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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 31 Entries.
Monday, April 20 View Page
Such a great time of the year, when we all start the season with enthusiasm and high hopes. To you....reading my diary....I wish you the best of luck, a big ol' pumpkin and lots of fun!
Monday, April 20 View Page
This year's seeds surrounded by good luck charms - 2003 Haist - 2433 Paton - 745 Lawrence - 2005 Haist - 1382 Rea - 1533 Rea. We need all the help we can get!
Monday, April 20 View Page
Heating cables are fastened to mats and ready to go.
Wednesday, April 22 View Page
What a difference a day makes! Finally....finally....finally....the soil was dry enough to apply the amendments and do the final till. In spite of the cold and wind, I had to act fast, since rain is forecasted 8 of the next 9 days. Huts are assembled, heating cables buried, ceramic heaters turned on and walking boards are in place. Photo is a little deceiving. The huts are actually 4' wide, 8' long, and 30' apart.
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Here is my entry for Throw-back Thursday. One of OVGPG's finest moments! Our own Christy and Nick Harp setting the new world record at 1725 pounds in 2009! Pumpkin excitement at its finest!!
Monday, May 11 View Page
Crazy weather for Mothers' Day - cold and drizzly. I kept the heaters on and huts closed up tight. Then the sun came out.......120 degrees inside the huts! Opened one end. 2 hours later, I got a weather alert that severe wind and rain would start in 3 minutes. Rushed to the garden - turned on the heaters - lit the candles - closed up the huts. Drove my garden cart back to the house in the wind and rain. Sun came out, and here was this beautiful sight!
Monday, May 11 View Page
Ahhh.........the life of a giant pumpkin grower!
Thursday, May 14 View Page
Throw back Thursday - 2007 - One of our annual "punkin pickin' parties". These are Prizewinner pumpkins that we scratched the names on in mid-August. Several of these kids are now in college - 2 in the military - 2 have babies of their own! Ahhhh, the good ol' days!
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
This is my 1533 Rea from last season. Patch mates are 2433 Paton - 2005 Haist - 1382 Rea. They went from a string of frosty overnights to coping with temps in the mid-80's.
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Ready for the heatwave........the plastic has been replaced with shade cloth - fans - and a high-tech, automated mister......that's me!
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
Side view of 1533 Rea - growing nicely but not quite big enough for a pollination. This year I will go with Eddy's words......"size trumps date"!
Wednesday, June 17 View Page
Party pumpkins are all planted.......20 total. There are a few sizes of jack-o-lanterns, some novelties & gourds, a 175 McKinnon, and I'm excited to grow a 745 Lawrence. Jeff Lawrence is a PA grower who flies somewhat under the radar and has grown beautiful orange pumpkins for years. His foundation stock is from 603 Muller and he has added in the 575 Wolf.
Friday, June 19 View Page
The 743 Lawrence I mentioned is actually the 746 Lawrence...........and here she is! WOW!!
Friday, June 19 View Page
GOT ORANGE? Jeff Lawrence collection from last season. Amazing!
Friday, June 19 View Page
Jeff has been growing beautiful pumpkins for many many years and has been to just one weighoff. And did win the Howard Dill Award. If you're looking for consistant orange you may want to contact Jeff for seeds. As previously mentioned, these pumpkins are 603 Mullers and 575 Wolfs.
Friday, June 19 View Page
One more! I wanted you orange growers to meet Jeff Lawrence from PA. Jeff, Looking forward to seeing you and your pumpkins at more weighoffs!
Monday, July 6 View Page
Hot Hot Hot!! with several more days in the 90's coming up. I've put 4' wide strips of shade cloth right on the leaves, and so far have prevented scorched leaves. The downside is that it must be removed in the evening, so young leaves trying to grow don't get scrunched and tendrils don't attach. A bit time consuming..........but whatever works!
Thursday, July 9 View Page
Crazy times........we need some funny women to make us smile! Lucy is my first pumpkin to hit 10 days - 2433 Paton, pollinated with a 2005 Haist.
Saturday, July 11 View Page
This is Goldie (Hawn). She is a 1533 Rea, pollinated with a 1382 Rea, and 10 days old.
Sunday, July 12 View Page
Another funny lady made it to day 10. This is Lily (Tomlin) - 1382 Rea, pollinated with a 1533 Rea.
Sunday, July 12 View Page
OK.....so I'm not as big as my patch sisters, but I sure am cute! I am Gracie (Allen) - 2005 Haist pollinated with a 2433 Paton, and I am also 10 days old.
Sunday, July 19 View Page
2433 Paton - "Lucy......you've got some splanin' to do! Have you been sneaking icecream and Dove chocolates at night?" 20 day circumference 93" !!
Tuesday, July 21 View Page
1533 Rea - Goldie, enjoying chocolates with Lucy, shows off a 20 day circumference of 96" !
Wednesday, July 22 View Page
2005 Haist - Gracie rounded out at 20 days with an 83" circumference.
Wednesday, July 22 View Page
1382 Rea - Lily also made 20 days and leads her patch mates with a circumference of 97" !
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Here is the entire patch, where I think I spend half my life! 20 "party pumpkins" on the lower half - 4 AG's at the top.
Saturday, July 25 View Page
All just about 25 days old - Lily - Gracie - Lucy - and Goldie are lined up and politely social distancing at 30 '.
Wednesday, July 29 View Page
2433 Paton - Lucy doesn't care about not entering the beauty contest. She's content that at day 30, she gained 200 pounds in the last 5 days, for a 617 pound total.
Friday, July 31 View Page
1533 Rea - Goldie's 5 day average is 38 lbs/day. She is at 30 days with a 133" circumference and 629 lbs.
Saturday, August 1 View Page
2005 Haist - Gracie made the 30 day, 500 lb. mark with 501 lbs.! Grow Gracie!
Saturday, August 1 View Page
1382 Rea - Lily has the smallest mother of the 4 pumpkins, but so far sports the biggest numbers. At day 30, her past 5 day growth is 49lbs./day, leading the Rea Patch at 694 lbs. !


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