Su Ba wrote:Sounds like a very interesting experiment. I'm really curious to see how it will turn out. Please keep us posted!
Bryan Jasons wrote:Oh cool, another Mainer!
That weed mat is fancy! I tried a similar experiment this spring as well; I threw approximately one hundred left-over winter squash seeds into a pile of half decayed mulch and then covered it with newer straw. I figured some of the plants wouldn't make it through the straw, so I over-planted the patch on purpose. I thought that if it worked it would be a convenient method, since all I would need would be the straw. I planted in early May and got 0% germination for a few weeks. So I gave up and dug a straight line through the mulch pile, exposed the soil, and planted into the resultant mulch-canyon. As of June 8th, the two piles of mulch to either side of the bare row have dozens of squash plants growing in them! My theory is that the mulch kept everything cool and slowed the germination, then when it got warm out in June they "woke up".
We should have a giant squash competition. I believe it's reasonable to expect at least a few 400 lb. squash on my end. Butternuts get that big for sure...
Russell Olson wrote:My pumpkin patch is a jungle of burdock, nettles, and thistles in the off season, since I don't plant here in Minnesota until late May, I get a nice layer of organic mulch from chopping down everything. No tilling but I do have a dozen or so mounds of good soil/compost I plant into among the chopped mulch. It seems to work well for my needs, I usually provide all my friends and family with pumpkins for Halloween and have plenty for other uses too.
Bryan Jasons wrote:@Gary/Gaz
I'm in Scarborough.
Is the weed mat reusable? Some are and some aren't I guess, but I've never used any. I've seen old rugs, pool tarps, rubber mulch, etc. but I don't have that sort of stuff lying around, I'd probably have to check the dump for those types of things.