Thursday, August 31, 2017

Adjusting for Late Summer Growing Weather

Much cooler and overcast weather today in Utah.   Feels a little more like fall.  With that it is time to start adjusting the amount of water being put down in the pumpkin patch.  Two days ago I decreased the watering by about 3 minutes per zone (about 10% less water).   Will move that up and down according to the temperatures, but the pattern lately has been warm days (low 90s), but it has taken much longer for it to get up to 90 degrees lately because the nights have been cooler.   That means the plants need less water.

The overcast, higher humidity weather also means more problems with powdery mildew.  I sprayed the leaves with Rose Defense II which is a fungicide/insecticide.  I also did a foliar application of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, kelp and yucca.   Tomorrow it will be three weeks from when I cut the 747 pumpkin from off the vine.   Want to get everything out of that plant that I can. 

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