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    How to Garden in a Small Space

    For those with limited space or who ordered too many bulbs in the Spring and can't find anyone to take them off their hands "BULB TROUGHS" work wonders for numerous reasons.
    I will walk you through building five (5) troughs. Why 5 ? The material is easy to find and it is just as easy to make 5 as it is to make 1. You will need 15, 1x6x6 foot treated fence slats. Don't worry about knots, curves and such as you will need drainage anyway.
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    How to Garden in a Small Space

    Next you will need a 2x6x10 feet. Cut the 2x6 every 8 inches and they need not be super accurate and you will have 15, 2x6x8 inches.
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    Next, set 3 of the 2x6 on end and lay one of the fence slats on the top. Nail the slat at each end and at the 3 foot mark using 3 - 8 penny, 2 1/2" nails into each 2x6.
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    One pound of these nails will do all 5 troughs with a few left over. Turn this piece over and nail one side on with only 2 nails per 2x6 per side. This side piece will NOT come all the way down to cover the bottom board only to meet the bottom board.
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    There may be a small gap between the two boards and this will act as drainage when we are done. Now, turn that over and attach the other side.
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    You will need a hank of 3/16" nylon clothes line cord (Don't let the guy at hardware sell you the stuff off the big spool at 2 to 3 times the cost).
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    Using regular Kitchen Scissors cut the cord in 20" lengths and you will need 15 of them. Now, use a barb-b-que starter Lighter or if "She who must be obeyed" will let you, the gas stove burner works wonders for heat sealing the ends so the cord will not fray. Then you get plastic tubing with 1/2" outside diameter and 3/8" inside diameter or use old garden hose and cut them into 4 to 5" lengths, you will need 15 again.
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    Use a 1/2" drill bit and drill holes in the top of each of the 2x6's about 1" down from the top for handles.
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    Handles.
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    Now, drill 2 holes in each 3 foot section about 1 to 1 1/2 " from the bottom for drainage holes and you should have 4 holes in each side.
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    To go back to the handles you run the cord through the garden hose or tubing then through the holes in the top of the 2x6 and tie the cord in a square knot and pull tight.
    Using 36" wide fiberglass screening (Get the large roll) lie the trough on its side and staple the screening to the top edge of one of the 3 foot sections GOING AWAY from the bottom.
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    Turn the trough upright and staple screening to the bottom of the first side.
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    Then across to the other side on the bottom staple it to the bottom again then up and over to the outside and staple again and cut off at about 3 - 4 ".
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    Repeat this for all 10 sections. This screening allows all soil mix to stay inside the trough, keeps all insects out and allows wonderful drainage. Now you are ready to add soil (potting mix).
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    Each trough will hold 12 - 6" pots or 10 - 1 gallon pots or about 120, 1" bulbs in 2 rows.
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