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General Discussion / Re: TBD Giant pumpkin Growers
« Last post by cowpie on March 21, 2014, 10:53:25 AM »
Sorry to hear about the demise of your weigh-off Ben. It's great that the local growers have banded together to start their own venue. Thanks for promoting the hobby in Ontario's north guys. :)

General Discussion / Re: Spring 2014 GVGO Newsletter is out
« Last post by JReid on March 21, 2014, 09:48:22 AM »
Great news letter, Jim says lots of info. I enjoyed Shannons'  article.
Thanks, Terri Reid
General Discussion / TBD Giant pumpkin Growers
« Last post by benj on March 21, 2014, 07:11:47 AM »
The Thunder Bay District Giant Pumpkin Growers Club was established to promote the hobby of growing giant pumpkins in the Thunder Bay Ontario area, and to help raise funds for a annual weigh off.
Our purpose will be to encourage current growers and attract new growers to take part, to learn and to grow as individuals and families while enjoying this fulfilling and rewarding hobby.
Our organization is dedicated to fair competition, sharing of gardening tips and information to help encourage existing and new members.
We will strive to work together and treat each and every member equally and fairly.
Ben Johnson
General Discussion / Re: 2014 GVGO membership
« Last post by benj on March 21, 2014, 06:44:27 AM »

I Signed up a few more members at our Thunder Bay District Giant Pumpkin Growers meeting last night! They are so excited about the gvgo and are looking forward to there seed packs....Go gvgo!
Help me, please! / Re: where can I buy grow lights...
« Last post by PWB on March 21, 2014, 05:20:59 AM »
It all depends on what seeds you are starting and how long you are going to keep the plants potted and under the lights.  Having weak lights will not be good if you are planning on keeping plants that need good light inside for a number of months.  I use T8's for my edibles like lettuce, broccoli; etc.  They will stay inside well over 60 days and really benefit from good lights.  I've got some tomatoes growing and they are really benefiting from some very strong  Gavita lights.  I am alternating my cabbage between strong lights and weaker bulbs to build a stronger plants that will not flag so much in the outdoor sun.
Help me, please! / Re: where can I buy grow lights...
« Last post by cowpie on March 20, 2014, 10:59:00 AM »
A trip to the hydroponics store may be in order. They have lots of options and the knowledge to help you out. Not all full spectrum lights are the same. Some are to made to mature the plant and some are for growth. There's also a life span to each bulb and plant growth will not be the same after so many hours on the bulb.
Help me, please! / Re: where can I buy grow lights...
« Last post by DaveM30 on March 20, 2014, 12:29:28 AM »
Ya really don't need anything too fancy, I run a t-5 set up myself but have used T 8s 48's in past which work just as good to be honest I don't notice any difference. Plants are only broken from soil and under these lights for about 5 days max before they hit the  Hoop houses in patch anyhow so ya  keep it cheap and simple no need to spend a lot of cash.  Bryans idea works well I know some "other  Growers" that use the CFL set up and it works well.
General Discussion / Re: When put the plants outside?
« Last post by EYES-T on March 19, 2014, 10:32:27 PM »
Last year, It was a very cold and wet spring over here and I was too soon with my sunflowers.

By putting 2 aquariums over the plants with a little space for air at the bottom, it worked out fine.

Maybe I'll have to do that again for the pumpkins...
General Discussion / Re: Seminar Door Prizes
« Last post by John-D-Farmer on March 19, 2014, 05:00:43 PM »
Paul and I will donate some ammendments/ferts as door prizes. :)
Seed Exchange / Genetics / Re: 1320.5 Aasman
« Last post by benj on March 19, 2014, 04:31:48 PM »
Thanks Mike, at this time of year I'm looking over my seeds and trying to pick a seed to grow. Thanks for the info, looks like it should be a great seed. I have one of your seeds from my gvgo seed pack:)
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