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Upcoming Events, Weigh-offs / New York Botanical Gardens
« Last post by CountyKid on October 01, 2014, 10:04:31 AM »
Once again the GPC will be sending the three top pumpkins in the World to the New York Botanical Gardens. If your pumpkin should be one of the ones to go, there is an all expence paid trip for two to go to the NYBG and tour New York City!

Good luck to all in the upcoming Weighoffs!
General Discussion / Re: Green Gro Biochar Blend, Mycorrhizae, and More
« Last post by phunt on October 01, 2014, 07:54:09 AM »
Hi Ryan

Funny thing, I was looking at the same product about a month ago. I'm not sure who's looking after products this year. I think the club voted on getting out of the product purchases, as it's so much work for 1-2 people & it's usually the same people year after year. Also the club doesn't make any money for all the work it takes to bring in, break down & the delivery the products to the grower. There is also a lot more pumpkin related products available now with the internet, so growers can now find that product that they like. Also, different growers are now asking us to bring in the same products, only a different brands & that makes it even harder to order in the right amounts without being stuck with extra stock. Also, one thing to remember is that the prices we offer included shipping (including fuel surcharges), delivery to the seminar & taxes.

If you or any other member wants to take this upon yourself to take orders for the members from this company & bring those products to the seminar, then we're cool with that. Getting our already busy volunteers to do even more stuff like this isn't fair to them, so if your on board to take on that task, then that would be a big benefit to the Ont. growers who want to order this stuff in. Tell you what, I'll even order in the 1st 2 bags of Bio-Char from you. Let me know what I owe you & I'll send you payment once you get the product into Ontario. Hold onto it & bring it to the seminar & then I'll pick it up there.

We certainly appreciate any help you can provide with this new product. We hope to see you at one of the weigh offs & talk more. Take care & good luck.

Jane & Phil
General Discussion / Re: GVGO grower on TV
« Last post by phunt on October 01, 2014, 05:33:02 AM »
Great Job Todd
General Discussion / Re: GVGO grower on TV
« Last post by Lookajook on October 01, 2014, 05:05:09 AM »
Great interview!  A  pro with a great personality, nice job Todd!  Makes me wanna start growing all over again:)
General Discussion / Re: GVGO grower on TV
« Last post by John B. on September 30, 2014, 07:03:30 PM »
wow a lot of good pumpkin news this year
I tried to get tiny talent time to do my patch but they said they were headed for cowpies place :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Great job Todd
General Discussion / Green Gro Biochar Blend, Mycorrhizae, and More
« Last post by Ryan H on September 30, 2014, 11:28:26 AM »
After Greg Montgomery telling me about biochar earlier in the year, and after seeing Chad Gehweiller of WI weigh a 1882 last weekend and his 12 year old son put up a 1700 pounder using the biochar based product, I contacted Green Gro about their products availability in Canada.

Turns out they're a small company,and I talked to Mark who runs it. He would love to get into Canada and is willing to do so with some good pricing incentives if we had enough of an order for a skid. They have a few products on their site here: A quick run-down is here:

Earthshine Biochar blend is a fast and easy way to boost the performance of new soil, reuse your old soil, and improve the effectiveness of compost teas and Mycorrhizae products. Biochar and its use in amending soil is an age old Native American technique that has been around for over a thousand years. It is based upon the observation that after a forest fire occurs the surrounding vegetative growth is tremendously more robust then areas that were not affected by the fires. The fire creates rich deposits of carbon in the soil and this increases soil fertility and encourages microbial activity. Ingredients: Biochar, worm castings, humic acid, soybean protein meal, and glacial rock

GreenGro Ultrafine Myco Blend
GreenGro Ultrafine is a soluble blend of Mycorrhizae, beneficial bacteria, kelp and humic. This highly effective and easy to use all-in-one product will dramatically improve the health and vigor of your root systems.

And there's two different fertilizers with micro nutrients that I may try. You can see on the link above.

I grow in about 3000 feet and Mark says I would need a 50 pound bag of Earthshine Biochar for best coverage. For a ball park price he said it would be about $120 (retails for $180) plus freight cost which could be worked out on the skid size. They have the wettable mychorrizae as well as the granular which he said he could sell the granular for less than the $8-$9 a pound that was offered from RTI and Mykes in the Spring bulk sale. Products could be combined for a skid size order.

I just wanted to get it out there at weigh-off time in case people want to talk about it in groups. If we don't get the order together I'm probably going to try at least enough for one plot and see if I can get the results that the others guys have gotten as a test. But, I just thought that with the bulk GVGO amendment sale minimized this coming spring, it would be an opportunity to get a few things that are sometimes hard to find on this side of the border.

If any of you main GVGO guys want to take it from here, I have all the contact info. There's a lot of smoke and mirror products, but I must admit I was intrigued with what Chad did in Wisconsin this year. He lost one to a split Day 57, 437 OTT. Here's his diary if you want to follow the story:

General Discussion / Re: GVGO grower on TV
« Last post by cowpie on September 30, 2014, 10:39:24 AM »
Wow. Todd's got a few monsters. One of the best growers in Canada for sure. :)
General Discussion / Re: Walkers Point Marina wants pumpkin
« Last post by NVS on September 30, 2014, 08:01:15 AM »
We will give him a call

Nate and Jenn
General Discussion / Re: Giant Pear or Giant Bushel Gourd
« Last post by Aggravationacres on September 29, 2014, 08:11:15 PM »
I give up Pumpkin Shepherd ........Who  ? :-\
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