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pumpkin - not good season

Postby gardenlen » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:35 am

g'day all,

usually i do well with pumpkins last year got about 13.

this year only 4 on 2 vines. one vine with leaves as big as medicine balls, got 3 fruit, heaps of bees around even natives, and i hand pollinate, should have twice as many at least, the fruit gets to softball size then dies.

me thinks, the extra dry even though these 2 vines get at least a bucket of water+ a week, no rain in the air no fruit, choko died even with 1/2+ a bucket a day.

capsicums doing the best we've ever had same with chillies, and zucchini, and tree tomato.

false cardamon that settled in last wet, now looking good with nothing but rainfall, total just shy of 60 mm for the year.

looking for better times ahead, maybe?

len
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Re: pumpkin - not good season

Postby tam » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:06 pm

Len, my pumpkin didn't produce a flower even with plenty of water. The heat knocked it around.
I have just made a couple of mounds and planted seed today as my pumpkins did really good through winter.
Just have to hope there are no frosts this year.
Neighbour has a butternut that is going mad and fruiting and a Jap that is doing the same as yours.
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Re: pumpkin - not good season

Postby gardenlen » Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:01 am

g'day tam,

these are all volunteers, maybe why they are doing better, vine wise. thinking in this dry the vine regulates the viability of pollen to work, so as not to knock the plant so mu it dies, dunno really.

some season left yet, maybe a super wet easter ahead?

len
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Re: pumpkin - not good season

Postby tam » Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:18 am

We certainly need more rain.
Had 100mm a couple of weeks ago but it was too quick and didn't penetrate too deeply but at least it filled the tanks.
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Re: pumpkin - not good season

Postby gardenlen » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:18 am

g'dat tam,

yeh we are using the one tank now down to around 4 or 5 k litres, the other tank just short of full (22k/l)we water what vege's we have app' 3 times a week. the water holding capacity of this soil, not good as i thought it may be.

had about 40mm of rain this year, our next best time is pray for a wet easter.

take care

len
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Re: pumpkin - not good season

Postby ch20051 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:56 pm

I think our pumpkin suffered with the heat too. They would start growing then kind of just shrivel up and die and the pumpkin would drop off, when it was small. :cry:
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Re: pumpkin - not good season

Postby gardenlen » Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:54 am

over 4 vines we look like eaking about 8 fruits.

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