Saturday, June 29, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
In the photo you can see some of the dreaded powdery mildew spots on last years upper pumpkin patch. A big problem here in Oregon so I tried the powdery mildew resistant seeds last year. For the most part it worked until we had some damp weather set in and then it was still hard to fight. Still less mildew than regular seed planted in 2011. A pretty good haul from two 4X4 raised beds with 14 larger pumpkins and several smaller pumpkins. I had to hand pollinate the upper bed as the bees were few.
Ordered my seeds from Johnny's Selected Seeds. They just arrived and I'm excited about trying new baby white ghost pumpkins in the mix. New Racer will be planted for a second year and along with Charisma. They are similar in size and yielded nice 8-12 pound larger pumpkins and the smaller ones were around 3-5 pounds. This year I'm using only drip lines in the beds and made sure the second bed was up wind from the sprayers used in the lower part of the garden. That might have been an issue last year with over spray on the lower patch.