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Old August 5, 2017   #451
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Landscaper came to my greenhouse a few days ago and bought all my marigolds and zinnias. I did sell most of my sunflowers last week. This morning was my last week of sunflowers. They still sold well, despite the caterpillar chomps taken out of a few leaves, as you can sell in the pic below.

As far as the new varieties I have tried, they have all been good sellers, except for Double Dandy, a pink variety. It's a neat looking flower, but it just doesn't sell. Sunny Smile is probably my best seller, which has the large yellow head on a small plant.

I'm bowing out of the market space for probably two months until my mums come into bloom, but I will hopefully have another colorful market table in October and November.
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Old September 30, 2017   #452
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I was back today with mums and mantauk daisies.

Step-dad brought a couple pumpkins:
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Old September 30, 2017   #453
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Old September 30, 2017   #454
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A couple? right. looks great. how big of an area does he need to grow all those?
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Old September 30, 2017   #455
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Your stepdad had quite a haul!!!!!
Did you sell some mums?
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Old September 30, 2017   #456
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Cole Robbie- Thumbs up.
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Old September 30, 2017   #457
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Thanks. We have two pumpkin patches. One is much smaller, but the smaller one is producing more pumpkins, because the deer ate too many in the big patch. Neither garden has a fence, but the deer pressure is just much worse in one than the other. Surprisingly, the small garden that those pumpkins came out of is not bottom land, nor has it had irrigation. We have not had a good rain in well over a month. That ground did get horse manure, and I think the humates in the manure have helped those pumpkins produce well with minimal water.

And I did sell a few mums. One of my purple varieties seems to be the first to open. I put pics on the Mums for Fall thread. I am liking the Mantauk Daisies quite a bit. One market customer mentioned today that he used to own a nursery and that he has seen Mantauks doing very well as perrenials in my town, which was good to hear.
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Great looking haul! Hope they sold well. Are the gold cushaws a different variety from the green? Mine never turn that color.
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Old September 30, 2017   #459
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I'm so happy that the mums are working out for you after all of your troubles. The daisies are a great idea and yes they are perennials here. Your father in law sure had a great crop! They sure made this a colorful market table indeed.
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Old October 2, 2017   #460
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so nice! I wish my yard was big enough to grow pumpkins!
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Old October 8, 2017   #461
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Thanks, everyone. I had to ask my step-dad about the kushaws, and yes, the different colors and mixed color ones are different varieties.

I did well at market yesterday, much better than last week, and sold nearly everything I took. I had a shade umbrella snap in high winds and take out a few plants, but no one was injured. I was holding on to the umbrella's pole in the wind gust, but I didn't see it coming that the wooden pole, which was quite thick, would snap like a pencil.

Here's couple pics. The pot mums have pretty flowers, but they are a pain to handle. The branches are very fragile and like to break off. I doubt I will grow them again. Maybe I just should have put them in a smaller pot.
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Really nice!
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mums really need a growth retardant to keep them compact to make them easier to handle. otherwise ask about naturally compact varieties that need no growth regulator for them. they also should be pinched on a schedule. it has been so long since I grew them I don't remember but there is a specific time it should be done but it is only once if I recall correctly.
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Glad the market was a good one for you, Cole, even though windy.
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Today outside the supermarket they had pots with ornamental cabbage and mums together... I would not recommend it! The mums were hanging out the side like a dog in a car window. Cabbage... it's a HUGE thing. BTW Cole the price on smaller pots was $10 here. (Okay $9.99 if you believe such nonsense!)
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