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Monday, May 23 View Page
Oh boy am I late in starting a diary this year. It wouldnít be the same if I skipped a year and had nothing to look back on when the old noodle starts to slip a bit. While everyone is posting there emerging AGs I better catch up. Hmmm the fall ended on a good a good note with Andy stopping by our hunting club with his North American winner. What a beast !!
Monday, May 23 View Page
WinterÖ. Not my favorite season any more but Val and I were able to get out for some Ice fishing. Atta girl Val !!
Monday, May 23 View Page
January. Well a sad month for us. I lost my brother Scott. 50 years of diabetes took its toll on him. He chose to live life his way and you have to respect that. He left no stones unturned.
Monday, May 23 View Page
Scott visited often. He loved the Big MOMATE tomatoes.
Monday, May 23 View Page
Life is short folks. We are all in line and you never know when your number will be called. Thanks for the memories brother !
Monday, May 23 View Page
Spring finally came and if was easy to pick out the seed I wanted to plant. Thanks to Andy for sending me a couple from his North American winner. Itís always a good feeling when the one you want to grow germinates. The season begins. My seedlings looked good this year. Time to harden them off for a May plant date.
Monday, May 23 View Page
Ahhh yes. Another welcome sign of spring itís Turkey season. My son Alex was home for a break so come on Val. We are going for it !! Itís a tradition.
Monday, May 23 View Page
Hell yeah. Gobble gobble.
Monday, May 23 View Page
The plants are off to a good start by Ned standards. I am thankful for the shelters John Roba gave me. They are a big time saver and I am able to put some heat in them. Itís rare for me to get a June pollination but we may be headed that direction if all goes well.
Monday, May 23 View Page
I found this book on straw bale gardening. I will give it a go near the house to see if it works as good as advertised. Hell,no soil needed and no weeding with a soaker hose to water. Sounds good to me.
Monday, May 23 View Page
You condition the bales with a nitrogen rich regimen in between soaking them and in 12 days you are ready to plant. We shall see. If it makes more room in the patch for pumpkins and tomatoes itís a win.
Monday, May 23 View Page
And patch dog Maggie is all muscled up this year and ready to defend our turf. She has turned into a beautiful Shepherd. Come on Mr. woodchuck just try me, donít make me get out of dads chair.
Wednesday, June 1 View Page
We survived the Memorial Day heat wave and it looks like I didnít fry my plants. I went with a non orange in the patch this year because Jay was kind enough to send a seed and his 1822 looked like a boulder in the pics. It started out with a kink and looked like it may flat vine but it has straightened out and wanting to throw out some secondaries now. It looks good to me.
Wednesday, June 1 View Page
My other two main plants are Andys monster off of the 1885 werner and my own also off of the 1885, albeit a mini me version of his 2365. Here is the 2365 which by all accounts is as big of a plant I have had for June 1. Now I just need some secondaries to kick in gear.
Wednesday, June 1 View Page
No you arenít seeing double here is my 839. It has been peeking over at the 2365 and so far itís a mirror image. Monkey see monkey do.
Wednesday, June 1 View Page
I am having fun playing with my Straw Bale vegetable garden. It is quite interesting. I bent cattle fence panel over to allow soMe beans and cukes to have their way to hang. We shall see if it works.
Wednesday, June 1 View Page
All planted now. It should be weed free and not a lot of effort from here on.
Wednesday, June 1 View Page
Ugggh same pic.
Wednesday, June 1 View Page
We took a break from the patch to visit Bethel and a trip down memory lane as The Who was playing at the original Woodstock. Itís a beautiful place and it was packed.
Wednesday, June 1 View Page
Tailgating is as good as the show. You go Val !!
Wednesday, June 1 View Page
On the list this week is patch cleanup and more tilling. With no tractor here itís been a pain to keep up with the tilling and weed control. My patch is shrinking and I need to clear out the edges. I have Giant maters still in cups if team 1 is going to compete in the Challenge. They need to get in the dirt NOW.
Wednesday, June 1 View Page
Itís a nice time of year with the unofficial start of summer. You have to enjoy it because it will go fast. These blooms will start to fade soon.
Wednesday, June 1 View Page
Here is another shot of Andys monster for all of you that are growing one. Now my friend Bob is no small French fry.
Tuesday, June 7 View Page
Ahhhh warm weather is here and the butterflies are back. Itís a good time of year.
Tuesday, June 7 View Page
I took the plastic off of the pumpkins. They can use a little sunshine and green up a bit and see if I can get the secondary vines moving.
Tuesday, June 7 View Page
Andys 2365 and my 839 continue to look a like. They have about 8 ft vines I would guess with the first male flowers arriving.
Tuesday, June 7 View Page
The 1822 Yohe has been growing fast and has the biggest secondary vines of the 3 main plants.
Tuesday, June 7 View Page
The seeds I planted in the straw bale garden are sprouting now.
Tuesday, June 7 View Page
The veggies are starting to fill in.
Tuesday, June 7 View Page
Val and I had the pleasure of dog watching my daughter Laurenís pride and joy. We showed him a great time. I wasnít a good GrandPaw and taught him some bad habits.
Tuesday, June 7 View Page
It was time to get in the game and get the tomatoes in the ground. I picked up a couple pieces of cattle fence to use this year. If Jack does it maybe that is the secret. Soil tilled.
Tuesday, June 7 View Page
Holes dug and secret amendments added. The ones that Porkchop swore me to secrecy. In they go. Let the games begin.
Tuesday, June 7 View Page
I have two rows of maters so far with some of my seeds and a few other chosen ones. I will probably dot a few more around but these were given prime attention. The Laughing Stalks are on their way !!
Tuesday, June 7 View Page
Another 2365 pic to keep you drooling. Val and Maggie got to pose in this one.
Wednesday, June 8 View Page
We had a nice warm rain here in northeastern PA. I had fed before the storm with some newly acquired Kelp courtesy of WOWs excellent service. The plants responded and look happy this morning. I really have to get my fencing in order. It looks a bit like a junk yard down in the old patch.
Thursday, June 16 View Page
The secondary vines are responding now and the plants are starting to hit their stride. They like the open air treatment and the sunshine is greening them up.
Thursday, June 16 View Page
My 839 is holding pace with the 2365. The plants seem to like their breakfast. My 15 year old Little Giant 1/3 hp still does a good job.
Thursday, June 16 View Page
Maters are in with 2 rows of competitive attempts . . Both have wire fencing around them but one seems to have a frequent visitor. It must be small but likes the taste of my plant. I think I will try the McCoy pruning method on these. Thanks mr chippy for getting me started.
Thursday, June 16 View Page
The other side of the patch is fairing much better. Iím liking the looks of these. They are looking like me, short and stocky.
Thursday, June 16 View Page
It wonít be much longer now. Come on Ms MOMATE letís grow something special
Thursday, June 16 View Page
We had a monsoon last night so Iím sure the patch is a muddy mess. It goes with the territory. Hopefully some dry weather in the forecast and I can sneak in a end of June pollination. My straw bale garden loved the rain. So far so good with this project.
Thursday, June 16 View Page
I forgot to include a pic of the 1822 Yohe. It continues to have the best shape and consistent secondary growth.
Thursday, June 16 View Page
And another 2365 pic to keep you drooling for anyone growing it or the 1885.
Thursday, June 16 View Page
Gas 5.19 in my town and I donít hear of any end in sight. Ugggggh. Hard to believe.
Thursday, June 16 View Page
I had my 2002 Ranger customized to honor the occasion.
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Last weeks 38 degree night time temps , 30 mile an hour winds and 3 inches of rain put a halt to my earliest ever pollinations. Patch was a muddy mess.
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Starting to dry out now. Secondaryís are coming in place and I should be able to get in there tomorrow. Need to do some vine burying and weed the perimeter around the plants. I will need to do some creative vine placements this year to utilize my plant space. My garden has shrunk with my not getting a full tractor till this year.
Saturday, June 25 View Page
I lost the chances on the wolf and Yohe because of the weather but fingers crossed this one on the 839 will be set. The Wolf should have another in a few days to give me another shot at a June pollination.
Saturday, June 25 View Page
My straw bale garden is hanging in there and the book said Straw Berries do well. I have to agree.
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Val and I went a little crazy with grow boxes on the deck but itís fun to see anything grow. Royal purple and French Dressing radishes coming in.
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Elephant ears starting to uncoil.
Saturday, June 25 View Page
The A Row of giant tomatoes continue to be the best looking. I am seeing some blossoms starting to form. The plant in front is from the legendary German gardener, Professor Fup. It is one of the 6.11 Fupís. I am expecting something big from this badass Domingo.
Saturday, June 25 View Page
Itís been a struggle with chipmunks and bunnies this year. I miss our patch cat Texas.
Monday, June 27 View Page
A hot weekend in Honesdale. Val is away to California for a long overdue visit with her mom so Maggie and I are holding down the fort. It was a good time to clean up the patch and do some vine maintenance. Maggie was a good helper.
Monday, June 27 View Page
Maggie found some shade.
Monday, June 27 View Page
And her own spa tub.
Monday, June 27 View Page
The work was worth it and the patch is looking better.
Monday, June 27 View Page
Hello Mr Fup.
Monday, June 27 View Page
The bunnies are taking over and having their fun at my expense. They laugh at the traps I put out.
Monday, June 27 View Page
Hello Ms Wolf. A perfect 5 lobed beauty was ready this morning. So another rare June pollination for me. Fingers crossed that it sets. The cross with my 839 should be a good one. Time will tell.
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
75 and crisp weather today. The plants likey likey.
Tuesday, June 28 View Page
Day 6 for the 839, so far so good.
Friday, July 8 View Page
Friday morning plant check. Iím liking the green color this year.
Friday, July 8 View Page
The weather has been much better for pollinations this year. Last years heat wreaked havoc and I had a hard time getting things to set. This year everything is a go. Here is two backup 2365ís on secondary vines
Friday, July 8 View Page
The 2365 will be my biggest plant so pedal down for this girl. I have some secondaryís to cover. I donít like that job. I may call AG teacher to stop by. He could cover all my plants in 5 minutes.
Friday, July 8 View Page
Looking like this will be the keeper. It is crossed with my 839. I may cut the vine after the fruit on this one. We shall see.
Friday, July 8 View Page
The maters are looking good. The A team is still the boss. The plants are growing.
Friday, July 8 View Page
I have some nice Megas forming. Itís not a flower show so hoping like the pumpkins this great weather has some sets brewing. This is on the 6.23 Wixom.
Friday, July 8 View Page
Maggie met a new friend in the yard. Pepe LApew. Great Maggie. At least she likes her hot tub to soap up
Friday, July 8 View Page
Straw bale project is coming along. SoMe things doing better than others.
Friday, July 8 View Page
The leader in the patch at the moment is my 839. It is the earliest pollination so that makes sense. So far the shape looks like her momma and the plan to inject more color into the 1885 looks to be working. She is a nice shade of yellow so far. The blossom was a bit funky so we shall see if she holds her shape.
Monday, July 18 View Page
The patch is filling up. I am about out of room for my 839. It really could have used some more real estate. The 2365 Wolf will be given the most room to see what she can produce. Iím very happen with the condition of the plants at the moment. It looks like we will have some Orange this year as well.
Monday, July 18 View Page
The 839 is growing well but changing shape into a low long and flat top model. I knew the blossom was a bit misshaped so I assume that is the reason. But thatís ok she ks starting to pack on some pounds.
Monday, July 18 View Page
The 2365 is a bit younger and has a more traditional shape. Looking good so far.
Monday, July 18 View Page
I put in one of my seeds from last year to get a porch pumpkin. I liked the cross and expected it to be a nice orange. The cross is the 1552 Young x 1885 werner. This plant is very small and I hadnít buried any vines or fed it. I have to start giving it some love. She could be a real looker.
Monday, July 18 View Page
Maggie turned 3. So Val made a Spoiled Dog cake and we invited Lauren and cousin Winston over to celebrate.
Monday, July 18 View Page
The cake was a hit.
Monday, July 18 View Page
Winny does have a drinking problem !
Monday, July 18 View Page
The maters continue to produce some nice megas which hopefully will turn into some decent fruit. Letís Roll Team Laughing Stalks.
Monday, July 18 View Page
The straw bale project is looking good as well
Monday, July 18 View Page
I never grew Brussel sprouts before. They seem to like the straw.
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
Itís a heat wave in this part of Pennsylvania pretty much like most of the country. I have been needing to keep my tomato plants healthy. I need to do some trimming and keep an eye on things.
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
I may have a few PB contenders. Letís hope they stay green for a couple more weeks.
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
I need to reach out to Dr Fup as his Domingo is looking good.
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
I should have entered the 150 sq ft challenge with this one. It is smaller than that and set at 5 ft from the stump.
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
My straw bale garden is filling in and looking pretty healthy. I planted some ornamental gourds to hang on the fencing. They will have some beans as company.
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
I lost the fruit on the end of the main on my 2365 and now have several smaller secondaries growing a porch pumpkin. My 1822 Yohe was looking good but my 2 pumpkins both chose to abort at 30 days when the heat rolled in. Iím down to my 839 for my chance at breaking 1000 pounds. If there is a Bean Bag award, Iím in ! I blame that on the blossom I chose to go with. The seed looks to have some potential and she will be a bright Orange Bean Bag anyway. Will be perfect for photo shots !
Tuesday, August 9 View Page
Wrong pic of dr Fups Domingo. Hoping for some inches in this heat on this one. Need that edit button. Better get some better tights under this one. May have to ask Chop to borrow some of his.

 

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