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Rumors of warm?
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DeadCarp    Posted 05-20-2002 at 04:25:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll tell you one thing - Spring might be here on the calendar, but if it don't start warming up soon, we're gonna be eating tomatoes before we get them planted! Winter was no big deal but this is the 4th nite in a row it got down to freezing.
Cmon now Lord, i wuz kidding about "let it snow!" - this keeps up, they're gonna have one long season! Maybe our grandkids will call it the Boring Bowl. :)

PCC-AL    Posted 05-20-2002 at 11:29:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Planted my corn and garden about the middle of April. That's about two weeks later than normal. Everything came up and just stalled. Corn about waist high and doing nothing. Garden stopped too. Heck, it was 47 degrees this morning all the way to the coast in my area. Still got a few quarts of tomatoes from last year. Gonna save those.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-20-2002 at 06:31:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gona warm up now we got the garden planted yesterday and it rained all last night, perfect the ground is damp for the seeds to germinate and all the dust is now knocked down. Could not be happyier, barns going up today what more could I ask for. Mark H.

Hal/WA    Posted 05-20-2002 at 12:12:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark, did that big thunderstorm hit you guys last night? There was a warning from the National Weather Service about 9:30 PM about a serious storm headed North in the central part of the state. We had a bunch of wind, but very little rain. We sure could use some.

It was real warm and muggy yesterday afternoon. I am redecking my trailer and worked outside all afternoon. I watched the clouds go over and even heard a little thunder. But only a few big drops of rain. Guess I should have washed my wife's car--we sure could have used the precipitation!!!

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-20-2002 at 15:07:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
We got hammered for a while there with the storm lots of lightning and rain too. We needed it so bad. It stopped in time for the builders. Mark H.

Hal/WA    Posted 05-20-2002 at 13:23:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I had scrolled a little farther down the page, I would have had the answer to my question. Congrats on the rain, I know you guys need it. If you have any extra, send it our way! I bet with the wind and lightning and all that you are glad your posts were not in the holes yet, or the barn half framed. You might have been doing some work over again.

My ground has lots of rocks too. Sometimes to dig a post hole, I have had to dig a huge hole to get the big rocks out of the way of the hole. Are you using those cardboard tubes for forms around your poles? I think I will be, to cut down on the concrete I have to buy or mix. I don't like the regulation that says you have to put concrete around the poles, but I don't really see a way around it. A friend of mine built hundreds of pole buildings in Washington and Idaho. In Idaho, no concrete is mandated and no one uses it around their poles. My friend says that that concrete is just wasted expense, in most soils--none of the buildings without the concrete ever blow over and there is less problems with pole rot without the concrete. And if you ever want to move the building, it is just about impossible to save the full length of the poles with concrete around the bottoms. Ah the wisdom of government AGAIN... Good luck with your project.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-20-2002 at 15:13:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Naw they just filled the complete hole up with dry mix on the bottom for the pole to set on. Sure made for a good tie/in for the wind!! Mark H.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 05-20-2002 at 13:43:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hal don't know if you can get away this but when I put up a fence in town here, my neighbour said we should use ready mix sackrete. Mix it up a bit in the wheelbarrow dry and fill in around the post like sand, then let the ground moisture set it hard, less acid on the post he thought. 22yrs later most of the posts are still tight. Out where you are the wood should last a long time longer than here in Ontario.
Later Bob

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-20-2002 at 15:16:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
We call that a Dry Pack works great too! Mark H.

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