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PostSubject: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 5:34 am

The Shatto garden is ready for spring.
A couple days ago, everybody was in bud
But now!:



The Peach tree is ready.


The Christmas Cactus have been ready since December


#1 Miniature Peach is rearing to go.


#2 Peach is too!
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 9:47 am

Yep, spring is in the air all right. The snow banks at the end of my drive-way are melting! They're only about seven feet high now. Woohoo!
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 10:39 am

80 here yesterday. Freezing rain and snow today. 17 in the morning.

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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 10:53 am

Yup, sure is.
3-5" more of snow coming down right now.
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 11:13 am

Here's the wife standing at the end of our drive-way....



...at this rate it should be gone around mid-August!
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 12:42 pm

ggbaird wrote:
Yep, spring is in the air all right. The snow banks at the end of my drive-way are melting! They're only about seven feet high now. Woohoo!

... +1      It's a veritable heat wave here this am ... only -13F. A weatherman said a week or so ago we've had 45 days with subzero temps. Still only 1 lane wide on the bend just before you get to the house. We're the last house on a dead end; the last big storm (about a week or so ago) it drifted closed and it was the better part of a day before we could get out. We're hoping the county will widen it before the next storm hits. It's the worst winter I can remember in the dozen years I've been in this part of country.
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 12:45 pm

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It's the worst winter I can remember in the dozen years we've been in this part of country.
Hopefully as the snow melts it will help replenish some ground moisture.
There was somewhat of a drought going on while I was still there.
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 12:47 pm

We're heading back to Chicago for spring break to help out my mother in law. Looks like normal average highs are in the low 50's and average lows are upper 30's. Much better than the -20deg wind chill we experienced there a few weeks back.
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 1:10 pm

Diesel Dan wrote:
rustbucket wrote:
It's the worst winter I can remember in the dozen years we've been in this part of country.
Hopefully as the snow melts it will help replenish some ground moisture.
There was somewhat of a drought going on while I was still there.

It should be a big help. It was pretty bad late summer and last fall. Beginning of the year I was cutting grass every three days it was growing that fast. By fall the "lawn" was completely brown. I took a chance and put some fertilizer down and thankfully we got some much needed rain a couple of days later ... got some green back before the snows hit- not sure I would have had any lawn left this spring otherwise. Glad I'm not a farmer ... last year was a tough one for many. Our well held up fine during the drought but considering there's a couple of new houses nearby not to mention all the farm field irrigation , the snowpack is welcome
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 3:34 pm

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Glad I'm not a farmer ... last year was a tough one for many. Our well held up fine during the drought but considering there's a couple of new houses nearby not to mention all the farm field irrigation , the snowpack is welcome

At our old house the farmer put in a 18" well and 4 irrigation rigs around 1100' each. After talking with the DNR about water concerns they stated the average rain fall is about the same just at wrong times for the growing season. IIRC that well pumped 1500GPM and could run two rigs at a time. It would run around the clock for several days and we never lost water, luckily. In Michigan there were several communities that had residential wells dry up when farms started irrigating, farmers claimed it wasn't their fault.
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 5:01 pm

Diesel Dan wrote:
rustbucket wrote:
Glad I'm not a farmer ... last year was a tough one for many. Our well held up fine during the drought but considering there's a couple of new houses nearby not to mention all the farm field irrigation , the snowpack is welcome

At our old house the farmer put in a 18" well and 4 irrigation rigs around 1100' each. After talking with the DNR about water concerns they stated the average rain fall is about the same just at wrong times for the growing season. IIRC that well pumped 1500GPM and could run two rigs at a time. It would run around the clock for several days and we never lost water, luckily. In Michigan there were several communities that had residential wells dry up when farms started irrigating, farmers claimed it wasn't their fault.



What it boils down to is who drilled their well first. At work we have 5- 1500 gpm wells and they are all between 1100' to 1700' deep. They cost a lot of money to run, but the alternative is not to drink water lol.
We have smaller wells that were starting to produce less and less. We discovered this happened when a neighboring town drilled a well into the same aquifer. The courts made the decision that the town next to us had to cut back production so as not to interfere with our pumping.

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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 7:44 pm

pup wrote:
80 here yesterday. Freezing rain and snow today. 17 in the morning.

Mother Nature is messing with you!!
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 8:30 pm

We are waiting for a storm that is supposed to bring us 1' between midnight and 6:00pm. Spring is in the air!

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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 9:19 pm

Got about an inch of sleet today. About 20 out there now. 60 degree drop from yesterday afternoon.
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 2nd 2014, 9:24 pm

I usually enjoy getting snow for the winter, this is a true 4 season state. This year for the first time in quite a while, I'm looking forward to spring.

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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 3rd 2014, 1:07 am

TheQuig wrote:
What it boils down to is who drilled their well first.
Probably varies by state.
Farmers blamed it on the residential wells being old and/or too shallow. In those cases people up to a mile away would lose water about a week after irrigation pumping started and would get water back around the same time frame after pumping stopped. That was years and states ago so not sure what ever became of it but it did go on for several years.
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PostSubject: Re: Spring's A Poppin!   March 3rd 2014, 8:45 pm

We are required by the state to do a static level on every well once a month. The well is required to be off for at least 12 hours before the test. This way the state has a pretty good idea of how the aquifer is holding up. A busy summer day, we produce around 8 million gallons of potable water.

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