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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 10 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!
 

 

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