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Post  plantoid on 4/3/2012, 4:40 pm

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made the saw teeth run towards me , so it was a pull saw rather than a push one , incase the blade snapped as I was pushing my hand forward .. I've seen some nasty workshop rashes on the hands and wrists people who didn't get iit right.
Sounds like a case where you should go out with a "prophylactic tourniquet" on.......Razz

That sounds painful and likely to change my voice from baritone to tenor Wink
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Post  kbb964 on 4/3/2012, 6:13 pm

wow, I see serious competition in the gadget making category ! Plantoid , great job and what a show off lol.

I just need to invent something that can , build, dig, mix, shovel, water, seed and harvest for me and life would be sweet. I could sit on the deck and drink daquiris all day. Last year I wanted a pool boy but now I need a garden boy.
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Post  AvaDGardner on 4/3/2012, 9:20 pm

Plantoid, what do you use the drinking bottles for?

You are right about the tough plastic. It's made not to break down in light, or to leach into your drinking water. They can handle years of sun. I think they call it grade 7 on this side of the pond. The grade is inside the recycle symbol, and is on the bottom.

What do they use in the UK to identify the grade?
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Post  givvmistamps on 4/4/2012, 12:30 am

This is great! Reduces the time you have to kneel down Very Happy TFS!
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Post  plantoid on 4/4/2012, 5:04 am

Ava, sorry I didn't cover your question enough in my last post.

Yes , the cut in half bottles are used as mini hothouses / green houses or as we Brits know them " cloches ". Not only for bringing on seeds and seedlings & a bit of crop protection , they are also used for warming things up prior to sowing seeds or transplanting.

( Shhhhhh ......they are also good for home brewing and wine making receptacles )

At the drop of a hat I can also use the top half as a big funnel or megaphone to call Munchkin when she is playing at being deaf and ignoring me Wink I can use it as a heairing aid if I reverse the possition and put it to my ear instead Laughing

The bottom half can also be used as a weed/ waste bin when weeding the bed or as a water carrier to bring a few mugs of water from the tap so I dont have to play at fighting the hose pipe on it's reel.



There is indeed a figure seven inside the recycle triangle .... that means it's tougher than a high street beefburger
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Post  GWN on 4/4/2012, 10:19 am

RIght now I am using glass cloches to harden off my perennials.
I grew them in the green house and since I started too early, they are "of course" root bound now and gotta get going....
So it drops below freezing every night here but my lupins and hollyhocks are covered with cloches to keep them warm.
We had a somewhat hard frost a few nights ago and I went out there was actual frost on the outside of the cloche, but fine on the inside.
I have quickly learned that nasturtiums are just not up to snuff.
Tonite I am going to try columbine, as last years columbine are emerging in the garden.

My Sisters mother in law goes to the businesses that deliver those water bottles to businesses and gets the broken ones.
She has tons of them and she lives in zone3 and gets her tomatoes out very early that way lots o
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Post  kittykat on 4/4/2012, 10:21 am

GWN wrote:My Sisters mother in law goes to the businesses that deliver those water bottles to businesses and gets the broken ones.
She has tons of them and she lives in zone3 and gets her tomatoes out very early that way

Smart! Great idea!!

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Post  givvmistamps on 4/4/2012, 10:42 am

I used to see reproductions in specialty gardening stores in Western NC when I lived there. It's probably possible to find some. The originals would probably be found in antique stores, and possibly expensive now.
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Post  GWN on 4/4/2012, 11:00 am

I just go to second hand stores and buy large glass vases, very cheap.... does the trick
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Post  plantoid on 4/4/2012, 4:15 pm

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I love this old picture, I wonder if any of these originals still exist

[url=http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thecompanyshed.co.nz/store/images/categories/Glass%2520Bell%2520Jars%2520-%2520Cloche%2520image.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.thecompanyshed.co.nz/store/index.php%3Fmain_page%3Dindex%26cPath%3D12&h=357&w=535&sz=130&tbnid=wuaz2xa7JmNA5M:&tbnh=90&tbnw=135&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dfrench%2Bcloches%2Bpicture%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=french+cloches+picture&docid=QXFk2gIQEA02tM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yFx8T8-RHaiciQKLw_mmDQ&ved=0CDkQ9QEwAA&dur=733
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Bell jars ..very Victorian and very very expensive to make and now buy originals and difficult to store in small spaces. Reproductions seem to be hitting the £40 each ($ 60 ish )

That's why the glass sheet " tents " came on the scene , once we got float glass the tent idea really took off as it is as cheap as chips to make 1/8 ( 3 mm ) horticultural glass .

There is a simple patented spring wire clip available ( starts with an H ) to allow you to use sheets of glass but it's not recommended to have thin glass around where kiddies & scatty pets are.
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Post  AvaDGardner on 4/4/2012, 5:53 pm

Is anyone else have problems with links? I keep getting error 404 pages. Even when I do a search from google. Yesterday it was 404 errors for every link, and today it takes me to a subsearch page, even though that isn't the descriptive I click. I keep scanning my system for a virus...checking options for redirects...weird.

The cloches are beautiful! Nice website, too. I saw they sell "bell pegs" to hold down the bells. Aren't the bells heavy? They sure look like it! Why need a peg?

http://www.thecompanyshed.co.nz/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=20&zenid=pokogvce8i69ajiempidanlfu3
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