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Post  GWN on 3/27/2014, 4:49 pm

Hi guys
I have just received an order of these cow pots, and thought you might find them interesting
They are made from sterilized cow manure and totally disintegrate  when planted so might be just the item for seed starting   COW POTS
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Post  Goosegirl on 3/27/2014, 7:11 pm

@GWN wrote:Hi guys
I have just received an order of these cow pots, and thought you might find them interesting
They are made from sterilized cow manure and totally disintegrate  when planted so might be just the item for seed starting   COW POTS

LOVE my Cow Pots! I have been using them for the last 2 years.

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Post  GWN on 3/27/2014, 9:11 pm

GG..... do you find that they help to make better roots, .... do they seem to provide any extra fertilizer?

Great to know.... and also do they actually totally break down, ... I find that the peat pots get to be a pain...
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Post  Goosegirl on 3/27/2014, 9:53 pm

@GWN wrote:GG..... do you find that they help to make better roots, .... do they seem to provide any extra fertilizer?

Great to know.... and also do they actually totally break down, ... I find that the peat pots get to be a pain...

I think they must provide some extra fertilizer, as my tomatoes ALWAYS seem to do better when I put them in the Cow Pots. They do seem to break down completely, but I usually soak them down really well and kind of crush the outsides a bit as I am putting them into the ground to make sure they have some openings for the roots to get through. I have never found an intact Cow Pot at the end of the season, unlike peat pots or peat pellets.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/28/2014, 8:44 am

Hmmm...  In looking at the website, it only shows retailers in Canada. I've never heard of these but would like to try them.  Anyone know of a retailer in Atlanta, GA?
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Post  plantoid on 3/28/2014, 11:25 am

Why not make your own cow plop pots ?  it's seems it's just going to be like making paper mache things .

  Use  rubber cloves , collect the au natural well weathered sun bleached almost white  substance when it's dry enough to throw like a Frisbee .
 
 . Once you have  a bucket full add half a bucket of boiling water and stir well till the cakes break down  .....that will spread the weak nutrients left in it and also sterilize it .

  Let it cool ,  drain off the excess water and keep it for liquid manure.
 For the pots use paper drinking cups as the outers and plastic or Styrofoam cups for the inners . use a big darning needle to make  quite a few holes in inner & outers for drainage and for drying .

 1/3 fill the outer cup with sloppy pap push a sand filled inner cup inside and give it a gentle twist as you push bit in ...this spreads the pap reasonable evenly .
 leave it out in the sun  till the water evaporates  then invert the cups and leave for another few days  . You should now be able to careful slide the outer and inner cups off the plop pot without it collapsing.

 Perhaps even use a strip of 1/16 ( 1.5 mm ) square nylon mesh in the outer cup to make release & drainage easier ..if you look at the peat pots  that's how they seem to have been made when they were spun in a centrifuge. 
 

 It may be that you can also make plaster of Paris casts perhaps even lined with old newspaper use cow pat plop pulp and treating  them like slip castings..

 Me ?    I'll stick with a thin layer of fine vermiculite sprinkled over one of my  3/4 filled tube plant pots of sieved MM.  Wink
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Post  martha on 3/28/2014, 11:40 am

I found cow pots at a really good price. The problem I have is I garden at my restaurant, and my seedlings are right by where people are seated. Once they are moistened, they smell like, well, ya know - cow plops! It's not a strong smell, but  Embarassed
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/28/2014, 12:54 pm

Unfortunately, I don't have a good source of cow manure near here.  Maybe my next trip to see DH's family in TN.  Think he'd notice it in the back of the truck???
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Post  Goosegirl on 3/28/2014, 6:43 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Hmmm...  In looking at the website, it only shows retailers in Canada. I've never heard of these but would like to try them.  Anyone know of a retailer in Atlanta, GA?

I get mine online from gardeners.com

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/28/2014, 7:36 pm

This is some funny thread! I just can't believe it. Has anyone used these pots for anything other than tomatoes yet? Do they work? and what on earth is sloppy pap ???  although I'm a bit afraid to ask...

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/28/2014, 8:09 pm

I have used them for peppers, broccoli, cukes, and basil as well as my tomatoes.  All have loved them.

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Post  GWN on 3/29/2014, 11:28 am

I purchased 144 of them in a case lot.   Unfortunately I thought I was buying 3 inch pots, but they measure them diagonally so  they are actually 2 inch pots which are a little small for what I wanted. SO next year I will get larger ones and pay more attention to the exact size.
Another note,  thinking  my dog seemed extremely interested in the pots and I am a teensy bit worried he might dig up the plants.    Although I do use manure in the garden ....  so maybe not.

The pots I DID get, I have decided to use for an anti monsanto rally we are having. I am planting 100 brandywine in these little pots to give away at the rally, to "introduce" people to the wonderful taste of heirloom tomatoes OVER store boughts      Very Happy
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/29/2014, 11:42 am

Way to go, GWN.  What a great idea!
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Post  sanderson on 3/29/2014, 2:15 pm

GWN, Great re-purposing. Free heirlooms are a great way to get people to try them.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 3/29/2014, 3:50 pm

Cool idea, GWN. Good choice of tomato, too -- brandywines are almost always well-liked.
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Post  plantoid on 3/29/2014, 4:20 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:This is some funny thread! I just can't believe it. Has anyone used these pots for anything other than tomatoes yet? Do they work? and what on earth is sloppy pap ???  although I'm a bit afraid to ask...

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Pap ..pulped matter or perhaps better said as the less watery contents of a babies dirty daiper/nappy . .

In this case ...

Dried cow muck , reconstituted so it is in a rather thick sauce state  , not too dry & not too wet  or slurry from the milking parlour floor with most of the moisture removed.
 
Put  a dollop on the floor and it will spread /slump out  under gravity after a few seconds or so .
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Post  Marc Iverson on 3/29/2014, 5:36 pm

You're like a chef talking about the perfectly seared slice of foie gras .... Very Happy
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