WATERING METHODS: Converted Washing-machine

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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An old style top-loading automatic washer is required; strip it to the motor and tub; directions given for adapting fittings and valves; arranged to provide pressure feed for water and/or fertilizer solution to the exact amount; refer to A63-365
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