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    It's amazing to see pumpkins in bloom already! They're still predicting some nights in the 30s for the upcoming week here. I got some cold-hardy vegetable seeds in the garden, but things won't be ready for sensitive stuff for a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by UnOrthodOx View Post
    9 Moose, 8 Early Giants, and 2 each of Jill be Little, Casperita, and a Blaze mini I don't remember buying or what it looks like?
    I don't now about the other varieties, but you should wind up swamped with Early Giants! They're quite productive! I got a dozen fully ripe pumpkins from two plants last year. There were a couple more that were still green at first frost, but they turned orange eventually. So, there were seven really good sized pumpkins per plant. I was very happy with that variety.
    And second-- I enjoy the fact that I'm not the only one who has seeds I don't remember buying.

    My PoaS eggplants are just coming up in my seed flats. It only took a few days. I've got a number of small-seeded, slow-growing things planted in flats now.
    I found my Wyatt's Wonder seeds, and a few others. Moranga squash is one. I got the seeds last year, but didn't have room for them. They don't have the nice russet color of Musquee de Provence, but they're kind of flat and deeply-lobed-- AND they're C. maxima (not moschata) so I'll give them a try.

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    I have a severe lack of green thumb abilities and will be moving this summer destroying any attempts at growing more than my house plant. Please know all who posted here, I am LOVING these discussions and photos and am living vicariously through you all, thank you. Happy growing season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnOrthodOx View Post
    So, what is going on with the enclosure? What are you trying to accomplish? Kinda crazy how much they've grown already!
    I am in the process of building about a 1200sq ft insect exclusion house. I wish there was a shorter name, probably like "net house." I think I posted some pics of set-ups in last year's thread. The big game plan is to line the bottom four feet with 6 mil plastic which will also act as a wind break. Use the top pvc rail of the four ft wall to secure the bottom of the net.

    Then I will run a 7 foot tall line rail of pvc down the middle of the patch and run the net from one side over the 7ft rail and down to the other side. And hold on there is more, as a bonus feature, I will be running shade netting from the seven foot rail down to the outer 4ft wall.

    I have started down this path, and while I am starting to wish I had not, the die is cast. But once it is up, I am sure that I will be glad that I did it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Col. Fryght View Post
    I am in the process of building about a 1200sq ft insect exclusion house. I wish there was a shorter name, probably like "net house." I think I posted some pics of set-ups in last year's thread. The big game plan is to line the bottom four feet with 6 mil plastic which will also act as a wind break. Use the top pvc rail of the four ft wall to secure the bottom of the net.

    Then I will run a 7 foot tall line rail of pvc down the middle of the patch and run the net from one side over the 7ft rail and down to the other side. And hold on there is more, as a bonus feature, I will be running shade netting from the seven foot rail down to the outer 4ft wall.

    I have started down this path, and while I am starting to wish I had not, the die is cast. But once it is up, I am sure that I will be glad that I did it.
    Wow, that's going to be a lot of net...

    So...the only weakness I see to your plan is any that are already in the soil. I'm only vaguely aware of the control means, but I presume it similar to squash bugs where you'd normally burn vines, disc the field late in the fall to disturb the pupa, and till it before last frost to destroy even more.


    And you pretty much necessitate hand pollinating, but that's not as much a concern for giants.
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    Very impressive Col. Now you’ve got me thinking about using row covers. How are you going to protect from TStorms & wind?

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    2019 Pumpkin Growers Thread
    1st Tomato Blossom. I’m starting to get excited about tomatoes in June.
    Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is down in Mineral Va.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnOrthodOx View Post

    So...the only weakness I see to your plan is any that are already in the soil. I'm only vaguely aware of the control means, but I presume it similar to squash bugs where you'd normally burn vines, disc the field late in the fall to disturb the pupa, and till it before last frost to destroy even more.
    You are correct, sir. But my main goal is to bomb the plants with systemic insecticide and to do that with a clear conscious, I need to keep the bees out. Plus, it will keep out svb that are born outside and fly in. Last fall I tilled the patch and put out grub killing granules. This spring I put out grub killing granules. I will also till before the netting goes up and put out another dose of grub killing granules.

    Merit works great for svb's but it is hard on bees. So really this is more of a bee exclusion house plus any other insects like squash bugs that may fly in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kdestra View Post
    Very impressive Col. Now you’ve got me thinking about using row covers. How are you going to protect from TStorms & wind?
    I assume you mean protecting my net structure from the wind as I have flashbacks of my redneck canopy last year being blown away literally 20 minutes after I posted pics. My hoop house has worked well in storms this year with cinder blocks at the bottom with a cord tied around the cinderblock and around the pvc pipe above.

    I will weigh down each 5ft section with a cinder block or maybe every other one. Plus, inside every vertical pvc post there is a four foot piece of rebar that I driven a foot in the ground. So the pvc fence structure is sturdier than it looks.

    Now if your talking about the wind and my plants, then I am probably just marginally better off than before. I have one three foot silt fence around the patch. and then another 4ft fence of 6mil plastic inside of that fence. So I will have two wind breaks, which will probably mean little if the mother of all storms hits. But, I would have been in the same situation as in years past.

    Thanks for asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kdestra View Post
    1st Tomato Blossom. I’m starting to get excited about tomatoes in June.
    Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is down in Mineral Va.
    My god, I just want to taste one of those now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kdestra View Post
    1st Tomato Blossom. I’m starting to get excited about tomatoes in June.
    Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is down in Mineral Va.
    Home grown tomatoes in June... Hmmm... I will try not to be bitter. Where we live in Oregon where planting our tomatoes in June is the norm. Enjoy your early season.

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