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    Loving seeing everyone's progress, so far!

    While I still can't start any pumpkins, yet, I did start some things downstairs in my little greenhouse. I have several types of flowers popping up, white sage, jalapenos, and my pumpkin on a stick seeds are just starting to pop up! I have two of those sprouting, so far. The temps are finally supposed to start warming up, a little...hopefully done with the below freezing lows...so I may start my carrots and lettuce this weekend out in the garden since they can handle cooler temps...at least my carrots can... I've never grown lettuce, so we will see how it goes.

    Oh, and I mustn't forget the cat grasses...those grew so fast that I have already had to have the cats mow their little lawns down a bit, twice, lol! I think they may need to, again, today.
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    WK - lettuce is super easy to grow. I give it a boost every month with
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    This is the cold frame I grew in all winter. It’s starting to get to hot there so I started a new bed in a colder part of the veg garden
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    And the smooth move ex-lax award goes to me. I took my larger 1500 watt, 12.5 amp space heater and plugged it into my heat mat thermostat plug in controller. Totally was not thinking. The heat mat outlet was rated for 8 amps. It lasted about 45 seconds before blowing out. I have ordered a space heater thermostat rated at 15 amps. Smooth move!!!!
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    Yikes! We all have our moments! Sounds like time for a shopping trip.

    We had snow yesterday. I'm thinking a couple more weeks before I start any seeds.

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    NIFTY GALIFTY DEVICE

    The Inkbird 608T thermostat controller is pretty cool device. First, it is rated at 15amps which means that it can run anything that is rated for 120v which is basically everything that does not require specialized voltage. So I do not have to worry about blowing this one up. It is used in greenhouses and also by chicken hobbyists and home brew hobbyists. In fact, the youtube videos on how to set-up the thermostat are by home brewers.

    It has an electrical outlet for hot and one for cold. For example you can have a heater plugged into one outlet and a fan plugged into the other. The heater will come on when it is too cold and the fan will come on when it is to hot. It is in my hoop house and working well. I bought mine on amazon for $55.


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    I am amazed at how much effort some of you folks go through to get the pumpkin of your dreams. And having seen pictures of some of them, I realize it's worth all the money and moments you spend with them. Our budget doesn't allow something as neat as Col Fryght's uber-cool Inkbird thermostat, but we love reading about them. But for those of us with the budget of a pack rat, one that says if you can find it somewhere for free it's yours, I present the flip side of Pumpkindom. It's an effort to show any of those thinking about planting pumpkins who worry about the cost, that the cost is whatever your budget allows.

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    Our budget allowed us to create a little seed starter that stays outside on our deck. It's made from repurposed PVC pipe, bricks, a glass panel from a shower stall, two four foot fluorescent lights we picked up at a garage sale, cardboard and duct tape. Inside our intricately designed thermo-regulation is controlled by me pulling a plug on the rope Christmas lights that we use as a heating pad whenever it gets too hot inside.

    And it works pretty well. As you can see our pumpkins are coming up and will be ready for planting late in May. All our seeds came from people throwing away their pumpkins from last year, or us collecting seeds from our favorites. I really had no idea if the seeds from a white pumpkin and a Rouge Vif D’Etampe pumpkin we found on the side of the road would grow, but so far, they're doing great. (We will have to see if the seeds remain true to what they were as we have planted warty pumpkins that turned out to be perfectly normal pumpkins come harvest time.)

    At any rate, our pumpkins won't be those monsters some are bragging about later this year, but they will make our haunt a bit happier. So we encourage everyone to grow pumpkins if they have just a bit of room for them. Truth be told, we will use all of them a whole lot more than all the zucchini we grow. Neighbors never find pumpkins left on their doorstep in our neighborhood, but zucchini is another matter.

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    Chubstuff, your construction is ingenuity at its finest.

    I grab pumpkins off the curb too. Sometimes they grow sometimes they don’t but hey they were free. Do you have a local “Buy Nothing” group? It’s a fantastic way to trade or find things that people are giving away

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    And here I am with a single fluorescent in my basement kitchen hoping the exhaust from the fridge is warm enough...

    Millet update. The one in the middle on the left keeps wanting to grow sideways...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kdestra View Post
    Chubstuff, your construction is ingenuity at its finest.

    I grab pumpkins off the curb too. Sometimes they grow sometimes they don’t but hey they were free.

    I am glad to know I'm not the only one who takes pumpkins I think are nice from the curb. Lately, people have been putting their plant based Halloween decorations out in their front yard the same way people put out free items, and I think it's great. Their hay bales get recycled into mulch for my strawberries and, this year, their pumpkins became half of the varieties I'm planting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kdestra View Post
    Do you have a local “Buy Nothing” group? It’s a fantastic way to trade or find things that people are giving away.

    https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/
    We have a VERY active Buy Nothing group. I had signed up for about a month and I couldn't go online where everything posted had a list five deep of people asking for whatever was offered. I'm glad that they're out there swapping stuff around, but I'm just not that aggressive. I do better with Craig's List and Next Door where they seem a bit slower on people responding to posts. I'm not only shaped like a pumpkin, I move like one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubstuff View Post

    I am glad to know I'm not the only one who takes pumpkins I think are nice from the curb. Lately, people have been putting their plant based Halloween decorations out in their front yard the same way people put out free items, and I think it's great. Their hay bales get recycled into mulch for my strawberries and, this year, their pumpkins became half of the varieties I'm planting.
    This is why I started a local garden exchange group. It’s just like the buy nothing groups *but* we give away/trade garden plants, produce, pots, tools, etc we want to get rid of.
    I’ve made a lot of friends & I can’t believe some of the beautiful plants that people were going to throw away.

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