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Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Jun 23, 2015 6:51 PM CST
Here is a small Snapdragon in a homemade starter pot , I am really only seeing if these work or not ..
Their solid , they last , easy to bag and hang for storage , While they do occasional get bent out of shape , they do not crush or break as easy as most starter pots ,
Don't get me wrong , I have nothing against light easy starter pots that are buy and sell for doing business , But for myself , I like something more solid and lasting , at home anyway . Smiling

First is the top of a 2 liter , with the small starter plant (seedling )
Second photo , the bottom
The third the assembly , There is a small hole drilled a couple inches above where the top fits the bottom for drainage ,etc you can water from the bottom , but the planting soil will not be covered enough to drowned your plant , years like this outdoors , it matters
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Drat ! though !!! If only I could of My thumb out of the way ,


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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Jun 23, 2015 8:42 PM CST
Nice innovation and re-purposing!

You might have the smallest and least expensive self-watering pots known to gardeners.

I save 2-liter bottles from work, but only those with straight sides.

Part of that plan is to have lots of free pots by the time I retire, so I can give away plants without giving away my pots.

Have you ever seen photos of those "walls of flying soda bottles"? They hang wires down from some strong horizontal beam, and use them to support lots and lots of 2-liter bottles / flower pots lying on their sides, with an opening cut from the upper side.
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Jun 23, 2015 9:54 PM CST
Question RickCorey ? Would that be a square milk carton or water container ?, I have not seen many square 2liter containers , except maybe gumball or candy containers , Thank You! about acorns .. and of course here and now threading , Hurray!
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Shadegardener
Jun 24, 2015 8:03 AM CST
Nice! I find I use my repurposed plastic more readily than my fancy store-bought propagating trays. Produce and salad containers always get consideration until I accumulate too many. And every pot from purchased plants gets saved as well.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jun 24, 2015 10:54 AM CST
Sorry, Jim, I meant straight-up-and-down, not straight-square. No bulges and no "wasp-waist" like Coca-Cola. (I want the root ball to slide straight out, don't want to cut the plastic bottle away from the roots.

Dr.Pepper and at least some Canada Dry bottles come this way.
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BTW, here is the "flying wall of soda bottles" image. These bottles have bulges, not straight sides.
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I wish some soda company would redesign their bottles, especially smaller sizes, to be better reusable flower pots. Even flimsy soda bottles are sturdier than most trays of insert cells.

I would think that making soda bottles shorter and wider would save plastic. But then they would take up more square inches in supermarket display shelves.

Kobe 20-ounce bottles are made from really sturdy plastic, and would be a great size for a pot except that they have deep, acute horizontal ridges that make it hard to push a root-bound root ball out of the bottle.
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Jun 24, 2015 11:09 AM CST
RickCorey I forgot to answer About the the Flying bottles , I have seen that done but it not convenient for me to do ,, and , Thank you for the clarification answer ,, I was not sure what you meant before , Thank You!
Yes the the full size straight bottle do give more room and are easier with larger plant growing ,

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In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jun 24, 2015 11:16 AM CST
Ach! I forgot your new handle over here, juhur! I was reading this and thought this is just what juhur would do. :)
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jun 24, 2015 11:45 AM CST
Oh! You're Juhur? Good to see you here!
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
Seed Starter Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Frogs and Toads Garden Procrastinator Cottage Gardener Birds
Annuals Hummingbirder Region: Indiana Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies
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jimard8
Jun 24, 2015 12:02 PM CST
Yes I don't intend deception that happens ,, I should thank Cindy as I should of said something , My sister registered me years ago on other threads as juhur7 , while I was ill ,,
Cindy Thumbs up

RickCorey Thank You!

The pots are working good by the way , best in a long while Smiling
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jun 24, 2015 12:32 PM CST
I'm sorry if I let the cat out of the bag but I am glad you're here.
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
Seed Starter Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Frogs and Toads Garden Procrastinator Cottage Gardener Birds
Annuals Hummingbirder Region: Indiana Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies
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jimard8
Jun 24, 2015 12:48 PM CST
Shadegardener , no problem !!! after all ,, words like is , and you , and does , and several others , keep escaping my typing finger ,, little rascals ,!!! Smiling Smiling
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jun 24, 2015 3:26 PM CST
I didn't think that you were deliberately being Jim-cognito.

Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
Seed Starter Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Frogs and Toads Garden Procrastinator Cottage Gardener Birds
Annuals Hummingbirder Region: Indiana Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies
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jimard8
Jun 24, 2015 3:49 PM CST
RickCorey .. truth is Rick , ( one of brother in laws names ) I am Ju's brother Jim , ,
Of course we may both of had a Grandmother , that said , now Richard ,( yours )
And my grandmother ,, James , does not belong in my kitchen ,!!! Confused Confused Confused

Of course the Sibling (older ) or the eldest parent that used the Full name ,, like the commercials , Hilarious!

I was cutting a couple coffee cans about , when dry of Catnip today , Then the Spearmint , then the Oregano , A few things grow here ,,
and today's visitor one of many , Big Grin Big Grin Green Grin!

Rick , I keep thinking back to the Ground Hog that ate and tore up my Lupines , That conversation we had , and the heirloom Watermelon , Green Grin!
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In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jun 25, 2015 3:46 PM CST
I remember the Sohochler watermelon saga, just not how to spell it.

Bakers Creek offered them for sale a year or so after I wrote them asking if they had any left from years before, when they were said to have offered it. I guess they got some more in from someone! I bought 20 seeds even though I know that watere4lons could never ripen in our cool summers.

The Russian seed bank (Vasilov Institute?) never came through.
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
Seed Starter Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Frogs and Toads Garden Procrastinator Cottage Gardener Birds
Annuals Hummingbirder Region: Indiana Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies
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jimard8
Jun 25, 2015 4:06 PM CST
Sooooo RickCorey , Did any of those watermelons grow for you ? at all ? I know about to cool weather or too much clay , too much clay , too much clay ,
Of course , good for cooking pots ? planter type?
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jun 25, 2015 4:59 PM CST
I have some Schochler Watermelon growing. They are blooming well but I haven't seen any fruit.
wildflowersoftexas.com
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jun 29, 2015 8:03 PM CST
jimard8 said: Sooooo RickCorey , Did any of those watermelons grow for you ? at all ?


No, I don't have enough space to plant something that I know won't come close to ripening.

I was thinking of sending some seeds to the people who volunteered to grow it out, but I think they found the seeds faster than I did.

Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
Seed Starter Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Frogs and Toads Garden Procrastinator Cottage Gardener Birds
Annuals Hummingbirder Region: Indiana Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies
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jimard8
Jun 29, 2015 8:35 PM CST
My luck with Watermelons is intermittent , I have in a long past now grown a Black Diamond to about 25 pds an 18 pound Triple Crown Hybrid ,
I came close with sangria and Orangeglo that I have growing now , year before last and orange melon was growing nice and something ate a hole through it from side to side ,, Confused
A few Moon & Stars have made 12 or 15 pds ,
I might look for those Schochler seeds ,, limited Growing space ,, Sighing! Thank You!
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jun 30, 2015 12:06 PM CST
Jim, Baker Creek doesn't list them online any more.

Tree mail me next year if you really want to try them. I think they are on the long-season, heat-loving side of watermelons.
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!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
Jul 2, 2015 8:56 PM CST
Seed Saver Exchange, where I got mine still have them listed. It's to late this year but you could buy them now, while they are still available and save them for next year.
http://www.seedsavers.org/onlinestore/Heritage-Farm-Collecti...
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