was onco seedlings; now how to screen Anderson bands

Nhu Nguyen xerantheum@gmail.com
Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:13:43 PDT
On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 5:34 PM, penstemon <penstemon@q.com> wrote:

> Just got a big box of Anderson tree bands delivered to my front door. Now
> for the fun of cutting little squares of screen and pushing the screen down
> to the bottom of the pots.
> If I’m not mistaken, Beaver Creek used to use a much heavier screen which
> I suppose could be glued onto the bottom of the pot, in the center,
> avoiding spending an hour pushing one screen down into a pot.

Hi Bob,

There's a trick to that. Cut window screens so that each piece is 1/2"
larger than the opening of the pot on all sides, then using a second pot,
push the screen into the bottom of the pot. It won't go all the way to the
bottom, but it will get you mostly there. Then put a handful of your mix
into the top pot, and gently jiggle it out of the second. This process
moves the mix onto the top of the screen inside the first pot, giving it
structure and allowing you to remove the second pot. After you have lifted
the second pot away completely, use a utensil with a flat end like a dowel
rod, push medium and screen all the way down to the bottom of the first
pot. If you have various sizes of pots, one may fit very well into another
and you'll be able to push the screen all the way to the bottom in one try.
It takes a little practice but this is how I've been doing it for years and
it saves me a huge amount of time.

Berkeley, CA
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