Friday, September 17, 2021

Harvest Time!

 As we roll through September on our way to October,

it's time to harvest this years pumpkin patch. Even though we went through a record draught

this year, the patch was pretty darn successful. I lost probably another 10-15 pumpkins due to vine borers

but I have learned to expect that now.

It's interesting to me how all the seeds came from the same pumpkin last year but we have such a variety

of colors and textures. Fun with genetics.

Now they will just finish curing in the sun and wait for the carvings!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Pumpkin patch 2021!

 It seems like things in this neck of the woods are finally returning to somewhat normal.

A lot better than last year, thats for sure. I'm a bit tardy but here is my patch update for 2021.

The boxed bed that I usually plant in is not doing so well. Not sure why the leaves are yellowing

and the growth is minimal. No sign of vine borers yet, so I'm thinking the soil is to blame.

The random seeds that I plant in the ground are growing like crazy. I already have 4 pumpkins

and the leaves on these vines are over 2 feet in length- quite a contrast to the ones in the box.

I'm thinking that next year I will plant other things in the box and just build a burm
where they are doing so well. They have spread out close to 25 feet and its only 3 vines.

I also decided to try out some "Jack be little's" this year for the first time.
I just put them in pots and let them climb the fence. 
They are doing quite well and I believe this will be an every year plant for me.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween!

 Happy Halloween to all! 
Hope your able to make the most of the holiday.
Chills, scares, laughs and fun to all!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Decorating complete!

 I'm sure for all of us it has been a bit different this year, but the one thing that  has not changed is the  

40-50 mph winds that hit right after you complete the outside set up!

Yep, right on schedule. Spent a beautiful day over a week ago setting up what we would call a modest outdoor display only to find most of it knocked down, broken and tattered after 3 straight days of relentless winds. But somehow it did not bother me as much as years past. Props can be fixed, mended and  replaced. A pandemic helps put things into perspective and makes you slow down and appreciate things a bit more. So things have been repaired and sit waiting for the next wind storm that will undoubtedly come soon, but when we get knocked down, we get up again.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Pumpkin harvest day 1

 Went out to the patch today and harvested some of the pumpkins.

there are still about 6 or so left still growing on the vines which will have to wait a few more weeks.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Pumpkin progress

 Been a pretty good year for the pumpkin patch. Weather has been good and the vine borers have not caused too much damage yet.

The plants have pretty much grew out of control and I just let them. These are probably the biggest plants that I have ever grown, although the pumpkins themselves are not all that big, about basketball size and it looks like we have at least 16 so far!

Lots of carving this fall.

Monday, July 13, 2020

A different year....

Well, I usually post my pumpkin patch update at this time of year.
Its usually a lot more fun than this year as the future is a little uncertain to say the least.
Everyone seems to be adapting and handling things as best as can be.
First off, we had Pumpkinrot drop off the radar last June. Always enjoyed his almost daily posts
and considered him the ambassador of Halloween. Sure miss him.
And to add to my disappointment, Victor at Halloween Hot Sauce had to close shop in order to take care of family. Sure miss him as he made the best hot sauce around!
So the whole Halloween vibe has a different feel to it this year. We had decided last January to go ahead and plan for one of our "big" parties this year. A dark carnival theme and I was excited to get going planning and prop building...well we all know what happened after January.
But there were a couple of bright spots,
I was happy to see Mark from Shingle Creek Manor return to his blog. I missed Marks creative builds and advice. Good to see him posting again.
Shelly over at Shellhawks nest has been an inspiration and is turning out some very fine pottery for the upcoming fall season.
So in closing, I just wanted to wish all well in these crazy times and we will keep looking for the light at the end of the tunnel....maybe it will be orange and flickering!