Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Burying Vines, Burying Vines, Burying Vines

I don't know how growers who have 6 Atlantic Giant pumpkin plants keep up with them this time of year unless they are retired or dentists (he, he, he). I only have my two plants and I can't keep up with the weeds and vines on these things. As mentioned before, both plants have been very aggressive growers lately with all of the rain and I got behind on burying the vines because of all of the mud. the last few days I've been burying vines and I still haven't got them all buried. I know the difference between the men and the boys this time of year so I just say to myself, "What is Barry, Gary, Joe, Pete, Gary, Marc, Ron, Jim and all of the rest of the RMGVG growers doing right now?" and then I start throwing some more dirt on the vines. It can be exhausting though. I'm sure 12 years from now they will find me lying dead in the patch from a coronary. Not a bad way to go, but it will probably be the year that I finally break the state record which will be a bummer.

This evening I sprayed 1 cup of fish & seaweed with some manganese on both plants (in a light rain) and then two hours later I sprayed 2 tablespoons of blood meal on both plants. I think a lot of nitrogen has leached from the soil so I'm trying to get it back up to par.


Erik H. said...

A dentist! Thats a good one. I know what you mean about keeping up. It's a lot of work, and I only have 1 plant.

My plants is not happy the last 2 days since I didn't irrigate in the afternoon. I am being to think there is no limit to the amount of water you can give them as long as you don't drown them.

Jamie said...

I'm beginning to think the same and I'm going to be watering more going forward. There is an upper limit however. My leaves went lime green for a day because I think the nitrogen has been flushed from the soil from all the rain. You might have also notices sume roots popping up out of the soil lately, I believe due to a lack of oxygen in the soil. It appears to me that 5 days of non-stop rain is good but any more and problems can start to develop.