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General Discussion / Re: General nutrition after fruit set?
« Last post by EYES-T on July 21, 2014, 04:10:01 PM »
What I did in the fall was this : I made a pit and mixed the soil with a mixture of dried cow/chicken manure(pellets), mulched
birch leaves and grass, that's all.

I thought the "chicken part" could be too strong but not so. I have a small empty chicken coop since february(fox!)
in which I seeded some "normal" pumpkins with not much hope of success because it was really a layer of chicken manure
on the ground. But two plants made it and they are really exploding now. I have 3 pumpkins bigger than a basketball and
one already stopped growing, so pumpkin soup in august?  ;) Just to say you can't predict what is the best at that particular
place with that particular soil and that particular fertilizer, and then I'm not even mentioning wheather conditions.

Now I think I simply will go with the 16-9-20 fertilizer (disolvable in water) I already have and see what happens.

Thanks for the advice guys!
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General Discussion / Re: General nutrition after fruit set?
« Last post by PWB on July 21, 2014, 11:58:22 AM »
You certainly cannot argue with a tissue test to determine what your plant may be lacking.

My patch has a fair degree of organic material (composted horse manure) and I can tell by the leaf and vine growth rates that I have abundant available nitrogen in my soil.  I supplement primarily with a soil drench and foliar feeding with a P based product ( P is great for root development).  I'm a few weeks away from doing the same with a K based product.  K is great for fruit development.  The other thing I do is add soluble micro nutrients to my watering.  The micro nutrients are very cheap and contain boron, sulphur etc.  There is so much you can do in terms of humic etc but I do most of this in the fall when I am preparing the soil for the next year.   
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General Discussion / Re: General nutrition after fruit set?
« Last post by cowpie on July 21, 2014, 10:45:32 AM »
OM- Organic Matter  Compost, manure, anything natural and rotting.

Drenches (liquid form). Applying nutrients directly to the soil rather than the leaves. Personally, I do a drench once a week with Calcium, Boron, Kelp and Molasses (sometimes Magnesium).

Ideally you should send in a tissue sample of a leaf to test to see what nutrient your plant is not taking up and then adjusting for it. My plant wasn't taking up enough Boron. You plant my very well be fine but lacking in something else.
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General Discussion / Re: BBQ & Patch Tour Muskoka
« Last post by cowpie on July 21, 2014, 10:35:45 AM »
Freudian slip. :laugh:
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General Discussion / Re: BBQ & Patch Tour Muskoka
« Last post by Sally on July 21, 2014, 08:24:19 AM »
lol - you might want to edit your original post there Nate!  "We look forward to hating everyone"  seems a little harsh to me but it sure gave me a good chuckle this morning
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General Discussion / Re: General nutrition after fruit set?
« Last post by EYES-T on July 21, 2014, 07:30:28 AM »
What do you mean by the soils OM and drenches? (I'm from Flanders so my native language is Dutch  ;)   )
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General Discussion / Re: General nutrition after fruit set?
« Last post by Big Kahuna 12 on July 21, 2014, 06:22:14 AM »
Most growers have abandoned traditional ferts at this time of year and instead will rely the soils OM and on fish sprays and drenches to supply nitrogen. Generally after pollination a balanced fert would be satisfactory. Switching to something higher in K by mid to late August.
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General Discussion / General nutrition after fruit set?
« Last post by EYES-T on July 21, 2014, 02:55:17 AM »
Hi,

I searched this forum and the internet for a basic lead on what is the best fertilizer in general after the fruit has set. But there are so many messages containing different NPK-values, for different purposes etc....

First of all, I don't want to throw too much money at it, so I'm not going to buy many different products.

I already have a 16-9-20 fertilizer I use on other plants. Got quite good results with it.

Is this a good fertilizer in general or is one of the values much too high or low?

I also read it is best to cut down on fertilizer 1 to 2 weeks after pollination. What do you think about this?

Thanks in advance for your reaction!
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General Discussion / Re: BBQ & Patch Tour Muskoka
« Last post by Big Kahuna 12 on July 20, 2014, 07:50:22 PM »
Nathan,

Shannon and I will be there

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General Discussion / Re: BBQ & Patch Tour Muskoka Aug 9th
« Last post by NVS on July 20, 2014, 02:12:27 PM »
getting some great response for the event.  be great to see everyone

NJ
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