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Tuesday, April 25, 2023 Little Ketchup Grittyville, WA

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...Won't you be my pumpkin.

I haven't babied this plant too much, just trying to avoid any epic fails. The 1" hardware cloth is useful in that regard, its quite sturdy really.

Dealing with the usual cold weather bs nutrient-wise, I believe critically low in manganese & zinc mostly. Pretty sure the nitrogen is there, it just cant process it & make chloroplasts without the manganese.

I did overestimate how warm the plant was at night plus and while the roots probably arent too cold the compost/soil/soil biology I'm using is maybe only halfway awake from its winter slumber... adding heat is like a person setting an alarm for 5 am, the micro organisms keep hitting the snooze button, you just cant fool them into working 12 hour days, not without giving them a triple-overtime pay raise anyhow.

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