Archive for June, 2009
If we are already registering 100 degree days here at Walters’ Pumpkin Patch, what can we expect from the months of July & August? That’s really a scary thought!
We’ve been getting out before 6am in the morning so that we can work in the pumpkins while it is still cool out. And if you don’t stop and come to the house, you don’t mind the weather quite so much. But, once you stop, there’s no going back without moaning and groaning about this Kansas heatwave! Carroll has fixed up a little cultivator that we can “go down the rows with” and eliminate some of the weeds. But the weeds coming in the rows have to all be pulled by hand and it is a very slow process. But if we don’t do it, we’ll have 8 foot pigweeds standing in the middle of our giant pumpkins! And that’s not a pretty sight! So for this agritourism operation, we just have to do alot of manual labor so that we can have that pumpkin patch in the fall…..and hopefully when it’s cooler!
We had our first two weddings here at the pumpkin patch. Both were lovely weddings& both had rain storms after the ceremony. So we can withstand the Kansas weather! Congratulations to both our couples, and may the new Walters’ Farm host many more over the coming years.
Well, for now….we’re down in the pumpkin patch, pulling weeds.
The older I get, the more I truly appreciate the wildlife here at the farm. So many agritourism facilities have petting zoos and livestock such as goats, pigs, chickens. I’ve never been one to “get into” the animals as such, but I certainly enjoy the creatures that make Walters’ Pumpkin Patch their home. Feeding the orioles, having houses for the purple martins and bluebirds, watching the yellow and the red finches is just so much fun. My brother, Rollen, and I used to tease our mom about feeding the birds and telling us the names of the different kinds of birds that she had attracted to her feeders in town. Now we’re both birdwatchers to a lesser extent. But tonight as I was tilling the gourds, our yellow lab Mildred was raising a ruckus over an old tree stump. I had to go investigate with caution. There in the hallowed out stump was a raccoon hiding from the barking dog. I called Mildred off her escapade and later took the scared raccoon a large seed bird food suet. I hope she liked it. Even so much as feeding our channel cat fish, and koi, or trying to whistle with the quail…..the wildlife here is just spectacular. Until next time…..I’m enjoying the wildlife.
In all these years, though we have been threatened, we have never lost a crop of pumpkin here at the Walters’ Pumpkin Patch due to a hail storm. We hear about other agritourism operators losing their entire crop of pumpkins when the area is hit by the icy orbs! Every single pumpkin seed that we have bought this year are already in the ground at this time, so I certainly hope we don’t have to reorder pumpkin seeds at this late date! All we can do is cross our fingers, toes, and eyes, and say a little prayer that all will be okay.
But already it looks like the small amount of hail we had has left the area, and we are just in a downpour right now. Mother Nature is sure giving us all a headache this spring! The rain will be nice for all us farmers. Well, I guess we survived the latest of Mother Nature’s hits! No hail damage here at Walters’ Pumpkin Patch…..HOORAY!