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Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 11, 2008
5:27 AM

Post #4790891

I love the pine needle and tape "flags"! Great idea and great column. Thanks! Jennifer
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2008
1:42 PM

Post #4791698

You've solved a problem I'm having right now, your tape flags saved the day! Thanks!
Merced, CA

April 11, 2008
4:29 PM

Post #4792530

What great info! However, just curious how long you need to have the lamps on.


United States
(Zone 5b)

April 11, 2008
5:04 PM

Post #4792667

Good article... and I love the idea of the bricks!
Tuscaloosa, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 11, 2008
6:07 PM

Post #4792955

The bricks method is a terrific idea! I'm putting that in my memory bank for next year, you bet! Thanks.


New York & Terrell, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 11, 2008
7:26 PM

Post #4793283

Dave Stars at YouTube also: Dave's Garden: Gardening: Making Paper Pots:

Ah ha ha!!

Oh, I edited this post to give you this link too... Potting Soils:

Potting Soil Recipes and Soil Reconditioning:

~* Robin

This message was edited Apr 11, 2008 3:46 PM
Colorado Springs, CO
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2008
12:46 AM

Post #4794936

Thanks guys, glad you found something you can use.

Janlor, I keep my lights on from when I leave in the morning (6am) to when I go to bed, about 10 pm. You will generally hear about 12-16 hours of light. The more and closer the better. I am not aware of any plants that would rather less light than as-much-as-you-can-provide. Plants that are day-length sensitive generally only are picky for blooming.

Thanks for the links too Robin! I'm off to check them out.
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2008
1:50 AM

Post #4795296

I, too, love the shop-lights-on-bricks tip--thanks! No more messing with chains that are too short!
Holden, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 13, 2008
2:53 PM

Post #4801640

I love how you made your flags, we have the long white pine needles, so its flag maken time, Great ideas, I have been using cut up mini blinds but was told on another thread the old minis could contain lead : (. Mine are pretty new, but I still like the tape and needle/toothpick much better. Can fit in those tiny cells better.

Great artical , lots of tips!!!! , thank you

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