roots down to anchor the plant.