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Need some advice: Pumpkins in Half Wine Barrel, 511 mix?

Posted by Astroknot 10a (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 12, 12 at 3:32

Alrighty, so here's my set-up:

I've got two half wine barrels, and I've already drilled holes through them. They'll be sitting on a concrete backyard floor. I just read in another thread that the 5-1-1 mix would be a good choice for these containers. Should I go this route for pumpkins? This would be my first attempt at making the mix, so I want to make sure I have everything right.

- 5 parts pine bark fines....any tips on where to find this in San Francisco? All I've seen is Redwood bark.
- 1 part perlite
- 1 part sphagnum peat
- 1 Tbsp/gal dolomite this appropriate for pumpkins?

I've read information on growing pumpkins in containers using regular potting soil, and they recommend adding extra manure before planting. Do I need to worry about that with the 511? I mean, should I add anything else.

Thanks a bunch for any advice you can give me.

~ Melody

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RE: Need some advice: Pumpkins in Half Wine Barrel, 511 mix?

I can't speak to where to find the ingredients, but the mix should work great for pumpkins. I'm growing a pumpkin vine in a much smaller container, and it's growing like a weed. It's growing so fast that I've had 4 female blossoms before my first male which just bloomed today. I wouldn't add anything else.

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