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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 G. Kins Catinthehat, WA

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I may already seem to be unorthodox, but I must confess I find myself blindly accepting and following the common growing methods.

But I must not accept things blindly without any thought. Thats so unscientific. What I am thinking is, although some main vine roots could help contribute to the xylem, they are a sink for phloem. And I want phloem sinks as far away as possible from the pumpkin. I want xylem flow which is equally important but if the pumpkin is set close to the main roots... And dead ended...Perhaps no additional xylem flow would be needed? In this situation phloem may be the more limiting factor. How big a pumpkin could I get without any vine burying? I was assuming I would at least bury the main but my thinking is changing.

The other thing I am considering is, for Steve Daletas, consistency was a big part of his 2018 success story. If I can focus on consistent & good pumpkin growth over a long period of time... That might be an effective strategy for me. I wish I could try for 40 or 50 lb days but I think that would take larger plants that have been set up better. At this point I can only try to maximize what I get from smaller plants lacking large areas of 'perfect soil'. I think consistent feeding and watering alone wont get me a monster but perhaps by channeling Steve Daletas consistency I can reach my goals and consider my year to be successful. Most of the top growers are smarter than me and that may never change, but I could at least be consistent.
 



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