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Re: Inside Bon Vivant Nursery/ now weeding without getting stuck


Speaking of weeding around pokey things-  anyone have a suggestion for 
weeding clover from around my agave plant???

Theresa

Vera Metzke wrote:
> Chris
>
> This is beautiful....I shared it with my husband the plumber!  Suggested one
> for the back and he seemed to make funny faces at me!
> Also love teh Opuntia!  I have had one for several years and really dread
> the weeding around it!  I have resorted to using the grill tongs just to
> move it about to weed!  The large spines are easy to spot - it is the tiny
> hair like ones that always get me!  The blooms are absolutely breathtaking!
> Thanks for sharing the pictures!
>
> Vera
>
>
> On 6/12/06, Christopher P. Lindsey <lindsey@mallorn.com> wrote:
>   
>> You've all probably read my nursery trials and tribulations in amusement,
>> boredom, or annoyance over the past few months.
>>
>> I'm here to make sure that it continues.  :)
>>
>> Since I didn't have enough room (or sun) in the back for my plants,
>> I ended up using the flat roof over my garage.  I installed three
>> long storage tables and built a framework for two of them out of PVC,
>> covered them with shadecloth, installed a misting system over the top,
>> and then connected it all to a manifold that's controlled by my computer.
>>
>> It's pretty much done now, so I'm torturing you even further by putting
>> some photos online:
>>
>> Here's the first framework covered with shadecloth:
>>
>>   http://www.mallorn.com/~lindsey/nursery/rooftop/shadecloth1.jpg
>>
>> The second one was the same height until today; I needed to add another
>> foot since the coneflowers were growing through it:
>>
>>   http://www.mallorn.com/~lindsey/nursery/rooftop/shadecloth2.jpg
>>
>> The third shelves don't have any shadecloth yet, but will probably
>> get some:
>>
>>   http://www.mallorn.com/~lindsey/nursery/rooftop/nocloth.jpg
>>
>> The first two shelves are on a timer-based watering system, but the
>> third one is still watered by hand.  I left an opening for it in the
>> manifold though:
>>
>>   http://www.mallorn.com/~lindsey/nursery/rooftop/manifold.jpg
>>
>> I should add that the pipe isn't that bent.  It's partially because of the
>> lens that I was using.  :)  Another tip:  PVC doesn't lose it's integrity
>> when exposed to UV light, but it *can* become more susceptible to stress
>> fractures.  Painting it protects the plastic so that it can be exposed to
>> light.
>>
>> Of course, there are some plants that just don't care about watering
>> systems at all:
>>
>>   http://www.mallorn.com/~lindsey/nursery/rooftop/cactus.jpg
>>
>> I love Opuntia.  I just dread the day that I have to package one up to
>> ship.
>>
>> Chris
>>
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