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Dairy On the Farm

I am excited to welcome Southwest Dairy to the pumpkin patch on October 27. They will have their mobile classroom at Johnstown Farm from 1:00 to 5:00 on the last Sunday of the season!

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch – McPherson, KS 2013

 

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As I checked out the patch this morning, here’s what I found:

The GOOD-nice looking Polar Bear pumpkins, maturing gourds, and an amazing spider among other pollinators

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The BAD-squash bug eggs and hatchlings

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The UGLY-a spot of “stressed” plants covered with black insects

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I was concerned about these ugly bugs and vines, so I collected some sample insects, snapped some pictures with my tablet (loving the help of technology), and headed to Stutzman Garden Center. The diagnosis was good-those are not aphids or mites, just some gnats attracted to the pumpkin nearby that had been nibbled on by some critter. The critter is most likely to blame for the damaged vines too. Whew!

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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Weeding Time (again)

It was time to hit the fields again and weed. This time was all hand weeding. Wow – was I ever grateful for our willing workers who came out for a looonng morning! They got a little wet; they fought the mosquitoes, but they did a great job. I was also grateful for a cool morning in which to work. We’ll need a few more hours to finish up, but I (for one) will have to wait a few days until I can walk again – sheesh! My thirty-something muscles are letting me know I am no longer one of those teenagers out in the field.

August weeding  August weeding What a cheerful worker!

Right after we were finished, it began to rain again. I am still thankful for the rain God sends, but we could use a day or two to dry out. I can’t believe I just wrote that considering last summer’s drought!

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch 2013 – McPherson, KS

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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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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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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