Cover, Shade, Or Screen Patents (Class 47/20.1)
  • Publication number: 20150143743
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for plants, said apparatus that features a planter with a closed bottom, sidewalls, and an open top, wherein a protruding lip is defined on an exterior surface of the sidewalls in proximity to the open top; and a first cover with an open bottom, sidewalls, and a closed top, wherein a set of clasping mechanisms are located on two opposing sidewalls in proximity to the open bottom, and wherein the clasping mechanism reversibly attaches the cover to the lip of the planter. The invention further provides a second, insulating cover with an open bottom, sidewalls, and a closed top, wherein the second cover is received by the first cover after the first cover is reversibly attached to the planter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: James McClay
  • Publication number: 20150113869
    Abstract: A plant growing system protects plants during spring, for early and/or fast growth, and supports the plants later in the growing season. Frames hold panels that protect the plants by enclosing, shielding, and/or shading the interior growing space, and upon removal of the panels, the frames may support the larger plants and their fruit/vegetables. Multiple cooperating frames pivotally connect to form modular units of various sizes and shapes, and a latching/locking feature may stabilize the unit by preventing accidental disconnection of the frames. The frames may include feature(s) that allow, and stabilize, stacking of multiple units for accommodating taller plants. The panels held by the frames may be translucent/transparent, opaque, or a combination of the two, for customizing the interior environment inside each modular unit to the plant(s), the time of year, and/or the location and climate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory H. Brown
  • Publication number: 20150096226
    Abstract: An enhanced ground cover whereby voids in the bodies are created for reception of material that exceeds the density of water that is placed in the voids for stable engagement by adhesive, fixing agents or by puncturing the material and inserting high density material or by embedding into the ground cover by high speed projectiles. The material may be covered in a sealant or UV inhibitor. A method includes flooding a reaction vessel with at least. two reactants, allowing reaction by product to settle fixably onto ground cover article. There is shown a method for treating ground cover adding a first substance to an article of ground cover, adding a second substance to the article, reacting the first and second substances to form a higher than water density third substance fixedly attached thereby making the ground cover of a higher than water density.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Wayne Krouse
  • Publication number: 20150082693
    Abstract: A multi-faceted multi-task system for horticultural adaptations including water dispersion and irrigation, animal and plant/crop protection, and plant shading, which includes a multipurpose head that allows a user to operate an irrigation system or a radial misting apparatus while using a tarp for shade and construct a fence using the fence hooks to create an animal control zone. The present device features a telescoping main pole that can be adjusted to different heights to fit any situation. A PVC extension device is also included which allows the different system heads to be hoisted to additional heights not achievable by the stand alone. The device is highly portable as it can be folded up onto itself and carried to a destination by hand and provides water dispersion for irrigation and temperature control, while offering users the opportunity to construct a shade and/or animal control zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: John Patrick Griffin
  • Publication number: 20150033622
    Abstract: A reflective ground cover sheet material for agricultural use woven from warp and weft tapes of a plastics film material has an average gap g between edges of adjacent tapes in both the warp and the weft direction in the range about 0.1 mm to about 1.2 mm. The tapes may be of width w in the range 2 to 7 mm. The materials may optimise air, water, solar transmission, long wave radiation or heat and dirt/soil movement through the material, and sufficient coverage and reflectivity, and physical material construction strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Extenday IP Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan Dallas Toye
  • Publication number: 20150033621
    Abstract: The Flower Pot Protector provides flowerpots protection from the harsh outdoor elements. It also provides a decorative esthetics whether being used indoors or outdoors. A disc is used and inserted into the underside of the fabric/vinyl covered pot eliminating moisture from entering into the cavity of the flowerpot. By covering the flowerpot and eliminating moisture from entering into the pot, minimal expansion of moisture keeps the pot from cracking and breaking during the freezing outdoor elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Laura J. Kramer
  • Patent number: 8919037
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed towards methods, systems and apparatuses for preventing plastic out-gassing in plant tunnels. The methods, systems and apparatuses utilize various sensors and elements to maintain a proper plant growth environment while minimizing the outgassing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Petran
  • Publication number: 20140311026
    Abstract: A method of protecting plants from underground dwelling mammals provides for the insertion of devices having pointed elongated members adjacent the root systems of the plants. A device for this purpose has a plurality of pointed elongated members joined by a handle section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: A.B. JOHNSON, INC.
    Inventor: Aleen Beth Ferris
  • Publication number: 20140196364
    Abstract: A kit is provided that protects vegetation from external elements by turning any pot or planter into a greenhouse so that a person can grow fruit, vegetables, or flowers on a deck, patio, rooftop or yard. The kit provides a frame structure and a transparent cover supported by the frame structure that covers the plant. Plants can be started early in the season to extend the growing period. Plants can be grown even when the weather is still cool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Mayner
  • Publication number: 20140173978
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a grass protection mat which can be used in golf courses, grass fields, lawns and the like to protect grass while enduring pressure from being stepped on by people and loads from objects. The grass protection mat comprises: networked main body portions (10) in which hexagons are continuously repeated; a tetragonal border (11) finishing the edge; columns (20) vertically formed at each hexagonal corner of the main body portions; wall support bodies (30) formed on the upper surface of the networked main body portions (10) so as to be lower than the columns; upper protrusions (40) formed on the upper surface of the networked main body portions (10) so as to be higher than the columns; and Y-shaped lower connectors (50) for connecting three columns (20) among six columns forming a hexagon at the lower ends of the columns (20) so as to meet at the center of the hexagon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Sin Kim, Kyung Bin Kim
  • Publication number: 20140130406
    Abstract: A shading device for potted plants has a plurality of stakes planted in the soil of a flower pot. The stakes can be telescoping in nature so as to be adjustable lengthwise. A piece of shading material preferably made of canvas is stretched across the stakes by way of grommets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Debra Lynne Burrowes
  • Publication number: 20140083001
    Abstract: An example plant protector includes a planar body having a top surface and a bottom surface defined within a major edge, a minor edge, a left edge and a right edge. A decorative pattern is formed on the planar body, and a plurality of highly reflective materials are configured for removable coupling to the planar body to reflect different wavelengths of light. The planar body surface is configured to assume a hollow, conical shape when portions of the top and bottom surfaces are overlapped at the left and right edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas Alcov
  • Patent number: 8677681
    Abstract: A method of modulating the development stage of strobili growing on a gymnosperm tree comprises: (a) installing a protective covering over one or more strobili bud(s), wherein the type of protective covering is selected to delay or advance strobili development; and (b) maintaining the protective covering over the strobili bud(s) for a time period sufficient to delay or advance the development stage of the covered strobili buds in comparison to the development stage of naturally growing, uncovered, control strobili.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventors: Robert C. Purnell, Daniel F. Morrow, Leon C. Burris
  • Publication number: 20140053461
    Abstract: A device for protecting the contents of plant containers comprising a top portion, a cut-out with a semi-circular interior portion, and a channel portion. The interior portion and channel portion are shaped to provide clearance and receive the base or stem of a plant. Embodiments of the device may include grooves and apertures to provide flexibility and drainage and the device also includes the capability to accommodate different styles and sizes of containers along with various plants and shrubs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: John Blaha
  • Publication number: 20140041292
    Abstract: A vine support system includes a multiple vine stakes, each vine stake adjacent and supporting a vine trunk. A plurality of shade hotels are removably mounted to the vine stakes, each shade hotel incorporating a securing bail. A shade element is removably supported by each shade hotel and restrained by the securing bail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan Babcock
  • Publication number: 20140041291
    Abstract: The invention relates to a growth container (1) comprising: a receptacle (2) with a bottom part (3) having a plant receiving area (4), and a light source (6) for providing light to the plant receiving area (4). In order to obtain conditions optimal for growth, the light source (6) is elongated and arranged centrally in the plant receiving area (4) for being surrounded by plants (5) in the plant receiving area, and for producing light (18) to the growth container (1) at a plurality of different heights (h) above the bottom part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jouni Salojärvi, Mika Sokka, Petteri Masalin
  • Publication number: 20140007500
    Abstract: A culture container includes a container and a cover. The container forms an opening at the top and an external threaded portion around the opening. The cover includes a main body and a flange extending from the main body. An internal threaded portion corresponding to the external threaded portion is formed on the internal surface of the flange. The cover forms a ventilation passage having an opening formed at a free end of the flange facing away from the main body. When the internal threaded portion is threaded with the external threaded portion so as to close the opening of the bottle, the interior of the bottle communicates with exterior via the ventilation passage. Thus, dust is prevented from falling into the bottle via the ventilation passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Bing-Mao LI
  • Patent number: 8615923
    Abstract: A crop protection system can include a housing that houses at least one roller mechanism to carry a roll of material, a vault configured to receive the housing, and a lift mechanism configured to vertically position the housing with respect to the vault. In such a system the housing may include three roller mechanisms where each roller mechanism is configured to carry a roll of material and also include a wire roller mechanism configured to carry a roll of wire. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Karen Perricone
  • Publication number: 20130185993
    Abstract: A horticultural therapy apparatus is accessible to a practitioner who occupies a wheelchair. The horticultural therapy apparatus presents a raised and stable working surface that can be easily accessed by a person in a wheelchair or by a person otherwise operating with impaired or limited mobility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Terry N. Garrett
  • Patent number: 8424549
    Abstract: A tent pole anchor apparatus that includes a barrel member and a cover disposed on the barrel member. The barrel member and cover together form an internal chamber that is filled with water so as to provide a significant weight for anchoring the barrel member. The barrel member has at least one drain to enable liquid to be removed from the barrel member. At least one of the barrel member and cover has a passage for receiving an adjustment strap that interconnects the barrel member with the tent pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Giffy Tent Barrels, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard G. Goldsmith, Richard N. St. Jean
  • Patent number: 8418402
    Abstract: A cover for a crop, wherein the cover includes a framework and a flexible cover supported by the framework. The framework includes side members provided with a first part of a Velcro fastening, and the flexible cover is divided into sections with edge areas that follow the first part of the Velcro fastening and are provided with an interacting second part of a Velcro fastening for attaching the edge area of the section on the side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Growcamp A/S
    Inventor: Dorthe Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8397434
    Abstract: An insulation system for installation between a floor and a roof of a greenhouse includes an insulation module with insulating panels shiftable between an open position and a closed position for controlling air flow and heat flow in the greenhouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: David Bayne
  • Publication number: 20130019524
    Abstract: Planting structures including a container including a base and defining a container opening opposite the base, a first bulb support structure supported within the container, the first bulb support structure defines a first bulb compartment located proximate the container opening, and a first bulb support structure height selected to position the first bulb compartment a first selected distance from the container opening, and a second bulb support structure supported within the container, the second bulb support structure defines a second bulb compartment located proximate the container opening, and a second bulb support structure height selected to position the second bulb compartment a second selected distance from the container opening. In some examples, the planting structure includes a varmint resistant enclosure extending from the base around an entire periphery of the base, the lateral enclosure terminating opposite the base defining a lateral enclosure opening opposite the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Roger Collin
  • Publication number: 20130022806
    Abstract: The present invention relates to multilayer films made of fluoro polymers, which have properties that make them suitable for use in the agricultural field, especially as greenhouse covering films. According to a first aspect, the invention relates to multilayer fluorinated films comprising at least three layers, including a layer A made of a first vinylidene fluoride copolymer with a crystallization temperature TcA, and a layer B made of a second vinylidene fluoride copolymer with a crystallization temperature TcB, TcA being greater than TcB, layers A and B being alternating, layer A being placed to the exterior and layer B between two layers A. Another subject of the invention relates to the use of the film according to the invention as an agricultural covering material, especially as a greenhouse covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Arkema France
    Inventors: Anthony Bonnet, Nicolas Devaux, Stephane Bizet, Nadine Rivas, Frederic Godefroy
  • Publication number: 20120291344
    Abstract: Described are devices and methods for providing protection to plants from cold and other weather. A plant cover or protector is constructed of a translucent or other material, a flexible or bendable material, cut into a two-dimensional blank or shape and provides an easily assembled, self-supporting structure to be placed over one or more plants or a location. The plant protector is erected without the use of tools or need for a separate frame or support. The plant protector may be used with stakes or spikes. The plant protector may be collapsed to a planar configuration. The plant protector may be easily and inexpensively manufactured. The plant protector may be repeatedly used from season to season. A top portion of each plant protector may be easily and quickly closed or opened such as by manual manipulation. The plant protector comprises one or more supports or feet for increased contact with the ground and resilience against wind.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Leo Castagno, Trevor Butchart
  • Patent number: 8296995
    Abstract: A water-saving device includes a frusto-conical housing having a wide lower end that overlies a ground surface. A lip is integrally formed at the upper end, extending radially inwardly. A vertical cut is formed in the housing with a flange adjoining each edge of the cut. The flanges are spaced apart to admit a tree trunk into the hollow interior of the housing and are attachable to one another to enclose a tree trunk. A first pair of apertures is formed in the lip. A conduit has a first end in fluid communication with a row hose and extends upwardly from the row hose, through a first aperture, and downwardly through the second aperture. A water emitter is in fluid communication with a second end of the conduit and is positioned within the hollow interior of the housing below the lip and above the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: John G. Georges
  • Publication number: 20120204484
    Abstract: An enclosure for plants that protects plants against pests and other living organisms that may be harmful to plants. In one embodiment, a pot includes a first open-top container and a second open-top container. The first open-top container forms a first open space for housing a plant and includes an open top and an enclosed wall portion that forms a lateral perimeter of the first open-top container. The second open-top container forms a second open space for housing a pest-controlling substance that deters or attracts and traps pests. The second open-top container is coupled to the first open-top container along the lateral perimeter of the first open-top container. Additionally, the first open space is isolated from the second open space to prevent contents in the first open space from mixing with contents from the second open space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: GREGORY GRINBERG
  • Patent number: 8215053
    Abstract: A method for improving seed germination efficiency by reducing seedling loss caused by desiccation, temperature extremes, wind and water displacement, and consumption by animal and insect predators. The method comprises covering the medium for the seed growth with a layer of material which allows light transmission and provides a thermal barrier, and in addition applies a compacting force which brings the seed in better contact with the growing medium. The material also provides a barrier to protect the seed from animal and insect predators. The layer of material used preferably consists of a clear plastic membrane supporting the presence of a sufficient amount of water to allow the transmission of light, provide a thermal barrier, compact the seeds to the growing medium, and deter access from animals and airborne insects. The technique is applicable to all forms and seed germination including grass and vegetable gardens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Ohran
  • Publication number: 20120159843
    Abstract: A water retention device is used in conjunction with a plant container. The water retention device comprises a resilient plate structure forming a central cover, a sidewall extending from a perimeter of the central cover, and a slot extending through the sidewall and a portion of the central cover. The sidewall engages an inner surface of the plant container and supports the central cover at a spaced distance above a growth medium. The resilient plate structure is manually configurable to open the slot for receiving a plant stem so that the plant stem extends through the central cover. Water may be supplied to the plant container using either a spray stake disposed under the central cover or using a trough formed in the central cover. Where a spray stake is used, the inner surfaces of the sidewall and central cover may include ribs that deflect water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: LACEBARK, INC.
    Inventor: Carl E. Whitcomb
  • Patent number: 8201359
    Abstract: A shaft in a cylindrical configuration has upper and lower ends and a cylindrical passageway. A housing forms a chamber with an open top and an open bottom. The chamber is in operative communication with the passageway. A sheet has a center, a periphery and a central extent. The sheet has a deployed orientation. The deployed orientation is in a generally hemispherical configuration. The center of the sheet is supported by the housing. The periphery of the sheet is provided adjacent to ground around the shaft. In this manner the plant is covered. The sheet has a stored orientation. The center of the sheet in the passageway is provided adjacent to the lower end. The central extent of the sheet is provided there above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: William G. Bryan, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120144736
    Abstract: This invention takes into consideration the severe weather that plants have to endure during the winter months. Home owners and owners of large complexes such as subdivision landscapes, and botanical parks tend to encounter huge expenses to replace plants that have been destroyed during the severe winter months. The plant winter blanket based on its construction allows plant material to withstand severe winter temperatures well below freezing without the freezer burn or damage that is normally associated with plant winter damage. The plant winter blanket consists of various levels of insulation quilted together. The outer layer is both moisture resistant and sun light reflective, the middle layers consist of insulative material, and the inner layers remove excess moisture from foliage that may result in freezer burn. The capabilities mentioned above renders the plant winter blanket a vital step in preserving the environment, as well as saving thousands of dollars in plant replacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Emile Anthony Williams
  • Publication number: 20120005952
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a plant-protecting device which is commonly known as a protective cold frame. While this description seems to indicate a frame-like device, the described device is intended to refer not only to the frame but also to a wind and thermal protective covering generally configured to hold heat therein to protect a plant therein from cold, wind, and the combination. In general, the disclosed device comprises a plurality of rod members that may be bendable, which are inserted into a coupler at the apex of the dome-shaped frame to provide a support structure for a cylindrical covering to be placed thereupon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: James R. Lohse, Zackary Marr
  • Publication number: 20110296751
    Abstract: An improved ornamental container for gardening and the like is provided. The container, which is made of an artificial material of a desired shape and size, includes soil or some other growing medium, perennial bulbs or plants, a positioning device and individual containers or planting pots made from peat moss or some other growing medium for containing the bulbs. The container of the invention includes a large opening along the top surface thereof through which the planted bulbs or flowers will grow; this opening is covered with a seal comprised of removable plastic or other material. Also provided is a plurality of holes formed along the bottom of the container for ensuring proper drainage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: Mitchell H. Stearn, Jennifer Bright
  • Publication number: 20110289833
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a plant-protecting device which is commonly known as a protective cold frame. While this description seems to indicate a frame-like device, the described device is intended to refer not only to the frame but also to a wind and thermal protective covering generally configured to hold heat therein to protect a plant therein from cold, wind, and the combination. In general, the disclosed device comprises a plurality of rod members that may be bendable, which are inserted into a coupler at the apex of the dome-shaped frame to provide a support structure for a cylindrical covering to be placed thereupon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: James R. Lohse, Zackary Marr
  • Publication number: 20110283610
    Abstract: An enhanced-stability, A-frame-shaped plant support for the support of plants such as tomato vines, or other fruits and vegetables growing in soil which, while supporting plants laden with heavy fruits or vegetables, is stable and greenhouse tent wind-sail resistant, in part because of a readily usable starting width gauge indicator on detent latch members operable to controlling the ultimate width between pivotable opposing halves of the plant support during installation to a desired depth in the soil. After use, when removed from the soil, the A-frame-shaped plant support collapses, pivoting about preferably hog-ring type interconnection rings between the opposing halves of the plant support for facilitating easy removal from the ground and folding flat for easy storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: VAHAN M. DINIHANIAN
  • Publication number: 20110258922
    Abstract: A device for preventing plant growth around a post, comprising an opaque sheet, an opening in the sheet, and a slit extending entirely from the opening to the perimetric edge. A fastener structure is arranged to fasten one of the edge portions to an other of the edge portions in a relationship wherein the edge portions overlap thereby effecting a slope of the sheet downwardly from the opening to the perimetric edge and wherein the opening is shaped to have a first shape when the edge portions are not overlapping and to have a second shape to conform to the post when the edge portions are fastened in the overlapping relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel T. Frederick
  • Publication number: 20110232174
    Abstract: A raised bed garden assembly, kit, and method are provided. The garden assembly comprises a prefabricated enclosure along with additional components useful for creating a raised bed garden or similar growing enclosure, such as an irrigation system and greenhouse covering. The garden assembly can be provided in a kit for easily establishing a garden and growing fruits and vegetables at home, along with soil and plants. The garden enclosure can be a monolithic, self-sustaining body that is unitarily formed, or it can be modular. The modular enclosure comprises sidewalls and corner members, which are unitarily formed modular pieces that can be detachably-connected to define the enclosure shape. Advantageously, the enclosure is devoid of any non-integral attachment elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: MM&LMPROPERTIES, LLC
    Inventor: Lance Mills
  • Publication number: 20110219681
    Abstract: An insulated plant housing is a device extends the growing season for a plant by protecting the plant from frost damage at the beginning or end of the growing season. The device is partially filled with water to insulate the air and soil surrounding the plant from freezing temperatures at night. The device also allows the user to shroud the plant in order to protect the plant from harsh weather conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Gregg Morgan STOCKWELL
  • Publication number: 20110219683
    Abstract: The Plant Growing System “PGS” is a convenient and easy way to grow a high yield plant/vegetable/herb garden in a limited space within a self-contained watering and fertilization system. The PLANT, VEGETABLE AND HERB GROWING SYSTEM design allows plants to receive essential and critical nutrients through a self-contained irrigation and natural (worm) cultivating root system. With the PLANT, VEGETABLE AND HERB GROWING SYSTEM you can grow plants, herbs or vegetables indoor with UV lamps or outdoor in direct sunlight using either soil based growing methods or hydroponic growing methods. The PLANT, VEGETABLE AND HERB GROWING SYSTEM has built in pest deterrence techniques to keep unwanted animals from attacking the plants, herbs and vegetables. The PLANT, VEGETABLE AND HERB GROWING SYSTEM can be restricted to confined areas and used on apartment patios, small backyards, basements or small area with a yield of greater than 10 times of that of traditional gardening methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Donald J. Sutton Sutton
  • Publication number: 20110203172
    Abstract: A garden enclosure apparatus and means for assembling the same is set forth, including a circular base frame, a dome topped superstructure having a removable hatch, the superstructure resting upon the circular base frame, and in the preferred embodiment, the removable hatch is hinged to the base frame, and benefits from a spring lift assist means to open and close the removable hatch providing access to the protected area within.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Jeffery Lynn Bailey, Daniel Anthony De Grossa
  • Publication number: 20110162526
    Abstract: Provided is a two-sided attraction structure that can be used repeatedly with remarkable ease, thereby being free from the problem of material wasting or the like, is free from the problem of energy, and can be employed for various uses including an exhibition/information apparatus and a dust collecting apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tatsumi, Hiroshi Fujisawa, Megumu Kawae
  • Publication number: 20110154985
    Abstract: A plant air purifier and associated method for purifying air, comprising: at least one grow container; a filter bed comprising a surface which is horizontal within 20 degrees of a horizontal plane; at least one plant which grows within the filter bed; a reservoir for containing water for watering the at least one plant; a mechanical watering device which waters the filter bed from the top down; a pump for pumping water from the reservoir to and through the mechanical watering device; and an air propulsion mechanism for propelling air through the filter bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Martin Mittelmark
  • Patent number: 7958678
    Abstract: A building covered with resin films 10, comprises a frame 11 constituting the bone structure of a building and a roof and /or a wall formed by stretching transparent resin films 20 on the frame, wherein the lower edge portion of a transparent resin film is held by a retainer 30 to fix it to the frame and a water-permeable sheet 40 is put with its upper edge portion being positioned at the inner surface side of the resin film and its lower edge portion being positioned at the outside of the building whereby condensed water resulted on the surface of the film facing the inside of the building is discharged to the outside thereof without losing the heat insulation effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Green-Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Ishisaki
  • Publication number: 20110113683
    Abstract: A method and device for supporting a sheet of material is provided optionally for plant support and/or protection. A fencing device includes a rigid post and two or more flexible arms. A shading material, or a protective barrier material, such as a wire mesh, a plastic netting or a deer netting material, or a solar energy collection panel may be attached to distal ends of the flexible arms and may extend for seven feet or more from a ground plane to a top height of flexible arms above the ground plane. Flags may extend vertically above the barrier material to further discourage intrusion by animals. Horizontal lines may be extended from a plurality of fencing posts to even further discourage intrusion by animals and/or to support the barrier material. A trellising device may be coupled with and above another trellising device to provide layers of shading and plant support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Wayne Steven Morgan
  • Patent number: 7941966
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for protecting different articles against birds, insects and dust. The inventive device consists of a tubular element (11) comprising a flexible mesh or a non-woven fabric, which can be closed at the upper and lower openings thereof and which encloses the article to be protected (9a,9b). The invention is also equipped with a series of hoops (17) or supports which keep the tube (11) at a certain distance from the article to be protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventors: Manuel Foix Robert, María Victoria Gómez Gámez
  • Publication number: 20110088314
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shading device (10) for a greenhouse (15), with a shading element (20) and at least one lighting element (50,50?), wherein the shading element (20) comprises an outer side (21) and an inner side (22), the shading element (20) is formed from interwoven electrically conductive first thread elements (30,30?) and electrically insulating second thread elements (40), the first thread element (30,30?) comprises a reflective mean (33), reflecting an ambient light (60), the lighting element (50,50?) is arranged at the inner side (22) of the shading element (20) and connected with the first thread element (30,30?), and the lighting element (50,50?) is driven by an electrical current, conducted by the first thread element (30,30?), resulting in the emission of an artificial light (51), illuminating a plant (80) growing in the greenhouse (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventor: Joseph Hendrik Anna Maria Jacobs
  • Publication number: 20110078950
    Abstract: A cover for a crop, wherein the cover includes a framework and a flexible cover supported by the framework. The framework includes side members provided with a first part of a Velcro fastening, and the flexible cover is divided into sections with edge areas that follow the first part of the Velcro fastening and are provided with an interacting second part of a Velcro fastening for attaching the edge area of the section on the side member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: Dorthe Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20110035999
    Abstract: Articles-of-manufacturing which comprise (a) a germinateable seed having a germinating end and an apparent germination polarity; or alternatively a germinateable seed having a hole formed therein; and (b) a cage or, respectively alternatively, a member securing the germinateable seed; the cage having a structure such that when securing the germinateable seed, the cage not inhibiting or slowing a germination process of the germinateable seed; the member is secured to the hole. Seedlings which comprise the cage or member engaged therewith. Articles-of-manufacturing which comprise the seed or seedling, the cage or member and a display article attached to the cage or member. Methods of making same and of displaying the display article in context of the seedling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Eyal ITER
  • Patent number: 7866089
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to isolate at least a part of a plant from passage of things or materials of certain size or characteristics. In one aspect, a shroud or sock (10) of material can be removably placed over at least a part of the plant (3) with a releasable closure (13). The material is highly permeable to air and moisture and is substantially light transmissive. However, it has a pore size which blocks the undesirable materials or things (e.g., pollen or insects). The material can have a relatively light weight so that it can be optionally suspended by the plant (3) without significant effect on the growth or health of the plant. The material can have substantial tensile strength to resist deformation, tearing, or puncture during normal handling or in moderate to high winds. It can be utilized to provide a barrier over a part of a plant, substantially an entire plant, or a plurality of plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark M. Iwig, Mitchell Brett Callaway, Daniel M. Goldman, Kirby L. Kester
  • Publication number: 20100319246
    Abstract: A horticultural therapy apparatus is accessible to a practitioner who occupies a wheelchair. The horticultural therapy apparatus presents a raised and stable working surface that can be easily accessed by a person in a wheelchair or by a person otherwise operating with impaired or limited mobility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Terry Garrett