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Tuesday, January 7 View Page
I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Letís get this winter moving and on to spring. I do like these ornaments i received several years ago.
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
And what a Christmas present I got !! Just like dad in the Christmas Story
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
Thanks Santa Chop! A major Award. First place tomato challenge! Proud to be on Team Slammer
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
I see the tomato board is starting to heat up. I will post that I have some of my seeds from last year available if anyone wants to give them a try. My 3.26 Pittston from 2018 threw some consistent mega blooms for me. Itís the Megadom variety. I have seed from my 3.99 which was a nice 4 finger beauty.
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
Another one off of the 3.26. Threw this wild shape Iím calling the Big Cat. The caterpillar weighed in at 4.58. It had a small rot spot starting on one end so I picked it early. Guess I could have applied sulphur powder to see if it would have healed. Oh well it was long and not sure how many blossoms.
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
The Big Cat.
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
I have seeds from the 5.71 Lambchop which we all know has the genetics you need. My 3.77 has the Chop approval for a good shape with potential. Go Domingo !
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
Ok. On to my MOMATES. The Delicious variety !! This was one that had a nice Megabloom. The 4.38.
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
A beauty.
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
And a PB for me last year. Another Mega Momate. She looks like a big twisted pretzel I like the shape.
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
I think a good goal each year is a PB. The 5.53 was good enough for me.
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
I will post info in the tomato section if someone may want to plant these. Seeds available. I am thinking there is some potential out there. Another look at the 5.53 MegaMomate
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
Val and I doing some normal winter things to pass the time. Itís not so bad. Letís just hope old man winter doesnít hang around to long this year.
Wednesday, January 8 View Page
I forgot to add a pic of my 4.79 sandercock for any tomato heads that may want seeds. It would be a big zac variety grown from the 4.05 borgers. It had a great shape. I put the plant in very late and terminated the growth early. It seemed like all of my plants I put in late last year threw nice megas. There may be something to that.
Wednesday, January 8 View Page
Ok enough of the maters. Karl told me I posted to many tomato pics last year. I havenít given up on pumpkins and hoping 2020 is a BreakOut year.
Thursday, January 30 View Page
Growers must be getting some cabin fever !! I have already been getting some smack from some B growerís in the tomato challenge arena. If it wasnít for Wilson this and if it wasnít for Wilson that. Well let me tell ya. Team Slammer will be ready to take on all the poop you can dish up and prove it was no fluke last year. Letís do this.
Friday, March 6 View Page
Old man winter is getting ready to pack his bags around here. Val and I finished up our ice fishing season. MAggie has put on some winter weight and will be ready for patch patrol this year. My they grow fast.
Friday, March 6 View Page
A nice bass and we are done.
Friday, March 6 View Page
I had the good fortune of seeing our President last night at the Town Hall in Scranton. I was able to get him a gift and he loved it !! Melania is gonna hang it in the East wing and there is a good chance some Domingoís and MOMATES will be grown in the Presidential garden this year. What an honor.
Friday, March 20 View Page
COVID 19 hasnít changed our area to much. I pretty much found everything I was looking for.
Saturday, April 4 View Page
Someday.....
Tuesday, April 14 View Page
I had cabin fever and decided to plant some seeds on a new grow mat I picked up. It is good just to get in some sort of gardening mode. Iím not sure where I will be putting some of these but I will find space. Plenty of Valís beefsteaks are up and in need of a bigger cup. I threw in a 420 squash and 1000 pumpkin of mine which both came up in 4 days. It was a good test run.
Tuesday, April 14 View Page
With the Pennsylvania fish commission being concerned with this Saturdayís opening of trout season and people being bunched together for the traditional 8 am start, they pulled a nice surprise move. They made a secret unannounced opening day change last Tuesday. They posted on their website and it didnít take long for word to leak out but it worked like a charm. Fishermen were not shoulder to shoulder like normal seasons. Come on Val letís go for it !! I caught a beautiful Golden Trout. They started crossing a Palomino trout with a Rainbow trout a few years back and the Golden trout are beautiful.
Tuesday, April 14 View Page
A full stringer, a golden trout and a few hours of not thinking about Covid -19. Priceless!
Sunday, April 26 View Page
This Covid scare is getting a little old. I have been in germination mode and have way to many seeds started. I was going thru my bags and found some nice older ones and put them in dirt for the hell of it. I will be starting seeds for my fellow Honesdale growers Tom and Andy and will have plenty of good backups in case of any disasters. My chamber is filled up. I finally got some of the Red Peter Peppers to pop for my challenge with Captain Chop.
Sunday, April 26 View Page
Itís a good feeling when the chosen ones that you would like to plant break soil !!!!
Sunday, April 26 View Page
I have been at this for a long time!! After so many years you would think I would have a bigger PB. Oh well I usually squeeze to many in. Need a deeper til and could use a tractor but get the most out of what I have. I was looking at some old pics. Pretty sure these were from 2003 and one of the first time Andy and I met the New York growers in Elmira. I know Andy Wolf was there as well.
Sunday, April 26 View Page
I won the Howard Dill. Iím not sure if it was even called that then. My 218 seed grew nice Orange ones and believe I won 5 HDís over the years with it.
Sunday, April 26 View Page
My other best orange seed was my 689.5. Grown from the 869.5 Calai. She was a beauty !! Several growers gave that one some attention. North Shore Glenn had some real good luck and Pumpkinpal Eric had it in his lineup for years.
Sunday, April 26 View Page
I wish I could get one of those to germinate again but I have tried several times recently with no luck. Here is my daughter Lauren with our beauty back in 2003.
Sunday, April 26 View Page
Letís see if I can get a new PB this year. I cut a few trees to add a little more sun light. Managed to only add one nice load of composted manure. I could have used more but didnít get it in time. I did get the good fortune of running into a local who brought his tractor over for an initial til. My 2 titanium hips thanked him.
Sunday, April 26 View Page
Itís looking good to me. Just have to keep those whistle pigs out this year. Hoping our new Shepard Maggie Mae can help. We will have to teach her some proper patch etiquette i am sure. She is an excitable one.
Thursday, April 30 View Page
I saw Wixoms post showing some of his old pics from 1997. It inspired me to look at some old photos. Maybe we can start a new ThrowBack Thursday and dust off some old photos to help pass the time away. How about it?? Send in your ThrowBack Thursday pics. Here is my PA growing buddy Andy back in 2004. Loading a pumpkin with my 1987 Toyota. It worked like a charm.
Thursday, April 30 View Page
I miss that Toyota
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Throw Back Thursday Pics. Here is Andy Dyberry Patch Box at our visit to the Altoona weigh off in 2002. His 563 pound squash missed the state mark by 4 pounds. Nice stash Drew.
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Here is my now 24 year old daughter Lauren with the 2002 PGPGA winner. Tony Cilibertoís 1097 pound beauty. A thousand pound pumpkin was the benchmark then for a huge pumpkin. Lol. Itís still my benchmark.
Saturday, May 9 View Page
Good god snow in May. What gives. Iíve been busy trying to clean up the undergrowth around my patch this year in hopes of keeping the ground hogs away. Or at least giving me a clear shot at them. I found one den and stuck my go Pro camera down to see if it may be active. Wow. These critters are really adapting and may pose a challenge this year.
Thursday, May 14 View Page
My ThrowBack Thursday pic. Larry Checkon brought the World Record back to Pennsylvania at the 2005 weighoff in Altoona.
Thursday, May 14 View Page
The toughest part of being a pet owner is when itís time to say goodbye. We lost our original patch dog Geordie. He had a good run at 14 years old. Here he is in 2007 with our 992 pound pumpkin.
Thursday, May 14 View Page
He had a knack for telling if my squash thumped heavy
Thursday, May 14 View Page
He had been blind for the last few years, so I know he is in a better place. Run like the wind Geordie !! You will be missed.
Saturday, May 16 View Page
It looks like my plants survived the cold snap. No fancy heating cables for me but a spot light and plastic shelters at least has them stable. Now we need Mother Nature to warm the soil up for good.
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Ahhh another welcomed sign of spring.
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Another welcoming sign. Maters starting to emerge. First up were the MOMATES. How about that. Come on Domingoís wake up
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Our state has a red, yellow, green target for the Covid 19 situation. Red Stay at home. Yellow loosens up for small businesses but not bars or restaurants and green good to go. Our county will be moving from red to yellow next Friday. It has been a long haul with many small businesses hurting. Fourth of July fireworks cancelled already and our 150 year old wayne county fair in question. Sad. We are mandated to wear masks when going out. Maggie complains but is getting used to it.
Thursday, May 21 View Page
Iím discovering another issue with this tomato germination. Some of the seeds donít want to shake their seed coats. Itís easy to slide of a pumpkin seed but what do u do with these. Iím spraying to keep moist and hoping they push off as they grow.
Thursday, May 21 View Page
Chop gives his a bath before he plants. Maybe that softens them up so you donít have a problem. Jeeeeh itís always something.
Thursday, May 21 View Page
Throw back Thursday pic. In 2006 high waters flooded my pal Dyberry Andys patch. What a mess and wiped out all of the hard work.
Thursday, May 21 View Page
He had some seeds from the year before from a Cinderella pumpkin we crossed with a big boy. The pumpkin offspring were beautiful. And we found out they floated , the hard way.
Wednesday, May 27 View Page
I wouldnít say Iím ďCrushing ItĒ this year but for me Iím happy where Iím at. To have something vining out in May is good for me !!
Wednesday, May 27 View Page
Summer is on its way when my porch is the staging area for my young seedlings. I have a mixture here including some Red Peter Peppers which Chop and I have our own challenge going on.
Wednesday, May 27 View Page
The Covid situation is still here and there are some noticeable changes to the norm.
Wednesday, May 27 View Page
Our bars are getting set to open with a few restrictions. I guess I will be allowed to enter !!
Thursday, May 28 View Page
My throwback Thursday pic. In 2014 Dyberry Andy had some nice pumpkins growing and we had some legendary New York growers stop by his patch for a cookout and a look see. It was a thrill for us. The weighoff that year was in Bethel the site of the Woodstock festival. Here is a pic of Andys eventual 1503 off of the 1317 Clements. Posing are Andy Wolf, King Karl, Myself, Bill Bobier and Dyberry Andy and my patch dog Geordie. What fun !
Thursday, May 28 View Page
There were truck loads of pumpkins.
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Bill Bobier shared his technique to test if pollen was ripe ! Thanks Bill
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Summer weather is here !!! Pumpkins are looking good and I have a lot of work to get caught up on. The intermittent rains and heat waves have everything growing. The weeds and lawn are growing the best. I found some compost that I could not say no to. I will put it to use.
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Andy and I cut a few 16 ft locust posts a few years ago. They were never used for the intended project so I am throwing together some sort of redneck long gourd trellis. I hope the final model will work. My plants are ready to go in the ground so I better hurry.
Thursday, June 4 View Page
My first batch of tomato seeds didnít go so well. I think I cooked and drowned them. Rounds two and three were more successful. Now I have way to many. Captain Chop reminded me its better to plant a few and give them the Royal treatment. Hell, Iím gonna give a bunch of them the Royal treatment.
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Oh yeah! This stuff will be used. Go Team Slammer !
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Throw Back. We used to love the NewYork Weigh off in Cooperstown. Baseball and Pumpkins were two of our favorite things. The 2 day event there concluded with the Regatta on Sunday. They raffled off the pumpkins to the local businesses who decorated the pumpkins. They paddled the first heat and then the growers got their chance in heat two. This pic was 2008 and my son Alex then 13 was determined to give it a try. What fun !
Thursday, June 11 View Page
I will throw in a throwback pic. It may be running itís course but this was our first shot at growing a giant pumpkin and our first weighoff. Altoona and the PGPGA in 2001. Thatís me and the twins on the left with our 5th place finish and our 797. In the center is Tony Ciliberto the winner and next to him on the right is Len Knauseís soon to become famous 898 pound pumpkin. That pumpkin has a history of growing rock solid heavy pumpkins.
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Itís a nice time of year.
Thursday, June 11 View Page
Our hanging basket has some residents.
Thursday, June 11 View Page
The weather has been warm and muggy here in NE. PA. The pumpkins are starting to outgrow their small houses. Iím hoping to get the first round of Tomatoes in this weekend.
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
Summer weather is here. Iíve been working my arms off in the patch. Great exercise.
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
Letís Do This. I have lots of extra maters so We canít let Marv and Chop run away with this That bucket reminded me of a big Litter pail so in goes my 4.58 Big Cat Megadom with another Domingo or two to boot. Game on boys.
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
Trying to do something different and better than I did last year. Thatís probably a good rule every year. For the maters I concentrated on better planting holes
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
I am throwing the kitchen sink in there too. I saw some guys post where this stuff worked for him. Iím no dummy. Monkey see Monkey do !
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
I have a few in. Team slammer is in the game. The Captain says just let them dry out now. Ok. I can do that. I will be improving the mounds and better fence but for now they are ok.
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
I donít want to make Karl sick with to many tomato pics so on a good note Iím happy with my pumpkins too. The 2005 Haist is starting to ramp up.
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
And the 1885 Werner has a female on its tip. Itís been a few years since we had a a June germination. Maybe this is the year !!!
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
And last but not least my redneck locust post tri pod gourd trellis is ready for action. Hell if I get a world record doing and I need more height I can walk it up to give me more room. A couple of my 82 inch gourds are ready to take off.
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
Monday, June 22 View Page
It looks like everyoneís plants are taking off with this warm weather pattern. The 2005 Haist.
Monday, June 22 View Page
The 1885 werner. Both plants have females emerging on the main. I will have to see if the plants are big enough or wait for the next lady to arrive at the dance.
Monday, June 22 View Page
The dog days of summer are here! Maggie taking a break from the hot and humid temps.
Monday, June 22 View Page
The giant maters seem to love the heat. They are greening up and looking good.
Monday, June 29 View Page
Two days with rain in northeastern PA. The plants loved it. I made my first batch of. Compost Tea and fed the babies in between showers. Good morning Mr Haist.
Monday, June 29 View Page
Good morning Mr. Werner. I did get some rare June pollinations but may opt for another try for the next ladies in a few days to take advantage of the bigger plants.
Monday, June 29 View Page
The new improved Gourd trellis has some company starting to stretch up.
Monday, June 29 View Page
The maters are starting to grow.
Monday, June 29 View Page
Val and I are babysitting a neighbors lemon tree. The bees are doing their business this morning.
Thursday, July 9 View Page
Itís hot out there and another battle with Mother Nature. I have another woodchuck in the patch. Gonna go Caddyshack on this one and see if I can smoke him out. Thatís quite a bomb I found at the local hardware store.
Thursday, July 9 View Page
The plants are looking good but I have lost a few young sets on the main vine to the hot temps I believe. Val has been working overtime this year. We definitely are a co/grower duo this year.
Thursday, July 9 View Page
Smile val. I promise I wonít post this on BP
Thursday, July 9 View Page
Long gourds continue to stretch out.
Thursday, July 9 View Page
The star so far is our 1885 Werner. I hated to pull some secondaryís near the pumpkin but when the others aborted it was a go with our earliest pollination. She is crossed with the 2261 Schmitt.
Thursday, July 9 View Page
And good morning Mrs Megadom. Things are ramping up in the mater patch.
Friday, July 10 View Page
I saw where someone had said their 2261 Schmitt was looking green. I have one of those growing as well. The young females do have a light green stripe on them. I am pretty confident it will grow out and have a nice shade of orange once the fat lady signs.
Friday, July 10 View Page
We are expecting tropical rains here in northeast Pennsylvania. I tilled around the tomatoes to loosen the soil up in hopes it will soak in better.
Friday, July 10 View Page
Well Helloooo Mrs Domingo !! This storm wonít help these young blossoms but Captain Chop says these young ones are crap anyway. We will wait. Maybe.... lol
Friday, July 10 View Page
Iím in on the bucket challenge. Nothing blossoming yet , but they are on their way.
Saturday, July 11 View Page
Three inches of much needed rain here in PA. Wow everything survived and thrived. These tap roots came out of nowhere.
Saturday, July 11 View Page
The roots on the crown of the 2005 are digging in and sucking up. I wonder if I should put some soil on there or let it be and keep it dry. Hmmmm what would Karl do?
Saturday, July 11 View Page
Itís tropical down in the patch.
Saturday, July 11 View Page
The 1885 almost had the chair stuck on it with the growth last nite. Looks like this one will be the special one in our patch this year.
Monday, July 20 View Page
The heat wave has hit Honesdale as well as most of the country. As long as I can keep up with the watering it has things rolling. The 1885 is changing shape and putting on weight.
Monday, July 20 View Page
I am having a hard time getting one to set on the 2261 Schmitt. The heat has been to much I guess. While I am culling lots of nice ones on the Werner.
Monday, July 20 View Page
The tomatoes are looking good!
Monday, July 20 View Page
With some nice megas but I am wondering if the pollinations will be affected as well with the high temps.
Monday, July 20 View Page
We celebrated a special birthday. Maggie Mae turned one !
Monday, July 20 View Page
What a difference a year makes. This is the Saratoga weighoff last year.
Monday, July 20 View Page
I donít think she will fit in the big chair anymore. Happy Birthday Maggie !
Monday, July 20 View Page
Dyberry Andy is away on vacation ...again! So friends help friends pollinate their pumpkins. Andy had a rough time with critters wrecking his patch and he built a corral around it. But the plants are way behind but hopefully will salvage something. If not we can hold a bull riding event in the enclosure.
Monday, July 20 View Page
The garden is almost full, the long gourd has reached the top. Itís a great time of year and soon can rest a bit and watch things grow and enjoy all of our efforts.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
What a heat wave we are riding this year. The 2261 Schmitt plant just wasnít doing it for us. Nothing would stay set and abort around volleyball size. Val made the suggestion to pull it out and we did. The plan is to let the main and and a few secondaries from the 1885 werner plant fill in the area.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
I climbed the latter and pollinated some well positioned long gourds this morning. I hope they take as they are in a perfect position.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
I donít think I have put a pic of the HD contender in our patch this year. I was fortunate enough to get a 1297 Young from the grower. Thank you John ! I know he is getting low on those seeds so I had to squeeze it in itís in the beginning of our patch and only in an area of about 200 sq ft. What a beauty !! It looks like it will be a bright orange pumpkin with a great shape.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
I know lots of tomato growers are having trouble with the pollinations on mega blooms with the heat so far. I havenít seen megas on al of my plants, BUT I do see a few.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
This one looks like a nice Caterpillar shape. These arenít captain Chops favorite but I think I will ride this one out for team Slammer.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
I have 3 in buckets for the challenge. It looks like I have one set on the little known 6.11 Fup seed. I believe itís a Domingo variety.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
The 2005 plant is being stubborn for us. It is the biggest plant we have and not putting on the numbers it should be. A tissue test revealed a nitrogen deficiency Itís a little late to be messing with that stuff but will try and tweak a little bit. The pumpkin now is quite short and looks like a sag line is forming.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
The star of the patch remains the 1885 werner. I know there are plenty of other growers posting bigger numbers but our plant isnít as big as I thought and to hit 400 pounds in July is big by standards for our patch. We are happy !!!
Friday, July 31 View Page
Tomorrow is measuring day but I can see the growth has continued on our 1885 werner. She isnít the looker I was hoping for but who really cares. She is gonna be unique with a flat top. Hell maybe I will get Val to do the Cindy surfing pose when itís time. Looks like the butt is folding over as well.
Friday, July 31 View Page
I did a good check on the stem side and all looks good.
Friday, July 31 View Page
The main isnít very thick going into the stem and the kink is not what I wanted. I hadnít planned on going with this selection so the S turn wasnít perfected. I may have a little stress issue but will figure something out. Slid another piece of fabric in front after the pic to keep the dirt off of it.
Friday, July 31 View Page
My gourd pollination was a success. There are a few hangers up there.
Friday, July 31 View Page
I love the mornings with a cup of coffee and a tour to check the growth. My patch cat partner Texas follows me around and has for the last 14 years.
Friday, July 31 View Page
Tomatoes are starting to reach the chest high happy zone that Chop recommends. I have a few first truss ones that I will let roll. I like a couple on my 3.77 from last year. The Lambchop was itís momma
Friday, July 31 View Page
This 3.77 is looking special. It doesnít have the 5 or 6 blooms that Mega Marv is whining about. Ahhh he doesnít read diaries anyway he says. I think some of those mega ones lead to trouble. I am betting I can get a big one with this shape.
Friday, July 31 View Page
Ok I better do some weeding and put some soil on those roots. Ehhhh not just at the moment.

 

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