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Spring and Sprouts

The last week has been filled with the signs of spring and summer, growth and life.  Here are some of those signs:

Sprouts!  Thanks to beautiful weather, the giant pumpkins are sprouting up! We appreciate the rain God!

Sprouts! Thanks to beautiful weather, the giant pumpkins are sprouting up! We appreciate the rain God!

Kittens!  We have at least one new litter of kittens to be cuddled.

Kittens! We have at least one new litter of kittens to be cuddled.

Mud!  Boys just can't deny themselves a jump in a muddy puddle.

Mud! Boys just can’t deny themselves a jump in a muddy puddle.

Turkey chicks! Papa hatched these in his incubator for a friend.

Turkey chicks! Papa hatched these in his incubator for a friend.

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Here Come the Giants!

1-2-3 seeds to a hill

1-2-3 seeds to a hill

What a great Spring day for planting!

It is always a tough call as to when to plant.  Each variety has it own expected timetable; however, this timetable assumes a normal growing season.  When does that happen???  So the planning begins.  We spend way too much time watching weather patterns, checking the local weather forecast, studying planting grids and graphs, predicting when the rain will come (and not come), pulling out temperature assumptions, and consulting the almanac-all the time looking for the “perfect planting time”.

When it comes down to it, we always end up poking those seeds in the ground whenever the weather cooperates.  The last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June end up being reserved for planting-just in case.

So today ended up being the first day of planting-not too wet for Johnstown’s soil (fairly heavy on the clay), yet hopefully rain in the next few days.  The Johnstown Giants were planted first because they should mature in 120 days (give or take).  That is the longest maturation rate of the varieties we will plant this year.  I can picture them now!

Papa has some great helpers this year!  Thanks Charis and Ben.

Papa has some great helpers this year! Thanks Charis and Ben.

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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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Snow on the Farm

The Johnstown Farm has been transformed by snow! The hay slide changed quickly into a snow slide which started up by the house, and after much fine tuning, ended up past the horse corrals.  Of course, we also went sledding Kansas style – pulling sleds behind the 4-wheeler!

The cousins and Justin Sledding with Grammy Down the hill The race is on Cuddles sleds with Justin

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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This Weekend

This weekend should be a great one to get out to the patch! Today’s wind is blowing in some nice weather for Saturday and Sunday.

The Johnson’s Strings will be providing live music out at Grammy’s.  Check out their website at http://www.johnsonstrings.net

Kurt Krehbiel will also be out Saturday with his potter’s wheel throwing all kinds of creations.

We are looking forward to Sundance Farm bringing Scotty out on Sunday to pull the horse wagon again. I’ve been meaning to get a good picture of him pulling.

On Sunday, Nick Mourn, our pumpkin carver will be working on some crazy creation. Here is his pumpkin from last year:

Of course, there are still lots of pumpkins to choose from so you can carve your own at home!

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch 2012 – McPherson, KS
 
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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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Busy Week

Last week was great fun! I wanted to catch up with a few pictures.

A highlight of the week was Anna Cyr’s group of students from several counties.    

My own children were very interested in having the students show them how the Braille machine works.

This weekend was busy as well! Many families came out to enjoy the day on the farm and left with the perfect pumpkins for carving. Thanks, Julie Wisbey for the pictures. Don’t forget that she is out most weekends, available for family autumn photo sessions.

     

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch 2012, McPherson, KS

 

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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