This week I plan on tilling the pumpkin patch. On Thursday there is supposed to be storm, so I'm going to till on Wednesday. I'll be tilling in some peat, alfalfa, humic acid, silica and expanded shale into the patch. The expanded shale is something new that I'm trying this year. From what I've read, it should be good for our Colorado clay soils. I'll also be putting down about 4lbs of myco into the patch as well. After the storm, I'll be seeding the patch with a cover crop of winter rye in all but the planting areas. That cover crop I'll till into the ground when the plants vines start running.
Today I started working on two new hoop houses (kind of like a small green house) for the plants. These hoop houses are about 2 feet longer and 2 feet wider than my current hoop houses. I need hoop houses for my kids' plants, do I thought it was time for an upgrade. These new hoop houses are designed just like my old ones, but with the increased size I"ll be able to keep the plants in the hoop house for another 3-7 days.
I'll be starting my pumpkin plants on April 15th, indoors under grow lights.