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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Penny Ball - Tuesday Tidbit
Have you ever made or seen a penny ball? I saw these images when I was rambling around Pinterest and thought how clever! I have always loved spheres in gardens, but most of the ones I have been drawn to are quite expensive. This one piqued my interest, because it could be made with pennies. All you need are a bunch of pennies and an old bowling ball to make a beautiful garden sphere, that not only repels slugs, but also makes hydrangeas blue? I think this could be a fun summer project! The pennies don't patina like 100% copper does, but what a great looking sphere to add a little interest to your garden. You have to use a really strong glue like Amazing Goop in Home and Garden or marine formula because it is UV resistant and waterproof according to Beth Evans Ramos of a Greener Life. House of Hawthorne has a tutorial here. I am going to start saving my pennies now so I can make a penny ball with my kids this summer! Of course we have to find an old bowling ball too but that shouldn't be so hard, right?
I am determined to do this, and today I found variety of old bowling balls at my local thrift store. I bought o medium-sized one for only $3.95. I'll buy the glue tomorrow and by Saturday I should be done! So cool!
Check with your local Bowling Alley....sometimes they have to throw out balls that get too dented up so they may be willing to let you "dumpster dive" would also be a cool idea to use maybe an old metal mixing bowl...you could turn it upside down to look like an orb or use it as a bird bath. just another idea.
So I got all of the materials together, and then realize that there is a problem with this… After 1983, US pennies have been 97.5% zinc, 2.5% copper. Copper is good for your garden, but excess zinc can be very bad. :-(
Lisa, a penny ball or two is probably fine. I was so disappointed at having to forgoe the project that I continued to research on the web...and got very little guidance regarding the danger of zinc leaching into the garden, and nobody seems overly concerned about using galvanized (aka zinc-dipped) containers in the garden. (I realize this is WAY more info than you wanted :-)).
As an avid bowler I have plenty of bowling balls that I retired to use. This project is another idea to add a sculpture element to my flower garden and help with the slug problem at the same time. What kind of glue is the best to work with?
Really want to do this, like, this weekend! But what glue is best?Also not sure if I can find bowling balls, thinking of alternatives: terra cotta pots, or even some kind of wood box. But I have no idea what glue works best on what materials! Anyone have suggestions?
I joined this site just to find out about this penny globe. approximately how many pennies do you need? I have a bowing ball and we Penny Ball metal detect so I have a lot of pennies. I just wondering how many I need to clean up.
thank you for showing this. In my memory garden I have something that represents each Angel in my life.....butterfly bushes for my daughter-in-law, stepping stones for Mom and Sis, refurbished weather vein for my Dad.....but I have been looking for that special "thing" to show in honor of my father-in-law....and he collected those "WHEAT BACK PENNIES" for ages. I know I would never find all wheat back pennies needed to cover a bowling ball, but this is great....and he would love it no matter what I used. I'm still thinking of just the right things for some of my other special Angels who deserve to be recognized and honored. Thank you again for the exact directions......and if anybody out there wants to take some of those "wheat backs" and turn them into a few dollars....I would truly be grateful....but really if I don't have even one on it.....I would smile because it would remind me of one of the biggest blessings God brought into my life. xoxoxox
I like to collect those pennies for some reason lol so if I collect some do you still need them? it's a really wonderful idea you are using them for and would love to help and for selfish needs could use the money don't know how many I can get but will try if you still need, please respond and let me know either way
Has anyone yet determined if the pennies need to be copper to benefit the garden (avoid slugs, etc.) or will the zinc work? I use pennies in my bird bath to keep algae from forming on the bottom and it only seems to work if they are copper.
Thank you Mark and Teri for the idea of using pennies in the bird bath to prevent algae. In fact, gluing them in would be good too. The copper will not hurt the critters that drink the water, I am presuming?
Slugs are repelled by a electric shock produced by copper. My suggestion use old pennies and place the penny ball at ground level. If you want a sphere it may prove only as decoration. Go to a auto repair shop and ask for worn battery cable wire or other wire, remove the protective plastic to expose the copper wire. Place this on the ground around the plants you want to repel the slug away from.
What a great idea for dressing up our garden! Am especially interested in the slug and acid to make the hydrangeas blue.I just started a blog about the remodeling of our home, so please visitwww.temptingreviews.blogspot.com any feedback and ideas would be very welcome. TIAP J, the Diving Temptress
I love this idea! This will be great for dressing up our garden along with the benefit of repeling slugs and making my hydrangea BLUE !!
I intend to include this as part of our remodeling of our family home. I just started a blog for the house progress, please visit and I would appreciate any feedback and additional ideas.www.temptingreviews.blogspot.comTIAP J, the Diving Temptress
I made one last year and it looked great...then the pennies started falling off. I used super glue, so I guess it's not so super. Who has had better luck and with what type of glue? Although the grandkids think that pennies do grow in the garden!!!! ??O?
Garden Care Tools
Equipping yourself with knowledge of care goes a long way in your DIY garden project. Continue reading the following for basic tips you will need, including weed control.
Having the necessary tools
Your hands are not the only tools you need for gardening, but you don't need to buy too many tools at once. Instead, focus on the basic tools to help you with your gardening.
Gloves: Without the right pair of gloves, you may have to deal with splinter shortage. Do not buy large gloves because they are difficult to use. Also, be sure to keep yourself away from insects and water when storing.
Hand trowel: Perfect for digging around and planting.
Spade: It makes it easier to dig holes and move mounds from one place to another.
Rake: It is a very important tool if you want to keep your garden clean from debris and leaves.
Hoe: Choose an anchor according to your garden type. If your garden is perennial, you may need a finer hoe.
Loppers: If you have something to walk around in your garden, you need a couple.
Long hose: Select the one with rain bar and adjustable nozzle.
Wheelbarrow: If you use compost or have a backyard with more soil, you need it. It can help you take a pound and pound.
Cutting off overgrown or dead trunks and branches is a fundamental task to keep your plants free from infections and diseases. Other garden plants such as shrubs, trees and roses need to be cared for and pruned.
Tip: When pruning trees, you should not remove 30% of the leaves of a tree at once. You can ask your garden experts to determine the pruning method you need for the task at hand.
At the end of winter, damaged shrubs and trees buddha. Never wait until spring. Keep in mind that damaged or injured stems and leaves can become infected and make the disease even stronger. It is better to trim the pruning or pruning of the broken limbs, even if the storms in winter cause other damage.