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My new improved WS set-up

Posted by msmisk NTX8 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 29, 07 at 21:53

This was the original set-up. Lots of individual jugs with individual tops & baggies, that had to be opened and closed inividually every time the weather fluctuated between 20 degrees and 70 degrees, which was almost daily around here. Lots of work !!

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The new improved set-up. I took all the tops off, and put just the bottoms (milk jugs, etc) in plastic storage containers that had holes drilled in the bottoms & tops.
As sprouts emerged, the jugs were moved to a storage container with no top. I put a piece of lattice over the top to keep the birds out and protect them a bit from too much sun or wind.

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Overflow seedlings went into this garden cart covered with lattice, but I watched from my kitchen with the binoculars as sparrows jumped down through the lattice to disturb my jugs, and hop back out. Bad birds !!

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Thanks for looking !

Carol


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  • Posted by pvick z6B NYC (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 30, 07 at 8:42

That is a neat setup, Carol! Really like the sterlite container idea.

I use plastic hardware cloth and bird netting on everything to keep the birds out until the seedlings (and emerging established plants) are big enough to fend for themselves - or until nesting season is over; up here, I get starlings that just peck at everything. Maybe you could stretch some bird netting across your lattice to keep the sparrows out?

PV


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Great idea, PV. I'm going to pick some up when I go to town this afternoon. That should solve my problem. Poor seedlings don't stand a chance around these crazy birds !

Carol


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RE: My new improved WS set-up

msmisk you can also buy the netting in the material dept at your craft store (the netting they use for wrapping wedding favors), my mind is blank and I can't remember what it's called. I used it on my small blueberry bushes when the berries were ripening and it worked and is inexpensive.


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Nylon net?

Karen


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I believe it's called tulle

annette


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I notice your in North Texas? Right? I have a question what do you do about the freeze snaps we get every once in a while? Do you cover or not?
thanks


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