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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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MsDebbieP

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posted 779 days ago

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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Dan Lyke

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posted 778 days ago

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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Karson

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posted 778 days ago

Great: Keep it moving. And eat well.

-- Retired in Delaware

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MsDebbieP

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posted 778 days ago

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

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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Enoelf

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posted 777 days ago

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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Dan Lyke

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posted 777 days ago

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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MsDebbieP

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posted 777 days ago

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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MsDebbieP

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posted 777 days ago

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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Dan Lyke

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posted 777 days ago

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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MsDebbieP

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posted 776 days ago

excellent

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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Dan Lyke

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posted 731 days ago

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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