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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 26 Entries.
Sunday, March 5 View Page
Spring is on its way! An orange start to the year with my first round of Chrysanthemums. I was in a nursery on a school trip last fall trying to buy these as our bus was loading to leave and the credit card machine was broken. A woman in line saw me set them down sadly, realizing I couldn't hold the class up for the purchase, and told me if I took them and learned from them, she would pay cash for them as a gift to my education. So here is my promise kept, exhibition style, grown as dis-buds over the winter. Front pots are 7" x 7", back pots are 9" x 9".
 
Sunday, March 5 View Page
This round wasn't for any show, more just to learn the growth characteristics and timing of the blooms. The variety is 'Coral Cavalier' football mum, and while not the largest out there, should be respectable once fully open. These were grown under a 240w G8 LED (full spectrum) for the duration, and so far I'm very happy with the quality of this light. Next part of learning is in the sun, which presents challenges of rain and UV damage to blooms, as well as pests, but as with most show quality horticulture, overcoming those challenges is part of the allure for me. I hope everyone is gearing up for a personal best this year and good luck to it!
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Topped out at 4 1/2 inches across for my first try at it. The color on this one got washed out a bit from light intensity, so I'll have to look into how to 'bag the blooms' for my outdoor flowers.
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Three blooms is the standard for judging so I put together this vase to see how they compare in uniformity. All in all, a beautiful orange start to my growing season. Good luck to all this year, hope to see you at the scales!
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
So as a veteran, I appreciate my benefits as well as my fellow veterans. Our Welcome Home center got a grant for a high tunnel as part of a community teaching/gardening project, so I decided to join the crew and volunteer to help build it. A soggy day full of rain but as the old saying goes 'if it ain't raining, you ain't training!'
 
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Today was full of sunshine, though the wind was fighting us this time. I don't like heights to begin with, so a windy day on a ladder was no fun, but I like to challenge myself to do the uncomfortable. Made good progress while on Spring Break this week and should be ready for plastic soon!
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
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Sunday, March 19 View Page
Got to help set up a hot air ballon while we were there. Pretty cool experience! It was tethered for rides, but the wind kicked up right after setup, so we stayed on the ground, but still pretty fun.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
7th place overall in Hardscape installation. 2 hours to build a fire pit and patio.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
13th overall in wood construction. 2 hours to deconstruct a blueprint and build a planter box. Relatively math based as you have minimal scrap and little time to figure it out.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Rounding out my day was 1st place in truck and trailer operation! I like to practice safe pumpkin hauling.
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Even thought we saw Bart in Utah with his new truck!
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Lol, don't even think he's this old! I love people with a sense of humor.
 
Thursday, March 23 View Page
My wife supports me a great deal, so I try to be a good husband and support her as well, even if it means going to law school events like tonight's charity auction. Was a ton of fun and I haven't eaten that much since Thanksgiving! WVU LAW puts on a Great show!
 
Thursday, March 23 View Page
Even tripped across the most random silent auction item, so I HAD to have it! Money went to support public interest attorneys. My new 100 lb scale :)
 
Wednesday, March 29 View Page
A few end panels and I'll be all set! Thanks Team-Pumpkin, great info you guys are putting together! Won't be long now...
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
All snugged up! One with cables, one without. Hope it pays off.
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
If there is one thing that life has taught me, it's how to dig a good hole... took a beating this weekend, but got this project knocked out just in time for the season to ramp up.
 
Monday, April 3 View Page
All set to divert 3 gutters worth of rainwater to the yard instead of our gravel driveway. Bring on the Spring Storms, I'm ready to test it out!
 
Monday, April 10 View Page
Decided to change things around a bit after soil tests came back. This is the new patch I started prepping last fall... the one where I popped myself in the lip. As you can see just from what I dug out of the soil cable area, there's lots more work to be done yet, but this will make things easier for the wife and I this year. Every garden has its challenges.
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
Looks like it's go time here...
 
Thursday, April 20 View Page
296.5 Barber in front, 290.5 Terry in back, will keep one of each.
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
1912 Carter in the ground. Thanks for the bubble Danny, let's see what happens!
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
2106 Schmit in my other larger spot. Time to fear the beard!
 
Sunday, April 23 View Page
I went with my own 631 from last year for my 150 patch. This one had the most uniform walls of all my pumpkins last year, and was growing fast until the staple got it. This is the first of my own seeds that I have ever planted, so I'm excited to see what happens. I have some of my 982's in towels for a 20 x 20 patch as well.
 
Monday, April 24 View Page
Lol! Same watering can Ron Wallace uses... SURE to hit 2500 this year!
 

 

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