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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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And the Winner Is….

The winner of the 3rd Annual Johnstown Giant contest is Daryl Johnson, mayor of Johnstown. He and his wife, Kola, grew the 227 lbs. giant. They were the reigning 2012 champions as well. Congratulations, neighbors!

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The Johnstown Giant weigh-in is always one of my favorite days of the season. I love the storytelling, music, dancing, and food!

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Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch- McPherson, KS 2013

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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USD 418 Second Graders are Agriculture Experts

We concluded our “In the Class and On the Farm (ICOF)” program this week. Thank you USD 418 for sharing your 2nd graders with us and valuing agriculture education.

Roosevelt Elementary students joined us on the farm on Wednesday. Sadly, I had camera issues, so I don’t have pictures of the day. Hopefully I can get a hold of some on me else’s pics.

Lincoln Elementary spent the day with us yesterday. This last group of ICOF students were awesome agriculture advocates!

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Thank you, again, to Farm Bureau, Kiwanis Club of McPherson, MidKansas Coop, Artshirt, Krehbiel’s Specialty Meats, and Tractor Supply for all of their support for the “In the Class and on the Farm” program!

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch-McPherson, KS 2013

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Agriculture Education

 

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Welcome Washington Elementary for “A Day on the Farm”

Mrs. Cooke’s 2nd grader spent the day at Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch learning more about agriculture and how it affects each one of us everyday.

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Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch- McPherson, KS 2013

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in Agriculture Education

 

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When Pigs Fly

This was my first time to attend the annual When Pigs Fly event at the McPherson Airport. It was fantastic! The day was packed with activities for every age. Of course, the BBQ contest caught my attention right off. Even at 8 am, the place smelled amazing, making it difficult to wait for lunchtime. Rides from horses to helicopters were available too.

When we were approached by the committee to bring the Grammy’s Barrel Train and Build-N-Blast, we excited. The event is a fundraiser for scholarships in the field of agriculture, so being the agriculture education nerds that we all are, we loved the idea. Thanks to all the other volunteers and patrons, the day a success!

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Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch McPherson Kansas 2013

 

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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.

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch 2013 – McPherson, KS

 
 

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Burning, Burning, Burning

We put our pumpkin patches to rest this past weekend by burning the fields. There are a few reasons to burn a field after a crop. One of the most important reasons for us is to kill the squash bugs that like to overwinter down in the soil. We choose to use as few chemicals on our fields as possible (pesticides, herbicides, etc), but when it comes to squash bugs, there is no great organic solution that has been offered to us to control the nasty bugs over acres of pumpkin fields. We use field rotation in an attempt to “outrun” the insects, guinea hens to eat the live bugs, and field burning to kill the overwintering insects. Despite these efforts, there are times when we need to spray, but these measures do help. If anyone has any suggestions on efficient and effective squash bug control PLEASE let us know!

We didn’t even have to call the fire department this time.

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch 2012 – McPherson, KS
 
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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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