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Guy wires

Nebari Bonsai

Another look
Aquarium tubing:

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Fold it over:

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Cut one side of the kinks to make an escape for the two wire ends:

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Loop the wire (never use aluminum, it stretches):

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Secure the tubing over the target branch (represented by a chopstick here) and thread each end of the wire through the ends of the tube, and out through the escape hole:

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And finally, move the branch, and twist the wires with pliers to take up the slack.

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Preparing a pot

Nebari Bonsai

Preparing a pot to plant a bonsai requires a few steps.
1. Plastic canvas is cut, large enough to overlap each drainage hole.
2. Using a piece of wire (2-2.5 mm aluminum is good), make a “staple” that will secure the plastic canvas over the drain hole, punching the open ends through the plastic far-enough apart so they touch each side of the drain hole. This keeps them from sliding around:

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Place the screen in the bottom of the pot, and press the ends through the bottom of the pot:

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Flip the pot over, and spread the ends of the wire, so the wire has no slack, and the screen is immobilized:

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Add tie-in wires. All bonsai should be tied in to the pot:

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A pigtail adds the 5th tie-in:

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I start with the back left wire (1), and pull it forward to the front left wire (2), and twist…

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Thick with Thick-Knees

Hermanus Bird Club

A vacant plot in Eastcliff must have something going for it, at least as far as the world of Spotted Thick-Knees is concerned.  This morning, whilst out walking, I spotted no less than 12 of these birds sunning themselves in an area no bigger than 40m x 40m.  There may have been more – I only saw the ones that were standing and I did not get too close for fear of disturbing them.  I read that out of breeding season they form roosts of up to 70 birds, but this my first experience of this habit.               R Hazell.

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