Before mums are planted, we have to check the mum field for new leaks and other issues that came up during the off season with the watering system. When we find an "issue" we flag it or fix it if possible. The early summer of 2013 brought an amusing story with my 19 year old blondee. With the water hoses all pressurized in the acre field, Tricia found a leak. To fix the leak, a simple emitter needed pushed into the hose to replace the missing emitter. The blonde tried to push the emitter into the pressurized tubing and was squirting water all over herself. She looked at me and said, "I can do this!" Determined to "do it", I didn't bother her. However, after seeing how wet she was getting, I told her, "A brunette would turn the hose off first!" She had forgotten that there was a turnoff valve at the start of each row, just 3 feet from her soaked body! She is now attending McKendree University majoring in Elementary Education and this summer is taking on the role as our mum manager for the pumpkin patch.