2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Plants His Garden With PVC PipeWhen Ellis Clark plants his garden, it looks more like he's planning a home improvement project. He wears a carpenter's apron and carries a 4-ft. long piece of 1-in. dia. pvc pipe.
"Necessity is the mother of invention," says the Janesville, Wis., man. His back bothered him one year at planting time, and he couldn't bend over. So he grabbed a length of 1-in. pvc pipe and his onion sets.
"Push the pipe down a little past the depth you want and drop in the onion," Clark says. "The thing I like is that when you lift the pipe the dirt covers the onion up."
He carries the onion sets in the carpenter's apron. The idea worked so well with onions that he used a smaller pipe to plant hills of squash and pumpkins. The method should work with any seed, he says, as long as the ground has been tilled.
"Now I use it all the time," Clark says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ellis Clark, 5637 W. Fenrick Rd., Janesville, Wis. 53548.
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