Learning how to get a grip with the C-Bite
You are here because you have heard of or are interested in the C-Bites, or you are perhaps one of the first to have tried them (Cheers!!). It is something curious and new and here at Thriving Systems Design we have had some time to learn about the best practices of the tool as it has evolved. As such, here is some advice on using the garden clip that is a grip beyond the others:
- Note how the dovetail is also a tight natural hinge. If you fill it, it will be more difficult to snap onto a stake, esp. one of a larger diameter.
- Knowing this, the easy way is to grip the C-Bites onto every stake/point where you imagine them hold your structure and then attach the C-Bites to each other one interlock at a time.
- Wear gloves. Especially when dissembling larger structures that you have built some tension into. The male dovetail joint is edgy, so beware.
- Speaking of safety: Stakes that you cut should be capped to avoid eye injuries. Use bolt caps or rubber footings to fit most standard stakes. Protective eye-wear is recommended when working around stakes.
- Most stakes need only be lightly scored and then snapped to cleanly break. No pipe cutter required!
- The hook/bend joint is good to use if you want an abutting fit between the stakes. This interlock achieved by sliding the C-Bites' hooks into each other like puzzle pieces and then folding them inwards, as though closing a book.
- Pre-tie lines and ties to the C-Bites before you grip them to the stakes; then you can easily hold up nearby branches as they stretch towards the edges of the frame you build.
- The hook-groove is most easily slid into the female dovetail (the Z-axis interlock) from the open end of the hook; i.e., from the bottom up.
- C-Bites were not designed to be used directly on your plants. However, we have discovered that a bamboo shish kabob skewer through a hook makes a tidy and adjustable support for leggy seedlings.
- C-Bites are as versatile as I am wordy. Be open to their possibilities inside and outside of your garden
- Use a bunch of C-Bites and garden stakes to make temporary fences to protect annual beds and newly seeded grass from trammeling.
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