Make-it-Yourself Flower Pot Wind ChimesWritten by Patricia A. Ziegler
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Working from outside to inside, feed free end through 'weep hole' in bottom of pot. Now feed free end through one of 5/8 inch wooden beads. This bead will rest against inside bottom of pot to support chime when it hangs. Adjust until measurement is as you wish, and mark string. Positioning 5/8 inch bead at your mark, loop free end of twine around bead and insert it a second time through same hole from top to bottom. ( Figure 1). Tighten. Suspend pot by curtain ring and determine point at which string meets rim of pot. Mark string at this point. Slide 3/4 inch bead up string to mark you have just made. This bead will serve as clapper, and should hit at rim of pot. Now slide second 5/8 inch bead up string immediately beneath 3/4 inch bead. This bead will hold 3/4 inch bead in place on mark. Loop twine up around 5/8 inch bead and back down through it (as you did in Step 4 with other 5/8 inch bead). Adjust beads if necessary to ensure that larger bead still hits pot at rim. ( Figure 2 ). Now feed free end of twine through hole you previously created in plastic rectangle. Adjust length as desired, and tie.
Repeat above for each of other four pots.
You're done! From eaves of your breezeway or porch, hang each pot upside down by curtain ring. Now mix up a batch of lemonade, and invite neighbors up on porch to enjoy gentle sound of your beautiful new flower pot wind chimes!
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Tons of Tomatoes From A Small SpaceWritten by Jean Fritz
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Place your tomato plants every 18” around outside of cage, and tie stems loosely to wires of cage. Use soft material such as old socks, panty hose, or jute twine. Be sure that all "branches" of plant are secured; otherwise, you may find your plant splitting in two from weight of growing tomatoes. Water your tomato plants by aiming stream toward middle of tomato cage. This will leach out beneficial nutrients and active microorganisms from compost and send it straight into ground, offering your tomato plants a feeding with every watering. As season progresses, you may find your tomato plants creating small “nubs” along side of stem that faces tomato ring. These “nubs” are beginning of feeder roots; let plant send these roots into compost inside ring. The more roots plants create, more resistant they will be to drought-induced stress, insects, and diseases. By midsummer, your tomato plants will be decked with red, gold, pink and orange fruits randomly placed, making your compost area look like a William Morris print. Now it's time to harvest, slice, grab salt shaker, munch, and watch your favorite movie in air-conditioned comfort.
The author is a freelance writer, market farmer (organic) and cat-lover. Her farm, KittyVista Organics, is located 30 miles east of Indianapolis, Indiana.