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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 Pumpking Germany

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A seriously sad day today :( Today I pulled two of my four AG plants...1000 sqft of empty patch now and six big carts full of salad carried to the compost. The now empty spot used to host the 2193 Skonager and 210 Hochstetler plants. The latter was a very aggresive plant, had an arm thick main vine, big leaves, aborted the first fruit after two weeks and refused to set any other decent fruit. Also, it used to be a very sun sensitive plant (from the very beginning). Not sure if the fruity problems were genetically set or if anything else (Fusarium maybe?) made a key contribution. As to Fusarium, today I discovered a foaming stump on that plant. The other plant was looking healthy, no signs of Fusarium yet (cross sections of vines looked nice, roots looked nice, too), but this plant was a slow grower from the very beginning, and the first fruit stopped growing after 3 weeks, and the next fruit on the main vine (6 nodes further down the vine) had a deformation of the blossom nub, which could very well cause troubles (like BES or rot) in a couple of weeks. Thus, I decided to pull both plants, which allows me to give that part of the patch some extra treatment. Will sow some mustard soon, so it can be mowed and tilled and do some fumigation before I need to sow the winter cover crop (rye).

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