How to Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin – by George Brooks


Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin (supplement) – by George Brooks

(Note:
Click on the small images to view a 400×296 image)

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First Stage of Pumpkin Mound building, broad tapered sides are formed to
capture the Spring sunshine.


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Next, an area in the middle is hollowed out and a heating cable, (optional), is
laid in the bottom. It is then covered up with about 3 or 4 inches of soil,
leaving about 4 inches to the top of the mound.


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This is another view of the mound showing you the cable and a size comparison
to a 5 year old. The mound can be larger but I would not recommend you make it
any smaller.


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After the mound is complete a glass cover is put on top and the sides are lined
with porous plastic for additional heat generation. Hold the plastic down with
wire bent into a “U” shape and bricks or rocks.


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The voids resulting from the mounding can be filled with Compost to feed the
Pumpkins throughout the season with a steady flow of nutrients. See
Compost Feeding Your Giant Pumpkins article for
more information.


* As
the Pumpkins grow raise the window up with boards but make sure you weight them
down..


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Frost protection: covering with blankets will protect them down into the lower
teens.


* As
the Pumpkin out grows the first stage of the mound, it can be replaced with a
Window Wall. Keep this up as long as you can until it is just too small for the
plant.


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Even at the Window Wall stage frost protection can be provided by putting
supports across the top, then covering with blankets.



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