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Thursday, January 2 View Page
Happy New Year, Everyone!
 
Sunday, January 5 View Page
I received a Fitbit for Christmas, so of course I have to do more steps than my overwintering self can reasonably handle. "So much winning!" lol!
 
Tuesday, January 7 View Page
Ah yes, snow is predicted for the lowlands of the Pacific Northwest. It makes driving entertaining, as well as grocery shopping, with people panic-purchasing bottled water and canned foods, as if THAT will save 'em, lol!
 
Thursday, January 9 View Page
It's snowing! Wheeee!
 
Sunday, January 12 View Page
It might take a while to get it right.
 
Sunday, January 12 View Page
Pizza and Chianti Night, yay! Still waiting on the snow.
 
Sunday, January 12 View Page
The Giant Pumpkin Matrix awaits. I step in.
 
Monday, January 13 View Page
Too warm here for the snow to stick around. It's still trying.
 
Monday, January 13 View Page
Yay, got a bit of snow!
 
Tuesday, January 14 View Page
Glad to get some snow! Also glad it's melted now! Might receive another round soon. Have fun out there!
 
Wednesday, January 15 View Page
20,000 steps may have been a much, lol!
 
Thursday, January 16 View Page
Getting excited to dig it up! Need more locates!
 
Friday, January 17 View Page
The upsets continue on Grand Sumo! Been inspirational to watch some of the rank-and-filers improve their skills to win.
 
Saturday, January 18 View Page
Never give up, bnot!
 
Saturday, January 18 View Page
I thought it would be fine to stop making Excel entries in my pumpkin-growing spreadsheet during the off-season, lol! Plenty going on even with nothing growing. Giant Pumpkins never stop!
 
Saturday, January 18 View Page
Today's Grand Sumo Theme: "Let's get this bout over with so we can hit the buffet before the rank-and-filers eat all the good food!"
 
Monday, January 20 View Page
Yes, Toto and Mr. Locator, there IS a 50-pair phone line in my patch, check it and see!
 
Tuesday, January 21 View Page
Following up is important in giant pumpkin growing, as I found out yesterday. So, I called the locating company up and mentioned that a phone line does run through my patch even though they said it didn't. The nice lady contacted Mr. Locator and he promptly came over and confirmed that Yes, even he knows that the phone line runs through my pumpkin patch, and that he never received the request to locate the line because someone at the service desk decided that I didn't need a locate, LOL! Mr. Locator was awesome and got it squared away for me and gave me some nice flags to indicate where the 50-pair phone line is so I don't dig it up. People will say all sorts of things when growing giant pumpkins, filter it out and carry on with doing a better job.
 
Tuesday, January 21 View Page
I'm looking forward to the seed raffle with matt-man and the BHGPG, 5 pm Pacific Time! Will be fun! Hope to see everyone there! /waves to all the pumpkin people out there!
 
Tuesday, January 21 View Page
So great to see so many nice people at the BHGPG raffle this evening! Thank you for a fun evening, matt-man! Loved the non-google-able trivia questions, even if I couldn't answer any of them correctly! I'm happy to add to my seed collection as well!
 
Tuesday, January 21 View Page
Oh my, you mean that I'm #2 in number of diary entries, behind bnot? Really? What kind of pumpkinhead am I becoming, anyways?
 
Friday, January 24 View Page
Oh my, this Grand Sumo tournament is in chaos right now! Too many injuries among the higher ranks are opening up plenty of opportunities for the lower ranks. Enho has the fighting spirit and is kicking as much rear as a small guy can, and Shodai is turning into a real champ! Much of the establishment is on the way out. I hope that Tochinoshin can hang in there for a few more tournaments with his knee injuries and all. Go Tochinoshin Go! A Georgian in Sumo! Do not cut off your top knot and retire yet, please!
 
Friday, January 24 View Page
For the off-season, there is still plenty to be done here! Drip tape does not order itself, lol! I can see why it takes a few seasons to get one's pumpkin act together. Go Dawn Go! Give it fuel, give it fire! Best wishes for all you Pumpkin People out there! I hope your off-season is going well! Special shout-outs to new and new-ish growers! Study up and work make your patch the best that it can be! You can do this!!!
 
Friday, January 24 View Page
Looking forward to another matt-man seed auction, whenever that is! Great conversation, great seeds, great people!
 
Saturday, January 25 View Page
Will not post that photo of Jason Momoa at the beach. It's all good!
 
Saturday, January 25 View Page
Thank you for the 2363 Holland seed, matt-man! Woot! So many seeds, so little time!
 
Thursday, January 30 View Page
Got a nice hole dug for my giant cucumbers out in the garden, before it started raining, yay! Too dark for a worthwhile photo, so please enjoy these ferns in the Olympic National Park instead.
 
Friday, January 31 View Page
"When a problem comes along, Lambchop must lop it, lop it good!"
 
Saturday, February 1 View Page
Super-windy start to February, I hope all the NW growers still have power. The internet connection is a bit glitchy here but it's still working enough to post. Take care out there!
 
Saturday, February 1 View Page
Awwww, here's our 'lil Lambchop! So cute! Let's keep her in Sweet Mode! I hope Lambchop knows that she has some big-time fans out here in Pumpkinland! So talented! So fun! Yes, I know she's not reading this but I'm posting it anyways!
 
Saturday, February 1 View Page
Woot! Got my own copy of the Lambchop Poster drying! I'm almost ready for another season of epicness!
 
Tuesday, February 4 View Page
Snow is in the air! Wheee!
 
Wednesday, February 12 View Page
I am really looking forward to the Fantasy Pumpkin Growers competition! I'm working on my list of epic draft picks now! So much greatness will be assembled for my entertainment, woot!!!! Thank you, Orange U Glad!
 
Wednesday, February 12 View Page
Awwww, I'm sorry to miss the upcoming PNWGPG Seed Auction! Wedding anniversary with steak and wine instead! Have fun for me, everyone!
 
Thursday, February 13 View Page
Have fun, everyone!
 
Friday, February 21 View Page
I have a pumpkin social calendar now :-)
 
Friday, February 28 View Page
Go Vegas Henry Go! Tell Everyone "Hello" for Me!!!!!
 
Saturday, February 29 View Page
Have fun in Vegas for me, Curt!!!!!
 
Saturday, February 29 View Page
Looking forward to Porkchop's presentation this evening in the chat!!! Woot!!!!!
 
Wednesday, March 4 View Page
Hello Friends! It's been a while since I've posted anything here, but I've been thinking of you guys and gals! My early spring is not going as planned. I overdid walking with my Fitbit and my ankle is sore, plus it feels like my allergies are back. Tree pollen is up here. I don't know what I'm going to be able to grow this year. I should just go take a nap. I've already been staying home to avoid the Corona Virus, taking vitamins, drinking plenty of water, eating right, etc. I have plenty of food and sanitizing materials here. I wonder if you are also getting a blast of tree pollen, Brandon. I hope your parents are doing well up in King County! I hope you are feeling better soon! I hope all the growers are doing well here in Washington! Take care everyone!
 
Saturday, March 14 View Page
Awwww, I saw two of my photos today in the Random Photo Gallery. Thank you Ken, that was nice!
 
Saturday, March 14 View Page
Been wanting to post here for some time now. Been distracted by the snow that stuck yesterday and the snow that didn't today. Wheeee!
 
Saturday, March 14 View Page
I'm really looking forward to the Fantasy Growers draft! Woot! Sorry the pumpkin club activities here in the NW have all been cancelled! I miss you, Long Gourd presentation and Jack LaRue's History of Giant Pumpkins! Please be safe and well, everyone!
 
Monday, March 16 View Page
Right now, there are so many vehicles in the two local grocery store parking lots that it's an accident waiting to happen. I made no attempt to park. Will try again at an off-hour (early morning or late evening). GermFest!!!!!! lol
 
Tuesday, March 17 View Page
Happy St. Patrick's Day, Everyone! Making do with the at-home Merlot. Party On, Pumpkin People!
 
Wednesday, March 18 View Page
Oh my, I've never been mistaken for someone with a Physics degree before, lol!
 
Friday, March 20 View Page
Stay Safe and Healthy Everyone!
 
Friday, March 20 View Page
I have a laundry list of email addresses here, but I would rather say "Thank You for Being My Friend!" on bp.com!!!!!!!!!! I really appreciate it!!!!!!
 
Saturday, March 21 View Page
I miss my pumpkin clubs and my pumpkin people! Much love to you all!!!!!!!
 
Monday, March 23 View Page
Two weeks of staying home for Washington State. Have fun Pumpkin People!
 
Friday, March 27 View Page
OK Friends, it's getting real germy here in Lakewood, so I am continuing to self-isolate and not even going to Arby's for the BLT's anymore! Oh The Horrors!!!! How am I EVER going to survive? lol /waves at Colleen and Crew from Here! I am going to attempt gardening with only the items I have on hand (leftover from last season) and they are numerous. I am also not doing any soil testing (OH MY GAWD!!!!!) to avoid germy visits to the Post Office. I will guess-ti-mate and utilize the Amendment Calculator for the items I have on hand to enhance the soil I already have here, and hope it works out OK. I also have soil from my garden area from two years ago that I can utilize, extra compost, etc. here. I am hoping that this will be an educational experience, or at least an entertaining and safe one!!!!! I'm sticking with my plan of growing long gourds in last season's pumpkin holes (one LG plant per hole), one 5-Gallon Mater, and one cucumber. I did not get my front yard dug up before my ankle started hurting and the germs started spreading. I am highly disappointed that there will be no AG's grown here this year, but I cannot risk taking that many trips to Lowe's this year, or even dealing with my lawn removal at this point in time. I will try not to have jealousy issues when I see all of your wonderful kins on the grow! I was so looking forward to growing my seed this year, I will have to wait until next year to see that through. Thank you for your friendship and support here, and for reading all of this! I hope everyone has an AMAZING year for me, yay!!!! Stay Safe and Healthy, Everyone! Thinking of you all!!!
 
Sunday, March 29 View Page
Thank you for a fun auction, Wizzy and Everyone!
 
Thursday, April 2 View Page
"Stay Home, Stay Healthy" for another fun-filled month here in Washington State! Hang in there, Arby's!
 
Thursday, April 2 View Page
Take Care Out There, Everyone! And I'm not kidding about this, lol!!!!!!!
 
Saturday, April 4 View Page
Washington State is flattening the curve, way to go! Keep up the great work, everyone!
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Wall of Inspiration! Have a Happy Easter, Everyone!
 
Friday, April 17 View Page
One of my favorite things about this website is the ability to post photos of holes in the ground, and to have it be a relevant topic of discussion! Thank you, Friends! I'm a bit skeptical that a two-foot deep hole will be adequate for my heavy cucumber, but my arm is letting me know that this hole is plenty deep already, so I'll make due with what I have here for this season. I plan to dig up the roots this autumn and see how they did, and if I need to dig through more glacial till for next season. I found it interesting that there is a band of black soil close to the glacial till on this property, I wonder if there was a massive fire here right before the Ice Age hit. This place went through a lot, it seems.
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Oh my, it appears that the black soil layer directly under the glacial till is actually deceased organic matter. I held it between my fingers. I am a now a more complete human.
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
Arms are too tired for a real post, so I'll just give a wimpy wave to the group here at bp because I'm thinking about you folks and hope that you are all doing really well out there!!!!!
 
Thursday, April 23 View Page
Yay for the upcoming Draft Day! All you AG growers are going to want to be on my team! Good luck, Everyone!
 
Monday, May 4 View Page
Time to get the Long Gourd Party started! Looking forward to getting some matt-man back in my patch!
 
Tuesday, May 5 View Page
Brown water from all the faucets and other exciting bits of 'real life' have kept me from posting about the Fun Team of Fantasy Growers! If your name is Lorelee Zywiec, Joel Holland, Jim Sherwood, PorkChop & LambChop, Doc Rodebaugh, Matt DeBacco, or Jack LaRue, I drafted you because you are epic! The Fun Team will have an amazing season, and I know that together, we can achieve great things!!!!!
 
Tuesday, May 5 View Page
Awww, I wish I could drafted more people, but I only had seven spots :-(
 
Tuesday, May 5 View Page
Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone! I've got the cooler going for the Long Gourd Party! Only the matt-man seeds are invited to this exclusive event! The Harnica Long Gourd seeds seem to have thicker shells than the matt-man seeds. I am really pulling for the matt-man seeds, but we'll see how this all pans out since those seeds are from 2014, plus I'm using whatever supplies I have on hand thanks to the Corona (virus). I will feel super-lucky if I can manage a PB.
 
Wednesday, May 6 View Page
Woot! Rick J. is going to grow another Monster (h/j 1756)! Yay!
 
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Yay for Throwback Thursday! This Gremlin Gourd goes back to 2018, in the Before-Times. Gremlin Gourds are fun to grow.
 
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Awwww, Hattie playing Inspector Twelve for the Small Pumpkin Line-Up in 2018.
 
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Birdcage Gourd blossom from 2018. Beautiful! We'll have Throwback Thursday next week as well, right? I have more photos to share but I don't want to spam the place up all at once, lol! I'll leave some bandwidth for others to enjoy, yay!
 
Saturday, May 9 View Page
Overheated, dusty, and gritty enough in the patch for August, already.
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
Take Care, Iowegian!!!!! Wishing you well!!!
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
Happy Mother's Day, Everyone! I'm not sure how many Moms are actually reading this, lol! Have a nice day anyways!!!!
 
Monday, May 11 View Page
Oh my, lol! https://www.iheart.com/content/2020-05-08-brian-may-hospitalized-after-butt-injury-in-bizarre-gardening-accident/ "Iconic Queen guitarist Brian May was hospitalized this week after tearing his gluteus maximus (his butt muscle) "to shreds" during "a moment of over-enthusiastic gardening." " Is there a video of this maneuver? lol How does this even happen? Get well soon, Brian! Sounds like a real pain in the rear!
 
Thursday, May 14 View Page
Woot for Throwback Thursday! I like to throw back a few, oh wait, that's not what this is supposed to be about! lol Luminas are cool pumpkins for 'lil guys. They smell like cucumbers and taste like a sweet melon. The neighbors liked them. From 2017. Looks like several growers got their start with small pumpkins and moved their way up to the AG's.
 
Thursday, May 14 View Page
Just wanted to let everyone know that I have a new email address at: long-gourds@tutanota.com Have fun!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Let's see the car crashes on NASCAR! Woot!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Kroger Car Crash! I liked how the hood flew up upon impact with the wall. Now the rear of the car is on fire, nicely done! Great entertainment while self-isolating!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The Ally car needs an ally after the reverse bounce off the wall, lol!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Way to wobble into the wall, Axiom car! I also love the pit crew that removed the tire and took a large rubber hammer to the sheet metal in the wheel well to try to pound it back into place so they could get the tire to fit again. Sorry guys, that car will need some serious help before it will see the track again. You get an 'A' for effort and enthusiasm!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Toyota on a dizzy pass! Loose tire!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The Cat car has something in it's teeth.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Leave The Wall alone, ok? lol
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The Discount Tire car looks as though it has already been discounted, broken rear window, scraped side, etc.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Many of the cars look beat up now. I will refrain from making any commentary about the Rheem car, lol! I can't make this stuff up!!!! lol
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The Cat car used some dental floss but is still wearing the track in general. Then my auto insurance company flashed an ad on the top banner. You mean I can't drive like that in RL? Awwwww, what is this world coming to? lol
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
We all need a re-start zone! Sorry Ken, I'm clogging up my Diary with my live blogging of this NASCAR race! It's fun though!!!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The Monster car looks like a Monster from the front! Camaros are a lot like monsters, lol!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
lol Fastenal Pit Crew guy: Just take your gloved fist and pound on the hood! The damaged hood rippled like waves of vibration, like a rock thrown into the water. Dang it, I think I missed some stuff while typing this! Live Blogging isn't as easy as it seems!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
The Fastenal car needs moar fasteners!!!!!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
'Stang is wearing the track debris close to the intake!
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
I was hoping for better results from Kyle "KY" Busch lol Have a great growing season everyone!
 
Monday, May 18 View Page
Happy 40th Anniversary of the Explosion of Mt. St. Helens! "Where were you when the mountain blew?" I was at home wondering why it was sooo gritty, lol!
 
Monday, May 18 View Page
Wow, I'm actually posting a picture, woot! I hope my new batch of 134 3/8 Harnicas work out better for me!
 
Wednesday, May 20 View Page
Nice reddit link, Pumpkinman Dan! One of my favs was "The AC doesn't work, it just blows cold air!" lol
 
Thursday, May 21 View Page
I heard that the Washington State Fair will still be held this year. As much as I love the Fair, that sounds like a total GermFest, lol! So, for Throwback Thursday, here's the roller coaster from 1990 at sunset. Have fun and stay safe out there, everyone!
 
Thursday, May 21 View Page
More WA State Fair Fun from 1990, woot!
 
Thursday, May 21 View Page
Take care, Engel! Much luck to you! Throwback Thursday photo, Cherry Blossoms, 1989.
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
Barf out! There was a wormy critter in my long gourd seed! It was too gross to take a picture of! No wonder it didn't germinate, lol!
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
OK, Germinate You Lil Buggers! I mean long gourds! For the third time, it's a charm, right? lol
 
Wednesday, May 27 View Page
Nicely done LJ! Good luck this season!
 
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Homegrown pumpkin guts from 2016 for Throwback Thursday.
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
Thinking of you pumpkin people, Iowegian and the Engel Family!
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
Yup, crushing the soil thing this season, lol! The roots on this chunk of lawn were going wild for the soil in the Monster Pit! I guess I did something right in my first year, yay!
 
Friday, May 29 View Page
Well, I hope this works, no soil test or anything since last season! Oh, the horrors! lol "Take me home, country road, West Virginia!" I hope you like it here in Washington, Heavy Cucumbers! The Monster Pit is all yours!!!! Three feet of delicious fertilizers! Wheeeee!!!
 
Saturday, May 30 View Page
Ride the lightening!
 
Sunday, May 31 View Page
Got the heavy cucumbers planted just in time for the heaviest rainfall of the year, so much winning! Woot! lol
 
Monday, June 1 View Page
Well, this is an interesting tidbit from my first season. The smaller hole of soil where I grew my 574.5 is *totally* clogged with pumpkin roots, it's like lawn sod in there! Seems root bound to me. A 4.2' x 5.5' pit is too small, my other 6.5' pit worked much better. The good news is that I crushed the soil thing last season, yay! The downside here is that there is no loose soil in there to plant anything in, so my plans are scrapped. My second year is nowhere near what I thought it would be, danged Corona Virus! At this point of self-isolating, the recent highlight is getting a salad delivered! Wow, really kickin' some AG rear here, lol! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy so we can all grow another year! Woot! Take care Iowegian and the Engels Family!
 
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Jolly Good! I'm not a big fan of heights, so here I am at the top of the London Eye (Giant Ferris Wheel) back in 2000, trying not to look too scared, lol! Wheeee for Throwback Thursday!
 
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Time is melting! It's Throwback Thursday already!
 

 

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