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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 31 Entries.
Monday, March 20 View Page
As pumpkin growers say........."one of the best things is making friends from all over the world".............."seeing smiling faces of children"............."watching the amazement on people's faces when they see the giants, and hear how they grow". So while we are waiting to start seeds, I'll start this year's diary by showing you wonderful memories of 11 years of growing giant pumpkins.
 
Monday, March 20 View Page
Many people have said they enjoy the pictures of my grand kids, nieces and nephews. They have grown up so fast! This is Glenna and Kasey in 2006.
 
Monday, March 20 View Page
My 5 grand kids in 2007. Charlie was just a pup.
 
Monday, March 20 View Page
Grand kids, nieces and nephews at one of our pumpkin pickin' parties. Nothing more fun than being silly!
 
Wednesday, March 22 View Page
Helping in the garden always meant pizza and popsicles! 2011
 
Wednesday, March 22 View Page
2016 - Now they are bigger and can really get some work done. Here is my daughter-in-law, Brenda, the grand kids, my niece Heather and her kids. They learned the art of stirrup hoeing at an early age!
 
Wednesday, March 22 View Page
My son Jeff, daughter-in-law Brenda, grand kids ...........and of course, Charlie!
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
I wish I had a photo album of all you great people that I've met in person and through emails. I don't, but here are a few memorable pictures. A pillar of the giant pumpkin community. Let's hear it for Don Young!
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
All time greats............Rose, Werner, and Wolf!
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
The Biz and The Wiz ............. a most amazing pair of brothers!!!!
 
Friday, March 24 View Page
OVGPG top 10. Lots of famous growers here. How many can you name? Don't forget the ones in the background.
 
Saturday, March 25 View Page
Eddy and the cookie table! We traded 50 dozen homemade cookies at the 2010 Niagara convention, hospitality night, for an 1161 Rodonis seed. No.............Eddy is not the one who baked the cookies!
 
Saturday, March 25 View Page
Bill Rodonis - a legend in giant pumpkin growing. Such an honor to meet him.
 
Saturday, March 25 View Page
Dave and Carol Stelts, in 2009, with their gorgeous 1662.5.
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Christy Harp's big win in 2009. World record 1725 Harp. Exciting, exciting weighoff!!!
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
And here, chit-chatting with Christy.............Steve Deletas, who flew in for the OVGPG patch tour.
 
Sunday, March 26 View Page
Everyone's favorite - the one and only, Norm "Abbynormal" Gansert!
 
Tuesday, March 28 View Page
We say this is a fun hobby - knowing it is time consuming work, and always has its disappointments. Even so, I'll show you some fun at the Rea pumpkin patch. Our first pumpkin pickin' party was in 2005. Each year the kids make a sign with their names. I've saved everyone!
 
Tuesday, March 28 View Page
All aboard! The hayride is ready to roll.
 
Tuesday, March 28 View Page
If you can't lift your pumpkin, you ask your brother to help! Spencer and Sean - 2007
 
Tuesday, March 28 View Page
Hannah and Heather bringing a load of pumpkins out of the patch.
 
Tuesday, March 28 View Page
More pumpkin party fun!
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
In August, the kids would find their favorite pumpkin and carve their name into the skin. It would scab over and grow with the pumpkin.
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
They brought things to the garden to use for pumpkin size comparison!
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Hannah - harvesting seeds.
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
One year, a pumpkin split. I didn't pull the plant. Instead, I let it grow more pumpkins. They were cream colored. The girls sprayed them orange, and then painted faces. I love this night time picture!
 
Friday, March 31 View Page
One fall, the girls helped me strip the patch. I turned around and saw them jump roping with a pumpkin vine!
 
Friday, March 31 View Page
Not much I can say here, other than she landed in one piece!
 
Friday, March 31 View Page
Remember the ALS challenge a couple of years ago?
 
Friday, March 31 View Page
And the sun sets on the pumpkin pickin' party! Fun hobby? Yes!
 
Saturday, April 15 View Page
Easter jelly beans? This is my annual spring gift from Tom Swain - BP Swaintech. Seeds for novelty pumpkins. Always fun to see what they are going to grow. Thank you Tom!
 

 

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