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If there is one thing that is true about a farm, it is that there are always projects for everyone. With a little supervision from Papa, the cousins undertook this project – a playhouse made of pallets.

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Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm, McPherson, KS 2014

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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Planted, partially

It is about two weeks later than normal, but we finally could get in to some of our fields to plant our patches. After three years of significant drought, I cannot complain about the rain that put us behind in planting. The miniatures, giants, and some gourds are in the ground, weed blocked, and watered.

It was a fairly quick job with some great help and most appreciated cloud cover. We definitely could have done without the swarms of mosquitoes. Unfortunately, I am afraid they are around for awhile.

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Here's what Ben thinks of the mosquitoes.

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Charis is putting 3 seeds every 2 ft.

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Transplanting is tricky with cucurbits.

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch 2014 @ Johnstown Farm-McPherson, KS

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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Planting…my favorite method

So here is a picture of my personal favorite pumpkin planting method. We call this the “Pumpkin Jack” method. If you have ever read the children’s book, Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell, you understand. This is the pumpkin left under the snow that illustrates the life cycle so well.

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Of course after 5 years of growing pumpkins at Johnstown, our cattle, who are more than pleased to take care of our surplus crop at the end of the season, have planted their own scattered crop of pumpkins with their own method. We call these “Previously Pooped Pumpkins”. They are sprouting strong all over the pasture.

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm-McPherson, KS 2014

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Grass Finished Beef

 

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Wait…where did Spring go?

So Spring came…and went…and is slated to reappear tomorrow. Central Kansas went from 90 degree weather to 28 degree weather in 24 hours. Braving the SNOW, we gathered sheets, blankets, and tarps to cover young plants. Unfortunately, we missed a few…

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Extra heat lamps were set up for the chicks. They made it through the freeze and are growing rapidly…

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And as for the kittens, well, at least one litter arrived the night before the temperatures plummeted. So of course, they needed some old rugs and rags to keep warm too. Aren’t they a cute patchwork of fur?

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I am putting my request in- true Spring from now on. We’ll see.

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm-McPherson, KS 2014
 

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Farm Fresh Eggs

 

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Spring has Sprung at Johnstown

I love Spring! Everything is fresh and new with the promise of growth. What does springtime look like here at Johnstown?

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Looks like we will have kitties, and lots of them, soon. Several of our favorite farm cats will be having cuddly babies. Maybe we’ll be looking for good homes…

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The fields are carpeted with crops ready to soak in the Kansas sun and (hopefully) some April showers. This field is no-till triticale. Our cows will love it!

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Flowers peeking out to welcome Spring make me want to get my hands into the garden boxes. There is such satisfaction in hiding those seeds in the soil. I am trying to listen to the experts and wait until the freeze threat is gone.

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Our newest arrivals are 50 Cornish Cross broiler chicks. They are peeping their Spring song.

That’s just a taste of this beautiful season here in central Kansas.

Johnstown Farm & Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch-McPherson, KS 2014

 

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Eggs, Eggs, Eggs

We have decided that our hens are just plain crazy!

Normally, the hens experience a “slow” laying season each year. Unfortunately, their slow time is our busy pumpkin patch time. The slow down is mainly due to fall molting, shorter colder days, and sheer numbers of visitors at the farm. This year, their egg production did not pick up much at all after their molting. Our minds began to contemplate lots of fried chicken, chicken and rice, and chicken and noodles this winter. They must of read our minds because against all odds (production should slow during cold snaps), those ladies began laying – and laying lots!

So….if you are interested in Johnstown Farm Fresh Eggs, give us a call! I know many of you asked about the eggs during the fall when we were running out each day. This is your chance to get in on the benefits of fresh eggs!

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm – McPherson, KS 2014

 

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Merry Christmas to All!

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Merry Christmas to all of the families and friends of Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch! We wish you a blessed time of joy as you celebrate this white Christmas.

We enjoyed reconnecting with friends and meeting new ones at the patch this year. If you happen to be missing a jacket or two, check with Grammy and Papa at the farm. We have a few in the Lost and Found.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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