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    What is raven grass? I looked it up and the GOOGLE showed me palm grass, ravens and pot.

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    2019 Pumpkin Growers Thread
    Erianthus ravennae AKA Raven grass, or at least was called raven grass 10 years ago?

    I think it's also called hardy pampas grass

    It gets over 10' tall regularly. Here forming the arches for 'the corn tunnel'.

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    Very Nice. Thanks

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    We won’t forget to take cameras down ~ thanks for reminder Col.

    The artichokes are growing great but suddenly the leaves started curling. I’ve got an aphid/ant problem. Has anyone felt with this before? I’d love advice & it doesn’t have to be organic.

    Couldn’t stop myself from planting a few squash seeds: Patisson Strie MeLange.

    Corn came up & tomatoes are taking off.

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    This year, I'm gonna try growing pumpkins for the first time! I've sown some seeds in peat pots, they're germinating nicely. Yesterday, I've prepared a patch in the garden, I hope to move the plants there in about two weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EyeballsStudio View Post
    This year, I'm gonna try growing pumpkins for the first time! I've sown some seeds in peat pots, they're germinating nicely. Yesterday, I've prepared a patch in the garden, I hope to move the plants there in about two weeks.
    What kind of pumpkins are you growing?

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    Welcome, EyeballsStudio, and best of luck with your new crop! Pumpkin growing can be addictive.

    Kdestra-- I agonized over those Patisson Strie MeLange myself. I just have too many squash seeds already, and decided to wait until next year, though. They do sound good, being useful as a summer or winter squash, and they'd be fantastic decorations. I'll be anxious to hear your opinions on them.

    I'm getting Very anxious to get the garden in, but we've been having rain every day and highs in the 40s. I did put in some kale (yeah, I'm one of those who actually like the stuff) but it's just to wet for most tiny seeds.
    I'm trying to start a few things (non cucurbits) indoors, but I might need to turn up the heat. Even with a heat mat, it's pretty cool at the upper surface of the starter flats.
    As to pumpkins, I'm going to need to think this through. I have new seeds for Mr. Fugly, Goosebumps II, Orange Cutie (I've grown that variety before. It does well without taking up a lot of space.), Jamboree, and Toad. I have lefover seeds from Galeux d' Eysines (Peanut), Victor (Red Warty), Jarrahdale, Hooligan, Early Giant, One Too Many, Seminole, Rouge vif, and Musquee de Provence. (I can't find my Wyatt's Wonder seeds, but I'll be tearing things apart over the next few days!)
    I think I probably won't have room for everything. The C. moschata will be the first culled- Jarrahdale and MdP. I love their looks, but they take up an awful lot of space for slow and non-steller production.

    If anybody here is trying, or has tried, any variety of black pumpkins, I'd love to hear input. "Black Knight", as pictured in seed catalogs, would look great in a mixed color bunch, but descriptions say it ripens to medium green. It makes me wonder whether there has been a little photo "enhancing" going on, how immature you'd have to pick them to get dark ones, and how long they'll last if picked unripe.

    Edit in-- I have grown "Batwing" but didn't have stellar results.

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    Ooojen ~ I really like Mr. Fugly. The stems are soo cool. You are a bad influence on me. I didn’t even know there were black’ish pumpkins 🎃
    It’s my dream to grow giant pumpkins. I could never grow what the Col. is growing but a few big ones would be nice. As of today
    I’m giving up on the French Pumpkins but that could change.

    Hope you find you Wyatt seeds.

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    I love all the talk about varieties. There are so many appealing aspects of growing pumpkins. Kdestra, the nice things about giants is that you can grow them in smaller lots. They will just be limited in size by nutrient uptakes. I grew my 425 last year in about 250 sq ft and top notch growers have grown 900 lb pumpkins in 150 sq ft.

    But man, do I love the varieties. I have always wanted to give warty and peanut pumpkins a shot, but from some of the experiences shared here, they are not the easiest to grow. I tried the bat pumpkins about three years ago, if i recall correctly it was a bush type plant. I never got a fruit to set, but it is just so hot down here in the summer that I am not sure that my results were typical.

    I cannot wait to see pics of everyone's plants.
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    Tilled in the 'green manure' cover crop yesterday, coupled with all the composting of the leaves and pumpkins last year, I can tell the garden is in MUCH better shape than last year, but still nowhere near where it was prior to all the remodeling. I'd focused on getting 50% of it back in shape this year, and it looks like that's mostly worked as planned. Getting a load of composted turkey manure this weekend. Starting the pumpkin seeds this weekend as well.

    Sunflowers have sprouted indoors, time to start hardening off the millet.

    In other news, I don't see the gourds sprouting at all...I have never had a gourd seed germinate...there is clearly some mystical force killing gourds at my place. I will officially give up permanently if none of these sprout.
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