Pearl Sutton wrote:This is a spin off of a thread about squash What squash climb the best?
I made a couple of cattle panel arch arbors for them to climb, and learned an easy way to do it. They were built by me (58 year old disabled female) and my mom (83 year old lady, who broke her arm last fall) and we did not get hurt, and it was pretty easy. (Some of these drawings are pretty lame, sorry!)
We put up one panel as an arch last year, and it was an exercise in what not to do. Trying to bend it to shape was dangerous, we were both off balance, and it was hard to control and kept whacking us. This time I thought about it more.
In the fall we put in T posts in rows, 5 foot apart, spaced so there is a center post for each arch that are 4 feet apart (the width of the panel) and at each end there is a post 2 feet from it to stabilize the end. I angled them so the tops leaned inward, knowing they were not going to hold well in this soil, and would move when pressure was applied. We bought the 16 foot long cattle panels at the same time, but stuff happened and they spent the winter leaning up against the house.
We left the panels standing up against the house. I set two ratchet straps so the hooks were 4 feet apart. Then I'd take the far end of the cattle panel and walking behind it, push it in an arc to bend into shape The house held the other end still. Mom had a ratchet strap, and I'd bend it till she could get it to hook to both sides about 2-3 foot from the top of the arch, at about waist height. That held it enough that mom could brace it where I was holding, and I'd go inside the arched panel, and hook the other strap, with myself in the space between the two straps. She'd then go to the top of the arch, and we'd pick it up easily. They are not very heavy, they are mostly very clumsy, and the straps controlled that.
We then carried it to the rows of posts, and it fit in between them well, easy to carry in. Got the panel where we wanted it, and stood it up on the bottom. Adjusted it's position, then let the bottom strap loose first, to transfer most of the pressure to the stable base of the post, then the top strap, which did move the posts to straight, as it arched gracefully.
We got 4 panels in each line (that's how much space we had for each arbor) and the next day wired them together.
Final result is lovely! And we didn't get hurt! It was very easy to do, and I recommend trying it this way if you are building arches. It beat the heck out of fighting that one last year!
Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:In one of the many lodgings I lived in, in France, we had "Turkish-style" toilets: a ceramic appliance with a hole [about 6" diameter", I would say] in the center of a square with 2 elevated pads on each side on each side to stand/ crouch and do your business. Because the hole was plenty big, and TP was expensive, dad would cut/ tear regular newspapers. The ink must have been better than nowadays because we didn't get a black bum from it. [chuckles]
The closest thing I found is still being sold on Amazon for -can you believe it- $128.80:
They have improved on the model as the gush of water is now coming from *under* the rim of the contraption. Ours had a big water tank and a chain to yank it open. The water would fall from about shoulder height and be [somewhat] guided by a pipe that had the purpose of irrigating all *around* your feet. It didn't always work that way. That is the only time mom would cuss!
Heidi McPherren wrote:
Rachael Faber wrote:I received an email saying I had access to this, but there is only a purchase button. I am logged in. How do I access the content?
You can just click the play button in the video and it will play. I think that's how all of these have been so far.
Logan Byrd wrote:I just picked up some seeds to try! I've had good luck with the bagged beans/peas/lentils (although not the split peas!) and this will be the first time I try planting a "spice".
Worst case, I can reuse the glass containers!