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    05-18-2019, 08:06 AM
    Col. Fryght, I think you put as much work into your pumpkin plants as I do into my entire garden! Kdestra-- I love the rescue patio set! I expect Green Man to join you for tea. :)
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    05-16-2019, 12:12 PM
    Yeah, the costume enhancement is tempting, but I'm afraid the dog might make off with it she could roll in it. (pew!) Love the garden helper, K.! Nice of you to re-home the wagon.
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    05-15-2019, 03:46 PM
    Here's the type of rhythm instrument, gourd and Job's tears shekere, that I hope to make sometime, though I'm not growing that shape of gourd, and I'll probably choose some more natural-looking cording. (haha-- like this, only not like this.) I have no idea about the supplier-- not recommending nor denigrating, just using their picture and giving them the credit for it. While I was looking for a decent shot, I stumbled across another...
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    05-15-2019, 11:49 AM
    Col- Yeah, yours is an entirely different routine for a different goal. There's no way on earth we observers could ever consider it lazy! I just try to do the best I can with the conditions I have. I know I'll never grow a respectable giant, but variety I can manage...generally. I'm not going to get cocky or anything! haha! I'm really hoping I can make a go of Wyatt's Wonder, even though I don't expect anything near what they give for possible maximum size. They say 110 to 120 days,...
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    05-13-2019, 12:56 PM
    Wow, Mayor-- 40 pumpkin plants! Holy cow! (I'm thinking I might find room for 15 or so!) I went ahead and put one single pumpkin seed-- a Wyatt's Wonder -- in the garden, covering it with a milk jug. If/when it comes up, I'll take the covering off pretty quickly so it firms up enough to face the wind and sun. If it doesn't germinate (the ground really hasn't warmed up yet. We've had lows in the mid to high 30s in the last few days.) that's no big deal. I'll try again in another week...
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    05-10-2019, 06:50 AM
    I put in several different varieties of sunflowers last year. I didn't notice whether they attracted different pollinators, but that would be interesting to watch for. Some of the big ones develop such heavy heads that they'd tip when the ground got saturated and it was windy. The root systems were just too small to hold them down, even though some of the stems felt almost like baseball bats. Since we have some beetle fans here---- I've only once seen an eyed elater myself. Funny...
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    05-07-2019, 06:23 PM
    That sounds about like my success rate with luffas! Even when I got plants to germinate, I'd wind up with all the same gender, or no flowers on the male plants while the female plants were blooming (or vice versa). On the extremely rare occasions when fruit would start to form, they would be killed by frost before they got mature enough to be fibrous. So when I finally got one single fruit to mature, I called it a win, and decided to wash my hands of to speak. So, naturally,...
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    05-06-2019, 06:16 PM
    It's amazing to see pumpkins in bloom already! They're still predicting some nights in the 30s for the upcoming week here. I got some cold-hardy vegetable seeds in the garden, but things won't be ready for sensitive stuff for a while. I don't now about the other varieties, but you should wind up swamped with Early Giants! They're quite productive! I got a dozen fully ripe pumpkins from two plants last year. There were a couple more that were still green at first frost, but they...
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    05-03-2019, 04:58 PM
    I didn't find my Wyatt's Wonder seeds yet, but I did find some for Blue Doll and New Moon. I didn't even know I had those! They're a few years old, and all I can figure is that I got them at an end-of-the-season closeout sale. Sometimes seeds will be offered at 10 for $1. UnOrthodOx-- Not that much room here, either, or maybe I should say, not that much enthusiasm on my part for pulling weeds! Last year I made a nice display, gave away a bunch of pumpkins, and still had a lot just go...
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    05-02-2019, 09:30 AM
    Welcome, EyeballsStudio, and best of luck with your new crop! Pumpkin growing can be addictive. Kdestra-- I agonized over those Patisson Strie MeLange myself. I just have too many squash seeds already, and decided to wait until next year, though. They do sound good, being useful as a summer or winter squash, and they'd be fantastic decorations. I'll be anxious to hear your opinions on them. I'm getting Very anxious to get the garden in, but we've been having rain every day and highs...
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    05-02-2019, 06:08 AM
    Halstaff started a thread Mechanical: Wiper Motor driven Grave Digger in Halloween Props
    I'm finally back to doing videos. Here's my version of the Grave Digger -
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    04-25-2019, 03:42 PM
    I've used various grow lights, and I agree with Col. Fryght's assessment. There are some seeds that need light to germinate, and if started indoors those will benefit from full-spectrum lighting. If you're growing orchids year 'round under artificial lighting, go with the pricy bulbs. But for giving cucurbits a jump start for a few weeks, I don't think it's worth the cost. You'd do them a lot more good by starting them in a flat and setting it outside when the weather permits. That...
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Touching Base

by DeadED on 05-16-2016 at 05:24 AM
Most of the time Blogs fall off the air and there tends to be that moment of waiting. So to avoid that, Just a quick update.

I have been working on odds and ends oh here and there. But not so much progress to actually post anything.

We have completely moved out of our old storage unit and into the new one. We took our time, so this one has shelves and areas to keep it more organized. So much so that I actually have a lot of space left.

The new unit is

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Experimenting with EVA Foam

by DeadED on 05-01-2016 at 01:29 PM
Hello all,

This week end I spent sometime playing with EVA Foam and built my first foam weapon. Though it isn't directly related to my Halloween theme I figured I would show you.

First some lessons learned from me.

-As they say in the multitude of videos Keep a sharp cutter. Blades dull FAST

-Keep a sharpener handy blades dull FAST and are expensive to replace if you're trying this.

- Use a expandable Snap off knife more

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Prop Update

by DeadED on 04-25-2016 at 03:46 PM
So as I said my prop update. Since Old monster movies, is the theme. I am starting out with some Lab items.

First off are some gauges. Sure I can hunt some down which maybe I will but giving it the old college try in making some. So here they are just before I put some resin in them. This is the first time I am going to use resin figure this would be a good place to start. Cheap and completely repeatable if it messes up.

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Moving Foward

by DeadED on 04-25-2016 at 08:43 AM
Well it is almost May and I finally begun working on my projects. The beginning of Project building is always interesting isn't it.

I mean you have this idea in your head of your theme. Then if you have that prefect theme you Brainstorm out ideas then the materials and just when you think you have it. BAM reality hits you in the face. OMG how am I going to finish this all and a bunch of what if's.

Then as that is settling down the wife comes to me and says "hey

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Planning has begun.

by DeadED on 03-05-2016 at 01:20 PM
Well planning has really started now thinking about stuff I would like to see in the haunt this year. Now we all know most won't actually happen but it is nice to actually think it might happen.

Wife has been digging on Craiglist for odds and ends. She found that the local Macy was going under and where selling their fixtures. Hmm clothes / fixtures = Mannequins jump in the car and BAM a butt ton of them. so now I have a small collection.

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