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Friday, March 01, 2019 Dutch Brad Netherlands

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For the first time in 15 years, no Atlantic Giant pumpkins or squash.

I got rid of one of my larger greenhouses and allotments. This year I hope to grow two bushel gourds (one in the big pumpkin greenhouse and one outside), three field pumpkins (158.7 Horde, 133.4 Wursten, 176.4 Wursten), runner beans, heavy carrots, heavy aubergines (eggplants), a long chili and some genetic marrows on a vacant allotment just to get some seeds again. Thanks for the seeds Mark B! The aubergines, carrots and long chili have already germinated.

Also hoping to grow 26 varieties of potatoes and 20 varieties of carrots to present at our giant veg weigh-off. Last year I showed 30+ (rare) varieties of potatoes. The public seems to like the extra attraction of the strange and weird colours, shapes and sizes of otherwise normal vegetables.

All of the bushel gourd and field pumpkin spots were tilled in the fall and dehydrated cow manure, lime and basalt rock dust was added. The BG spot in the greenhouse also had 100l of perlite tilled in. Bought a pot of Lithovit Amino CO2 to try out. Dehydrated cow manure is regular manure which gets almost all of the liquid pressed out of it. It is extremely light, easy to spread and easy to till in and I could get a few yards for free. The basalt was also free. A local store was taking it out of their inventory.

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