Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Pumpkin Chronicles

Here's some of the bad news.... Brian's been battling a bad case of powdery mildew. It's been so wet and humid that our Black-eyed Susan flowers, the gourd plants and some of my herbs have all got cases of powdery mildew. The pumpkin plant started to stress which made the pumpkins stress. They slowed down in growth and even stopped growing. Brian was worried that we were finished. He pulled the smaller pumpkin and she weighed more than she measured. It weighed 170 pounds. Brian was amazed. The pumpkin measure to be about 117 pound, so that was a good surprise.

Meanwhile, Brian is doing his best to keep the plant going, taking off the leaves with the mildew, trying new stuff to keep control of it and get some new vines/leaves growing. We took down the "Sun Shade" which helped and the vines started to grow again... guess what else started growing... Brian's big pumpkin!! She's growing very slowly but she's growing again. Brian's keeping an eye on her. We'll see how she does, don't count her out just yet! The pumpkin may not be as big as we expected but she'll be a good size.

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