Lee Valley Tools Gardening Newsletter
Vol. 3, Issue 3
June 2008
 
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Excerpt from The Boy Mechanic, Book 1, 1913.

 
     
  Clay Flower Pots Used for Bird Houses  
     
 
Clay Flower Pots Used for Bird Houses   A novel use of the common garden flower pot may be made by enlarging the small opening at the bottom with a pair of pliers, and carefully breaking the clay away until the opening is large enough to admit a small bird.

Place the pot, bottom side up, on a board, 3 in. wider than the diameter of the largest pot used, and fasten it to the board with wood cleats and brass screws. Fit the cleats as close as possible to the sides of the pot. One or more pots may be used, as shown in the sketch.
 
     
  The board on which the pots are fastened is nailed or screwed to a post or pole 10 or 12 ft. in height. The board is braced with lath or similar strips of wood, making a framework suitable for a roost. In designing the roost, the lath can be arranged to make it quite attractive, or the braces may be of twigs and branches of a tree to make a rustic effect.  
     
  Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1913. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.  
     
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