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Re: stocking lids

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] stocking lids
  • From: "Donald Eaves" donald@eastland.net
  • Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 20:11:00 -0500


> Wow, these are fantastic !  How did you make them ?  I think they look
> pretty cool !  I can  see a dog running around with one in his mouth
> though ;-)

I think any open frame structure could be used.  Then the hose has to be
stretched over the frame.  The stuff grabs and can be aggravating to
stretch, but when it is stretched tight it sort of naturally closes in over
the bottom ring and stays in place.  It has a lot of stretching ability.  If
the top is still long, I just tie a tight knot and cut it off then use the
next part.  A tall conical frame with a bottom of 8-10 inches would work
really well.  Something could be left under it for a long time.  Here that
would give some protection from our wicked sun as well as the grasshoppers.
However, it lets enough sun in.  Those that have been covered 'til they
outgrew it and I removed them didn't burn from the added exposure.

If I leave them on all winter, next spring they will be travelling all over
the yard.  At first I blamed it on the dogs, but then discovered the
squirrels were taking the old material for their nests.  I saw one
struggling mightily with one once.  Eventually they pulled nearly all the
old stocking material off all them.  I think some the birds pulled at them
too.  I tend to leave them in place during the winter.  Keeps the oak leaves
from piling up directly over the plant.


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