Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pumpkin seed giveaway!

Send me your killer pumpkin ale recipe this year (2012) and I’ll send you a packet of 12 pumpkin seeds from this years mega crop of pumpkins. (Canadian residents only, sorry!)  Growing conditions this year were perfect. We had a cool wet spring and because I’m in an area that grows a lot of cranberries the water table remained high in the late summer due to the flooding of the cranberry fields.  Each of the three vines I planted this year produced 10 pumpkins. I planted them directly in the spring under a 4′ x 8′ sheet of black plastic. The plastic warmed up the soil in the spring and kept the soil from drying out in the summer. Once the plants were established the leaves seemed to provide enough shade so that the soil under the plastic didn’t get too hot. I also added some slow release fertilizer (19-6-12) to the soil around the seeds so unfortunately they’re not completely organic. The seeds were Martha Stewart brand Small Sugar variety. I’m not sure what the hop variety is in this video, the folks at the garden store didn’t know. There may even be two types of hops growing there as you can see two very different shapes of cones and the larger ones are already turning brown.

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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in Garden Updates


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