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My new orchid "house"

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    Default My new orchid "house"

    Hi everyone! I wanted to move some of my plants outside on my balcony for the summer so that they could benefit from the fresh air and coastal breeze. However, I didnít want to just place them outside unprotected because 1) Iím really weary about them getting infested by aphids, mites, etc. and 2) we have squirrels in our neighborhood who enjoy snacking on my flowers every now and then. So I came up with the idea of building a little house for my plants. After a week of laboring and much hammering, my boyfriend and I (ok, mostly him since I just stood around supervising and barking out directions) constructed this little structure. Itís 4 x 2 x 2.5 feet, has two doors in the front, and the top is removable. The walls are covered with fiberglass screens, which will let in air, but keep out squirrels. The bottom is raised about 2 inches, and lined with aluminum screen which will allow water to flow out easily. For now, Iím placing my oncidiums, odontoglossums, and milts outside, and Iíll see how they do. By the way, the ďhouseĒ is facing southeast and gets ample sunlight, but I'm thinking of putting up some shade cloth to block out the sun. Anyway, I just wanted to share with you all. Any suggestions/comments are welcomed.
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    Hi, Nancy!

    Looks very nice! It will keep the squirrels out definitely! Good job

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    Very cool, Nancy! Those lucky plants!!! No munching allowed squirrelies!

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    ah ha! good choice. I hate squirrels, all they do is urinate on college keyboards and knock over bird feeders... if pigeons are winged rats, then squirrels are rats with big bushy tails

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    What we won't do for our orchids !! Clever idea...
    I found a root on my neostylis broken/chewed this a.m....there is a house wren that is sneaking around and I thought it might have been her trying to nest. Who knows?? You won't have to worry about that !

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    Ah yes, that well known scam - bushy tail=cute!

    Gilda, we have house wrens nesting in our birdhouses at the museum right now, so it does seem to be nesting season. At least up here.

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    Had to do something similar myself.I,ve got tree rats , foxes & slugs/snails but limited space until i make more room.Note biggish piccie.

    http://www.talbot-terry.freeserve.co.uk/Orchids/OH1.jpg

    It,s a portable greenhouse covered in 50% shade clothe instead of plastic.
    (It,s a lot fuller now ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncasteeb
    Had to do something similar myself.I,ve got tree rats , foxes & slugs/snails but limited space until i make more room.Note biggish piccie.

    http://www.talbot-terry.freeserve.co.uk/Orchids/OH1.jpg

    It,s a portable greenhouse covered in 50% shade clothe instead of plastic.
    (It,s a lot fuller now ).
    Uncasteeb...that is a nice structure you have there! I wanted to make mine taller, but since I was already placing mine on a short table, and I'm short myself, I figured if I make it too tall, I wouldn't be able to reach the plants up high. Thanks for sharing!

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    Yeah, I had no idea slugs would climb trees! I found one inside of the pot of a catt I repotted. It was hanging in a tree, 4 feet off the ground. Darn bugs will stop at nothing!!!

    Where's my spray???

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    Nice work, Nancy--unc, you as well! Those'll definitely keep a lot of the varmints out...

    Gilda, yes, it's amazing the lengths we'll go to, isn't it? lol!

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