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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 06-06-2012 05:57 PM 3985 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And, of course, I confused cubic feet with square feet and half-ordered my dirt, but 6 tons of dirt later, We slapped some strawberry plants we had from moving a few other things around the yard up on the roof, and then Yesterday afternoon I went and bought a couple of sedums and strawberries and put ‘em in up there:

Another coat of paint on the eaves and I’ve done everything necessary for my final inspection, then I need to run some hose up there for drip irrigation and motion activated sprinklers to keep the birds and critters from eating my berries and digging in my dirt.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/



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posted 06-06-2012 07:48 PM

ta da … my goodness you have been busy!
I shared this on GardenTenders today. It’s quite an undertaking – and very impressive.

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 06-07-2012 02:19 AM

Thanks, Debbie! I’d participate over there but then I’d really be splitting my energies… And I’m not really a gardener, that’s mostly Charlene’s thing. I will eat the strawberries, however.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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posted 06-07-2012 03:51 AM

Great: Keep it moving. And eat well.

-- Retired in Delaware

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posted 06-07-2012 09:21 AM

no problem, Dan … I shared it for you :D Enjoy the berries!

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 06-08-2012 03:01 PM

Motion activated sprinklers to deter winged pests…..hmm, sounds diabolically clever….I must investigate this further.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- No, finishing touches are what you do at the END of the project!

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posted 06-08-2012 04:35 PM

Yeah, I was initially thinking some sort of home built system involving a webcam, a computer to watch for motion, and a motion control system (yes, I am the sort of geek who has stepper motors and controllers lying around) to target the spray, but it turns out that for $50-80 (and I haven’t figured out what all the differences are yet, and for $180 you can get one that has its own water reservoir) you can get a sprinkler that’ll do most of this for you.

Given that I’ve got enough projects going on without building an auto-targeting spray system (as much fun as that would be), $80 sounds like a bargain.

And I have to get plumbing up there anyway for irrigation, so hopefully I can get something that’ll be sensitive enough to respond to cats and mocking birds.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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posted 06-08-2012 08:09 PM

interesting!!

When you get one up and running you’ll have to post a review and then I’ll link to it, over at GardenTenders.

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 06-08-2012 08:10 PM

The neighbour’s cat lives at my pond and catches/eats the frogs …. maybe this system would stop her from visiting… but then I wouldn’t see the birds either, so that’s not good

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 06-08-2012 08:30 PM

I believe most of ‘em use an IR sensor similar to what’s used in motion sensitive lights, and you can tweak the sensitivity on those. I don’t know how selective they are, but it may be possible to set it to detect a cat but not a bird.

I’ll buy one and report back…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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posted 06-08-2012 11:03 PM

excellent

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posted 07-24-2012 07:27 PM

Just wanted to follow-up that for the first year or so apparently you’re supposed to pick all the flowers off the strawberries, to let the plants get better entrenched. So no sprinklers yet.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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posted 09-13-2014 04:18 PM

Update! We went down to Friedman’s, bought whatever motion activated sprinkler they had on their shelf there, and it’s been on the roof all summer, seems to work awesomely. I’ll try to write down the info from it, but the only problem we had was that if it was set too sensitively it’d go off when the wind blew. But not much has been eating the strawberries (knock on wood), so we’re hopeful!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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