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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.
Thursday, June 27 View Page
I guess I better post something for posterity purposes anyway. It has been a tough year here for the Honesdale gang. It was with a heavy heart that we said good bye to our leader George. Dyberry Andyís dad and my second father George was the creator of the dyberry patch and our number one supporter in this crazy hobby
Thursday, June 27 View Page
He loved our Wednesday night dinners at the patch for a good meal a few brews and laughs.
Thursday, June 27 View Page
Thank u George. You will be missed but never forgotten !
Thursday, June 27 View Page
Mother Nature was extra cruel this year. Andy and I both felt the wrath of the gopher world. I couldnít keep them out of the patch no mater what I did. Sorry Karl. I really wanted to plant your giant this year. The gopher had other ideas.
Thursday, June 27 View Page
Enough was enough. I had to consult the professionals
Thursday, June 27 View Page
Oh he is good. Real good.
Thursday, June 27 View Page
Success. Just s little to late, the damage was done.
Thursday, June 27 View Page
Now what to do I do ?? It would have been a easy year to take off and do some of those things I have been neglecting With my hip surgery in February, it would be easy to rest this year. But there is that tomato competition and I did get drafted by the A team. What to do. So after talking with Val we decided it would not be the same if we didnít have the garden this year. I hobbled to the patch and took a long look and decided if our wounded leader on team slammer could do it. So could I !!
Thursday, June 27 View Page
So. We may not have any huge pumpkins this year, but I am all in for the tomato thing. I will do my best to not disappoint the slammer team .
Thursday, July 11 View Page
Finally a heat wave and dry spell in Pennsylvania. Started some field pumpkins in the home patch and some late pumpkins may have a chance to at least have something to stare at this year. Besides those beloved tomatoes. I threw everything but the kitchen sink down that mater grow hole this year.
Thursday, July 11 View Page
Val and I are having our own bucket challenge with some Beefsteaks that she started from seed. Hers went right into the soil. I didnít let her on to my secret mixture but the results are speaking for themselves. It should be good news for my competition maters.
Thursday, July 11 View Page
Things starting to bloom around here.
Thursday, July 11 View Page
Itís dinner time !
Thursday, July 11 View Page
I also had two late sprouts germinate for the Delbrut challenge. Better late than never.
Thursday, July 11 View Page
I had two weak producers at my Moms patch. So in went the delbruts. Game on. They are without a doubt the smallest plants I ever put in. Maybe it will be a good thing.
Friday, July 12 View Page
The humidity has left Pennsylvania at the moment so it looks like some better pollination weather !!! Founds some nice blooms this morning and more on the way.
Friday, July 12 View Page
Time to get out the guitar and send some music to that MC Hammer team from the #slammer ďcant touch thisĒ
Friday, July 12 View Page
Slammer dance
Tuesday, July 16 View Page
Itís getting Hot around here. !!! Patch looking good at my moms house. Competition maters on the left and eaters on the right. Orange in the front and Green in the back. I have to give Val the weeding credit. Well done ! That hip has just been to sore to weed :)
Tuesday, July 16 View Page
Had a deer stroll through the gate at the home patch although rumor has it orange goose may have left the door open. Anyhow this deer must be a fan of the Mac coy style. Captain Chop says no worries a mega may come out of it.
Tuesday, July 16 View Page
Wow she was good. Perfect topping off style and left the mega alone.
Tuesday, July 16 View Page
Hmmmm while hammer pants is dancing around..... gotta say, Baby Got Back!
Thursday, July 25 View Page
Val and I had a good weekend and delivered Alex to his next adventure. A four year stint at Virginia Tech and a quest for a PHD. He is officially a Hokie.
Thursday, July 25 View Page
We really like Blacksburg and will be back. We found a nice watering hole.
Thursday, July 25 View Page
It was brutally hot while we were away so the jury is out on any damage to the tomatoes and pumpkins. I know there are no pumpkins at my house. Vals grow boxes and bags are doing well. Maybe I should plant pumpkins in them next year
Thursday, July 25 View Page
Peppers galore
Thursday, July 25 View Page
Good luck Alex. Iím proud of both of my twins, Alex and Lauren. Itís a good time of their lives and mine too
Monday, July 29 View Page
Val and I spent some patch time this weekend We do have a squash and pumpkin set at my Moms patch. The plants are small with limited secondaryís growing but at least we have something to stare at. The squash is gonna have a crazy shape. The stem is bending low as I didnít get it elevated early enough.
Monday, July 29 View Page
Shade structure built and she is good to grow.
Monday, July 29 View Page
Our pumpkin there should be a nice orange one that looks like Will have a nice round shape.
Monday, July 29 View Page
It has been a crazy growing season with Mother Nature and the ground pigs setting us way behind at my home patch. Our early plants were devoured and our chosen seeds wasted. Sorry Karl and Don Barron I really wanted to grow those out this year. We have been determined to keep chugging along. You have to keep pushing forward. There must be a life lesson there somewhere. I spied a bumper sticker that says it all. No sense letting a few setbacks keep you down
Monday, July 29 View Page
The ground pigs are still nibbling things. My patch cat said these things are just too big.
Monday, July 29 View Page
Thanks to the tomato challenge it has been a fun year. Nothing like an early morning cup of coffee and a look thru the tomato vines to see if a new bloom or set can be spied. It looks like I have a few candidates. Some megadoms on my own seeds look promising.
Monday, July 29 View Page
Monday, July 29 View Page
A nice one on a store bought Delicious seed.
Monday, July 29 View Page
It must have been a silver bullet seed. All of the small buds look to have potential.
Monday, July 29 View Page
I like the looks of this blossom on my 3.26 Pittston winner from last year. A megadom Maybe this will be the one to put the smack down on the Pajama Dancing Hammer team.
Monday, July 29 View Page
I have a few of my MOMATES growing. It is slow to throw mega blooms. Sorry Chop and Escheel but no worries. I am starting to think some of this mega drama is just that. I am pretty sure my 5.3 last year was a single. You canít be afraid to let a well positioned big stemmed single roll. The Momate has a great rounded bottom and no stress that a lumpy mega bloom can cause. Iím thinking this single gal is gonna grow a big tomato. Time will tell. Time to feed these beasts and enjoy the ride.
Monday, July 29 View Page
Canít touch this !!!
Tuesday, August 6 View Page
We are experiencing a nice stretch of weather in the Northeast ! It should be good news for the pumpkins. Iím still having issues with ground pigs this year. It has been a struggle. I had to remove another one yesterday. Thatís 5 for the season. Itís hard to contend with that kind of population.
Tuesday, August 6 View Page
I have some young pumpkin and squash sets in hopes of salvaging something for the porch at least. I have a good looking field pumpkin plant that should be setting a female soon. Itís from my 86 lb from last year which was good enough to win the MAGPGA first place. Itís the 81 wolf x self.
Tuesday, August 6 View Page
It should be good tomato weather and I am chugging along and trying to keep the plants healthy. A few are in the fit in your palm size but I need to push them to the next level if I want to compete with the big boys. There should be plenty of time to get me there. Slow and steady wins the race.
Tuesday, August 6 View Page
Uhhhh ohhhh a rare mega on my MOMATE. Not sure what to expect but I better get a sling under this one.
Tuesday, August 6 View Page
I have some nice megas on my latest plants that I put in. The plants are only waist high but megas look promising. I better check with Captain Chop to see how to handle these.
Tuesday, August 6 View Page
I will be watching this one. My 3.26 Pittston is proving to throw nice Megas. Watch out Pajama Hammer Dancers !
Thursday, August 8 View Page
My two plants for the Delbrut challenge are starting to grow.
Thursday, August 8 View Page
They were late additions but I am starting to get some decent blooms. I may let them go and then give the MacCoy chop
Thursday, August 8 View Page
We have had good temperatures the last week but had severe downpours the last two nights. I wonít need to water for a few days. My hand size maters should be putting on some size
Tuesday, August 13 View Page
All of the Single Ladies sure lining up!!
Tuesday, August 13 View Page
A nice Momate single gal
Tuesday, August 13 View Page
Nothing wrong with a Single gal.
Tuesday, August 13 View Page
But hoping the mega Pittston At my moms house keeps filling out all those extra curves.
Tuesday, August 13 View Page
Or the 3.26 Pittston at my patch.
Tuesday, August 13 View Page
The pumpkin at my moms patch is putting a few late pounds on. She should be an orange looker if she keeps moving in the right direction.
Tuesday, August 13 View Page
Pittston tomato festival is approaching. We donít have anything starting to flash like we did last year. We will have to look around for a sacrificial Lamb if we want to defend our crown.

 

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