When March 15 passes again…We will have completed our Potting and Seeding for 2011. I pot my pumpkins, Winter Squash varieties, and gourds. The plastic boxes keep the moisture in and act like small green houses.
It will sure feel good to get the hands back into the soil again; after nearly six months of cold…snowy weather. A lot of that cold may be back by mid September. I need to give my plants a good head start. The outside field trans planting must start around 5 June to have a harvest before frost hits on the pumpkins…again.
When the plants have started popping up from the soil I will then start the process of building up the root structure… a matter of turning the plant stems in circles down toward the soil and then covering everything except the top two leaves with soil. The process gets repeated every two weeks until the peat pots are filled with soil.
I have installed electrically heated Plastic Covered Cold Frames; I will relocate the potted plants to the cold frames at the end of April where they will be sheltered from the cold nights through the end of May..Cold Frames area shown below.
Along about 5 June we relocate the plants into the gardening areas; we should have plants about 12 inches tall then with a root mass of 3-4 inches high by 4 inches in diameter.
I hope everyone is getting as excited as I am about Getting Growing.