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    It's really interesting seeing the many different growers' MOs! The different kinds of equipment and the different varieties we're growing-- all fun to see!
    For the most part, I don't put a lot of money into mine. Since I'm not growing giants, an extra-early start shouldn't be vital. When it comes to seeds, though, I'm not a gambler.
    Don't get me wrong; this is not a criticism of anyone who plants open-pollinated or randomly-found seeds. I love the forager mentality, and I can see the fun in being surprised at what you get. (There's some of that even when you buy your seed. I had two genetic-throwback squash plants among my pumpkins.) But over all, with the work I put in, and the fact that one plant can easily take up 100 square feet of garden space-- I want to do all I can to ensure I'll get the pumpkin diversity I want. A $3 pkt of seeds generally lasts me at least 5 years.
    I'm still deciding whether to start any pumpkins indoors. I generally start most indoors, but fill in a few later by planting seeds directly in the ground. Three weeks on, the later ones catch up to where you can't tell the difference. Transplanting doesn't look like it sets them back, but in my conditions the early start doesn't seem to give them any advantage, either. The only reasons to start mine early are that it lets me be certain what seeds are viable, and because it's fun to have some progress to watch while I wait for the soil to warm up.
    Maybe if I keep watching here, it will give me enough of a growers' fix that I can get by without putting in the effort of starting mine early...taking up a chunk of counter space with the seed flats...runinng them in and out of doors at dawn and dusk...protecting them from too much wind, wandering hens, drying out, hard rain etc...trying to keep the tags all in place so I get the same species planted next to each other (I failed miserably at that one last year!) It does get to be a lot of work.

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    Really like my new thermostat control. The hoop house got up to 109 degrees today. Which is wild because the outside temp never got over 81 but we had about two hours of solid, bright sun. So I came home at lunch and opened the ends of the hoop house. I plugged a box fan into cold socket of the thermostat and it started right up and was set to shut off at 80. I came home to 71 degrees and the fan was shut off. This thermostat is going to be a money saver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ooojen View Post

    Transplanting doesn't look like it sets them back, but in my conditions the early start doesn't seem to give them any advantage, either. The only reasons to start mine early are that it lets me be certain what seeds are viable,
    I totally concur. I gave up on early starting, because I could start seeds in the ground three-four weeks later and they always seemed to catch up. I am hoping that the warmer hoop house temps will encourage early vining thus early pollination. Plus, now that I am growing for size in a hot part of the country, I want to get a pumpkin set and growing before the dog days of summer kick in. We shall see......
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnOrthodOx View Post
    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...
    I have to ask, since you're not the only one growing millet in conjunction with pumpkins, WHY? The only thing I've ever seen millet used for is in the seed we feed the birds outside. Is there another use for it, and is it just a typical grass where you have to plant a lot of it to get the seed, or is it more like corn? I know I can look this all up online, but what I'm trying to understand is why a home gardener might toss it into the mix. I'm always up for trying new things, and we plant all our sunflowers just so the birds can eat them come fall, so adding another bird seed to the mix wouldn't bother us at all.

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    2019 Pumpkin Growers Thread
    It's honestly an experiment for me this year. Never grown it before. My interest is purely for decorating. In theory, it would look something akin to cursed corn.



    IF it works, I'll save the seed as it was rather pricey for what you get.

    I've also planted some indian warrior grass as an experiment as well.



    Both these are intended to join with my raven grass in sheaths. I've spent the last 10 years splitting my raven grass, it's time to start allowing it to grow for harvest.

    (raven grass tunnel)

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnOrthodOx View Post
    It's honestly an experiment for me this year. Never grown it before. My interest is purely for decorating. In theory, it would look something akin to cursed corn.
    Okay, you've won me over. If they grow true to those pictures I can see where they would fit easily into any haunt. Thanks for the response.

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    Full day of sunshine and about 82 degrees today. It was 53 last night, and the hoop house was 59 this morning with just one small space heater running. I opened up the sides before leaving for work. It is nice to know that the box fan will kick on once the hoop house temps start to rise.

    The thought of killing my plants so early in the game keeps me motivated to make sure that it does not happen. It was so much easier in years past, just throwing out two dozen seeds and letting nature do its thing. But when you only plant 4, one accident could wipe out your season.
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    Below is a pic of my remote temperature gauge during the day from earlier in the week when my hoop house was closed with no fan running. The sensor is in the hoop house which is about 150 feet away from the base unit in the kitchen. I think it was like 15 bucks at Lowes. They have real fancy ones that relay to your cell phone, but that would be overkill in my situation.

    But now I have a basic game plan, I open the both ends of the hoop house in the mornings and my box fan is set to come on at 80 degrees. It certainly has been a season of learning, and it has just begun. Next up, getting my net enclosure ready to go for mid May for when I transition from the hoop house to svb defense.



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    For those of us watching, what's your general temps outside? How much is the hoop house gaining you?
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    Omg! Unorthodox, that’s beautiful. I always grow regular corn for Halloween but thanks to you ~ I’ll be stepping up my game.

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