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Update: Sunflowers 2007

Posted by heymoe on 10th June 2007

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Well with all the rain and sunshine we have been getting since the last update, the sunflowers have grown quite a bit. The tallest plant which was 2 feet 8 inches in my last update is now 5 feet 2 inches. Including the pot, it’s almost as tall as I am now. One of the plants next to the mailbox is now as tall as the mailbox (About 4 feet). I’ve noticed that even though there are no flowers yet, the plants seem to attract ants and other bugs. As far as I can tell they don’t seem to be hurting the plants so I let them be. I wish I had a better camera so I could take some good closeups of the critters but I’m not done with my research yet. I will tell you one thing for sure, they drink a lot of water. I was watering them every other day until I can home and found them very droopy. They perked up quickly though after a good drink so now I water them everyday.

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Silly Sunflowers

Posted by heymoe on 4th June 2007

Well it pretty much rained all day Sunday, which was nice since we really needed the rain but it looks like the added weight of the rain on the leaves of three of my sunflower plants was more then their stalks could handle and they bent right over on their sides. I was able to get those standing up right again by using some support and today when I got home I was able to remove the supports and everything is back to normal. My biggest plant stood strong and did not have any problems while it was raining but to my surprise, when I got home, it was bent over so now it has supports. Silly sunflowers, make up your mind. No pictures for this update but will have some soon.

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Update: Sunflowers 2007

Posted by heymoe on 28th May 2007

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Here are some updated pictures of my sunflower plants on this Hot and Sunny Memorial Day. As you can see the four plants that are in pots on my deck are doing well. Even though I planted all of the seeds at the same time, they are not all growing at the same rate. The tallest one stands at around 2 feet 8 inches right now while the smallest one is about 1 foot 2 inches.The leaves on the tallest plant are bigger then my hands as you can see. I kind of wish the front of my house got more direct light in the day so I could move some of the potted plants along the steps to my front door. Oh well, I wonder what my neighbors would do if I planted a whole row of them outlining my front yard and driveway.. hehe. The plants that are next to my mailbox are coming long just fine. They are between 1 foot 8 incudes and 2 feet. Overall the projects is working out great. It’s amazing how quickly they are growing but they still have a long way to go to reach their full height of 12 feet or so.

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Sunflower Transplant: Part 2

Posted by heymoe on 18th May 2007

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The last two plants have been transplanted into their own pot today. The runt of the litter was placed into one of my smaller pots so I might have to move it yet again down the road. Time will tell.

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The two plants I moved to my front yard next to my mailbox look like they are going to make it. They did not look to well the first two days after their transplant but they are looking good now. They don’t even need support anymore. More Pictures

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Sunflower Transplant: Part 1

Posted by heymoe on 13th May 2007

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Well I transplanted three of the plants out of the big pot late yesterday. I moved one into its own pot and the other two I plated behind my mailbox. I still need to move the two smaller plants from the main pot but will wait for them to get a little bigger. Hopefully they will start growing a little fast now that they don’t have to compete for the sun light as much as before.

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The one I moved to it own pot looks like it is doing well after almost 24 hours in its new home. I removed the two support sticks after I took the picture. Hopefully It will be able to stand up straight on it own now.

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Sadly, the two I move to my mailbox are not looking all that happy right now. One does look better then the other but they both are not as happy as they were before the transplant. I’ve added some support sticks to both of them to keep them upright and off the ground. Hopefully one or both of them will pull though. If not I guess I know where the other two plants I still need to transplant will be going. I really want to have some big sunflowers next to the mailbox. More Pictures

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New Garage Door Opener Feature

Posted by heymoe on 12th May 2007

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Since I was already buying parts to fix the garage door opener (See below), I decided to also buy an external keypad to open and close the garage from the outside and it was on sale.. Bonus! The install was really easy and did not take a rocket scientist to program it to work with the garage door opener.

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Garage Door Opener Repair

Posted by heymoe on 12th May 2007

New and Old Carriage

Last Friday when I got home I opened the garage door like I normally do as I pull into the driveway and it started to go up like expected but when it got to about 1/3 open the door came crashing down. It turned out the carriage, that is hooked to the door and rides along the track, lost just about all of its teeth and could no longer support the weight of the door (This is a screw drive garage door opener by the way). It would seem that the teeth on the carriage are made of a hard plastic or similar and over time the teeth just broke off or got worn down.

All Fixed - Closed

Thinking that this would be a common part I went to Home Depot and Lowes just to find out they don’t carry replacement parts so I turned to the Internet and ordered the parts I needed. The parts came in yesterday and I installed them today. It looks like Genie figured out that making the teeth out of plastic was not smart being that the new part has metal teeth. It was a pretty simple repair and now I don’t have to manually open the door anymore.

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Update: Sunflower 2007

Posted by heymoe on 11th May 2007

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Took some updated pictures of my sunflower plants this morning. They have gotten pretty big compared to the pictures from 5/2/2007. They are starting to crowd each other in the pot so I really need to get them transplanted soon. So many things to do and so little time.. Sigh…

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Sunflower Project 2007

Posted by heymoe on 10th May 2007


I decided to try growing some Mammoth Sunflowers this year. Hopefully they will turn out better then my failed Pumpkin Project of 2004 (or 2003, can’t remember). Here are some pictures from about a week ago. I’m going to be transplanting them out of the pot to some other locations around the house. More pictures to come.

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