It’s the middle of December and we’ve been having a lot of rain.
The pumpkin plant seems to like it though and the growth is going great. In the last post I mentioned about the double main vine. I’m keeping both on the plant, something you wouldn’t do, but I want to see how it plays out.
They are going to grow either side of the the tree stump Gnomey hangs out on. How will it go once a pumpkin is growing? Not sure, but I’ll update you as the season goes on.
The vines have been spreading out and as you can see from this photo at a good pace. This is one days growth from where the stick is, to the tip of the vine.
The little tendrils are also wanting to grab onto anything they can. In my case it’s weeds, grass and the occasional sticks I have to help control vine growth, and show me the speed of the vine.
In a normal pumpkin patch, you would have a lot of nice dug up soil. Where you can bury vines. In the Tiny Patch 2.0 a lot of where I am growing is grass. The landlord wouldn’t be happy if I had dug it all up.
I still wanted to bury vines though. Doing this helps anchor the plant, giving the plant another location to access nutrients.
Underneath every leaf node a small root forms. If this is covered it will grow into the ground. And when it is you also get another root on the top of the leaf axis, that grows down as well. This is why vine burying is so important.
My Plan for Vine Burying
In a bucket I mixed up some potting mix/compost that I had on hand, this had the Chirpalizer and Insect fertiliser added to it, with some of the biochar and some Mycho. This is like what I added to the Tiny Patch 2.0 when I was doing the prep at the start of the season.
I then used my Stanley Fatmax Garden Multi-Tool to cut a slot in the grass. I poked the small tap root into this, then covered with the mixture I had made. At the end of the season I will have small spots to clean up while the lawn should remain OK.
What’s Coming Up
More vine burying and trimming of the grass around the pumpkin plant.
Keeping an eye out for female flowers and their placements on the vine. Once I have one that is in a spot that will work best, I will plan out the pollination.
This involves having the male flower ready to go, sealing up the female before it wants to open. Stopping bees pollinating the plant. I’ll cover this in a future blog post.
How’s Your Plant Growing?
How’s everything going? Is your plant growing as well as you’d like? Have you already pollinated? Or are you gearing up for it?
Let me know how it’s all going by leaving a comment below.