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Post  Josh 8/15/2012, 12:28 pm

This is how I fed chubby chumpkins, I used seaweed fertilizer in the soda bottle. I put the wick in the leaf joint just before the pumpkin.


I am just now getting a couple of pumpkins on the vine, none of the female blooms made it. It is pretty late to even try now, but I'm still going to let them grow and see what I get. At the state fair, the biggest one was 74 lbs....look out next year!!!
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Post  donnainzone5 8/16/2012, 12:18 pm

Josh,

I'd call your method a stroke of genius! Do you think it might work on squash, cukes, or any other crops?
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Post  llama momma 8/16/2012, 3:12 pm

Update: two pumpkin vines with one pumpkin on each vine. Could only get one to survive per vine. Strange to me how each new pumpkin seemed to be the death of an existing and seemingly healthy and older pumpkin. Evil or Very Mad
Fed up with that, finally tied a knot at the end of each vine and let the remaining one do what it wants. Daydreamer and Edie are doing well for now. Take pictures and measurements later on and post in the near future as my computer is suppose to come back from the shop today or tomorrow.

Say Roooster..... we don't No have any pumpkin emoticons ?? Sad
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Post  southern gardener 8/16/2012, 4:02 pm

southern gardener wrote:This isn't a big "fruit" it's a big plant. Thought I'd share. If it's in the wrong spot, please move me!! This tomato plant is 12' across and no end in sight What a Face What a Face ! Crazy. All from a little tiny 1" seedling I found growing in some gravel a couple of months ago! It has literally hundreds of baby tomatoes and blossoms on it...there's a water bottle in front for "reference" size
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It's BAAACK! We trimmed this monster a few weeks ago. Got a pile about 4x4x3 of "trimmings". It grew back to just about the same size AGAIN! Hundreds of tomatoes, a few are blushing but mostly tons of green tomatoes. This thing is a BEAST!! affraid
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Post  donnainzone5 8/16/2012, 7:12 pm

Long live the Beast! Wink
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Post  southern gardener 8/16/2012, 7:54 pm

boogie woogie boogie woogie boogie woogie
donnainzone10 wrote:Long live the Beast! Wink
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Post  Daniel9999 8/18/2012, 10:12 pm

Nothing but male flowers on my Big Moons so far.

The Cinderellas are coming along nicely though.

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Post  llama momma 8/19/2012, 2:42 pm

Suppose to be 'big stuff' Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkins.
I'm happy they're alive but not impressed with the size, maybe come October I'll be impressed :scratch:
...yes, there is some mid day heat and wilting going on..morning and evenings the leaves look very perky.
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Post  southern gardener 8/27/2012, 2:45 am

We have another beast growing! boogie woogie boogie woogie Look at the size of these leaves! I think it's a pumpkin plant. The vine is about 20-30 feet long? Loving the dark green leaves and how massive they are!!

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Post  plantoid 8/27/2012, 5:38 am

donnainzone10 wrote:Josh,

I'd call your method a stroke of genius! Do you think it might work on squash, cukes, or any other crops?

Wick feeding can be done on all sorts of crops but appears to be most sucessful on marrows melons and other curbit families.

Why not experiment for yourself .....you may find with using a good quality MM that stem feeding gives you humongous produce.

Feeds can also vary but they are usually similar to any liquid manure feed solution.

Do be careful to only use bacterially dead feeds if you are hoping to eat the results . i say this ....... for years ago we were warned by the chief medical officer , of the locals on the island where I was playing of them using neat untreated sewage water to wick into their water melons to get big sizes as they sold them by weight . It frequently gave anyone eating them the screaming runs etc. for a week or more.
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Post  donnainzone5 8/27/2012, 12:09 pm

Plantoid,

If I decide to try Josh's wick-feeding method next year, I'll definitely keep this advice in mind! Thanks.
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Post  Josh 8/27/2012, 7:57 pm

I used liquid seaweed fertilizer on mine, you can use milk to so I've read. I first tried wicking it from a small dish but I kept finding the wick out of the dish the next day, so I made the soda bottle set up and that worked good, and kept the wick in place. Very Happy I've read that kelp is a good fertilizer to use too.
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Post  Josh 8/27/2012, 7:59 pm

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Shocked Looks like a monster of a vine!! Can't wait to see what you get!! cheers
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Post  Daniel9999 8/27/2012, 10:04 pm

These are my Big Moon pumpkins so far....

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Nothing but flowers so far....

I do have a Cinderella pumpkin growing though

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Post  llama momma 8/27/2012, 10:09 pm

I noticed right away you have nice color on yours. Mine are more yellowish and wonder if that indicates a problem. :scratch:
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Post  walshevak 8/27/2012, 10:11 pm

plantoid wrote:
donnainzone10 wrote:Josh,

I'd call your method a stroke of genius! Do you think it might work on squash, cukes, or any other crops?

Wick feeding can be done on all sorts of crops but appears to be most sucessful on marrows melons and other curbit families.

Why not experiment for yourself .....you may find with using a good quality MM that stem feeding gives you humongous produce.

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Exactly why I never eat a watermelon overseas that is sold by weight, only by each whole melon.

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Post  greatgranny 8/29/2012, 11:03 pm

The biggest of my Brandywines yet. This is the 18th one I picked. Took it out early - so not quite ripe enough to roast or eat. I am saving seeds for sure. Weight - 1 lb 12.3 oz

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Post  cheyannarach 8/29/2012, 11:20 pm

Wowzers that looks wonderful! hungry drooling
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Post  Josh 8/30/2012, 10:08 pm

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Post  Josh 8/30/2012, 10:14 pm

Did everyone see plantoid's BIG STUFF beans? They are HUGE! Be sure to check out the BIG STUFF gallery and check out all the BIG STUFF!Big Stuff - Page 10 04
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Post  greatgranny 8/30/2012, 11:33 pm

Josh wrote:Did everyone see plantoid's BIG STUFF beans? They are HUGE! Be sure to check out the BIG STUFF gallery and check out all the BIG STUFF!Big Stuff - Page 10 04

Yes, I did see those huge beans. Never in my life have I seen anything like it. I may have to attempt them myself.

Josh, you are the best cheerleader. Love your enthusiasm.
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Post  camprn 9/29/2012, 9:00 am

At the Deerfield Fair, a world record. 1843.5 pounds.
http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/Pumpkin-weighing-1-843-5-pounds-sets-world-record-at-Deerfield-Fair/-/9857858/16778090/-/ycxnba/-/index.html

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Post  llama momma 9/29/2012, 10:02 am

Cool, and it grew by 35 pounds a day, holy schmoley. Both of mine together probably won't tip 35 pounds for the whole season.
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Post  thegreatcob 10/6/2012, 10:31 am

boys and girls : camprn that record did not last long a guy up at topsfeild fair knocked that record out of the water . the new record pumpkin is 2009 lbs
also a few weeks back a guy in Italy beat water melon record of 289 lbs and broke 326 lbs

if you want beat a record, the tomato record is still firmly set a 7.75 lbs and has held since 1986
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Post  Josh 10/6/2012, 10:55 am

I seen the story about the new world record pumpkin too! It is totally awesome!
Check it out http://www.bigpumpkins.com/ViewArticle.asp?id=175&gid=57

Has anyone else got any new BIG STUFF to add to our BIG STUFF gallery? We have some pretty awesome things this year too!

I'm going to give the BIG STUFF a go again next year, I've learned a lot from this year, and I think I can do better next year!
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