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Here’s a cool side-by-side picture of when I planted pumpkins on June 16th and a picture I took this morning July 24th. It’s pretty amazing what Mother Nature can do in just 38 Days.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Pollination is the key to growing pumpkins. It all starts with the Male Flower which grows above the vines and opens about a week or so before the female flower. You can tell the difference between the Male and Female flower quite easily. Male is on the left below, Female is on the right.
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Male is up above the plant and the female grows on the vine underneath the leaves. The giant leaves shade the fruit. Bees, birds and other insects take the pollen from the Male flower from the center stamen and place it on the female flower in the center of the multi segmented stigma. There was a lot of insects doing the pollinating this morning.
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the decrease of honey bees in certain areas, you can pollinate pumpkins yourself using a Q-Tip. Simply stick the Q-Tip into the center of the Male flower, and then place the Q-Tip (covered in yellow pollen) into the center of the Female flower.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
More Pumpkin Patch Pics….
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Pretty soon, you’ll have a pumpkin growing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found this guy hiding underneath the leaves. The first pumpkin of the season!

 

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Zoey meets Cory. She never saw a horse before. We were visiting my Uncle’s farm in Chardon. Cory licked Z and the little bub had no idea what to do.

   
Just counting down the days till the tomatoes turn ripe and red. It can’t happen soon enough.

   
We’ve been pickin’ peppers but the cabbage has a bit more time to bake in the sun.

The sunset was just gorgeous this evening. Mainly because the temperature dropped 25 degrees to a cool 74 after it rained.

Here’s a fun little video of the alpacas at my Uncle’s farm. Maybe we’ll get a couple for here. They’re really funny creatures. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz7hnOCSlZ0

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Cherry Tomatoes are turning red the Beefsteaks have a bit longer to ripen.


Supersonic and Romas are popping too

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Basil and Apples growing on the tree

   
Cabbage is balling up and dill is looking tasty.

Sweet Corn is growing really fast.

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Tomato Growing Tip: Water your tomatoes regularly before the leaves appear wilted.

  • Watering tomatoes is the most important element in growing tomatoes
  • Tomatoes are 90 to 95 percent water and need about 1-inch of water per week. More for sandy soil.
  • Maintain even soil moisture.
  • Don’t let the soil completely dry out.
  • Soak the soil when watering down to 6 inches.
  • Water the base, not the leaves.
  • Never over-water, which can happen if your site has poor drainage.
  • The best control for cracking is a constant and regular water supply.

   
Cucumbers need at least eight hours of sun every day and rich soil. They are frost-sensitive and prefer warm, humid weather to produce a good crop. Cucumbers are 90 percent water, so adequate watering throughout the growing season is vital to get a juicy crop.

   
There are four types of cucumbers: slicing, pickling, space-savers and the ever-popular burpless cucumber. These are pickling cucumbers. We like them cause they’re smaller, faster growing, delicious raw and make great pickles.

   
Look out! It’s Santa Crow. I woke up to find this in the rear field. My neighbors put him there to scare away the deer. He’s over 5′ tall and I think he’s doing his job. Jake saw him this morning and was barking like crazy. Aesthetically, it’s a bit of an eye sore but we’ll keep him till we can make something better. Ho! Ho! Ho!
   

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Thanks to the help of a couple of great guys the back field got planted today! About a third of it did at least. Which is fantastic! I’ve been so busy with the front garden, I haven’t had any free time to try and work on the rear field. Keep in mind that during the month of May we got rain 26 out of 31 days. Jealous Seattle? So, waiting around to till then for the ground to dry up has been killing me.

 

But a all that changed this morning. Uncle Keith and Jim Frohnapfel came over  and planted like crazy!

 

The panted 10 Rows of soybean, 10 Rows (well mounds) of pickling cucumbers, and 10 rows of sweet corn. Each row is about 50 feet long.

Beautiful straight rows evenly spaced. These guys are pros.

 

and the best part it, we got rain tonight so the seeds will have a great chance of taking off this week. Will it be “knee high by the fourth of July”? Maybe…… Thanks again you two! You’re both rock stars!

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Peppers are starting to flower and I got celery in the ground.

 
Broccoli got in and tomatoes are loving this heat.

 
Brother Doug helped me plant, carrots, onions, basil, oregano, dill, thyme,  parsley, spinach and lettuce from seed. We cover them in straw to create a warm, wet environment to germinate the seeds faster. It also cuts down on weeds by blocking the out.

 

The sky turned a really crazy pink tonight so I ran outside to capture some photos. The sun painted the garden a haze of pink and the sky rumbled with thunder.

 
Just crazy cool and an eerie calm before the thunderstorms.

 
Fence and latch in the pink glow. I like the latch pic best of all.

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Here’s s sketch Mindy did today from memory, I liked it and here’s the scene she probably had in mind.

  

After a record wet May, We finally were able to get the garden tilled.

Let it dry out for a couple days.

   

and we were ready to get some plants in the ground! I was able to get a couple rows of peppers (Green, Red, Thai hot, Jalapeno and Lilac) I also got about a dozen Pickling Cucumbers in mounds to the right. We’ll make fresh Dill and Bread & Butter pickles when they come in. I then cover up the plants with straw to lock in moisture and keep weeds away.

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