Jane & I would like to thank John & Susan Nieuwenhoff, along with Paul Dettweiler & John Matesa for opening up their home & gardens on Saturday for the annual GVGO Patch Tour. It showed they spent countless hours keeping their gardens in tip top shape for the annual summer get together. John Nieuwenhoff had a couple very nice pumpkins on the go, along with many of the other giant vegetables grown for competition. He had a very nice field pumpkin, along with some massive cuks, big tomatoes & more. It was nice to see & learn a bit about all these other giants.
The Friday night before the patch tour wasn't very nice to our other 2 hosts. An F2 Tornado went through their area & cause a lot of damage in the area. Both Paul & John Matesa grow in the same place & both have some very nice pumpkins on the go. Unfortunately they were hit HARD with hail from the storm & was to the point that there wasn't much of any green left on any of the leaves & many leaves were broken off. The pumpkins had a lot of pot-marks from the hail as well. Hopefully by some miracle the plants will survive & continue to put on more weight. A few new shoots escaped the carnage, so hopefully they will be a new beginning for the pumpkins & help them grow to bigger weights.
In true GVGO spirit, the guys still hosted a great tour & we were able to see 1st hand the ugly side of Mother Nature. Lunch was terrific with John Matesa serving up enough Burgers & Hot dogs to stuff everyone in attendance. Oh & don't forget the chocolate cake for dessert. Man, I ate too much. "BURP". All in all it was a nice tour. We wish Paul D. & John M. all the best throughout the remainder of the season. We look forward to seeing you both at a weigh off this fall. Hopefully dragging some big-A$$ed pumpkins behind you. We're cheering for you.