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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 27 Entries.
Friday, February 8 View Page
Winter season is upon us. I am home recovering from my new titanium hip. What fun !! Hey the last time I had my hip replaced was 2009 and in 2010 I grew the GPCís best squash. Maybe itís a good luck charm.
Friday, February 8 View Page
I did manage some fun before surgery. Val, Alex and I got out for some deer hunting while Alex came home for the first Saturday of the PA whitetail season. It was a good father son bonding day. Alex took a nice 8 point.
Friday, February 8 View Page
Val and I got out for some ice fishing. Well I stayed in the cabin and watched Val on the ice. No time to slip now.
Friday, February 8 View Page
I am trying that winter challenge tomato thing. Not sure how they should be looking but it is a good test run to see if some of my seed would germinate. The trick was to get something to pollinate and it looks like I have few sets. Now I am just going to water , prune, feed a little and see what I get. I wonít be stressing out over them for sure. This is one on my 3.51
Friday, February 8 View Page
And a nice lumpy one on my 3.2 I also have one of my Momate plants that is producing a real stocky plant. It was a later thought so I am looking for some blossoms now. It is sort of nice to not worry about a wood chuck sneaking into the patch or a deer making his dinner out of the plants. Letís hope this winter passes quickly.
Thursday, March 7 View Page
Winter Challenge equals getting out of bed when itís 4 degrees. This is the view of my pumpkin patch from my front porch. In the center is where I grew my 5.37 Momate tomato.
Thursday, March 7 View Page
I have a couple growing for the indoor challenge. Probably about 5 pounds lighter than my Momate.
Thursday, March 7 View Page
The bigger of the two. Grown on one of my 3.51 from last year. I think I will stick to outdoor growing. I wouldnít want to figure out the electric bill for the effort. Come on spring. There is a warrant out for Pennsylvaniaís weather forecasting groundhog Phil.
Thursday, March 7 View Page
A good chuckle is always a nice way to start your day.
Tuesday, March 19 View Page
Winter challenge. Time is up to slice the girls off. They look good in their winter spa! One is a looker and the other on the lumpy side. I have no clue what the weight will be.
Tuesday, March 19 View Page
Quite a pair.
Tuesday, March 19 View Page
Lol. K. Here is the heavier one. As Ricky Bobby said, ďif your not first your last ď. Not too impressive. I think I will stick to the outdoor growing.
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
In preparation for Motherís Day. The MOMATES have emerged. 10 pounds only a formality now. The hard part is over.
Tuesday, May 7 View Page
Nothing like mint juleps to get fired up for the growing season. Val is ready, now we just need to get Mother Nature on board here in the northeast.
Saturday, May 18 View Page
The only thing better than a good friend is a good friend with a tractor. We had a small window last week where the patch was almost dry. My good friend TC was willing to take his new tractor thru town and to my house for some tilling practice. Thank you Tom !!!!
Saturday, May 18 View Page
Much better !!
Saturday, May 18 View Page
I have a new tiller too. Got it in February. Doc says I can dig deeper and faster now. We shall see !!
Saturday, May 18 View Page
Had a great day yesterday with my son Alex and best buddy dyberry patch andy. Went to Bethpage to watch some PGA action. What a fun day. Asked a few guys if they wanted to know about growing giant pumpkins. This guy seemed interested.
Saturday, May 18 View Page
This guy said he likes tomatoes and wants to hear more. He said he was free for the rest of the weekend and would give me a call for some plants.
Saturday, May 18 View Page
Thanks Alex for the best birthday present ever. What a boy !!
Saturday, May 18 View Page
Home to the patch and a report it rained hard again yesterday. Wow enough is enough already. Itís a muddy mess down there. I put some half assed shelters over the plants and plugged in a light. They need sunshine if they are gonna survive. !!
Monday, May 20 View Page
Tornado warnings yesterday and another 1.25 inches of rain last night. Mud is crying to be dried out. The sky was beautiful but I canít set foot in the patch. I may be replanting some of my yellow sick looking plants. What fun this hobby is.
Monday, May 20 View Page
I know itís wet when I saw this going across my patch.
Wednesday, June 5 View Page
We have had 8 rainy Sundays in a row here in northeastern PA and they are calling for the streak to be broken this weekend. It may be time to til and finish the home patch. The pumpkins have been in their redneck shelters and are just sitting there turning pale. Itís now or never. Its not to early for critter control though. My patch at my moms house is in Bethany Borough so a friendly method is desired.
Wednesday, June 5 View Page
At my home patch Val and I use a more traditional method.
Wednesday, June 5 View Page
The growing season has begun and I am ready to get going once Mother Nature gets on board. I felt like I was the first pick in the NFL draft when I got the call from the Commissioner that I was selected to join Team Slammer!! Wowser. Pressure On !! PA is having a movement so I will be up for the challenge. Heck with pumpkins maters are where itís at. I will do my best to make that Porkchop and Escheel guy proud.
Thursday, June 20 View Page
Yessssss more rain hitting the Northeast today. We surely wonít have to worry about a drought this year. Thank goodness.

 

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