Milk Bottle Ladybird Hotel

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cadalot

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Milk Bottle Ladybird Hotel
« on: June 23, 2014, 18:54 »
I had some offcuts from bamboo that I had cut to support 100s & 1000s in my space saver greenhouse, one thing lead to another out came the drill to bore out the middle of the bamboo, and a ladybird hotel for my allotment was born. Well last year they cleared my aphids and if they do the same this year the most I can do is to provide accommodation  :D, they may even stay on if I'm lucky.
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Re: Milk Bottle Ladybird Hotel
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2014, 19:35 »
Brilliant Cadalot. The price of bug hotels in garden centres is beyond belief - you need a second mortgage for some of them.

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Fairy Plotmother

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Re: Milk Bottle Ladybird Hotel
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2014, 21:38 »
What a good idea! I foresee a job for the Plotfather! ;) he will be pleased!  ::)

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Re: Milk Bottle Ladybird Hotel
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2014, 22:38 »
Fab idea there! Will be copying forthwith. Someone's dumped some canes up by the entrance, so I've got all the materials ready.  :D

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cadalot

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Re: Milk Bottle Ladybird Hotel
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2014, 05:24 »
Thanks Guys, I have to give credit where credit is due, Jenny my wife asked me what I was doing..... so I told her.

Then she wanted a go with the drill so after instruction and a talk about health and safety I was cutting sometime with clippers and other times with a junior hacksaw then they don't split and she was drilling, boring out the middle of the bamboo.

Her next question was "how many do we need?" Well says I "That depends how big a box or container I make", and continued explained about the ones you can purchase.

Jenny "So all you need is a container you can hang"
Me     "Yep basically "
Jenny "So why not use a plastic milk bottle? you use them for everything else" 

And there you have it, I packed the back with coconut matting as all the lengths of bamboo are about the same, drilled some air holes in the lid, and cable tied around as a belt and braces exercise. A thick bamboo in the handle and two small cable ties to assist hanging. 
« Last Edit: June 24, 2014, 05:26 by cadalot »

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Re: Milk Bottle Ladybird Hotel
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2014, 09:29 »
Brilliant idea, think you should take a patent out on it, quick. :)

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Re: Milk Bottle Ladybird Hotel
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2014, 14:17 »
Like the idea, have used these bottles for various garden applications , just be aware that they do eventually perish.
we also rescue rabbits and guinea pigs, grow own veg

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cadalot

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Re: Milk Bottle Ladybird Hotel
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2014, 14:24 »
A few of the early soft bricks I made 18 - 20 months ago by filling with dry sand have just started splitting. With the amount of milk we drink I think I have enough to replace the odd warn out model with a new one.

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Re: Milk Bottle Ladybird Hotel
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2014, 22:23 »
I made a planter using  the 'handle' end of the bottle ( Some one on here had made one) used about 12 bottles. Lasted about two years , worked quite well.



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