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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 G. Kins Catinthehat, WA

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In case I forget (and make the same mistake twice) if I grow a pumpkin next year I want to stress to myself the importance of a set on the main although mobeymike made an exception to that rule, I have had mixed results and some fails on side vines. The 186 Radach... The set on the main was just slightly smaller than the set on the side vine. I went with the pumpkin on the side vine. Now, though the main has gotten huge and the side vine is very unextraordinary. I cant help but think the main (which looks like a Los Angeles freeway compared to the pumpkin's ''rural scenic route'' side vine)... I can't see it as anything but a mistake to have chosen the one on the side vine. The side vine is under an inch maybe and the main is close to two inches. Probably 6x more photosynthate going through the main.

I need to pay attention to the root zone and the speed that the plant is pushing new growth. If I dont write it I will forget. Also with the variable weather the leaves have gotten some heat stress and also some wilting stress. I think overhead irrigation even with exceedingly cold water is beneficial in reducing overall stress. If its warm and sunny enough the cold water does not shut the plants down completely. I think paying attention to what temp/fertilizer will stress the plants the least and cause the least disease and the most overall benefit... This is something I could improve on also.

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