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lawn aeration by drill press ?

posted by: kelogs on 03.26.2014 at 04:29 pm in Lawn Care Forum

Hi,

I have recently aerated a small area of my lawn 55 m2 (<600 ft2) by sinking a fork into the ground. And that was an experience to never again repeat!

So, today, while drilling holes in some timber, this idea of using the same electrical drill for aerating the lawn has popped up. Together with a low feet-powered 4-wheeler, like some foot operated carting vehicle, i think it could work a treat. Hmm.. but then I'd have to put the money saved from the aerator in that vehicle.

Anyway, all i can thinkof is that the drill press might damage grass roots a bit more.

Uhm, thoughts ?

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RE: Anyone have a vertical garden from wooden pallets? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: lgteacher on 04.08.2014 at 11:10 am in Vertical Gardening Forum

The challenge of a vertical garden is water distribution. Since water goes to the bottom, the top tends to dry out faster than the plants down below. I planted a pallet last year using annuals for color. Now that they're dead, I'm replacing them with succulents.
I've seen lettuce and herbs grown in vertical pallets, but I think it would be hard to do with larger plants.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pallet Garden

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simpler fountain (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: junkinthetrunk on 05.03.2009 at 10:56 pm in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

workbench fountain

fountain instructions

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RE: Pondless waterfall (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: junkinthetrunk on 05.03.2009 at 10:42 pm in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

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Easy Propagation Chamber

posted by: little_dani on 10.05.2005 at 08:34 pm in Plant Propagation Forum

I make a little propagation chamber that is so easy, and so reliable for me that I thought I would share the idea. I have not seen one like it here, and I did look through the FAQ, but didn't find one there either. I hope I did not miss it, and I hope I do not offend anyone by being presumptive in posting this here.

That said....

This is what you will need.
A plastic shoebox, with a lid. They come in various sizes, any will do.


Soil less potting mix, half peat, half perlite, or whatever is your favorite medium.
A little clay pot, with the drain hole plugged with caulking or silicone. If this is a new pot, scrub it with some steel wool to be sure it doesn't have a sealer on it. You want the water to seep through it.
Rooting hormone powder or liquid, or salix solution from the willow tree.
Plant material, snippers. I am going to pot some Plectranthus (a tall swedish ivy) and a Joseph's Coat, 'Red Thread'. I already have some succulents rooted in this box. I will take them out and pot them up later, DH has a new cacti pot he wants to put them in.
You can see here, I hope, that I fill the clay pot to the top with rain water, well water, or distilled water. I just don't use our tap water, too much chlorine and a ph that is out of sight.

I pour a little of the hormone powder out on a paper plate or a piece of paper, so that I don't contaminate the whole package of powder. And these little 'snippers' are the best for taking this kind of cuttings.


This is about right on the amount of hormone to use. I try to get 2 nodes per cutting, if I can. Knock off the excess. It is better to have a little too little than to have too much.
Then, with your finger, or a pencil, or stick, SOMETHING, poke a hole in the potting mix and insert your cutting. Pull the potting mix up around the cutting good and snug.

When your box is full, and I always like to pretty much fill the box, just put the lid on it, and set it in the shade. You don't ever put this box in the sun. You wind up with boiled cuttings. YUK!

Check the cuttings every few days, and refill the reservoire as needed. Don't let it dry out. If you happen to get too wet, just prop the lid open with a pencil for a little while.
This is a very good method of propagation, but I don't do roses in these. The thorns just make it hard for me, with my big fingers, to pack the box full. All kinds of other things can be done in these. Just try it!

Janie

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