CONSTRUCTING A NEW PROPAGATION FACILITY FOR SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY
Don O. Shadow
In planning this new propagation facility I tried to incorporate the many ideas which I have seen and thought about for several years.
The outside propagation beds were built from round peeler core posts (8 ft × 5 in). Being the same dimension throughout, they connect well with strapnail fasteners. The beds are 48 feet long by 4 feet wide with 3 feet isles. Future plans call for underground electrical supply of 24 volts in the beds.
The beds are covered with a wire frame made from 6 by 6 in square construction wire, cut every 13 squares, to make a circular frame without any additional bending. The frame's rough ends are bent, and the whole frame is dipped in a non-fiber asphalt roofing compound diluted with enough gasoline to make it more workable. After drying, the frames are placed on top of the beds and fastened with a long staple at each corner. The staples work much better for me than a bent nail. The above procedure gives a good smooth circular surface on which shade cloth or
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