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!
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I can hardly believe that this weekend is the final chance for families to come out to celebrate autumn at Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch. Somehow the past 5 weeks have flown by! We have enjoyed meeting many new families and students this season. Join us for one last hurrah this weekend! There are still pumpkins waiting to be chosen, train rides to be taken, pumpkins to be smashed, and family memories to be made. Sundance Farm will have Scotty out to pull the wagon on Saturday, so bundle up and come on out!
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
Last week was great fun! I wanted to catch up with a few pictures.
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.