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Wed Jul 8, 2015, 10:43 PM

Volunteers

Never posted in this Forum before, so please indulge.

We have a greenhouse to grow things here because we live in the mountains of New Mexico and anything we try to grow outside are consumed by our furry neighbors.

This year we discovered that the worms we had added to our raised beds the year before were still alive after our hard winter, so we decided to help them along with some "food". We saved our organic discards, ground them up in a blender and added to the beds, stirred, and hoped for good fertilizer. Well, after a few additions we got lots of volunteers. This first round was frozen out, but something returned a few weeks later.

We thought that these things were cantaloupes, since we had lots of that in the mix. We nursed them along and hand fertilized, like our cuc's, and we have lots of "fruit". We were expecting melons but we think we ended up with Acorn Squash. Can't remember having any in that time frame, but what the heck. We got some tomato's and some Jalapeno's too. A bumper crop of things we didn't expect. Pretty Cool.

Just thought we'd shared our bounty with the DU crowd.....




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Response to marked50 (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2015, 12:49 PM

1. Gorgeous squash!

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Response to FloriTexan (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 10, 2015, 11:24 AM

3. Thanks- we're going to have a bumper crop

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Response to marked50 (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2015, 04:33 PM

2. Nice setup and a great solution to your problems

with critters. I was going to suggest that you should compost the organic material before adding them to your plants, but then I saw your plants and it is obvious that it did no damage....so what do I know!

Volunteers are always interesting. Yours has gotten so big that I am surprised you had the room for it. Good luck with everything.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 10, 2015, 11:30 AM

4. Good Suggestion

We have thought about trying to set up some type of composting arrangement but we worry about attracting bears- not that our flimsy screendoor would keep them out of the greenhouse, of course...

This year's plantings are almost all the volunteers. We put in some lettuce, basil, zucchini and some tomato and have had good luck with those too. This is our 7th year with this greenhouse and by far the most fun-one of discovery to go with the thrill of growing things. Aphids are our only headache.

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Response to marked50 (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 10, 2015, 02:04 PM

5. Bears? OK, not compost.

Like I said, it looks like you are doing just fine the way you are doing it. I just remember reading that if you use organic material that is not composted, it uses too much nitrogen while it is being broken down and robs the plants of it. Or maybe burns the plants up with too much nitrogen? Whatever it is, you seem to be using the right balance to avoid problems.

I can agree that it would be a lot of fun to see what comes up. I remember a watermelon plant growing in my sandbox as a kid from seeds that we spit out, and the potato plant in my compost pile, so I know that it can be fun.

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