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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Mar 23, 2014 10:30 AM CST
Bunch of empty buckets?


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Plant an herb garden! (The empty buckets have globe basil seeds)

Broken wheelbarrow?


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Plant chard and strawberries!

A leaky watering trough?


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Plant strawberries, eggplant, and chili's

Fence?


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Use as a trellis for the beans in companion planting so they don't pull the corn down

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Mar 24, 2014 8:12 PM CST

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excellent re-use of those items! You should make this into an 'Idea' for the site.
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Mar 25, 2014 10:39 PM CST
Haven't a clue how to move it. So, I'll just have to hope @dave someday sees it, as I would love to see what others have done. Still looking for a water hyacinth to put in my old kitchen sink so I can post a picture of that too.
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Mar 26, 2014 11:51 PM CST
Is water hyacinth invasive? Hippos are apparently the best to combat it. Whistling
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Mar 27, 2014 9:07 AM CST
They are here Glen, but our Manatee's love them, and they are almost Hippo size! Smiling
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What are the old shirts for around the stock tank planter @texaskitty111?
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Mar 27, 2014 9:29 AM CST
The shirts are there to keep the heat from the metal from burning the strawberry plants when they drape over the edge.
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Mar 27, 2014 9:40 AM CST
Thank you for sharing. Thats clever! I tip my hat to you.
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Mar 27, 2014 9:45 AM CST
Thanks, I was afraid you were going to say it looked trashy. I'll have you know I lined those old shirts very evenly on the bottom
Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Mar 27, 2014 10:07 AM CST
Innovative is what I see.
Creativity and inspiration is a gift from our Creator God to us humans, and whatever innovations we hear in our Spirit that we come up with as individuals is a gift if we use it. All that matters is the results! Smiling ....................................and of course trying to stay in tune with hearing the voice. I've stopped turning the radio on while I'm working in the gardens a lot these days. Its so peaceful working with the sounds of Nature surrounding us... I tip my hat to you. .................................more inspiration seems to trickle into the mind that way too... Smiling
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Mar 28, 2014 12:11 PM CST
What can you do with an old freshwater shrimp pond?


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We leveled the four ponds into two. They are now about 18" deep. I do better here with sunken beds, as its sandy and the sand and seeds just wash away. This one is a melon patch. I put a 6' chicken fence around it that's loose on the top as @dave suggested so the chickens won't land on it. If they fly over anyway, I have a large piece of 40% shade cloth left I will pull over it. The (old!) cans are used to keep the seeds in place until they sprout, then I'll remove them and use a sprinkler. The frost cloth I'm hoping will keep the weeds out, and keep the melons out of the dirt.

The other two ponds are now my veggie garden. And I have wire around it too.



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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Mar 28, 2014 3:39 PM CST
I believe water hyacinth can be invasive if you live where it doesn't freeze. If they freeze, they can make a huge mess in a pond
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Mar 29, 2014 10:01 AM CST
Water Hyacinths are great in the compost. White reflects a lot of heat. You are going to put some straw ( hay) or other much over them?
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Mar 29, 2014 4:12 PM CST
I was only going to put some in the old sink and make a little water garden. Would never put them in my pond. Fishhook snags on enough stuff as it is. Haven't found any yet, although they are selling lilies now.
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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Apr 2, 2014 6:07 PM CST
I found out water hyacinths are banned in TX, which I can understand. So, I won't be able to make a small water garden with a sink. I'll have to think of something else to use it for.

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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Apr 2, 2014 7:14 PM CST
texaskitty111 said:I found out water hyacinths are banned in TX, which I can understand. So, I won't be able to make a small water garden with a sink. I'll have to think of something else to use it for.

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Yep! $200 to $2000 fine up to 180 days in jail or both. But they allow water treatment plants use them to purify water. Like the gardener with one plant in a pond is a major threat to the environment, but those thousands of plant at the water treatment plant, are not a problem.

Why can't you make a water garden without water hyacinth? There are lots of aquatic plants that could be used.
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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Apr 2, 2014 7:36 PM CST
The sink is somewhat shallow except for floating plants, and so far there are no floating plants for sale anywhere. Just lilies. I think I will use it as a planter instead
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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Apr 2, 2014 7:46 PM CST
BTW - Walmart makes a big deal about buying locally, so I went in one day and asked if they would like to sell some of my koi. She said I would have to get a million dollar liability bond. Made out to them, of course. Like the one hyacinth in a sink, how much damage can a koi in a store do???

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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Apr 2, 2014 8:16 PM CST
texaskitty111 said:The sink is somewhat shallow except for floating plants, and so far there are no floating plants for sale anywhere. Just lilies. I think I will use it as a planter instead

I was thinking a sink would be to shallow for most floating plants, but would be good for marginals. Maybe something like pickerel weed, or sagittaria. Floating Hearts (Nymphoides aquatica) would work as well as Mosquito Plant (Azolla caroliniana) for floating.
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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Apr 5, 2014 12:16 PM CST
An old kitchen sink?

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Well, this old sink solves three problems.
1. The metal pipes you see are holding up the roof of the garden cage. It's sagging because I didn't get to glue the pieces of the PVC pipe together. Having been guaranteed by someone who knows all that they would NOT come apart. The wind blew them apart, and now with the wire attached, and up in the air, they can't be stuck together, only taped. So those rods are holding it up. Had a problem with the wind pulling them around too, but now they're in the sink. Don't think the wind can slide the sink around.
2. The left sink is holding clay and water for my mason bees to make coccoons with. That side would not drain, I don't know why, it's an open sink drain. So, it will keep the clay moist. (If I had made a water garden like I wanted, it would have drained, even with a plug)
3. The right sink is holding some small tomato seedlings until they're big enough to plant in the garden.


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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Apr 19, 2014 10:13 AM CST
What can you do with an old dishwasher rack? It works great for keeping chili and eggplants from flopping over. I have another one I can add if needed.


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