[Market-farming] pumpkin trash

Jason Jones JJones at thehomestead.org
Fri Oct 31 07:21:46 EDT 2008


How many cultivation passes do you make before the pumpkins vines start
running?  Thanks,

Jason Jones
Farm Manager
JJones at TheHomestead.org
(515) 957-3361

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-----Original Message-----
From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of
sunnfarm at netscape.com
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:37 PM
To: Market Farming
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] pumpkin trash

You got a lot of options. This year I harvested pumpkins, disc the field
once to cut up the vines then broadcast rye mixed with crimson clover
and then disc again to cover the seed. I have broadcasted seed into the
unharvested crop but never got a good stand. I have seeded and grew
pumpkins together with covercrops with so so results. I have also seeded
perennial ryegrass just before vines run and the grass makes a nice
cover around pumpkin harvest time. This last method seems to be the
best... I seeded cover a month ago and just got rain this week, my
fields have greened up nicely with as little as one half bushel rye per
acre. Rye presently is selling fore $16 a bushel so I stretched it from
the usual 2 bu per acre recommendations... Bob
Sunny Meadow Farm
Bridgeton, NJ.

--- rrobinson at nasw.org wrote:

From: Richard Robinson <rrobinson at nasw.org>
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: [Market-farming] pumpkin trash
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 18:05:30 -0400

I've been growing pumpkins for a few years, and have dutifully pulled
the vines off the field at the end of the season and thrown them on a
"compost" pile at the field edge. But I'm wondering if I am doing any
good, and whether (since I rotate my pumpkin fields ) I can just leave
the vines on the field, mulch over them for the winter, and then plant
something else next year, and stop worrying about removing them. Any
thoughts or experiences?

Also, do those of you who grow pumpkins sow a winter cover crop while
the pumpkins are still growing strong? It's too late by the time I
harvest, so the field stays bare, except for the thinning mulch.

 Richard Robinson

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