This post is still a work in progress and will be updated.

As a non-computer hobby, I grow a random assortment of fruits and vegetables. This page collects the knowledge about plantings, pests, and techniques I’ve found for getting better crop yields.

Note: I’m by no means a professional, and this page is as accurate as I can possibly make it. Don’t be upset if you follow and advice here and it doesn’t work for you. Do additional research about the methods described here to see if they are right for you!

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Pumpkins

picture of small green pumpkin picture of green pumpkin picture of green pumpkin in high grass picture of orange pumpkin

  • Planting Instructions here
  • Planted
    • 2016, 2017, 2018 - 5 jack-o-lantern plants, yielded 5 pumpkins.
    • 2019 - 20 plants
      • Miniature pumpkins
      • Jack-o-lanterns
      • Cinderella pumpkins
      • Sugar Pumpkins
      • Atlantic Giant Pumpkins

Pumpkin Pests

So far the only pest I’ve encountered are squash bugs. To handle them, my method of removal is to use a jar of liquid dish soap + water, and gently brush them into it. I’m experimenting with potentially spraying leaves with soap water as a deterrent but prefer not to contaminate the area with chemicals (even if it is just soap).

  • Lady Squash Bugs

    lady squash beetle lady squash beetle

    These are NOT Ladybugs. If at fist glance it looks like ladybugs are consuming the leaves and fruit of, squash, cucumbers, etc, check this page out for a description!

    • 2019: First squash bugs appeared 2019-06-28
  • Squash Bugs

    squash bug squash bug eggs

    • Look like stink bugs
    • Their eggs are small golden brown dots that appear on the undersides and tops of leaves. These can be destroyed by removing the part of the leaf (which will damage the plant) or by removing them with duck tape. Crush them between your fingers until they pop to ensure they won’t hatch.
    • 2019: First squash bugs appeared 2019-07-04

Pumpkin Notes

  • 2019-07-06 Lightly applied a 5-10-5 fertilizer around the atlantic giant plants.

Carrots

  • Planting instructions here
  • If planting multiple varieties close together and at the same time, you’ll need to hand pollinate in order to prevent cross-contamination of the pollen. A guide is here

  • Planted:
    • 2016, 2017, 2018 - 2 rows orange carrots.
    • 2019 - 1 row orange, 1 row blended.

Corn

picture of dried corn on stalk picture of dried corn picture of dried corn on plate corn growing in rows

  • Planting Instructions here

  • Planted
    • 2018: 3 stalks.
      • Notes: poor pollenation caused the resulting corn to not have enough kernels.
    • 2019
      • 5 15’ rows of hybrid sugar enhanced corn
      • 4 8’ rows of bantam organic corn (planted 1mo after the hybrid)
      • 1 row of ornamental indian corn.
  • Notes:
    • I had an issue where some of the corn blew over during high winds while it was still young. To fix this, I simply created a mound of dirt around each stalk.
    • Corn does not like to be transplanted. As an experiment, I transplanted 3 corn stalks. They mostly survived, but their growth was stunted and many leaves died.
    • Leaving corn on the stalk seems to be a good method for getting seed from organic corn.

Corn Pests

So far I’ve only encountered a colony of worms infesting a single corn stalk. I clipped the affected leaves and the stalk appears to have survived this far.

worms consuming corn leaf

Corn Notes

Potatoes

  • Planting Instructions here
  • Plantings:
    • 2019 - 10 Plants.

Potato Pests

I’ve encountered both potato beetles and aphids on my potato crop.

Peppers

jalapeño pepper

I started my peppers inside from seed early in the year (around April), and transferred them outside after the ground thawed and the temperature rose high enough.

  • Planted:
    • 2019 - Jalapeños + Red Cayenne peppers - 24 plants.
  • Notes:
    • Peppers seem very picky about temperatures. Be careful not to plant too early or they may turn white.

Miscellaneous

I use pie tins as a repellent for larger predators like birds, etc. To set them up, I cut a small hole and use a 1.5’ piece of string/twine and tie it to a stake or metal fence.

To be continued!...

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