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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

 

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