Fort Smith, Arkansas, Greenhouse

Greenhouse and Garden Update After Cleon Ice Storm

On Thursday the 5th of December 2013, an Ice Storm named Cleon by the National Weather Service hit the Natural State of Arkansas. The state dropped temperatures by over 50 degrees from the previous day. The freezing rain built up to over 1 inch of ice in some places, causing power-lines and trees to buckle under the extreme weight.

Over 31,000 Arkansans were without power that night from Cleon. A lot of roads became impassable from the ice and later over 6 inches of snow. The snow and ice stated for many days afterwards due to the Arctic blast from up in Canada and the temperature never got above freezing for up to a week after the initial weather event. This major ice and snow storm was a record for the day for everything from temperature to perspiration.

This update showed just my small moment of what the storm did to us and our greenhouse and garden from Fort Smith, Arkansas during and after that major weather event Cleon.

We lost a few limbs and and internet for a few hours and the greenhouse suffered a bigger event and losing heat for a few hours freezing some of the plants. Most plants were not damaged by the lost of heat.

We were lucky with this event many citizens from the United States were not as fortunate and lost property, lives and some their homes.

More information here:

http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-cleon-snow-totals-20131203

Cleon Ice Storm 2013

Fort Smith, Arkansas, Garden, Gardening, hydroponics, Technology

Vegitate – Our 1st Prize Giveaway

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Fort Smith, Arkansas, Gardening, Tradition

A chat with a Master Gardener – Gardening Interview

Today the crew went out and helped Copasetic Kid work on his new knife shop and got to meet a River Valley Master Gardener, Bob Watson. We got to learn the basics of any new gardener and what you have to do to become a Master Gardener. Bob is 5 year veteran of the program. He talked to me off camera about all kinds of great information to use in my up coming garden this season. If you live in Arkansas you need lime in your soil.

Fort Smith, Arkansas, Garden, hydroponics

Harvest update

Just got home from a trip up to Michigan and found that all my tomatoes decided to ripen at the same time. I was able to get over 7 gallons worth tomato goodness. Now what to do with them is going to be hard. Should I make salsa, tomato sauce, or ketchup; or all 3. I also got a mandolin to help with preparation for father’s day from my awesome wife. It is one the nicest gifts I have received for my veggie diet. Also I found something interesting in my compost pile. I had some pinto beans soaking to be cooked and forgot about them for a week so I threw them out and to my surprise they came alive. My hydroponics test is doing great, my eggplants have really took off, little buds have developed.

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DIY, Fort Smith, Arkansas, Garden

How To Make A Garden Scare Crow

Scare Crow
Alex Buttercup

In this DIY project, I helped the kids build a Cool Scare Crow. We 1st started off at the local 2nd hand shop where we picked up the clothes. We found a old pair of overalls, button up flannel shirt, hat and sunglasses.  I had some old 1 by 4 boards laying around to build the cross that would hold him up.  Just a little elbow grease, fun, and persistence and you can build anything. The project is super easy to do and the kids loved it. They even came up with the name Alex Buttercup. I tried to make this project completely about them and let them do as much as possible so they would feel ownership in the scare crow.  The whole project was a success. See the video below to make your own.

DIY, Fort Smith, Arkansas, Garden

How To Make A Garden Scarecrow

Scarecrow
Alex Buttercup

In this DIY project, I helped the kids build a Cool Scarecrow. We 1st started off at the local 2nd hand shop where we picked up the clothes. We found a old pair of overalls, button up flannel shirt, hat and sunglasses.  I had some old 1 by 4 boards laying around to build the cross that would hold him up.  Just a little elbow grease, fun, and persistence and you can build anything. The project is super easy to do and the kids loved it. They even came up with the name Alex Buttercup. I tried to make this project completely about them and let them do as much as possible so they would feel ownership in the scare crow.  The whole project was a success. See the video below to make your own. More information about the history scarecrows can be found here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarecrow