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Saturday, June 18 View Page
WARNING...I am about to exceed the maximum number of daily journal entries...by a lot ....and why the beard??....
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
It's the only way to look like bad ass while using a mantis tiller....What beautiful early April day this was...i got a great jump on the gardens ...even had time to build that greenhouse in the background....
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Beautiful early April day...thanks again to my buddy Mark for the garden window ...all scrounged/up cycled materials on this one...total cost...68.00 in screws ...what a day that was...
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Even the missus was eager to get this year started...WHAT A SPRING!!!
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Ummm..yea....I guess I'll wait til the snow melts to move it...what a crappy spring ....
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
I was able to move it into place before the next few inches of snow at the tail end of April ....
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Jeanne loves it.. Don't even see her much anymore...I think she's planting jala maize here...thanks for the seeds Joel!!!!
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Some field pumpkins sprouting ...we planted about 50 plants this year...I think from the 211 McKinnon offspring ... Dunno for sure though ...
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Here they are a few weeks ago...they are in the field now...I hope they don't miss me...
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Alright... On to the gardens...to say I got a good start this year would be a stretch ... My timing was good, the weather was ok, although a bit chilly but i fell on my lawnmower and broke a couple ribs..I couldn't even start the mantis tiller..plants got a little bigger and less healthy than I was hoping for...
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Here's whimpys spawn from last year ...new hoop house with hinges ...
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Lil bessie seeds went in the main patch..also got a few planters potted up...
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Veggie garden is planted along with some giant maters... I didn't let these harden up as much as I should have but they have come around ....
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
I did however, harden off some proper...planted with wallace starter packs that I forgot to use on the pumpkins ...
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
They got buried deep....the sunflower came up under the hoop house before the plant went in... Didn't have the heart to pull it...should be a good one
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Speaking of sunflowers... I've heard tell that a friend of a friend that may have known someone in the know, brought some seeds with him to visit his family in Colombia , South America ....pretty sure it's the tallest ever grown on the equator...(and those Colombians are about tall as umpa lumpas)...pretty cool
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Found some boulders in the woods... I'm Thinking pondless waterfall...no time this year so I'll use them to dress up the patches....
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Tall corn in the back... Short big head sunflowers amongst the rocks...I think the rabbits got to them though ...pic was from last week
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Speaking of rocks... Here's a tip Q-tip... I showed this trick to the wifey...prolly work on kids too...show them how nice the rocks look around the plants...been doing it for years now...she still doesn't realize she's pickin all the rocks out of the garden...lol
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
More big rocks...wait... Are those...??...oh yea they are...I'm poppin my watermelon cherry this year!!...hoping for a 20lber...otherwise I'm buying one from the store for the weighoff...
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
And some onions ....the greenhouse is gonna be my onion shack next year ...I have to try those big ones, boy do they look like fun .....this is my first year planting onion plants and I got them in early...normally I just get sets from Lowes... Got these from dixon Dale farms...so far really happy
 
Saturday, June 18 View Page
Well, that gets me caught up....uuugh...anybody else looking forward to takin next year off??...
 
Sunday, June 19 View Page
Another beautiful ,sunny, blue sky, hot, sweltering,sweaty, wilting miserable day in the porkchop patch..the former compost/dump area there in the background will now be known as "The Thunderdome"...
 
Sunday, June 19 View Page
Tomatoes are bouncing back...some 5.58's and a 3.79 weisel..(gotta double check that spelling...making signs soon)...
 
Sunday, June 19 View Page
Whimpys plant got unleashed yesterday... Today's sweaty project?... Long gourd trellis...I had to use the hoop house to hold the legs up ... I tried it without it first with the misses but...well... Let's just say it was easier this way...
 
Sunday, June 19 View Page
More or less done ... I'm thinkin the cattle fence will stiffen her up...I hope ..and yes.. I eyeballed it...
 
Tuesday, June 21 View Page
Hi little bessie plant... I know you want to come out and play...tomrw..I promise..your mother's not pulling her weight around here...I told her being a teacher at the end of the school year is easy and she should suck it up...she's not listening...
 
Tuesday, June 21 View Page
Haircut day for the outdoor kitchen..!!!..beautiful day...lots got done...
 
Tuesday, June 21 View Page
Maters got staked...next year I really got to let them harden off proper...I think it hurt them..try and find a weed though... I dare Ya
 
Tuesday, June 21 View Page
I never really paid attention to onions or how they grew..I'm totally growing them this winter ...these are walls wallas... I also planted some allysa Craig ... If anyone has seeds and or growing info for Giants I would be very interested....
 
Tuesday, June 21 View Page
Here's one for the new growers that feel like they are waaaay behind after seeing some journals...(I remeber my first time)...don't judge your plant by what others have in their gardens...this one was planted five days ago...I think it can still get to 1000lbs...plenty of time to grow a big pumpkin...besides..most of these guys are some of the best growers in the world...you'll drive yourself nutz trying to keep up...just keep up with your weeding/ burying and stick to your feeding schedule...these plants can amaze...
 
Tuesday, June 21 View Page
It is however,planted in the ThuNderDome ....I was gonna try and sandbag this area but I didn't get the start I was hoping for with the plants ...this was my dumping area for the last few years...used to be where the previous owners dumped all the poop from the horses that were here....poop, and garbage..and I mean garbage!!!broken glass, equine hypodermic needles, sharp rusty metal .. Shovels , pitchforks.shards.,bones!!!!......Three plants enter..only One will leave...
 
Tuesday, June 21 View Page
Hehehe...ooohh huuunnnyyy..???.. Could you at least water your flowers toooodaaaayy??????
 
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Two days ago We finnally finished weeding the vegtable/slammer garden...what a way to enjoy a lunch break ... Then Went to Wendy's ....
 
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Grrrrrrrr.... Wtf....I'm wondering what the neighbors thought when their dog Ella "BooBoo" came in covered in frosty...I was fixing to eat me some fresh broccoli in a few days!!!... What the hell kinda dog eats broccoli...and my peppers?.. They were looking good too...had clusters of peppers already growing on the tops of the plants .....yea..BooBoo likes peppers...we made up but I did show her where she would be buried in the Thunderdome if she tries it again...........what a Bitch....(female dog that is..)
 
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Speaking of the Thunderdome...I decided I'm going to make a seating area up in this corner to watch the battle go down..three enter...only one will leave...
 
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Three will enter..... Anyone know where I could get 60' of prison fence?...
 
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Despite the heat, we were able to get lots done today...and by we, I mean Jeanne stayed pretty busy... I took a nap in the shade...work smarter not harder I always say....and there's whimpys spawn in the background ...almost as big as last years plant was...I'm really excited about this cross... I debated growing the 451 weibel agian but we selfed last years and loved the shape...maybe we locked it in...1985 miller and 1317 clementz genetics... How can Ya go wrong?..
 
Saturday, June 25 View Page
The plant just started getting into gear...The giant corn is rockin...!!
 
Saturday, June 25 View Page
I sprayed all the plants today...it took me 27 seconds ....beat that...
 
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Here's the jala maize today...I'm shooting for neck high by the Fourth of July !!...who knows, might be bigger than that .....(I'm telling people that it's miniature Indian corn...hehe)
 
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Here's lil Bessie's plant...best I can tell we are about four days behind least year...noticed the nice healthy green color on the flowers...they got the wow starter packs I forgot to put in the planting hole....
 
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Had a talk with the wixoms slammers today...had to tell them about papa bear....we on the same page now I think....love the plaques bubba!!!!!!!!!
 
Saturday, June 25 View Page
"Go get a bandaid!".... " I'm gonna tie the tomatoes up first..".... I'm a lucky man....
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
The plants are starting to take off now...not sure what to expect outta the main patch this year... Plants weren't the greatest when they went in..
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
Another hot/humid day....Lily seems to be enjoying the weather....
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
Oh baby !!!... Signs are getting made !!!!... Love the auto vents on the greenhouse windows...hot yesterday.... I was bat-winging all afternoon....
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
Taking pics to send to a buddy that is also growing the tall corn... Even Lily is learning how to make plants look bigger in pics.....!!
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
Another "buddy"pic....I'm excited about this patch this year...waayy ahead of last year and already as big as the plant was at the end of the year...
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
Victim of the Thunderdome .....
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
Nice morning... Got to visit with the slammers....
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
....tend to my giant spinach...
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
Even got to visit the field pumpkin patch... Lookin good!!!
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
Then the storm rolled in... First time in 5 yrs we've been doing this stupid hobby we got hail..that's it ... I quit ... Let's go see how bad it was...
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
Oh yea... They took a beatin...I've seen much worse in the journals so I'm not freekin out a bit... They'll recover.. We got 1 3/4" in 15 mins and the sun came out right afterwards... At least there was no wind to speak of...
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
Until the next storm that is... Another 3" of rane in 25 mins...
 
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
We should be good on water for a few days .... Sooooo...Got that goin for me....
 
Sunday, July 3 View Page
I caught someone facebooking in the gardens!!!...Ya know, just cuz you don't have to water for a few days doesn't mean there aren't weeds to pull!!!!....I'm a good encourager....
 
Sunday, July 3 View Page
Well ... The plants survived the storms... Lots of big trees fell in town... A house got it and I saw a minivan crumpled to the pavement...it pretty much means our plants are stronger than a car....
 
Sunday, July 3 View Page
Everything really liked the 4 3/4" of rain .... These are the allysa Craig onions...I planted them 6-8" apart.. I wish I gave them more room...
 
Sunday, July 3 View Page
... And I think whimpy actually likes hail...comin on strong...
 
Sunday, July 3 View Page
We rock papered scissors at three in the morning to see who would get up at 6am....
 
Sunday, July 3 View Page
I slept great....got up at 8 to find whimpy tied off...I'll have to ask the missus how many lobes when she wakes up....
 
Sunday, July 3 View Page
I plucked off all my early megas on the MATER plants... Except this one...on the 5.58 porkchop(domingo variety)...if it hatches, I'll keep it
 
Sunday, July 3 View Page
Here's one I urge everyone to try now that it's strawberry season.. Strawberry-mango salsa... 2 cups diced strawberries 1 1/2 cup diced grape tomatoes 2 mangos diced 1 3/4 cup diced red onion 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro(or too taste) Juice of two limes 1/4 cup olive oil 1 oz white balsamic vinegar(or too taste) 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper And I recommend the lime flavored tortillas I know... Sounds gross but everyone asks for the recipee.. Enjoy!!!
 
Monday, July 4 View Page
Happy Independence Day!!..corn is over five foot' tall... Lol.. Thanks again for the seeds Joel
 
Monday, July 4 View Page
The wife says she's almost done planting flowers which is a good thing...almost time to start growing pumpkins....
 
Monday, July 4 View Page
Contestants are entering the Thunderdome ...opening ceremonies are tomrw....
 
Monday, July 4 View Page
More contestants ...first time for weenies for us...it doesn't seem to mind when I forget to open the greenhouse....
 
Monday, July 4 View Page
Here's the giant spinach...looks like a big leaf coming...
 
Monday, July 4 View Page
Almost grow time!!!
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
Oh man... Hot day today..actually not too bad compared to other places ....but still a sweaty day...the plants are coming along ...apparently, "my side" on the whimpy plant was an all season long thing...guess I'll start weeding..."oh honey ..??wanna hang out in the patch?"
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
For anyone that missed this bad boy in garden rebels journal....oh baby do I want of them!!....I would say the 7.05 seed has a good chance at getting a decent mega ...sooooooooooooooo.......
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
Let's have a contest !!!!....name that flower!!!.....first person to identify the common name will win seeds from the 7.05....I'll zoom out if need be...good luck!!
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
I'm pretty excited about this plant...pollinated stupid three lober this morn...crossing lil bessie and Whimpy this year....
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
Here's lil Bessie's baby...crossed with whimpy...beautiful five lobe at about 15'?..could be the one... Had a July 10th pollination on a side vine Last year that grew the 1543.5....pretty good kink right after the stump...(lazy)
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
Beautiful color to the melon leaves... Prolly the wow packs and the dunkels soil fortifier I mixed in the planting hole". I call it my "tennesee mix"
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
Here was the next shot if wixom and Shepard didn't guess....
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
They guessed right... Hen and chicks , or hen and biddys if yer from the south...great recognition... Not tooamy people even know they flower....you know how I get mine to flower?
 
Thursday, July 7 View Page
Show em pictures of last years slammers!!!....
 
Saturday, July 9 View Page
We got more much needed rain these last few days the thunderstorms that have been passing through ...plants seem to be loving the temps...top tap roots everywhere!!... Yummy wallace mykos
 
Saturday, July 9 View Page
The corn is 7' tall...
 
Saturday, July 9 View Page
The weenies are free of their hoophouse.... Pollinated one on the main vine this morning ...it was really tiny (I have no idea what im doing this with these) ... Pretty plant though...
 
Saturday, July 9 View Page
Thunderdome plAnts are really picking up steam now....
 
Saturday, July 9 View Page
lil bessie plant is also starting to impress....
 
Saturday, July 9 View Page
Wimpys plant is without a doubt exactly what I was hoping for w this patch this year ...except for all the three lobers on the main... All the side vine have 5 lobers ...and I wish I planted it a few feet further back... Stupid volunteer sunflower ....hopefully the third pollination is a better blossom ...
 
Saturday, July 9 View Page
If I didn't mention it before, we are trying for the master gardener award this year...pear gourd in the back, long gourd in front....i may have mixed up long gourd w field pumpkin ...yea.. I'm the dummy growin field pumpkins on a trellis ...have to go check the fields for the long gourds...this should be fun
 
Saturday, July 9 View Page
Yup... I pounded it in crooked...
 
Monday, July 11 View Page
Got some signs up today...found a little mater I must have missed...time to stop pinching flowers off for me...also time for dunkels...
 
Monday, July 11 View Page
My other three slammers... So far so good...
 
Monday, July 11 View Page
We have some female contenders showing up...looks like the right side is throwing yellow ones...lets get this started .....
 
Monday, July 11 View Page
Lil bessie- "ARE YOU READY!!!??"...
 
Monday, July 11 View Page
Grannys- "ARE YOU READY!!!??"....
 
Monday, July 11 View Page
THUNDERDOME 2016!!...LETS GET IT ON!!!!!!!!!....
 
Thursday, July 14 View Page
Warm nights... Got down to a balmy72 last night....night time temps 8-12degrees warmer than the past four years... Hopin that's a good thing...plants and flowers are lovin it...
 
Thursday, July 14 View Page
Corn is lovin it....pushin 9'
 
Thursday, July 14 View Page
The main patch is lookin good...will give ferts for the fourth time this week...the July 7 pollination looks like it took...(I hope)...
 
Thursday, July 14 View Page
The 751* whimpy plant is on fire...our strongest plant ever...I cut off the July 3rd three lober...pollinated four lober today...hopefully go w that one ....
 
Thursday, July 14 View Page
This was our "compost pile" squash last year on July 21st...didn't weed or feed...barely watered it and it grew to 876lbs by the end of October ....(pumpkin is a cull)
 
Thursday, July 14 View Page
Same area today....
 
Thursday, July 14 View Page
Pollinations start tomrw... It's pert near grow time!!!!
 
Monday, July 18 View Page
Here's that three lober I'm talking about ...it worked out exactly as I planned ... I wanted to grow one outside of the patch.. Every side vine fruit was a five lober ... Just my luck...stupid three lobers...really a beautiful lookin plant behind it....I prolly shoulda stopped callin it Whimpy...
 
Monday, July 18 View Page
My giant spinach is starting to be one of my fav plants this year...thanks to catond for showing us these last season...
 
Monday, July 18 View Page
And the miniature Indian corn...(that's what I'm telling people)..is thumping ...over 10'....
 
Monday, July 18 View Page
Lily is on chipmunk patrol around the watermelons... She is very good about not walking in the gardens...need to make a sign for these...each plant has had a baby weenie flower but they were really little and I don't think they took... I know nothing about these but am hoping there's still time... I would totally be happy with big grocery store size ...
 
Monday, July 18 View Page
What a beautiful evening here in Central NY....
 
Monday, July 18 View Page
Btw... Everybody else gets this message a couple times a week right?....
 
Tuesday, July 19 View Page
This one on a wixom slammer...looks like the 7.05 but with domingo ripples...I'll watch this one ....first potential keeper
 
Tuesday, July 19 View Page
This one also on a wixom slammer...I like the shape....
 
Tuesday, July 19 View Page
Hard to believe this area was full of 6' tall burdock last year...me likey round-up....
 
Wednesday, July 20 View Page
I'm beginning to think this soil has magic in it...hoping to do granny proud...
 
Wednesday, July 20 View Page
1 dap on the fattest healthiest main vine we've ever set on....shaped just like mama bear...5 days behind last year... Hopefully we catch up
 
Wednesday, July 20 View Page
All the pruning/weeding/positioning/tying up is done for now...had some time to just walk around and enjoy the sights...this one on the 5.58 porkchop is just short of nipple high...might be goin w it...
 
Wednesday, July 20 View Page
I'm really liking what I'm seeing in this lower section...Look at the size of that marigold plant the missus started from seed...just starting to flower.... It's huuge....good indicator plants...I'm really liking the slammers so far...if they don't produce its gonna be wixoms fault anyway....
 
Wednesday, July 20 View Page
Even had some time this evening to sit down and have a snack with mr jones!! .....oh....sorry... My bad
 
Friday, July 22 View Page
First official summer patch strategy meeting...!!!..almost grow time
 
Friday, July 22 View Page
Really warm today...a bit of sunburn here and there but overall the plants seem healthy and happy...the dinner plate dahlias are starting to flower..these will throw big beautiful blooms until the snow flies...from here on out this place will look like a box of crayons threw up...I love it
 
Friday, July 22 View Page
These are the short "big head "sunflowers we got in the seed exchange ... Notice how they are growing shortest to tallest as to make a good photo ...I willed that to happen...too bad they'll face the corn when they flower....dang
 
Friday, July 22 View Page
The long gourd trellis is filling up...snapped the main off the pear gourd trying to position it...and the "long gourd" has been trained back to the ground because stupid me planted a field pumpkin ...needs weeding...oh honey..!?
 
Friday, July 22 View Page
Baby lil bessie looks good...5 lober...prolly the keeper...gonna be orange...day 15
 
Friday, July 22 View Page
Baby whimpy 3 lober keeping up...the next four lober better start to impress...I think I already named her....
 
Friday, July 22 View Page
Already named the watermelons ...betcha can't guess...one is growing but I'll prolly cut it off and wait for the plant to get bigger ... The 219 vial was the slower plant..(I didn't have the heart to pull it)... Glad i didn't ... Throwing much longer females than the 148 jones
 
Friday, July 22 View Page
Yup... Still haven't put the tiller away
 
Friday, July 22 View Page
Best seed I've ever grown...look exactly like last years plants ...
 
Friday, July 22 View Page
These my best looking plants...3 wow starter packs per plant...if these plants get blooms like the slammers in the veggie garden I'm gonna be a happy camper...
 
Friday, July 22 View Page
Com on Lily ... Let's not bug mommy....she's got work to do.....
 
Saturday, July 23 View Page
Fuck...more hail...don't even wanna go look
 
Saturday, July 23 View Page
Isn't Mother Nature sweet....yea... Mother sumthin, that's for sure...I've got some tidying to do...could have been worse...and that's a yes to burying vines... Check
 
Sunday, July 24 View Page
Well... The storm did some damage around town ... Big tree down at the high school ... About 1500 yards upwind from me, 5 telephone poles down with a microburst/flatline wind...go figure the one plant,(lil bessie) that had a wind fence was the only one that was unharmed...whimpy did ok, a few vines came up and the four lober has hail marks so it looks like I'm growing the 3 lobe....a little bummed about it but I'll give it my all..the leaves have some more holes but overall not bad...
 
Sunday, July 24 View Page
Here's the bad...the next open this morning but I missed the pollination... I'm sure the bees took care of it...this ones a five lobe..today's was a four lobe...I should cut this right?
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
Poor Lily ... We were out in the patch late last night and I think she thought our black and white cat "teeners" escaped from the house...it wasn't him...mommy won't play w her today and I won't even go near her...
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
The gardens are really coming alive now...we are on day 19 for both of the main patches... Haven't even brought out the tape measure ....I feel bad ass..master of my domain...big day tomrw
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
aLIVE!!!...she's ALIVE!!!!....I took shovel full ahead of the plants about a week ago....
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
...I love this stuff....if your not using it...you should be
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
Here's the wixom slammer from my July 19 entry...
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
Here's another young wixom slammer...I terminated the plant but I have a big decision to make...
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
In the upper right hand corner there is a younger set that looks just like the 7.05 mother...I'll watch these closely ... Only one per plant for me this year...very important to pick the right shape...
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
High hopes for these....
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
And look at this baby ... He kinda leaned out to say hello this morn..."hello!?...here I am!"...also looks identical to the 7.05...
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
Had to raise the flower pot that was getting taken over by the field pumpkin...whimpy plant is almost terminated...
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
If it weren't for the hail and sunburn this plant would look perfect to me...tissue tests for both whimpy and lil bessie plants sent...a little birdy is going to help me read them...getting very excited here....
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
There's something to be said about waking up to a new personal best every day...def growing these next year...started seeds may 1st... Better late than never...I might keep this one
 
Tuesday, July 26 View Page
Work continues in the Thunderdome... Had some storm damage but we've neatened up the joint...still deciding on fruits... My squash fell over and snapped the stem so I guess I'm waiting for the next...filling in quickly... These plants astonish me...
 
Wednesday, July 27 View Page
I was trying out some moves in a similar pic but I hear it's already on facebook ....Jean is kicking ass keeping up with all the weeds....14' tall....I'll try these again
 
Wednesday, July 27 View Page
Here's a whimpy plant I put in up at my fathers farm...I've got about three hours total invested in this patch...I've givin it about 15 gallons of water to date...
 
Wednesday, July 27 View Page
And here's where I thought I planted the extra field pumpkins ...yup.. Found the long gourds... I pulled an old hay wagon over for them to climb on... It fell apart during the move...rotted rails... Still my fault...sorry dad, I'll fix it..
 
Wednesday, July 27 View Page
DAY 20!!!!!.... Now I know they say day twenty numbers don't mean much but we are felling good about this one... It's going to be orange and we are a whopping 11" cc bigger than the the mother was on the same day...slightly healthier plant...!!
 
Wednesday, July 27 View Page
And the three lober on the whimpy plant?.. Also day 20?...178ott... 1 inch bigger than lil bessie baby ...so far so good... I've got plans for this sweet pea...
 
Wednesday, July 27 View Page
Pear gourds just about to the top... Lots of females...couple field pumpkins opening soon...its on baby !!!!
 
Wednesday, July 27 View Page
The elusive hummingbird....
 
Friday, July 29 View Page
Can dogs smell skunk?...she thinks I don't like her anymore ...whew....stinky..and I tell ya...it seems like forever since I posted to the journal but it's only been two days...maybe that's why nothing's huge yet...oh well...here's an update...
 
Friday, July 29 View Page
Best I can tell it's ten days old in this pic...can't beat waking up to a personal best...
 
Friday, July 29 View Page
A whole patch of personal best onions...can't wait to try the big ones....
 
Friday, July 29 View Page
She's gonna be pretty...
 
Friday, July 29 View Page
We have are choices set on 3/5 of our plants... Big bad machine behind this one....
 
Friday, July 29 View Page
Wixom- I don't know if this cross was your idea or mine but I'm hoping to find out if one of us is a genius.... These are some dragons about to start breathing FIRE!!
 
Friday, July 29 View Page
I took yesterday off from work to get caught up with the plants..pinching,pruning,training, feeding,tying,propping,weeding,...the wife thought I was making walking boards ...which I was...but I work fast... Had some extra time on my hands.... now I want y'all to be honest....
 
Friday, July 29 View Page
...is this too much?...did i go overboard?...I mean...look at that sweet little pea !!!...she's the sweetest little thing...I showed the missus and boy did I see a sparkle in her eye!!....she mentioned somthin about divorce but it was under her breath so I think I'm good... Definitely saw a sparkle...
 
Monday, August 1 View Page
Oh boy...day 25 for the pumpkins...measuring day..the gardens are thumping..I have a feeling the late night strolls under the "long gourd" trellis are gonna be a no go soon....dang field pumpkin..."you should be in a field!!" Hi Lily!!
 
Monday, August 1 View Page
Look at this sweet little pea at day 25...bad news is she has fallen slightly behind lil Bessie's baby in the main patch...Good news-she's still ahead of last years numbers;)...vine has a lot of yellow in it...I hope there's some orange to come .... Averaging 24.5 last 5 days...
 
Monday, August 1 View Page
Day 25 for the main patch...107"cc...that's 14"cc bigger than the mother was...and a day 25 personal best !!...5 day average...28.4...tissue test came back pretty good...ive got a feelin I might be doin the poopy dance with this one...
 
Monday, August 1 View Page
The maters..doing really good...I think I'm about to chop off one of my fastest starters on this plant for the mega higher up..just waiting to see if any of my fondle marks show up...pretty sure I left it alone.. This ones gonna hurt
 
Wednesday, August 3 View Page
Uugh... Still no decision from my last post... Upper tomato looks good..just never cut off a 19" young one before...I really want to commit to one per plant... I do...really...
 
Wednesday, August 3 View Page
Day 28...still waiting for day 30 to measure... I brought the tape out but was able to stop myself...I feel myself getting weaker...but she's growin... That's for sure...judging by pics from last year she's way ahead of momma bear...
 
Wednesday, August 3 View Page
Started to pull the onions to make room for the main..some nice ones in there...
 
Wednesday, August 3 View Page
I think day 16-17 for the Weener ...he might get a name soon...almost grocery store size
 
Wednesday, August 3 View Page
Finally got one to set on the main of the 148 Jones...beautiful plant behind this one...not as long as the 219 vial but much bigger plant...happy as can be with these...
 
Wednesday, August 3 View Page
Dang... The missus strolled right into the Thunderdome ...she doesn't even look scared ...I think I'll dump the broken glass back in there along the trail...starting to look less scary to me too actually...even the big boulders look whimpy now...
 
Thursday, August 4 View Page
I dared her to pee behind the giant spinach last night but she knew I'd snap a pic...
 
Thursday, August 4 View Page
Lots of rabbits showin up...(under the planting bench)they stay away from the plants for the most part... They love sunflowers...I think they like me too...
 
Thursday, August 4 View Page
Look who showed up again this year... Mr. hummingbird moth...
 
Thursday, August 4 View Page
Another shot.... They are super clumsy cool...I smashed it with a frisbee right after this pic..
 
Thursday, August 4 View Page
Yes I'm kidding about the frisbee...lol... Big day 30 tomrw...more vines loosened... Will have to move her again tomrw...stupid s-curves
 
Saturday, August 6 View Page
Day 12 I think for "garbage heap bessie "...I think we are growing two on this plant...no time to keep track of these..this was the only plant that got the wow starter packs...I won't be forgetting them the next time we grow...
 
Saturday, August 6 View Page
I couldn't quite get the photo to adjust to the light in this pic but I swear those pansies were eyeballin me...
 
Saturday, August 6 View Page
I had feelin the watermelon plant would like the big boulders to grow around...you know.. Like in Tennessee...it's proven..Help keep them warm at night ...(not that we've needed the help)...the leaves near the rocks are huge!!...this plant has been a set it and forget it for us... Love that you can weed fabric the growing area... Tickled pink here...more little ones showing up...
 
Saturday, August 6 View Page
What a cute pic of my daughter with her friend....her friend Katie ... Yea.. My daughters the one with the shuttlecock in her mouth...
 
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
Decided on a pumpkin up at my dads farm...wasn't around to position it so I cut the main after the pumpkin ...removed about 8' of main and a couple of secondaries past the pumpkin ... Maybe 20% of the plant ... Rebounding nicely....the volunteer field pumpkin plants next to the chair are getting tall..
 
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
Uuugh... I can't make a fricken decision here...I think I've decided to grow both of these...the wixomslammer plants are my fav this year...
 
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
Day 34 for both the main patches !!!...we missed measuring on day 30 but could tell they were still growing....Tomrw is the day...and I got a new patch chair so I can start reading them bedtime stories....hmmm.... Pumpkin and corn look smaller....
 
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
There we go....that's more like it!!...haha!!...the chair is a riot!!!...but believe me... This is no joke...
 
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
....once upon a time...
 
Wednesday, August 10 View Page
Lily!... It's day 35.. Wanna go measure the pumpkins?....
 
Wednesday, August 10 View Page
We got a much needed 1.5" of rain last night..(mostly because I'm sick of luggin the hose around)..the intoxicating summersweet celethra is in bloom..smells great out here..except for the fish fert...
 
Wednesday, August 10 View Page
Here's "Merlin"...right around 3 weeks old ...biggest melon I've ever grown...
 
Wednesday, August 10 View Page
Here's another on the same plant...7 days old ...Merlin might have to take a hike....
 
Wednesday, August 10 View Page
Here's granny's baby 10 days ago...all the sets in this plant have super long stems... The first couple busted open and or snapped on the way down...this one the stem was also splitting ...
 
Wednesday, August 10 View Page
Today ... Takin off like a son of a gun...stem is healing... Setting a few On side vines to be sure we have one at the end...
 
Wednesday, August 10 View Page
I showed a buddy my slammer plants... Him-," I've grown bigger pants than that",,,me- " not with only two vines you haven't "...narrowing my choices now..
 
Wednesday, August 10 View Page
There's a showdown beginning in the Thunderdome ....day 24 and day 18...
 
Wednesday, August 10 View Page
Here's Sweet Pea!!!....I almost didn't measure but the wifey caved on me..day 35 est 471lbs...5 day average 28.4...slightly behind pb pace but I have a feeling she's gonna start moving...
 
Wednesday, August 10 View Page
Day 35... We were gonna call her mabel but all I've been saying these last few days is Wooaaahhhh nelly...so NELLY it is!!,,141.5"cc ...over 100lbs ahead of personal best day 35....ummmm...I'll prolly be washing my own underwear soon .... 5day average 38.4lbs...
 
Saturday, August 13 View Page
Ya know.... Yesterday morning started out so wonderful...I put off moving Nelly the day before and there was some tension on the vine when we got up this morn...I'm stupidly in the inside of a vine and have had to move her 6 times already...(didn't plan on this one being the keeper)..the move didn't go as good as it could have...
 
Saturday, August 13 View Page
Got a shallow crack into the meat near the stem...noticed it right away...daconil, packed w sulpher powder...will keep dry and a fan running 24/7...she's growing good too...I'm beating myself up pretty good on this one...we've never lost one...:(. . . Poor nelly...
 
Saturday, August 13 View Page
Sweet pea's move was successful..steady as she's goes...
 
Saturday, August 13 View Page
The giant spinach is flowering!!... Maybe I'll have enough time to get mature seeds...
 
Saturday, August 13 View Page
Oh boy ...I'm really starting to see why so many people grow these..this one is almost caught up to Merlin in almost half as many days ...i don't have the heart to cut him off..he was my first
 
Saturday, August 13 View Page
Another 1.5" of rain ...it's been hot and sticky for three days...time for some much needed R+R...moderate temps on the way...saying my prayers hourly ...
 
Monday, August 15 View Page
Maters are coming along now... There's a few peaking my interest...
 
Monday, August 15 View Page
I'm checkin on a 5.30 MacCoy ...giving the thumbs up...love this seed
 
Monday, August 15 View Page
I gotta say though... I think wixom slammers might be my new favorite variety... I've had to make some culls on the other plants...they feel heavy unlike the Domingo parent..me likey
 
Monday, August 15 View Page
Never named anything at two weeks old before..."King Arthur "..aka the "king" has caught up to Merlin...these things are bad ass...never woulda thunk it...
 
Monday, August 15 View Page
Sweet pea!!!!... Day 40... Est weight-599lbs....5 day average 26.5.... Very steady gains but a little behind pb pace...stupid four cylinders...we still love her...
 
Monday, August 15 View Page
Oh sweet jesuz... Nelly is staring to rise over the canopy ....
 
Monday, August 15 View Page
Woaahh nelly!!... Day 40...161"cc...19.5 "cc ahead of momma bears day 40....a personal best day 40 by a mile for us...and she is pretty!!...5 day average 42.4lbs per day...long way to go yet...
 
Monday, August 15 View Page
5.58 porkchop domingo...same truss...
 
Monday, August 15 View Page
Another 5.58 plant....a jumbo...me likey...me likey long time...
 
Thursday, August 18 View Page
Nelly rising above the canopy...we need to dry out...
 
Thursday, August 18 View Page
From the other end of the patch...a couple of sunny days in the forecast ...woaahhh nelly
 
Thursday, August 18 View Page
A sunflower is peeking at me way in the background in the Thunderdome ...
 
Thursday, August 18 View Page
Here's the "short" big head sunflower ... They were supposed to be 2-3' tall with big heads...now almost 8'... He prolly wanted to see if the corn was ready to pick...
 
Thursday, August 18 View Page
A little too close to the gardens big momma ....see you in a month or so ...(under my tree stand).... * ronel from SA- I emailed you back... Check your junk folder... I can help you out
 
Monday, August 22 View Page
One of my wixom slammers flashed today ...i haven't measured any tomatoes this year but it should go over 4lbs...I expect this one on the 5.58 to flash any day now...
 
Monday, August 22 View Page
I finally captured the two-spotted,black tipped winged butterfly on camera...very reclusive insect ...
 
Monday, August 22 View Page
Lilly chased her off...
 
Monday, August 22 View Page
Thanks lily..."that'll do"...here's a shot of sweet peas' patch... What a beautiful morning...all systems grow
 
Monday, August 22 View Page
The elusive hummingbird....
 
Monday, August 22 View Page
Oh nelly...ohhhhh nelly...we are still a good amount ahead of our pb...lol... This is fun
 
Monday, August 22 View Page
Wooaaahhhh Nelly....here's a side shot of the missus checkin on the fan and her stem end...so far so good...she's got decent length ..but def wider than she is long...woooaahhhhh nelly....
 
Monday, August 22 View Page
The 5.58 on the left.. Wixom slammers up front ....see the flash?.. He don't look like much...
 
Monday, August 22 View Page
But as Megan trainor would say..." It's all about that base, that bass ,that bass, no treble"....
 
Tuesday, August 23 View Page
Ohhhhh Sweet Pea!!!!!!.....
 
Tuesday, August 23 View Page
Wait a minute... Pear gourds get big?,,, I had to look them up...I thought they looked like pears, not giant pears...pretty cool...
 
Tuesday, August 23 View Page
I also found out there is a watermelon chart...70+lbs... Couldn't be happier about it..
 
Tuesday, August 23 View Page
Plant in beautiful shape...
 
Tuesday, August 23 View Page
Here's Nelly....oh man is she pretty...27" ott ahead of last years pb numbers...still growing at day 48...joy joy joy joy joy...
 
Tuesday, August 23 View Page
Joy joy joy joy joy joy joy.....I'm in love once again...
 
Tuesday, August 23 View Page
Everything is big this year....
 
Wednesday, August 24 View Page
Got a chance to check on things up at my dads orchard ...the long gourds(that should be in our garden) are really cranking along...just planted these w wallace wow mykos in the spring...just hoping for one to complete the master gardener this year...
 
Wednesday, August 24 View Page
Ya know...I think of Ron and pap every time I check in on these plants...I thought to myself how special it must be to grow these giants with yer pop... Or your son for that matter...this one is getting near 400lbs and the ol man couldn't give two shits...lol... He really could freekin care less ....I'm like,"dad...check out the watermelon "...
 
Wednesday, August 24 View Page
He's like..."yea...?...it's a watermelon...who da hell is spencer ?".....lol... Busy ol prick
 
Thursday, August 25 View Page
First casualty of the year... Still had about 10 days or so to go...found a little rock stuck in the side..will talk to nephew again about not weedwhackin like an idiot around the gardens ...
 
Thursday, August 25 View Page
King Arthur (214 vial)is packin on the pounds...lol
 
Thursday, August 25 View Page
....So is the pear gourd...are these even meant to grow on a trellis??... Should I tie it up?... I saw pics online of some 60+lbers...there's a bunch of them up there...too funny
 
Thursday, August 25 View Page
The squash is also starting to move ...we aren't measuring these in the Thunderdome but they must be hitting their growth stage..
 
Thursday, August 25 View Page
Day 50!!!!.... Here's sweet pea...she's starting to blush a bit of orange...still growing like a four cylinder...no big spike in numbers but very steady growth...est 812lbs
 
Thursday, August 25 View Page
Oohhhhh Nelly!!... Day 50 for this hot momma!!....I think she's a daddy's girl...oh my...181"cc
 
Thursday, August 25 View Page
Hotttt MOMMA!!...
 
Thursday, August 25 View Page
As if I wasn't busy enough with the gardens and the landscaping business....I'm seriously rethinking the commercial pumpkin thing...I gotta wash them all??...where was I when THAT was talked about??...these get heavy after awhile...
 
Friday, August 26 View Page
Wow... Exciting day today...here's a couple domingo's growing on the Same truss...there's a third on the plant that has caught up to these...I really need to gain some discipline in the pruning/only one tomato department...next year...yea...next year...also, and maybe more important ...the dinty moore?....
 
Friday, August 26 View Page
...so get this...I'm strollin down to check on a couple wixom slammer maters that I'll be picking tomrw and I see this flash of orange and a limo speed away from my mailbox. Well...i went and checked what they had left behind....I'm in shock
 
Friday, August 26 View Page
Holy shipwreck...I can't believe it..direct from the trump headquarters in Minnesota ...this is turning out to be a great day...
 
Friday, August 26 View Page
Wow!!... A personal note right from the man himself!!!..ha!!
 
Friday, August 26 View Page
Would Ya look at that...just loooook at it...signed dinty moore right from the future president himself!!?...and one for lilly too?...
 
Friday, August 26 View Page
Oh my goodness mister president....
 
Friday, August 26 View Page
Nyum..nyum nyum....Ya know lilly?...we got it pretty good you and me.....
 
Friday, August 26 View Page
What a day!!!...hail to the dinty Moore and a big thank you to qti....I mean... A big thanks to our next president..Donald j trump !...Ya made my day...
 
Saturday, August 27 View Page
"King Arthur"... Not quite 30 days old...
 
Saturday, August 27 View Page
He shoots , he scores!!!.... Check out this junk week find..!!... First a headboard and now this?...I can't believe what people throw away...simple fix and she'll be good as new...
 
Saturday, August 27 View Page
Time to let junior eat...first of the wixom slammers to get cut...
 
Saturday, August 27 View Page
Papow!!....they weigh like big zacs!
 
Saturday, August 27 View Page
And another...papow!!....I think there's bigger to come.....
 
Saturday, August 27 View Page
Pretty sure I won't get a pb this year but there's a few that will give 5 lbs a run fer sure....man these are fun...
 
Sunday, August 28 View Page
A very rare sight indeed...the yellow-tailed pussy swallow...she must be here for luck...we have to move the pumpkins again...
 
Sunday, August 28 View Page
I gave her belly a little tickle for extra measure....
 
Sunday, August 28 View Page
A big thanks to our friends Jeff and Eric ...move went smooth...day 53 and still in pb territory...
 
Sunday, August 28 View Page
Sweet pea was touching her headboard this morn...moved her about 3" back...Would Ya look at that pear gourd?...you can see it from here...juuusst LOOOOK AT IT!!
 
Sunday, August 28 View Page
Oh would ya look at the showdown happening in the Thunderdome....loOOk AT thAT...
 
Tuesday, August 30 View Page
Sweet pea with a little sweet pea on top ...I told my cousin if she scratched it I would feed her to Lily...day 55 est 910lbs...steady growth 20/day...
 
Tuesday, August 30 View Page
Ohhh boy ...Day 55 for nelly...(1543.5 porkchop)...we slowed down to 20/ day these last 5 days...hopefully she'll keep on truckin...186"cc...what a looker!!...
 
Tuesday, August 30 View Page
Dinner plate dahlias...
 
Tuesday, August 30 View Page
Twin cucumbers .<---(insert joke here)
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
Been a few days since I posted last...aside from work and the gardens, we started picking the commercial field pumpkins...not many small pumpkins this year...washed this load by hand with a scrub brush...gonna have to try pressure washer...my back hurts...uugh....farmin
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
The long gourds up at the apple orchard are taking over the hay wagon...there's a few little ones in there... These guys are on their own...
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
Here's some of the tomatos I grew using the raw products...I really like the individual nutrients in this line...
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
From the 5.58 porkchop domingo...over 6 on the same truss...now to get that into one tomato....
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
Here's the biggest... A bruiser from the 5.58 porkchop domingo...not a pb but in my top ten!!
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
The bottom...
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
Speaking of maters...look what Pumpkin Shepard won off the 5.67 porkchop big zac!!!...(I've heard tell of bigger to come)...huge congrats and thanks for growing my seeds!!!... Best of luck at the weigh-off!!
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
Giant Pear gourds give me the giggles...LOOK aT IT!!!
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
Just got past a few cool nights...had to break out the blankys....
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
...And a cloak for King Arthur ...est 107lbs...plant is taking a beating from mites...I'll have to get a miticide for next year ....these are fun...
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
Day 60 for Sweet PEa!!!...still gaining around 20/day...first time we have had two pumpkins taping over 1000...will have to move her today...
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
Oh nelly you sweetheart...don't slow down on us now..!!..hoping there's not a problem...gaining in the low teens...still on pb pace but losing ground...the fact that we have a chance at a personal best blows me away considering the rough start to the season ....and she is beautiful ...never give up
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
Nelly day 60...found some chew marks...shoulda put mouse bait out last week when Ron told us too...
 
Monday, September 5 View Page
This patch looks really healthy...next year I ditch the bed and wait for a five lober or bigger....
 
Tuesday, September 6 View Page
Picked some more maters today... Here's my niece Lila ...these domingos grow huge tomatoes...this one also off the 5.58
 
Tuesday, September 6 View Page
Too bad it isn't a size contest ....Lila was excited to see if it weighed 5lbs...
 
Tuesday, September 6 View Page
Swing and a miss on this 5.30 macoy...there's Another higher up that I hope starts to move...is that a good one Lila?...
 
Tuesday, September 6 View Page
Here's the biggest for today... Off the 7.05 porkchop...I'll try this seed again next year now that I think I know what to look for...
 
Tuesday, September 6 View Page
Here's the top...I've got two bruisers goin that I think will top 5lbs... One on a 5.30 macoy and one on the 7.27 weisel (jurg)...
 
Tuesday, September 6 View Page
Here's the farm pumpkin ...it's bird bathin and the stem is getting drivin into the ground...taping 687lbs...there's another really fast starter on a side vine... I'll let them both grow...looks like it's growing pretty good... Haven't watered this plant and the dirt looks pretty dry...if he had water up there I would def be giving her a drink...I might have to find a way to get serious about one in this patch next year ...all day sun here
 
Tuesday, September 6 View Page
Nelly has a sweet little bottom...still soft as the day she was born...
 
Wednesday, September 7 View Page
Sweet peas move was a success..still growing!!
 
Wednesday, September 7 View Page
I got em!!... The elusive hummingbird!!...he looks like he wants to pop the pear gourd !!...
 
Wednesday, September 7 View Page
These things are hilarious...Hopefully there's seeds to put into the seed exchange ...
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
MATER day!!
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
This was my best shot w the 7.27...thanks jurg for the opportunity to grow one of the 10 seeds out of your tomato... This was the runt of the litter all the way through the season...I m gonna try this seed next year...
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Off to weigh them... Didn't measure any this year but these look big
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Here's the 7.27...almost 5...dang
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Here the 5.30 macoy ...yay ...5lbs!
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Here's my Niece jayla...helping out at the apple farm...
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Most of these got the raw nutrients this year...I'm a little bummed I didn't hit 6lbs this year but it was a hot year and I really could have done more If I had the time...next year...yea...next year...at least my wife is trying to cheer me up...
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Check out that face!!....
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Ha!... Mr MATER head...
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Day 65... Sweet pea is still moving along ...check out the pear gourd!!...
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Honey ...LOOK AT IT!!!....LOOK LOOk LOOK!!!...(she thanks you for reminding me of the "look at it "video Qtip)...
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Day 65 for nelly... Still creepin along...
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
A look from above.....she's a looker, that's for sure...
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Teenage mutant ninja tomato...
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
The melon plants are on their way out... One of them is anyway...still good green leaves heading to King Arthur ...est 116lbs...growing a couple pounds a day...one of my favs this year...I'll need to learn a good spray program and how they should be fed...these got ferts about 5 times....I think with proper crap-filled planting holes this fall and a little more attention I think I could do a lot better w these...it's the biggest one I've ever seen w my own eyes...lol...hysterical
 
Saturday, September 10 View Page
Spooky spider ...one of the most dangerous spiders in the world...the yellow stripped skeeter beater...
 
Monday, September 12 View Page
Ha!!!...the simple things...lol..(I named the pear gourd lambchop )
 
Thursday, September 15 View Page
Dear lord , Please give me the strength to not start throwin shit ...Stem end split into nellys cavity...our first loss..I'm biting the inside of my mouth pretty good right now..neighbor kids are in their backyard...they learn enough new words from me...and I just saw Ron's diary...he's smiling so I'm gonna try my best to do the same...growing pumpkins is stupid
 
Thursday, September 15 View Page
Sweet pea yer my only hope!!!...at least she will get an extra blanket for tonight...
 
Thursday, September 15 View Page
The pear gourds are gonna have to get me through this difficult time...I also found a few 3-4' long gourds up at the apple orchard...getting all 6 fruits for the master gardener award is still a possibility...
 
Thursday, September 15 View Page
My sweet little three lobe pea!!!
 
Friday, September 16 View Page
One last shot in the main patch...I'm chalking this one up to grower error..I really gotta position correctly next season...dumb...I pushed in a soft spot in her side...Standing water inside so she's been done for a bit...
 
Friday, September 16 View Page
Rip nelly...my scale -1334...dam s-curves....
 
Friday, September 16 View Page
Poor nelly in the background ...I'll let her little sister say goodbye....
 
Monday, September 19 View Page
Well I'm finally getting over our loss...they say the first is always the hardest..time to pick some more maters....
 
Monday, September 19 View Page
No record breakers this year...big fricken tomatoes though...last week I had a suspicion that the tomato the missus said was smiling at me was actually smirking...
 
Monday, September 19 View Page
This ones sticking his tongue out at me!!!!... Oh...It's on now...next year is 8.62 or bust!!!!...prick...I'm gonna make sauce out of you...
 
Monday, September 19 View Page
Sweet pea still doing 8-10 a day...
 
Sunday, September 25 View Page
The dinner plate dahlias we saved from last year...I'm seeing faces everywhere now...
 
Sunday, September 25 View Page
The long gourd plants still look fantastic and have just about swallowed the hay wagon..( planted with wallace pumpkin mykos)...there's a few that I can see but I'm sure there's got to be some snakes in there ...
 
Sunday, September 25 View Page
The giant pear gourd is starting to bend my "shelf"...I think it's the biggest on the plant...
 
Sunday, September 25 View Page
This one is a very close second ...these are hysterical...I hope they have seeds for the seed exchange ....
 
Sunday, September 25 View Page
King Arthur is still slowly gaining...;)
 
Sunday, September 25 View Page
I think Lily misses Nelly...
 
Sunday, September 25 View Page
Most of the plant is pulled...bummer
 
Sunday, September 25 View Page
Looks like the green one in the Thunderdome is getting the green light for oswego!!..
 
Sunday, September 25 View Page
6 more days sweet pea...thankfully still creepin along w no issues..
 
Sunday, September 25 View Page
My fav...
 
Saturday, October 1 View Page
Great day at oswego ...the rain held off and the weigh-off went off without a hitch...congrats erdman on the Howard dill..!!...
 
Saturday, October 1 View Page
We finished in 6th place sweetpea!!!...
 
Saturday, October 1 View Page
Even better than that I got to see the two biggest pumpkin and squash I've ever seen...Un freekin real...
 
Saturday, October 1 View Page
I felt like a junior high kid again...learning how to French kiss...
 
Saturday, October 1 View Page
Oh yea...I frenched his pumpkin too...
 
Saturday, October 1 View Page
Incredible...
 
Saturday, October 1 View Page
Huge congrats to Karl haist ...top notch growing...
 
Saturday, October 1 View Page
Our very first watermelon!!!...turned out to be from the 148 jones ...super stoked....
 
Saturday, October 1 View Page
Dang...Almost forgot the money shot!!!!!!!....we made it!!...all 6 categories for the MG ...100% won't be doin that again,....dang...you master gardener guys are all nutz...
 
Saturday, October 1 View Page
Really a fun day but I'm gonna have to cut the journal short this year...unfortunately we got some bad news before the saratoga weighoff last week that the misses might have cancer.. The biopsy came back thurs and I'm guessing She will be starting chemo and radiation sometime this week...she's tough as nails so I'm thinking she'll be able to get me through this noooo problem...eesh...scary...keep her in your prayers and WE will see Ya all next season!!!...best of luck to everyone else still waiting to meet the scales!!!!
 

 

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