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General Discussion / Re: Green Gro Biochar Blend, Mycorrhizae, and More
« Last post by Ryan H on October 01, 2014, 01:21:06 PM »
I did check out the Youtube biochar videos a few weeks back. It looked a bit questionable to me, with such little amounts needed for large pumpkin plots. It kind of scared me with a guessing game.

When I talked to Mark @ Greengro and mentioned that home making part, he was pretty honest and said, "you don't have to buy anything from me at all, but don't try and make your own biochar. Too dangerous and it can get toxic quickly, and its almost impossible to remove from your soil".



I'm as skeptical as you Phil about this stuff too. There's so many people doing so many things its hard to figure out what works and what was just used as a coincidence to a great year of growth. GreenGro's fertilizers are interesting too. They have a few items that would fill a skid and not just the Biochar. I think there's proof that these work. You have look at what Mark Clementz has done to his weights this year from last while introducing a similar line of fertilizers to his mix. Sure these products are from the Marijuana guys and produced for that business not pumpkins, but Mark has some great weights going in the same soil as last year, with only one change, his feeding. 




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General Discussion / Re: GVGO grower on TV
« Last post by cowpie on October 01, 2014, 10:39:11 AM »
"Tiny Talent Time" was in my patch last week. It "is" back on CHCH BTW. They came to see my tiny talent. Do you know how hard it is to put up a brass pole in a pumpkin patch?!?! They weren't impressed. ::)
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General Discussion / Re: Green Gro Biochar Blend, Mycorrhizae, and More
« Last post by cowpie on October 01, 2014, 10:35:10 AM »
I was also doing some research on this for an article in the club's newsletter. Glad you let the cat out of the bag before I did Ryan. I'm not too sure how I feel about the product so far. I knew people using it in the USA about 10 years ago. I'll try and be neutral about it. BTW you can use crushed BBQ charcoal (make sure it's all natural and not EZ-light). Russ wondered if the bagged humic acid we add would act the same way. Not sure yet but I'd think yes. One thing I did find is that they have found deposits thousands of years old. This is a product you don't add year after year.

Anyway, there are plenty of You-tube videos on making your own. Check them out.
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Upcoming Events, Weigh-offs / Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest 2014
« Last post by CountyKid on October 01, 2014, 10:34:19 AM »
Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest in Wellington is rapidly approaching. This year?s event is on October 18th. We are pleased to be adding a Rutabaga category this year ;D. Although the prize list is not updated on the web site yet, the prize money will be the same as for Cabbage.

Please visit our web site for further information

http://www.pec.on.ca/pumpkinfest/
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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!
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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
   
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General Discussion / Re: GVGO grower on TV
« Last post by phunt on October 01, 2014, 05:33:02 AM »
Great Job Todd
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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:)
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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
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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: http://www.thegreengro.com/products/ 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: http://www.bigpumpkins.com/Diary/DiaryViewOne.asp?eid=226839

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