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dormantsrule
May 25, 2013 1:03 PM CST
http://www.drought-smart-plants.com/birdfeeder.html

I came across this and am considering it since I have almost the exact same bird feeder. I just want to make sure I understand that the semps will be planted in the moss and I'm wondering how many semps i would need to buy for this. The author said she filled the seed tube with soil and filled the rest with the moss.
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goldfinch4
May 25, 2013 3:14 PM CST

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Wow, that's really cool! It makes sense to fill the tube with soil and the rest with moss. The number of semps needed would depend on how full you want it (instant gratification), or if you have lots of patience (it'll take a year or two to fill in). If you're using only semps I'd say 40-75 depending on my above "requirements".
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dormantsrule
May 25, 2013 6:05 PM CST
Thanks much, Chris.
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valleylynn
May 26, 2013 5:26 PM CST

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Wow, that is a great hanging succulent planter idea.
Can't wait to see yours when you get it planted dormantsrule.
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webesemps
May 27, 2013 12:44 AM CST
Enjoy your project! Thumbs up
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Eviesmummy
May 27, 2013 5:04 AM CST
What a fantastic idea!
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dormantsrule
May 27, 2013 8:17 AM CST
I can't believe Home Depot here doesn't have sphagnum moss but Lowe's has it with peat. Do you think it will work or should I order it without peat online?

http://www.tropicalplantproducts.com/tpp/products/156-1-kilo...
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valleylynn
May 27, 2013 8:30 AM CST

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Love your avatar dorm.

Here is an explanation on the quality of the sphagnum moss. http://www.gardeningoncloud9.com/200903/sphagnum-moss-peat-m...
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goldfinch4
May 27, 2013 9:38 AM CST

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Good link Lynn. Sphagnum moss is what I use for topiary forms. Peat moss might hold too much moisture.
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dormantsrule
May 27, 2013 11:57 AM CST
Thanks Lynn. I'm glad I didn't buy the sphagnum moss w/ peat @ Lowe's.
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dmurray407
May 27, 2013 2:54 PM CST
Wow-what a great idea! I just gave that exact bird feeder away because I didn't like it as a birdfeeder.......darn!!!
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goldfinch4
May 27, 2013 3:59 PM CST

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Hi Deb, Great to see you here! Maybe you can find another one at a garage sale or something...
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pardalinum
May 27, 2013 4:10 PM CST
I can't tell you guys how many times I have gotten rid of "stuff" on a cleaning binge then a week later think up something brilliant I could have done with the "junk". Usually something garden related of course Angry .
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webesemps
May 27, 2013 7:43 PM CST
Deb, can't ask for it back?
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gg5
May 27, 2013 8:46 PM CST
One note regarding this idea - the plants get heavy! Far heavier than birdseed, just thought I'd remind folks that you may have to come up with an alternative for hanging it!! I tip my hat to you.
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dormantsrule
May 27, 2013 9:03 PM CST
gg5 said:One note regarding this idea - the plants get heavy! Far heavier than birdseed, just thought I'd remind folks that you may have to come up with an alternative for hanging it!! I tip my hat to you.


Thanks as I'm so glad you mentioned this. I'll have Home Depot cut a length of heavy chain for it.




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gg5
May 27, 2013 10:54 PM CST
I made a wall hanging that is taking me a while to come up with how to hang it...since as the plants have grown it weighs as much as I do Sticking tongue out (not quite!) I tip my hat to you.
You're welcome Dormant!
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dormantsrule
May 30, 2013 5:43 PM CST
I ended up using smaller feeder because the base of the larger one had a bad rust spot. This is hung from an awning support pipe and it wasn't an hour before a bird was pulling moss out.


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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
May 30, 2013 6:30 PM CST
Wow it looks really nice Dormants! Hurray!
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valleylynn
May 30, 2013 6:48 PM CST

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It really does look great. Nice job dormants.
By the way, what does dormantsrule mean? Smiling

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