Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Guess who's coming to dinner?

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Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 30, 2012 11:14 AM CST
I thought my Cactus and Succulent Friends might enjoy this article, so wanted to share it. It's from a friend of mines blog, Grant Meyer. It's about using some of your old dinnerware and serving pieces as gardening tools.

http://grantmeyer.blogspot.com/2012/01/guess-whos-not-coming...

The knife really does work well when potting up your cactus!! =)

























Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 30, 2012 11:22 AM CST
Very amusing. And true, in many cases!
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goldfinch4
Jan 31, 2012 3:45 AM CST
Funny you should mention that. The thread I read right before this one over in the sempervivum forum showed how she made a handle for a fork that she uses for her plants.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 31, 2012 4:52 AM CST
Loved that article, Alan. I make decorative totems and stacks for the yard/garden with old dishes and glassware. That should fit right in! Thumbs up
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 31, 2012 7:23 AM CST
Pictures please :)

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 31, 2012 7:45 AM CST
Ummmm ... let me look.

I have also seen old forks stuck in the ground, tines up, used as plant markers. And plants, especially succulents, in broken pottery like teapots and cups/sauces, but that's pretty common.

Eventually you have a real dish garden. Green Grin!

Meanwhile, I'll post this:



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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 31, 2012 8:10 AM CST
Love that, especially the 'stuffing' coming out of the bottom of the seat!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 31, 2012 8:27 AM CST
Alan: Thumbs up Thanks for the link to that article! I agree with your friends tip regarding NOT up-planting into too large of a container. I once overheard someone at a garden center telling another person who was buying a small 4" potted plant that they should repot it into a gallon or larger size container, saying it would have more room to grow faster!%&*@!

The kitchen utensil idea for potting is a great tip! I've used old forks for digging, they work well especially when planting terrariums. Knives come in handy for many gardening chores too! In the past I'd use old wooden spoons for digging but always ended up breaking the handles so they are only used as stakes for houseplants. For digging tools one can find very inexpensive kitchen utensils at thrift stores!

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 31, 2012 8:30 AM CST
That's out in CA. Not so practical here. Zone envy today. Crying

Found a couple shots of some dish and glass totems. Or part of a view of one in the center background of the first pic. Things are in winter storage right now so not so much out in the yard. However, you'd never be able to tell it's "winter" today at 65ยบ!




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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jan 31, 2012 8:31 AM CST
Oops, cross-posted with you, Lin. Utensils are perfect for terrarium gardening.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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