Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Soil Food Web in the Pumpkin Patch

This evening I applied Biotmax and Azos to the soil under the leaf canopy with a little liquid seaweed added.  As I talked about before, Biotamax has beneficial fungi and bacteria that help feed the plant and protect it from harmful bacteria and fungi.  This helps create a 'soil food web' that helps give nutrients to the plants and the plants in turn give products back to the fungi and bacteria in the root zone that benefits the entire community.

I also put down a little granular seaweed, blood meal, gypsum and humic acid.  Rain in the forecast so I figured it was a good time to put this all down so it could get watered in.

Sunday evening I had a bit of a scare.  For three days in a row I saw the pumpkin growth decline to the low teens on both pumpkins.  I thought the plants might have yellow vine disease or something else going on.  Growth on the 335 pumpkin has stayed low, but on the 1791 pumpkin growth has returned to the low 20s for the last two days.  I can't explain it.  I don't think it was weather.  I've never done bad measurements for three days in a row before so that is very unlikely.  All I know is that I'm glad to see the pumpkin growing.

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