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Upcoming Events, Weigh-offs / PE
« Last post by Whiz on October 03, 2014, 05:35:18 AM »
Its that time of year again.  Off to PE in a couple hours.  Gonna be a long haul with all the extra weight this year.  If anyone wants to have a couple beers tonight or tomorrow night call or text me.  I should be there just after supper tonight.  705.668.0173
Upcoming Events, Weigh-offs / Re: Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest 2014
« Last post by phunt on October 03, 2014, 05:28:02 AM »
It's a fun event, but we doubt we can make it this year. We don't have a pumpkin for it, so why bother going down with just a couple of the other giants. It will give us a chance to get the garden ready for the winter a little earlier than usual, as long as we don't get too much rain & it saturates the ground. Good luck to all those that do go.

Jane & Phil
General Discussion / Re: Green Gro Biochar Blend, Mycorrhizae, and More
« Last post by PWB on October 03, 2014, 04:52:06 AM »
I purchased Bio Char from a company in Kingston this spring.  I mixed it with worm castings and some Montys to "load it" and used it when planting my pumpkin plant outside.  The tale of the tape or weight will tell me whether it was beneficial or not.  We'll know very soon.
General Discussion / Adrien Gervais in the news
« Last post by B. Mac on October 02, 2014, 11:49:29 AM »
This might be old news to some but we just found this today. Adrien is the nicest person that you will ever meet and we look forward every year to seeing him at a weigh-off or seminar.  We will be cheering for you "Pumpkinhead"

Bob & Elaine
Upcoming Events, Weigh-offs / Re: Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest 2014
« Last post by cowpie on October 02, 2014, 10:49:46 AM »
After missing this event the last few years, I finally have a pumpkin to bring. Small but it should be bigger that the field pumpkins.  :laugh: Take a poll from the growing community and this event is in the top two as growers favorite. I hope to see a big turn out this year!  ;)
Upcoming Events, Weigh-offs / Re: Keene Pumpkin Festival - Oct 25
« Last post by cowpie on October 02, 2014, 10:45:52 AM »
When the weather good, this event is a great time. Come out with your pumpkin (this is a reweigh site) and have fun. Great food too! :)
General Discussion / Re: Green Gro Biochar Blend, Mycorrhizae, and More
« Last post by cowpie on October 02, 2014, 10:42:30 AM »
Again, lots of videos on You-Tube about mycro. Again, primarily Pot growers. Know doubt these guys are cutting edge growers. After seeing one video about creating your own mycro with worm castings I tried it at home in a small plastic tub. I tried with worm castings, straight soil from my garden, in warm conditions and at room temperatures. My conclusions? The soil from the garden worked best and at room temperature. BTW I used crushed oats for a medium. I stopped putting mycro under the nodes after that. I did try spreading oats in the soil to and have new rooting grow into active mycro cultures but it just tends to clump up. ;) Not to step on anyone's toes here but I think adding mycro into your potting mixture, which tends to be sterilized, is the best use of this product. After that, it's entirely depends on your soil conditions. I know a lot of our Southern members have to chemically nuke their soil due to soil pathogens and I really think they have to add mycro. I suggest everyone do what I did and test there soil using crushed oats this fall. It's a real eye opener. I'll still buy mycro for my seedlings but that's it.
Upcoming Events, Weigh-offs / Keene Pumpkin Festival - Oct 25
« Last post by Kallen on October 02, 2014, 09:50:52 AM »
Don't forget about the Keene Pumpkin Festival on Oct 25th.

Remember you can weigh in a pumpkin that has already been weighed in at a previous weigh-off.

General Discussion / Re: Green Gro Biochar Blend, Mycorrhizae, and More
« Last post by Dutch Brad on October 02, 2014, 02:20:32 AM »
Perhaps on a different note. I happen to live in a country which is one of the world's leaders in agricultural techniques. I noticed US producers of myco offering huge bags of the stuff (and have used it to no effect). Here in Holland we get them in 50 gram containers. According to researchers here, adding them to each leaf node is a joke. If you add it to the original pot you start the plant in, the myco will grow with the roots and spread to the whole patch. If it doesn't, the myco wasn't any good to start with.
I used that 50g container (for the first time, this year) on the big squash, 8 tomato plants and numerous LG and FP plants and had enough. Let's just say I have (or will have) a personal best for all but the tomatoes which caught a fungus.
Not wanting to bash anybody, but we don't have any of that stuff here in Europe and we seem to be doing okay without it (slight I doubt if that stuff is much different from what we can get from the right store here. If it was, I think commercial growers in Holland would already have it.
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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