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21 October 2011 @ 08:14 pm
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This post is mostly going to be about posts in other journals I've been meaning to share, but keep forgetting. First up is an article about growing pumpkins in Florida. This is mostly for my reference, but it lists the types of pumpkins that grow best here. Despite how it makes it sound so promising don't believe it. It's extremely difficult even with the right varieties. That cute pumpkin I showed in my other post? It went soft and died. But the good news is that Chris found another one that's bigger in the other patch I didn't know about. It's nice and hard and looks much more promising. Here's hoping I get something.

How to Grow Halloween Pumpkins in Florida - Zones 8, 9, and 10. By Robin Lewis

Growing pumpkins for Halloween is usually left to those states "up north". "Most pumpkins sold in South Florida come from other states," according to an October 23, 2009 article in the Miami Herald. The climate in Florida is too hot for most varieties of pumpkin and growing pumpkins for Halloween here can be a challenge, but it is possible to grow your own. The University of Florida Agricultural Extension has a wealth of information on growing pumpkins in Florida.

Pumpkin Garden Space and Soil Preparation

Pumpkins grow on vines and require a lot of room to grow so when planting, be sure to allow several feet of space around each planting for the vines to spread and pumpkins to grow. Since pumpkins are a relative of the squash, they are susceptible to downy mold and mildew so they must be kept in a well-drained area and some of the leaves clipped back to allow for air flow around the plant. It is essential to add organic materials to the sandy soil such as composted materials in order to provide the necessary nutrients for the pumpkins. Mix amounts of composted materials into the sandy soil at a one-to-one ratio – 50% sandy soil to 50% composted materials.

Choosing a Pumpkin Variety

When choosing the variety of pumpkin to raise in Florida, consider the size of the pumpkin you are trying to attain. Some varieties are miniature and will only grow to about four inches in diameter, while others can grow to 50 pounds. The typical Halloween varieties that grow best in Florida include Spirit, Half Moon, Howden, Big Moon and Jackpot. Howden and Jackpot are best suited to Florida growing and are the most typically "Halloween" looking pumpkins. Big Max is a large pumpkin that is well suited to this climate.

Planting Pumpkin Seeds

When planting, form the treated and prepared soil into a mound about two feet wide and one foot tall. Plant three seeds in each mound and remove all but the strongest plant in each when they reach four inches tall. Fertilize the mound using an organic fertilizer that is the equivalent of 10-10-10. If testing the soil, the pH should be between 6.0 to 6.5.

When to Plant Pumpkins

Pumpkins require three to four months to grow and mature so planting them on July 4th is customary for harvesting for Halloween, however pumpkins that are planted at this time are more susceptible to disease and pests because of the high humidity and temperatures. Planting them August 1st will yield mature pumpkins at Thanksgiving. The best pumpkin planting time in Florida is March and April, but these will produce pumpkins way too early for Halloween.

Pumpkin Diseases and Pests

Neem oil should be used frequently to aid in preventing fungus and mold and is useful for the prevention of many pests as well. Each plant should be inspected daily to look for disease and damaging insects.

Growing the Biggest and Best Pumpkin

As the pumpkins start to produce, you may want to limit the number of fruits that you allow to grow on the vine to one or two per vine. This will help each pumpkin to utilize the nutrients available in each plant to its fullest advantage and help to keep disease away while producing larger, stronger pumpkins.

This next article is about How to make acorn pumpkins. My gift made an impression on me and now I want to make some of my own. Very cute.

Lastly you guys know Chris is anxiously awaiting the release of Skyrim. He found This hilarious article on one of the bugs the designers found.. Chickens are ratting people out. I'll quote some of the parts from the interview.

A game as expansive as Skyrim is bound to have a few bugs. Todd Howard revealed to PC Gamers one of the most surprising of these bugs was chickens that reported crimes. Spy Chickens, crime-conscience cuccos[pictured], whatever you want to call them, were tattling on the devs.

Todd Howard: Let’s see… something that was good lately… but this was a bug – lately we realised(sic) that chickens were reporting crimes. I found that very funny. That was just last week: “Why are we getting caught?” “Oh, the CHICKENS are reporting the crimes!”
That actually took us a while to track down, that bug. Like, “Why is this happening?” (Laughs)

We were cracking up when we read this. I can imagine waiting for no humans to be around then steal and apple and suddenly all these gaurds come running out. WTF? Who told? It was the chicken! Hahaha! Oh man. I didn't know chickens cared about justice and human law. Hee hee. It's funny but yeah I hope they fix that.

EDIT: Forgot to mention. I've made great progress on the Finntroll song. Chris has started to learn it too. Today we played it together and it was great! So much fun. I was pumped afterwards. It's a hard song but it's really coming together. Hehe, I like being in a band even if it's just the two of us.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Hammerfall - Renegade
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Zorak Laughsilvolf on October 22nd, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
Lol! That has to be one of the funniest bugs I've heard about XD Crime stopping chickens!
Glad the song is coming along well!
Des: Henriettathagirion on October 22nd, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah it's hilarious. I bet the programer were so confused.
Thanks, so am I.
kabuldurkabuldur on October 22nd, 2011 09:33 am (UTC)
That's great that you and Chris are playing this song together. Yeah, you have the basis for a good band there.

Hmmm...I'm a great believe in growing what suits your climate. I wouldn't try growing pumpkins unless it was one which grew well in your climate. Too bad you can't grow them in spring and then store the pumpkins until autumn.

Hehe, chickens that rat on humans - too funny :)
Des: Pumpkin in wheelbarrowthagirion on October 22nd, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
It sounds really neat. Very fun to play.

I think you can grow anything anywhere so long as you have the means and technology. I admire man's ingenuity to turn a desert into a lush landscape through irrigation. I don't have all the means but I have seen pumpkins growing at Epcot in their dome so it is possible. I'm still experimenting. I will try in the spring. I still have last year's pumpkin so it is possible to keep some varieties for months.

Yes that was great. Chickens that tell on people. It's funny how programing can take on a mind of its own.
kabuldurkabuldur on October 23rd, 2011 09:49 am (UTC)
Ah, pumpkins in a dome - now I can imagine that.

And you're right, people have transformed deserts.

It was just the expense of running all the electricity that was bothering me.
Des: Jack Be Little Pumpkinthagirion on October 23rd, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
I have a picture of this year's pumpkin there hanging from nets.
It's really amazing.

It was just the expense of running all the electricity that was bothering me.

Why? If they can aford it then more power to them. If I could aford a green house I'd do the same thing for nepenthes.
kabuldurkabuldur on October 24th, 2011 08:53 am (UTC)
Oh yes, you went there, didn't you? It looks pretty good.

The real problem with using up all that electricity is the pollution factor.
Desthagirion on October 24th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
The pollution factor is minor, and nothing the Earth can't handle. People make the planet out to be more fragile than it is. Electricity is a great source of power and the reason many environmentalists are pushing for electric cars. If people want to and have the money spend on power then all the better and they have the right to.