General AG questions
I've read Don Langevin's books. There are some specific areas that I'd like to explore with you here that I wasn't able to find answers for.
Watering: Here's a question: when fruit is forming and a plant has a primary, say 12-13 feet long, how much water per day should the plant get, and at what interval (assume no rain)? Also, should one try to soak entire soil around the plant ? Seems to me that roots can't soak up nutrients from dry soil, so should all the surrounding soil be wet, including the surface ? Also, when a pumpkin is growing, how much daily water should it get ?
Older leaves dying off: My plant overall seems healthy but some of the older leaves near the trunk are yellowing and dying off. These are being replaced by new leaves however. I haven't found this mentioned anywhere in Don's books. Any comments?
Best way to terminate secondary vines? I've got several growing that I need to terminate. I just snipped one off using a shovel last week. Is this ok? the vine seems ok, but is there a better way? It's surrounded by hard clay soil.
Growth near a pumpkin. On some of the baby pumpkins I've pollenated, there is another vine forming at that junction or already formed. I could see this causing real trouble if the pumpkin starts growing. Do growers normally just prune these off ? And when, after the fruit is growing, or before pollenation when the vine first appears ?
Thanks in advance.