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Tuesday, April 11 View Page
Well, well,well...and here I thought I was gonna have sit this year out, join team beard, and live vicariously through mobymike...oohhh no...no sir..last Friday we got the results from lambchops pet scans...the doc says "near complete remission"...can't thank yall enough for your kind emails...helped more than you know...spring is here... Time to put our master gardener skills to use....
Wednesday, April 12 View Page
Stay tuned!!....2017 pumpkin season on deck !!...
Thursday, April 20 View Page
So..we had a group of friends come over to help us gut the house...(I have great friends)...anyhoo...you shoulda seen everybody start swingin those sledge hammers after I pulled these out of the wall..lmao...got me thinkin...especially those who have young kids that help with weeding in the patch...how bout sprinkling a bunch of acrylic gem stones over the patch ...??..they can find them when they are weeding ??...I dunno,Woulda worked on me when I was a kid....worked on my buddys...lol...they have both the gems and prop money on Amazon ...too funny
Sunday, June 25 View Page
"Hey Laaamchop!!.."..." Yer Flowers are lookin good...Qtip wants to know when yer gonna get the dang gardens weeded so I can take some decent photos and start this years diary..."??
Sunday, June 25 View Page
I think she means one day Qtip ...yea...definitely a one..."and don't call you lambchop?"...check!..
Sunday, June 25 View Page
I guess I'll post some vacation photos from the past two months ...nice view
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Yep.. A winter of being cooped up in this old house but a bug in my butt to get this thing fixed up ...what a project it has turned out to be...
Sunday, June 25 View Page
I decided everything had to come out...including the chimney...
Sunday, June 25 View Page
All the sill beams were rotted and had to be replaced...here's lambcho...i mean the missus, vacuuming the sawdust left behind from the rot...cancer shmancer...get to work !!
Sunday, June 25 View Page
There was a little foundation repair to be done also...piece of cake
Sunday, June 25 View Page
The floor goin in...gonna be stairs where the chimney was...I got a good helper
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Second floor on its way back together...
Sunday, June 25 View Page
And here we are a few days ago...framing almost completed..hopefully that was enough non-garden photos to piss donkin off for the day...now on to this years efforts...
Sunday, June 25 View Page
This photo sums it up pretty well...what a crappy weather year compared to other years...the pumpkins did not get the start we were hoping for but they actually have come around a bit...and there is some good despite the crap, wet weather...
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Had a great start to the MATER season...excited about each of these plants...some real good ones in there...
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Can Ya Guess which one is qtips plant!!?
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Our best start ever with the long gourds...
Sunday, June 25 View Page
I'm weeks ahead of last year with the giant watermelons...super excited about these ...no systemics this year so I can eat the bastards when their done...yummmm...the wow starter packs have done the job on this 272 Edwards (2012)
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Here's the Edwards today...Andy wolf better bring his A-game this season cuz I'm hoping to bring a northern pig to saratoga ....!!!
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Red Peter peppers also got the WoW starter packs this year...I fricken love these things...
Sunday, June 25 View Page
And of course the maters got them...I love my soil...
Sunday, June 25 View Page
Com on baby ...we'll catch up....
Monday, June 26 View Page
Got a chance to get out and try some new gardening techniques this afternoon... I spotted the elusive pumpkin-winged spot flapper butterfly...he sat there for a good bit..
Monday, June 26 View Page
I'm not too sure about this one BigKahuna...this is fricken messy ...
Thursday, June 29 View Page
Rain rain , go away...too wet to work in the gardens today...but I finally got a chance to stack up all the rocks from chimney foundation...hey...I just noticed Lily rolling around in the neighbors dog crap...cool
Thursday, June 29 View Page
Tell you what...great year for potatoes in the northeast...(in a raised bed anyway)...
Thursday, June 29 View Page
We are usually about 2' tall with the long gourds this time of year...oh baby I hope im digging holes this year...
Thursday, June 29 View Page
Great year for peaches too!!!...I saved this tree from the "I suck at watering stuff rack" at Home Depot ...didn't have anything it's first two years...
Thursday, June 29 View Page
This year she's loaded!!..mmmm...peeeachhh coobbbbllllerrrrr....
Thursday, June 29 View Page
Here's the giant radish plant from seed we got from the fall seed exchange..the missus planted it...I wasn't that crazy about it until I looked it up today...they can get 100 lbs!!!...wtf...they should be teaching this to people...cool looking foliage
Thursday, June 29 View Page
Oooo...looky what I found today...it's only about knee high but it's more or less in a 3' raised bed...so teeecchnickly it's in my zone ...I'll see what happens....
Sunday, July 2 View Page
We needed rain like we needed a hole in the head...
Sunday, July 2 View Page
Yesterday's total...
Sunday, July 2 View Page
My buddy's neighbor...a little too wet to cut the grass...
Sunday, July 2 View Page
Downtown Utica was wet also...
Sunday, July 2 View Page
The 272 Edwards just fine...took off the hoophouse off after the rain stopped..I'm excited about this plant..
Thursday, July 6 View Page
Pollinated yesterday...only at 14' so I'll prolly junk it...
Monday, July 10 View Page
Welp... Another day in the books...I wish I could say that things are slamming in the garden but the pumpkins just seem slow this year...way too much rain is my guess...other plants I have around town also seem slow...sucky
Monday, July 10 View Page
Made my giant onion planter for next year ...well...didn't make it..just reassembled it...It was framing in our chimney...Clive over in the UK is gonna teach me how to grow some cannonballs next season ...
Monday, July 10 View Page
Some of the the annual containers are starting to come around...you know it's wet when you haven't had to water containers in a month ....suckfest..
Monday, July 10 View Page
Suck suck suck suck suck...so I'm checking out this coneflower while the missus was firing up the burn barrel...i thought it would be a good idea to try and split off the part that had the purple color in it... I called lambchop over to take a look...(she loves when I call her lambchop )...I took a few minutes to convince her it was a good idea but we both agreed it was best...uhhh..."where's the shovel honey?..."
Monday, July 10 View Page
She said.."it's over by the burn barrel....and don't call me Lambchop"....
Monday, July 10 View Page
How could I be mad?...it's SIGN DAY!!!
Monday, July 10 View Page
I love sign day!!...these guys are gonna fight this one out On the same hill...
Monday, July 10 View Page
The 272 Edwards... Couple females showing up but still needs time to grow a bigger plant...
Monday, July 10 View Page
The infamous 5.11 daho...don't mind that one in the back row mehdi...I was tryin hydroponics in dirt in that spot...They didn't get along ...stems are like tree trunks...
Monday, July 10 View Page
I'm pretty excited about growing seeds from the biggest domingo tomato ever grown...hope to do you proud wixom...right next to the Peter peppers...keep you company
Monday, July 10 View Page
This one is gonna grow me a big one to I hope...
Monday, July 10 View Page
I'm prolly most excited about these...not only are they proven to grow big but they were grown by a young kid...yet another situation in which I can point out to my sister how lazy her kids are...
Monday, July 10 View Page
Oh baby we are waaaaay ahead with the long gourds this year...they must like it wet...our best year with these the plant was only 5' on today's date...were gonna be diggin holes baby!!!, diggin holes..!!...(will need new shovel though..)
Monday, July 17 View Page
I must say.. With all the rain this year my lawn is kickin ass...this area has never be this lush...(yea..grass....that's what it's come to)...
Monday, July 17 View Page
This plant has a couple that took...I'll have to check last years diary to see if I'm still ahead...their watermelons but I'm sure they don't like this much water...
Monday, July 17 View Page
The sun actually did come out for a few hours today...here's the 4.59 porkchop ...it's a domingo variety and was grown on the same plant as the infamous 5.75...this one got plantEd in a long ditch...
Monday, July 17 View Page
This is the time of year that the st Francis hostas start to bloom, and burn...not this year though ...no sun to burn them...you should see my ferns!!...it's not all bad
Monday, July 17 View Page
I would have been laughed at if you saw the condition of the plant I put here...in spite of everything she actually is coming around...
Monday, July 17 View Page
Even got a couple possibilitys goin...for us this year it wasn't as much the seed but more about the grower...I've never asked anybody for pumpkin seeds before but I made up my mind last summer and really wanted to show some appreciation for a few growers that i feel do a lot for this community....
Monday, July 17 View Page
Yea baby!!...this is the offspring of the 1625 gatner crossed with a 1317 clementz(maybe)....eddy, yer top notch in my book!!...thanks for the seeds!!
Monday, July 17 View Page
Dinner plate dahlias are getting ready to start the show...and in the background another grower who does a lot to get people excited about growing big...that plant has been real slow to come around growing in a mud puddle and definitely gets burnt around the edges easily...lol
Monday, July 17 View Page
The 1474 BUBBA!!!.,..pollinated today... Won't get as big as The momma but we'll take just as orange...(don't worry ...I didn't cross the two...)
Monday, July 17 View Page
Hey look!!., another inch of rain...sweeet...this sucks
Thursday, July 20 View Page
Woke up to some strange lights again... This is like two days in row now...I'm getting nervous...
Thursday, July 20 View Page
The sun is out!!... Found this lil sucker on the main vine...let the growing begin...
Thursday, July 20 View Page
I love the color of these leaves...
Thursday, July 20 View Page
The peaches are starting to swell up...I think they will be ready in about 5-6weeks...the sumac in the background are thumping this year with all the rain..I'll be making some sumac peach daiquiris this summer fer sure...
Thursday, July 20 View Page
Eddys 1045.5 is soaking up some much needed Rays...
Thursday, July 20 View Page
Pretty sure the decision is made...a day 8 and a day 14 under the Chair...tissue test should get back any day now ...
Thursday, July 20 View Page
Sun goin down on the 272...(I heard it's coming back tomrw...)...com on summer...show yerself!!!
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Sunday funday Lily!!!....well, the shiney thing in the sky only lasted 2.5 days..it's been 3 days since it rained... Our longest stretch of dry weather...
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Still too wet to water...everyone is getting dunkels today...time to make something happen...just about nipple high...
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Oh Woulda Look at the size of this bloom!...look at it!!!...this is gonna be a biggie
Sunday, July 23 View Page
We got our tissue test back...we failed nitrogen big time...also failed manganese and zinc...almost failed phosphorus...anyone see mobymikes tissue test?...eh hem..nerd...day 20 right around the corner...
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Now...I'm not giving up by any means on this plant and I'm definitely grateful to even have one growing(slow as it may be...)...but dang... There's moss growing on the low side of this patch...I'm actually surprised that it's even green ...this time last year our tall corn was 9' tall...see it in there??...waayy to wet...won't even bother to test this plant...hopefully the one set isn't aborting ...it's in a good spot
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Lol... I get a real kick outta these...
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Lots of females showing up on the 126.5 gmay...started hand bangin em...
Sunday, July 23 View Page
On a good note... The plants were so slow growing this year it will be the first time we are growing with an intact main vine...
Sunday, July 23 View Page
Very first time at the line for this gasser my brother built with my ol man...I heard my brother needed to change his shorts afterwards...who here knows their cars?...any guesses?
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Rain rain go away...
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Another gray day in the gardens ...this is my catbird friend...there's a few pair of them nesting in the hedgerow behind the greenhouse...very friendly birds with a lot of character and they are master bug hunters in the patch...
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
She came right up to me today and started making cat sounds and hopping side to side on the wind fence...anybody see buddy the elf (wil farrel) when he tried to hug the raccoon?...yea that was me...I thought she wanted to play so I was making cat sounds back to her and holding my finger out in case she wanted a place to land...nah... One of her babies flew the nest a little early and I was almost stepping on it...lol...she attacked...
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Couple starting to set on the 236 terry
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Couple starting to bloom on the 233 vail...good strong plant ...this is about when mites started to show up last year...gotta catch them early
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Day 20 and already rising over the canopy....
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Too bad the canopy is only knee high...I'm starting to think the short leaves might just be genetic...
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Here she is!... Myrtle the turtle!..,day 20..and just like that I might be falling in love again....big blocky shape and I think it will be orange ...plants starting to green up after the shot of nitrogen
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Caught the elusive hummingbird during a backstroke!..see em?.they feel very at home around here this time of year and often take a break and perch within spitting distance....
Tuesday, July 25 View Page
Me and lily got in trouble for playing with mommys plant container...
Monday, July 31 View Page
Doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day lately..the plant looks healthy...just slow...everything is slow...even the grass...day 26 for myrtle the turtle...not breaking any records but you won't catch me complaining...it's the most magical month of the year...!!
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
Long gourd is off to the races !!,,,screw that, I'm diggin a hole tomrw.,.while its out of the way...bout four feet deep...yea baby...
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
The maters are finally drying out and greening up a bit... The domingo plants def took the rain better than the big zacs...had to pull a 5.11 daho because I drowned the bastard...
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
Am I in trouble here?...
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
....I'm hoping sunburn or feeding around the stump...any suggestions?
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
Our smallest day (whatever day it is...)...lambchop says not quite 20 but it's dam close...)...on the 1474 bubba...plant looks great...still wet wet wet ...tall corn planted in May is still knee high..just set two more on the first two secondary vines ...will grow both...(if they fricken grow...)
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
Yup... Bad year for tall corn in this spot
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
The long gourd plant was only plant that liked all the rain...it's still wet as heck...can't wait to see what it does ...there's magic in them beans GMAY!!!
Wednesday, August 2 View Page
Oh my...would you look at that..holy moly, look at it!...oh my goodness...Look at it!!!...
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Well, I had a good talk with Gmay on the phone the the other day...he gave me lots of tips on keeping the long gourds protected and in one piece...one of his most importants tips was plucking all the little ones as soon as they appear...well by golly as soon as I got off the phone I hopped right up on that there birch stump and started plucking away..."hop right up there ,he says...Pluck em all!..."oh, I hopped there alright...
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Hopped right up there ...I was hoppin fool...hipitty hop baby...ummmm yea....those are ground hornets there at the base of that stump...they don't like hopping..,
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Thanks for the advice gary....yup both feet...took me about ten seconds to realize I was nowhere near the pricker bushes...panty hose might have to wait a day or too..
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Well, let's get caught up with journal ...we've had 5 straight days of sun and according to facebook (so I'm told)...it's our longest stretch of sun since September 2016..i believe it...feels like I've been at the beach all week...the plants really perked up in the last five days
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Nuthin that great with calebs plants...they look ok, just too much water this year...
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Couple possibilitys on the Qtip ...and yes..I fondled a few and wrecked em...
Saturday, August 5 View Page
The 4.59 porkchop runt has some decent blooms showing up...
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Good news is we passed our latest test...like an A- prolly...
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Hmm... What else?..,oh yea... Mr. Humming moth has been hanging around lately...they love these lantanas...these will bloom until the snow flies...
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Here he is again...funny little prick
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Peaches are starting to swell up...only a few more weeks on this baby...(I better stake it)..
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Soooo... Here's Bubbas plant...I'm really starting to kick myself for giving up on the first pumpkin...it really didn't grow at all until day 10..I thought it was aborting ...it's growin...day 20 today..
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Looks like it could get that dark orange like the mother ...It has some marks on the skin from me not caring about it while I was weedwhacking nearby...what a dope
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Melons- after receiving a few emails I'm think my trouble maybe be a bit of downy mildew ...I'll have to up my game with the fungus medicine..try to keep them happy ...one on the main of this one
Saturday, August 5 View Page
The 236 terry might mean business if this sun keeps up...
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Had to have a chat with the 272...there's two on finger vines that I'm waiting to see if they take off...I'd hate to cut the one on the main but seems like the finger vines grow quicker...pretty much move it or lose it...
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Long gourd is really growing fast...(I made lambchop take this pic )...
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Day 30 for the 1045.5...myrtle is not breaking any land speed records but I'm gonna burp this baby...get er moving...
Saturday, August 5 View Page
Plant also loving the sun...finally!!
Saturday, August 5 View Page
That's enough walkin around for me..I'm gonna plop right down here next to these summersweet celthra and let that warm summer breeze blow that sweetness right up my nose.. It's grow season BABY!!!
Saturday, August 5 View Page
...there it is...
Tuesday, August 8 View Page
..." Im goin to the country, gonna eat a-lot of peaches..."....remember that song?...I been singin to these little puppy's all year...I dunno why I'm so excited about them...pretty sure they give me diareah...it will be worth it...gonna sun ripen these babies...
Tuesday, August 8 View Page
Hummingbird moth...see-through wings...
Tuesday, August 8 View Page
Day 33 for myrtle the turtle ...still growing...She will be tall if she makes it...
Tuesday, August 8 View Page
Maybe orange?,.. That would be nice....hopefully heavy too...
Tuesday, August 8 View Page
The 1474 bubba is starting to move also...day 22... Def gonna be orange ...
Tuesday, August 8 View Page
Also got a chance to get up to the apple farm and check on the 1534 haist...the ol man is an expert now on pumpkins I guess and decided to give it some wierd numbered fertilizer with a lot of nitrogen in it...we'll see how that goes...maybe day 10ish?...
Tuesday, August 8 View Page
What's that Lily?... I can't keep them both!!!
Thursday, August 10 View Page
There's something to be said about having all your patch amendments washed out into the lawn by a heavy rain year...it's beautiful this year ...it's normally yellow in the middle of August...
Thursday, August 10 View Page
Hard to believe it's been 6 yrs since me and lambchop started building our landscape...our backyard used to be a huge indoor riding stable for horses...
Thursday, August 10 View Page
LILY!!...Look AT IT!!...
Thursday, August 10 View Page
lol...she's so funny
Thursday, August 10 View Page
The long gourd is thumping ...should near a PB in a week or less...need to get in there and clean up...
Thursday, August 10 View Page
First things first....Bees-3....porkchop-1...
Thursday, August 10 View Page
I love August nights here in the valley...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
I know Lily ...me too...finish yer coffee, let's go...lots to do today...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
This here is Dr. Moore's patch...he has been growing pumpkins for the better part of 70 yrs...he held the town record at 260lbs for quite awhile ...he had never heard of the "giants" before so we are helping him try to grow a big one on the 1543 porkchop...he has over an acre of veggies he cares for...not bad for an 87 yr old..his 91 yr old sister and 95 yr old brother were helping him weed this past weekend..I hope he gets into a decent one but its growin in dirt, not soil...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
We got 3/4" of rain last night ..we prolly needed it to even out the moisture in the gardens....
Sunday, August 13 View Page
Myrtle the turtle is still chugging along...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
Here's Dottie!...stupid dots...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
Yay!!... Transplant day!!!
Sunday, August 13 View Page
Mommys busy Lily ...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
As of yesterday there hasn't been too much to get excited about in the mater patch... This one just so-so but haven't kept track of the days...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
This one on the 5.95 wixom domingo....me likey...me likey long time...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
I'll have to check tomrw but I think we are already in pb territory with the giant green beans.....I tied to dig a hole but hit a huge rock about 14" down...might have to come up with a different plan...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
The gourd has a striking Damascus pattern on it....(yes, I watch that forged show)...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
Woah... Look at that broccoli head...look at it...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
Nothin to worry about here Andy...I'm not even fertilizing anymore...
Sunday, August 13 View Page
Day 39...lets kick into gear here myrtle...or you'll be on the outside lookin in...
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
I think I'm starting to go Bp crazy.. Feels like forever since I posted to the journal...I think it's been a day and half...nana Rea's sandbaggin has thrown me way off my game...anyway, we are in full on bloom mode here in the gardens...only gets more colorful from here...some more rain and a little wind today but forecast looks great ...
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
You couldn't drag her inside even if Ya wanted too...she deserves a medal this year...
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
Yesterday was day 40 for myrtle the turtle...slow but steady growth...
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
I'm pretty much hoping that the growth is happening on the inside...taping just shy of 500lbs...com onnnn Heavy!!
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
She is a block of a pumpkin...no plant issues yet...vines all intact...fully terminated except for the main and a secondary or two ...lets move it MYRTLE!!!
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
Day 29 for Dottie...she's starting to get some Lovely Lady Lumps to go along with those freckles...nice color...def not in love... Will measure tomrw...
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
The 272 edwards ...all systems grow...
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
It's official ...104"...a new PB!!...it's around day 20 so it should slow down soon...then we wait to see if the end rots...
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
Ooooo...me like...me like....plant is terminated....there's two this shape
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
This was my post from a few days ago...on the 5.95 wixom domingo...(does anyone know how to spell his last name?)....anyhoo...
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
Today....oh yea...me likey LLLOOOONNNGG LLOOONG time...
Tuesday, August 15 View Page
Boy there's nothing like kickin back in the green house at the end of the day...get some Mississippi delta Blues playin on the radio...knockin the suds off a few root beers...open up a bag of Mosquito beater...think of good things to come and days gone by...son of A bitch...
Friday, August 18 View Page
She's still growin...a few inches from the hole now...the second one taking off now too...
Friday, August 18 View Page
Ran up to the farm to find the 1534 haist growing well...this could be a quick grower...day 20...her name is Cindy...cindy-relly....could be a looker with that big fat haist stem...
Friday, August 18 View Page
Warm muggy day today...the plants are loving it ...
Friday, August 18 View Page
There once was a pumpkin named myrtle, Who's growth was as slow as a turtle, her plant sure looks great, but her pace is so late, You'd think my soil was infertile...
Friday, August 18 View Page
Well that's it for the gardens today ...I wasn't sure Qtip wanted to talk about our patch tour yesterday...and if you haven't seen his entries today, you should...
Friday, August 18 View Page
It's true ...I decided to head out to Minnesota for the day to tour qtips patch... Even decided to pick up one my favorite pumpkin growers nana rea!!...we had a blast on the way there and were very excited for the afternoons tour...Qtip even mentioned swimming!!...
Friday, August 18 View Page
Well.. Apparently the party had already started by the time we got there...some his buddies were already enjoying the pool...he invited us to swim but nana and I both looked at each other and decided neither of us liked skinny dipping all that much...so we decided to head into the house...
Friday, August 18 View Page
...and look through his photo albums...
Friday, August 18 View Page
Turns out Qtip was an ornery little baby...never seemed to get his way...
Friday, August 18 View Page
His folks enrolled him in wrestling classes to toughen him up a bit...
Friday, August 18 View Page
He rebelled in his young teenage years...he was hell bent on leaving his small town and really making a name for himself...
Friday, August 18 View Page
His senior year he perfected his "blue steel" look and was ready to head to Hollywood...(nana thought he looked handsome)
Friday, August 18 View Page
He started off his modeling career soon after arriving in Hollywood...but the work dried up...
Friday, August 18 View Page
He got some small magazine gigs modeling halloween costumes...(although nana wasn't all that convinced it wasn't an Easter costume)...it just wasn't paying the bills...
Friday, August 18 View Page
The next few years he spent most of his time traveling the country, lots of parade pictures...
Friday, August 18 View Page
Needless to say, he finally got his foot in the door and got cast in some cowboy movie...dunno, I didn't see it...thanks for the tour Qtip!...we had a blast!!
Saturday, August 19 View Page
Another beautiful day here in the valley...the gardens are thumping and enjoying the food we have been able to feed them these last few weeks...
Saturday, August 19 View Page
Lambchop was busy deadheading flowers today....look at that blue!!!!
Saturday, August 19 View Page
Mommy even stuck one in lilys collar...she likes it...that's how she smiles....
Saturday, August 19 View Page
Peaches are bangin...still pretty hard yet...mmmmm
Saturday, August 19 View Page
This pic might have my vote for favorite this year... Giant spinach growing in the background...
Saturday, August 19 View Page
We moved some lady's in to keep the porkchop plant company..he likes it
Saturday, August 19 View Page
This was Tuesday's pic when he looked lonely ...
Saturday, August 19 View Page
He likes company...I better tie him up
Monday, August 21 View Page
Lambchop kickin back and taking in the show....is mommy sleeping Lily?
Monday, August 21 View Page
It got scary there for a few minutes...
Monday, August 21 View Page
Myrtle during the peak ...oooooooo
Monday, August 21 View Page
Dottie in the dark...
Monday, August 21 View Page
The color change was decent but overall a dud if Ya ask me...
Monday, August 21 View Page
The 5.95 wixom...growing well...
Saturday, August 26 View Page
Ha!.. The baby catbirds have flown the coop...they've been hopping from leaf to leaf in the patch these last few days...cute little buggers that will let you walk up to them..see the little guy?...I named him tinkles...
Saturday, August 26 View Page
Our longest has a shriveled tip...we'll have to cut it and hope the other doesn't shrivel up...I noticed it when was about 7' long...I'll have to remember to cut those off in the future ...setting a few more now...a month ago there weren't any...these suckers grew over ten feet in a little over 3 weeks...talk about an aggressive plant...wow
Saturday, August 26 View Page
The weather has been great this past week...a little chilly at night but the giant spinach is loving it...
Saturday, August 26 View Page
The melons...not so much ...this one still growing..just steady..
Saturday, August 26 View Page
A late quick grower in the vail plant ...I bet it catches the rest...
Saturday, August 26 View Page
272 Edwards ...beautiful plant...I wish I had full sun back here ...
Saturday, August 26 View Page
Myrtle the turtle on day 50...I think we are in trouble with her...will watch tape closely the next 7-10 days
Saturday, August 26 View Page
Now I know what the Orange growers mean when they say "she will blind you"...hard to look at if yer standing In The glare...I think she just starting to show her color
Saturday, August 26 View Page
Dottie- day 40...I guess I don't hate her...
Saturday, August 26 View Page
Oh Cindy ....Cindy-relly...you beautiful girl ...day 30 for the 1534 haist...est 422lbs
Saturday, August 26 View Page
What a day today...
Saturday, August 26 View Page
This thing is Coming loose Andy...
Sunday, August 27 View Page
Got this pic from big Tim in Cobleskill ny...that's a new one for me...pretty neat...
Sunday, August 27 View Page
While I'm tweaking out on the messages boards while chillin in the greenhouse I might as well post some pics from today
Sunday, August 27 View Page
Dr moores pumpkin...not growing all that great ...I'm adding a truck full of leaves and 4" of compost this fall and tilling it in...I'll also bury some chicken poop in the planting hole...next year will be better..
Sunday, August 27 View Page
Finally got around to cutting ol shrivel tip ...
Sunday, August 27 View Page
Taped it to a board...
Sunday, August 27 View Page
Dang...she could have been a contender...same size as the mother...the other one isn't far behind...
Sunday, August 27 View Page
Lol!!!... I'd have to go back and check but this basically grew in about 25days...hysterical!!
Thursday, August 31 View Page
Oh myrtle...you turtle...
Thursday, August 31 View Page
Oh myrtle...
Thursday, August 31 View Page
I was really starting to come around to her...so much so I lifted up her girdle and took a peek ...
Thursday, August 31 View Page
Pin hole in her bottom...she's still creeping along but it won't be long now...sorry Eddie ...I blame Mother Nature this year...there's lambchop lookin for another baby pumpkin ...never give up right?...we'll weigh it when she stops
Thursday, August 31 View Page
Doc moores pumpkin...acorn shape...I think wet clay soil causes this shape...
Thursday, August 31 View Page
Onto some good news...Cindyrelly is packing it on at day 35..over 500lbs ...this plant was planted with mykos azos and wallace starter packs...waterted 10gallons in early spring...when the plant was 9'long the ol man tossed about 20lbs of 20-0-0-24 right on the patch...I've been almost keeping up with pruning but no burying...i wonder if she will Pop?...
Thursday, August 31 View Page
The first of my maters and one of the only two early ones I let go...mmmm...awesome tates this year ...
Thursday, August 31 View Page
I might just eat this one ...
Thursday, August 31 View Page
This one is doin just alright if Ya ask me...good thing there's two on this one...
Thursday, August 31 View Page
And it's bigger ...
Thursday, August 31 View Page
This is about the only one I'm excited about this year...I really want to grow the first 6lb domingo and I've been hoping for this shape for two years...even blossoming...all lobes growing at the same rate...
Thursday, August 31 View Page
Lambchop tidying up the giant green bean hut..digging more holes...over 126.5"...happy campers here...
Friday, September 1 View Page
Rest in peace our sweet girl Lily ..there will never be another one like you..we are absolutely heartbroken today...
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
Well...I've been away from the site for a few days...been busy...yea...super busy...let's see here...what have I been up too?....um...oh yea...I wrestled a grizzly bear...and won...I was called down to the zoo to get control of a hungry 400lb gorilla that got loose...(I beat his ass back into his cage)....hmmm..what else?...oh yea...I pretty much foiled a bank robbery by grabbing ahold of the guys bumper and flipping the car over...(I think I deserve a medal)...either way...I was feeling ok so I decided to check in on the discussion board and there it was...rebels post about Lily ...uugh.. Thanks everyone...it means a lot to us...this one is rough...oh yea...and an extra thanks to rookiesMom1..i haven't cried in about an hour...thanks
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
Ohhh There's our girl...truth is...to say that we are inside out and sideways wouldn't even come close to describing how we are feeling about this one ...Lily was going to be 8 yrs old this Halloween and was the absolute love of our life..the doc said it was probably a heart tumor but the X-ray showed her heart had filled her entire chest cavity...(so she pretty much died because her heart was too big...) Shock shock shock... There's a saying about the border collie, something like "once you befriend a border collie any other dog is just a dog"...it's true...she was so smart...I remember having a 20 minute discussion with her in the spring about taking the chimney out of the house so she would have more room to run and so daddy could peek in and catch her sleeping on the couch before I got home to see her ...of course...we took it out...she was our everything...
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
There's another saying about the border collie..."the border collie trains it's owner"...I remember that one...I remember thinking to myself...hell no..hell no is this crazy puppy gonna train ME...nut uh...I had this sweet little thing wrapped right around daddy's finger....she was so happy
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
We got in trouble a lot this spring when mommy would catch us falling asleep at lunchtime...thankfully there were many moments like this in recent months...uugh
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
Speaking of mommy..she's a mess... (And she's not even a crier)...we've been staying up in the garage since spring while the house is under construction and it's been so much fun...we just pushed all the tools to one side and set up a little apartment for ourselves ...it kinda felt like we've been on vacation ...now it just feels like we are sleeping in a shitty garage..
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
Man oh man was she quick as whip ...and she'll snatch that frisbee out of the air like nobody's business...the missus said "she was every 10 yr old boys dream dog"...and she was...made friends wherever she went...that's my buddy otto in the pic ...he hates dogs...He teared up when I gave him the news...they became pretty good buds...
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
Oh man my buddy Clint ...he brought his daughter over when he saw a post about Lily on facebook...they were real good buddys...Clint and Lily had a really special bond...here they are fishing in the St. Lawrence River ...such a sweetheart...she would stand there for hours waiting to catch a fish.,, Then there's the neighbors...some mornings Lily would just show up at their back door and bark until someone opened up...lol...just to ask if anyone was available to toss her the frisbee...it was the funniest thing...
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
When the neighbor found out about Lily on Friday he left work at lunchtime and came home to paint this portrait of her...I couldn't beleive it...(tear)...he brought it over that evening...this dog was really special
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
We had a deal her and I ...I would throw that dam ball till her hearts content, but when she got tired she had to let daddy mess with her...
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
And she got tired....
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
And she got messed with...lol...I miss her so...
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
Ya know...I think Lily stopped by Sunday morning to say one last goodbye and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't fighting back the tears as I let some imaginary frisbees soar over the patches..she loved mornings like this ...she absolutely loved it here ...it's hard to believe she's gone and the once beautiful gardens now seem cold and grey...neither one of us can stand to be out there so I guess it is what it is this year...it's just not the same... My sweet sweet girl Lily ...you will always be in our minds and in our hearts...we love you
Wednesday, September 6 View Page
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Wednesday, September 6 View Page
Oh...and by the way...congrats to qtips tomato..which is like the smallest fraction possible bigger than my Pb ...
Monday, September 11 View Page
Great...spongy tip...I'm feeling Ya orangeneck...another bummer..this ones at 135"+....35" over our pb..over 11ft in 30 days...lol...better to have have loved and lost they say...(whoever the frick "they" are..)...and everyone believes it's a green bean ....so that's funny...prolly should have fed it more dang it...thankfully we still have a decent one hangin...with a big fat tip...crappy cold quiet grey rainy week this past week ...sun came out last last night
Monday, September 11 View Page
I gotta say it sucks around here without Lily but for as rainy as a year we've had our gardens have really come around...a true testament to the products from the wallacewow.com people..glorious time of year...
Monday, September 11 View Page
I remember laughing at lambchop when she told me she was gonna try growing perennials from seed...especially after reading they may not even bloom the first year...lol
Monday, September 11 View Page
I was wrong...they actually would make a great cut flower...(seaweed/humic fulvic)
Monday, September 11 View Page
Myrtle the turtle is still putting on pounds ...slow and steady ...i out a little dap of caulk over the hole so who knows?
Monday, September 11 View Page
Maybe she will make it 12 more days??...she's pretty ...taping around 900 but it looks heavy to me...
Monday, September 11 View Page
No problems on this end...very healthy looking...just that stupid little hole...
Monday, September 11 View Page
I think Dottie might have a crush on me....she's been kinda flirty...what cartoonish one she is...she's around 700... There's two others gonna be just as orange around 150 each...all three look similar...would have been nice to be able to water this plant...total water by us this year?this year ...120 gallons...
Monday, September 11 View Page
Melons are still growing...nuthin crazy with the cold but I think these might be my favorite plant..I might get a little more serious next year to be able to plant earlier to try and get a "really big one " but I gotta say...even at 100lbs, these things look HUGE!!!"
Monday, September 11 View Page
Lambchop really kept me on track to stick with one per plant with these melons but this one there on the left I hid behind the hoophouse ...she still doesn't know about it...(thought it was going to take off and got too big for me to pick...)
Monday, September 11 View Page
Gonna have a couple good maters for the weigh-off...I think I timed them right but they may still be green in 12 days...
Monday, September 11 View Page
Looks decent...the other one is still on that plant but it fell over so I'm growing it on a board...both good sized
Monday, September 11 View Page
These domingos are great...they get sooo big...a four pound domingo "looks" like a 6lb big zac...this ones lined up...
Monday, September 11 View Page
Her bottom looks good to me..I think. The cc is bigger ott...
Monday, September 11 View Page
Here he was 29 days ago...
Monday, September 11 View Page
And today...could turn any day with the shorter daylight hours ...
Monday, September 11 View Page
Our last shot...whaadya think?...little too tight gmay?...she's almost as big as her momma...I hope I don't pop her head off...
Tuesday, September 12 View Page
Alright ...What's eddys phone number?...
Friday, September 15 View Page
The hydrangeas are at the end of bloom and are starting to mature...signals that we are nearing the end of summer and weighoff season is right around the corner...
Friday, September 15 View Page
We're hoping myrtle the turtle can limp her way to the scale and get a damaged weigh on her...slowing to a crawl now...she is purty eddy..
Friday, September 15 View Page
Poor Dottie ...she's been growing in a mud puddle since spring ...I'll have to raise this bed even higher ...
Friday, September 15 View Page
She's purty too...even with the freckles...
Friday, September 15 View Page
There's lambchop catching up with some watering that I was too lazy to do today...
Friday, September 15 View Page
Getting dark early now...sucks
Friday, September 15 View Page
Ya know what doesn't suck?.,,this guy!!!!.... Wow Qtip...just wow...huge congrats...imagine diggin that up in the fall?..I'm trying one next season...
Friday, September 15 View Page
Ya know what else doesn't suck?...a bruiser of a tomato on the 5.95 kokoneiski ...
Friday, September 15 View Page
Yuuup... Gotta like that over the top ....what the hell is eddys number!!!???
Friday, September 15 View Page
Here's Cindy-relly up at the apple farm from two weeks ago...
Friday, September 15 View Page
Here she is today... She'll prolly get to grow as big as she wants...lot of people starting to stop and look...hoping to get her over a thousand ...looks just like the mother punkin...only smaller...(Cuz karl cheats...)
Saturday, September 16 View Page
I mean..Ya really gotta like that measurement on the 5.95 kockznyski....what's that saying?...still green as a bean.?..yeeaaa baby...perfect tomato weather for at least the next week...I'm thinkin it's almost contest time...lemme think of a good prize...
Saturday, September 16 View Page
Yup... Me likey...
Monday, September 18 View Page
Daaaang.....LMAO
Monday, September 18 View Page
Oh boy i noticed a slight change in the colors of the trees from yesterday ...checked in on the 4.59 porkchop and he's flashing at me...its contest time!!!!....first some more garden photos...
Monday, September 18 View Page
Held auditions for our cute baby on a pumpkin pic...this little sweetheart won the gig..."hey reily...show us your "blue steel"....!!!
Monday, September 18 View Page
lol... Her father taught her that this week...pretty funny
Monday, September 18 View Page
Here's lambchop tying up the sunflower...ended up with multiple heads...I dunno if there's a contest for them in saratoga but she won't let me pull it out anyway...
Monday, September 18 View Page
Giant spinach almost ready for harvest...
Monday, September 18 View Page
Aiight...here's the 4.59 porkchop domingo yesterday...guess the weight Contest...I'll post on the tomato boards...
Monday, September 18 View Page
That's it... That's all you get...no measurements...(I haven't measured)...flashed today...prolly bring it to saratoga on sat...(and btw, that's my gale woods entry behind the soccer ball...)...
Monday, September 18 View Page
I guess I could throw in a pic of the bottom....looks pretty sweet...I guesssss.....
Monday, September 18 View Page
Lambchop watering the Last shot of uncle dunkles competition blend ...she gets the whole gallon...the 5.95 koincznyski is still green as a bean but who's knows?.could turn any day I guess....might be an extra special prize package when this contest starts...looks fricken huge...EDDY!!!!!!!
Tuesday, September 19 View Page
Holy moly...maybe wiz has heard from eddy....
Tuesday, September 19 View Page
Jeeeezuuuuz....EDDYYYY!!!...can't find any hint of orange...me long long...likey long time....
Thursday, September 21 View Page
Congrats to my buddy Damon from wellsville on his pb 4.74 off the 4.73 Reinhard 2015 big zac..I gave him some wallace starter packs and a little bit of mykos in the spring....it's a whopper of a tomato...he wanted to hold it up to the bruiser on the 5.95 koneiscznyski...
Thursday, September 21 View Page
Oooooo.... Still green as a bean ....
Thursday, September 21 View Page
That's pure excitement ....grow baby GROW!!!!....EDDYYYY !!!!!!!!!????
Friday, September 22 View Page
Crap...rush rush rush...my roof is taking a day longer than I was hoping for...im too old for this..
Friday, September 22 View Page
I managed to get Dottie out of the patch ...no problems ...
Friday, September 22 View Page
Pa POW!!... Sumthin about these orange ones ...
Friday, September 22 View Page
Moving her in for the money shot...
Friday, September 22 View Page
Bam!...there's a little money...unfortunately the lighting wasn't the best...I was pinched real short for time...oh yea...and we dropped myrtle from about 12"...she seems fine ...grew 16 lbs in the last three days....I bet she's heavy...found white foam inside the MV about two feet away from the kin...any ideas?....
Friday, September 22 View Page
Here's the 4.59 porkchop domingo 2014....she'll take her trip ti the scale tomrw ...good luck to everybody guessing!!!...good prize good seeds...no brainier...contest ends at 10 am...
Sunday, September 24 View Page
Saratoga 2017 baby!!!....we made it to the end!!..and what an absolute gorgeous day for a weigh-off!!!..there's myrtle and Dottie in the front...myrtle went 1024 dmg and Dottie went 741..and won 2nd place Howard dill!!...
Sunday, September 24 View Page
What a great spot for a weighoff...huge thanks to toddmod and crew for all the work they have put in to make this weigh-off so great...They had a fricken mini-train on a track that gave people rides around a huge pumpkin patch...!..how can Ya go wrong with a fricken train ride to pick yer halloween pumpkin !!??..wish I took more pics of the place...
Sunday, September 24 View Page
They weighed through pumpkins so fast they were able to take a break before the big ones got weighed...I got a chance to really look around the place and found this tall glass of water standing behind one of the greenhouses ....man, she could really cut a jig...
Sunday, September 24 View Page
Oh baby...36.5" over our PB and good enough for a new state record!!!...
Sunday, September 24 View Page
There's your top three !!...left to right, Andy wolf, nub , and mackracken!!....huge congrats!!!
Sunday, September 24 View Page
Way to grow Andy!!!!...heavy was a big surprise for him...awesome moment....
Sunday, September 24 View Page
I was pretty excited to get back and check on the 5.95 kowaleisnki after weighing the 4.59 porkchop...I think I may have underestimated this one..maybe because it's a domingo?...maybe because it was wixoms seed?...who knows...I do know one thing...
Sunday, September 24 View Page
That's the REAL MACOY right there BABY!!!!!!!!!...I'll put up measurement pics tomrw and start the guessing contest Tuesday evening...(com on bnot, get yer multiplikationater numbers in line!)...EDDDDDDDDY!!!!!!!!!??????...lol
Monday, September 25 View Page
Big..big..big ...meeee likey long tiiime....
Tuesday, September 26 View Page
Oh baby, here we go...if your not planning to grow this seed next year, you really should figure out some space and at least try one plant...thanks again for seeds wixom!!
Tuesday, September 26 View Page
Here's yer first measurement ..lol... I decided I'm going to pick this beast Saturday morning sometime to get in under the sept 30th deadline ..I'm sure it won't be at its heaviest ...I just can't get free from work to make any trips...first measurement -I didn't want to mess around with the tape in here but figure this little section in between my fingers (actually to the left where's smaller)is 22.5"
Tuesday, September 26 View Page
Im thinking this is the best horizontal cc but as you can see there's extra I can't quite "grab" with the tape...(me likey)....
Tuesday, September 26 View Page
And this is the biggest cc I could grab...I sent these numbers to some of the best growers in the world and after exhaustive deliberations, and extensive mathematics ...it should come in exactly between 7.08 and 10.36...thanks guys...huge help...guess the weight starts at noon!!!!,..great prize for the extreme gardener!!! And of course win seeds from this beast!!!....good luck!!!!!
Wednesday, September 27 View Page
Ut oh....
Thursday, September 28 View Page
Ut oh?... Wow.. Two little words got me a bunch of emails...(I'm good at this)...don't worry Rebel that's the 5.68...and the big one is doing just fine...to the right of the 5.68?...
Thursday, September 28 View Page
It's SAydee!!!!...UT Oh!!!...daddy might be falling in love all over again...!!!!!!!
Thursday, September 28 View Page
She's precious ...and I think she loves her new mommy...
Thursday, September 28 View Page
What a stinker...stay tuned....
Thursday, September 28 View Page
Good thing I got my roof done..between a new puppy and this SSSLLAAMMER of a tomato I can't even think straight ...heres the 5.68 directly under this pig... I had to put on an extra sling today...some of those guesses On the contest thread seem insanely high to me,but when I look at this pic all I can say is - "EDDDDYYYYYY!!!!!"???!!!!jeeeeeeezuuuuuzzzzz
Thursday, September 28 View Page
Here's a good horizontal...this side is getting close..other side is more green...wai til sat?... Or pick it now?...what say you?... No splits or cracks...
Thursday, September 28 View Page
Oh boy do you need to use these starter packs...maters, peppers,flowers..seems to help them all...especially on a wet year when it was hard to get food into the ground...this plant got three packs buried with the plant and a few extra as I was backfilling...;)...would Ya look at those stripes...juuuhst look at em...
Friday, September 29 View Page
Hooleeee moleeee..this thing is HUGE!!!....wait...is that a face I see near the top?...is that?,,,Lily ??!!!...UN BE-LEIVEable!!!...this just keeps getting better and better...
Friday, September 29 View Page
Looks like Cindyrelly is gonna go to the ball after all ...a little beauty off the 1534 haist...great plant...will pick the 5.95 kokikoninski in the morning and bring to Oswego...a bit nervewracking
Saturday, September 30 View Page
Lol... The only pic I took today...hope someone got some good ones
Saturday, September 30 View Page
Sadie went to her first weighoff and I'm pretty sure she hadfun...what a stinker!!
Saturday, September 30 View Page
Yea...way to keep her off the tomato lambchop...!!...lol!!
Sunday, October 1 View Page
That's right Sadie ...a step back and squat down...now give me the cute look....

 

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