Saturday, March 31, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
It's getting very close to that time. In fact, it makes sense to start digging the hole while the ground is still reasonably soft.
So, I thought I would post a cross-section sketch of what an ideal mound looks like.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to rotate the image.
The depth of the hole is 4', four feet, minimum diameter is 2', two feet, the wider the better. The height of the mound is 2 1/2', two and a half feet, and diameter is 6', six feet. It will need a minimum of 9-12 cubic feet of soil amendments/organic matter. The spiral represents a soaker hose.
Good evening, Growers!
The first "Extreme Gardening: How to Grow a 500-Pound Pumpkin" workshop of the season hosted by Blue Hills Nursery in Whittier went well. Thank you very much for attending! There were many excellent questions asked by the attendees which always makes the experience that more productive. Ty, Toby, and Giselle from Kellogg Garden Products and Dr. Earth were on hand to lend support.
I also appreciate everyone who stayed late and let me know about their experiences last season! Apparently there is a group of engineers interested in putting a video camera/PumpkinCam on one of their vines, so the progress can be monitored in real-time! They suggested a link to this website: I say absolutely.Next up, this Saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. at Laguna Hills Nursery, 25290 Jeronimo Road, Lake Forest, (949) 830-5653. A plus: Karla, my 406-pounder from last October is still on display.
Have a great week!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Good evening, Pumpkinistas!
I wanted to thank John Gerdes for his most generous donation of various, "pedigreed" 'Atlantic Giant', giant pumpkin seeds! Thanks to John, some lucky workshop attendees will be going home with some truly outstanding seedlings this season. John almost donated his Wallace 1,502 seed. (Yes, that's the world-record pumpkin from last year.) Then, I awoke.
Thank you very much, John!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Good evening, Growers!
I am very happy to inform you that Plant Depot will be hosting a giant pumpkin growing workshop this season!
So, here's the 2007 "Extreme Gardening: How to Grow a 500-Pound Pumpkin Workshop" World Tour:
- Sunday, March 25, 12:00 p.m., Blue Hills Nursery, 16440 East Whittier Boulevard, Whittier, 90603 (562) 947-2106 http://www.bluehills.com/
- Saturday, March 31, 10:00 a.m., Laguna Hills Nursery, 25290 Jeronimo Road, Lake Forest, 92630 (949) 830-5653 http://www.lagunahillsnursery.com/
- Sunday, April 15, 10:00 a.m., Batavia Garden, 1730 North Batavia Street, Orange, 92865 (714) 637-2360
- Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m., Cedros Gardens, 330 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075 (858) 792-8640 http://www.cedrosgardens.com/
- Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m., Plant Depot, 33413 San Juan Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano, 92675 (949) 240-2107 http://www.plantdepot.com/
- Saturday, May 12, 11:00 a.m., The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford, San Marino, 91108 (626) 405-2104 http://www.huntington.org/ (Workshop is included in the price of admission.)
- Saturday, May 19, 10:00 a.m., Orange County Farm Supply, 1826 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, 92868 (714) 978-6500 http://www.ocfarmsupply.com/
- Sunday, May 20, 11:00 a.m., Green Thumb, 23782 Bridger Road, Lake Forest, 92630 (949) 837-3040 www.greenthumb.com
Workshops are free to the gardening public and range from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on questions and answers. All attendees will receive a packet of 'Atlantic Giant' giant pumpkin seeds, detailed written instructions, and a Giant Pumpkin Grower's Journal. Depending on germination rates and the growing season, giant pumpkin seedlings are given away to workshop attendees as prizes. To reserve a seat, please contact the venue where you'd like to attend directly. There are seating limitations, so please contact the workshop location you would like to attend soon! Thank you very much!
The medium red clover (trifolium pratense) I planted February 17th, germinated, and has been growing nicely in spite of the kooky early spring weather we've been having.
Hope to see you at a workshop!