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