Collapsible Or Nestable Patents (Class 47/29.6)
  • Patent number: 8782948
    Abstract: A system and method of aeroponic farming includes depositing seeds in a flat containing micro-fleece cloth and placing the flat within a growth chamber. The upper side of the flat is subjected to light of the proper frequencies to promote growth in plants. A nutrient solution is sprayed onto the micro-fleece cloth and the developing root mass of the plants, while controlling temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide within the growth chamber. The plants are harvested resulting from the seeds at a desired stage of growth. The growth chambers can be stacked on each other and/or located side by side to save space within a facility, and to permit sharing the subsystems which control the nutrient solution, temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide for the growth chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Just Greens, LLC
    Inventors: Edward D. Harwood, Travis Martin
  • Patent number: 8745920
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plant protection device that combines the functionality of a solid walled style plant protector that is good for the establishment of a new plant/seedling and perforated style plant protector that is good for an established plant. The wall of a tree/plant protector and growth device has thin areas inherent in the wall that degrade faster than other parts of the same device wall. This occurs based on the weather conditions (wind/rain/cold), UV degradation, biodegradation, and other factors. Over time these areas open up, allowing air, sun light and other environmental elements to reach the plant/tree within the protector. Strategically placing the thinner areas allows for designs for different plant/tree species and applications. Applications for climatic regions—northern, aired, wetlands, etc. Other applications examples are reforestation, vineyards, windbreaks, etc. The degradation of the thin areas can be controlled by using different materials, UV stabilizer levels and other methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Mills
  • Publication number: 20130340330
    Abstract: A collapsible shade for lawn cultivation is mesh fabric sheet that is supported above an area of grass or other vegetation by a plurality of stakes. The mesh fabric sheet is made of a meshed, knitted or woven material that reduces penetration across the mesh fabric sheet by sunlight and moisture, providing a moist, cool environment for the vegetation below. A flexible frame is held within a perimeter frame sleeve around the mesh fabric sheet, providing a folding capability for storage. A fabric side skirt may be attached connected around the mesh fabric sheet and affixed to the plurality of stakes to prevent small animals from damaging the vegetation in the protected area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Thomas DeSalle, JR.
  • Patent number: 8161680
    Abstract: The current device will enable the plant owner to protect a plant during the winter months from the extreme cold and at the same time protect the plant from birds and insects during the summer months. This device can be easily opened to cover the plant and can also be easily collapsed when it is no longer needed. At least two different types of material can be used: one of colder weather and one for warmer weather. Different choices of material may be used depending on the particular environment. The device will be lightweight and extremely portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventors: Russell Sloan, Kim Matthews
  • Patent number: 8079176
    Abstract: A collapsible enclosure includes a mount having a central shaft and a shell carried by the central shaft. The shell includes a first plurality of support arms carrying a cover and a second plurality of support arms pivotally connected with the first plurality of support arms for articulating the first plurality of support arms from a first generally linear position to a second generally bowed position for presenting the cover into a generally hemispherical configuration. Additionally, the first and second plurality of support arms is carried by the central shaft in a manner enabling the shell to traverse the central shaft when the cover is in the generally hemispherical configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventors: David Thead, John Evans
  • Patent number: 7905051
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for promoting the growth of plants under less than optimal climatic and lighting conditions, the system comprising a device which contributes to the formation of an enclosed space over the plants, and at least one source of light. A special characteristic of the invention is that the device which contributes to the formation of an enclosed space over the plants consists of a flexible tarp (1) which comprises integrated lighting sources (6), the flexible tarp (1) being kept up at an optional height over the plants by means of excess pressure built up under the tarp (1) by means of an excess pressure system (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Intravision AS
    Inventor: Per Age Lysa
  • Patent number: 7650716
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an adjustable protective enclosure for trees or shrubs, comprising: a first enclosing portion having a upper region, and a lower region adapted to contact the ground, and comprising a plurality of longitudinally extending panels, each panel comprising a plurality first longitudinal members and a plurality of first transverse members, wherein the first longitudinal members and the first transverse members of a panel are attached to one another to form one or more first rigid frameworks; at least a portion of the longitudinal members or at least a portion of the transverse members, or both, are adjustable in length; each panel is adjustably attached to two adjacent panels to enclose one or more trees or shrubs; a second enclosing portion attached to the first enclosing portion in the upper region thereof, and comprising a plurality of second longitudinal members and a one or more second transverse members, wherein the second longitudinal members and second transverse members form one or more
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: James Brian Schemeley
  • Publication number: 20090151242
    Abstract: An apparatus according to the present invention provides a collapsible plant shelter. A plurality of flexible panels is joined to form a supportive structure. Each panel is formed from a flexible material coupled, directly or indirectly, to a flexible frame member. At least a portion of the flexible material is preferably at least partially fluid impervious and not completely opaque, so as to provide a greenhouse effect to the interior of the shelter. A top flexible panel may also be provided, coupled to a top portion of at least two of the side panels. A selectively closeable access portal may be provided through one or more of the side panels. A portal flap may be at least partially releasable from the side panel material, such as by way of a zipper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Michael S. Kellogg, Dean B. Krotts
  • Patent number: 7497048
    Abstract: A plant protector includes a flexible cover having an apex, a base, plural sides and plural vertices defining intersections between adjacent sides, together with plural elongated frame members each respectively attached to the cover at one of the vertices. The frame members each have a first end proximate to the cover apex and a second end proximate to the cover base. The frame member first ends are mutually interconnected for pivoting at or below the cover apex. The pivotal interconnection may be provided by hinge connector hardware, but is more preferably provided by the cover itself functioning as a living hinge. The frame members are pivotable from an open position wherein the frame members are angled relative to each other to a collapsed position wherein the frame members are substantially parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Steven M. Bakowski
  • Publication number: 20070266625
    Abstract: A plant cover is disclosed that is removably placed over a garden or garden area to prevent access to the garden or garden area by animal or insect pests. The plant cover includes a wire or mesh screen main body having holes of a sufficient size to prevent the undesired animal pest from being able to pass through the holes in the screen. The main body is open on the bottom and sits over the garden or area of the garden to be protected. The plant cover also has a pair of opposed end pieces that are attached to and provide structural support for the main body. The plant cover may also include a handle to allow the plant cover to be easily lifted off of the garden. Ideally, the plant cover, including all its parts and pieces, may fold into a compact unit for storage or transportation and then be unrolled and joined together to make the final plant cover that is useful to protect the garden or garden area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Beverly L. Markis, James P. Palmquist
  • Patent number: 6810618
    Abstract: An easily and installed support for a flexible covering, such as a bird-excluding net or a thermal blanket, may be made from lightweight and readily available plastic pipe components. The support is configured as a wheel and a vertical center pole that can hold the wheel in a horizontal position above the tree, similar to an umbrella. Netting or other flexible covering is attached to the wheel before it is lifted on the center pole and carried to a tree that is to be covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Ray L. Hauser
  • Patent number: 6625924
    Abstract: A garden enclosure kit is provided for protecting a planted area from frost and the like. The kit includes a frame structure arranged to be supported on the ground about the planted area. Sheeted material is supported on a roller arranged to be selectively coupled to the frame structure to define an enclosure. The sheeted material includes an elongate main sheet having a coupled end coupled to the roller and a free end arranged to be coupled to the frame structure spaced from the roller for defining a cover extending over the planted area. The sheeted material also includes a plurality of side sheets formed integrally with the main sheet which are arranged to be suspended from respective sides of the main sheet in an extended position of the sheeted material for enclosing the planted area. When the use of the enclosure is no longer required, the side sheets are folded across the main sheet so that the sheeted material may be rolled onto the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Sharon Lundgren
  • Patent number: 6381900
    Abstract: A hanging planter includes a bowl-like lower portion and a ring-like upper portion, with the upper portion nesting within the rim of the lower portion to provide a plant holding assembly. The upper edge of the lower portion and lower edge of the upper portion are crenelated, with the mating edges defining a series of plant growth openings therethrough when the two components are assembled. The crenelations are preferably of variable depths in each section, to define at least two different levels of plant growth openings through the sides of the assembly, with the upper edge of the upper portion defining a third plant growth opening for the device. Plants are selected according to their growth habits, with trailing plants being placed low in the planter, long flowering plants being placed at an intermediate level, and more upright plants being placed atop the others. The result is an essentially unbroken array of plant life covering the present planter, after the plants have grown out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Gerald J. Crowley
  • Publication number: 20020046484
    Abstract: A garden enclosure kit is provided for protecting a planted area from frost and the like. The kit includes a frame structure arranged to be supported on the ground about the planted area. Sheeted material is supported on a roller arranged to be selectively coupled to the frame structure to define an enclosure. The sheeted material includes an elongate main sheet having a coupled end coupled to the roller and a free end arranged to be coupled to the frame structure spaced from the roller for defining a cover extending over the planted area. The sheeted material also includes a plurality of side sheets formed integrally with the main sheet which are arranged to be suspended from respective sides of the main sheet in an extended position of the sheeted material for enclosing the planted area. When the use of the enclosure is no longer required, the side sheets are folded across the main sheet so that the sheeted material may be rolled onto the roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2001
    Publication date: April 25, 2002
    Inventor: Sharon Lundgren