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Old 04-15-2012, 01:49 AM   #21
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I've been using plastic stakes, but this year I'm going to try some old window weights that I pulled out of my house.
not sure I'd want the lead sitting in my yard or leeching into my hops. stick with the plastic stakes. Or as has been mentioned +1 on the tent stakes. what I use when not tying to the top of the picket fence.


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Old 04-15-2012, 06:10 PM   #22
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I was planing to buy a bale of hay baler twine from tractor supply .the heck with any fancy not made in USA twine.



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Old 04-15-2012, 06:42 PM   #23
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not sure I'd want the lead sitting in my yard or leeching into my hops. stick with the plastic stakes. Or as has been mentioned +1 on the tent stakes. what I use when not tying to the top of the picket fence.
They're cast iron.
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:00 AM   #24
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They're cast iron.
that will do then, u got lucky there. all the ones I've ever removed here were lead(made great bullets for my muzzleloader though)
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:33 PM   #25
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i thought i would drill a hole in a piece of wood and push it into the ground. not like they are going to pull the stake "up". it will more or less be supported by the top of the trellis. the stake is to keep the rope from swinging in the wind, right?

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Ideally, there will be very little, if any, weight on the bottom of those ropes.
I used thin bamboo reeds sunk 1 or 2" last year and they held through Irene. I tied the coir right to the bamboo, and then to the trellis. The bine thickness at the base by the time my newports were mature was pretty impressive (which is likely why hurricane winds didn't upset my rinky-dink setup); I don't know whether that is universal to all hop species.
My concerns regarding secure connections are at the top, which will bear the weight (ideally) of thousands of delicious cones.

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+1 on big tent stakes. Last year I brought the coir right down to the stakes and they started to rot through before the season was over when the very bottom got covered in mulch. This year I'll put a rot-resistant "spacer" rope between the stake and coir, about 6" long.

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I use tent pegs.

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+1 on big tent stakes. Last year I brought the coir right down to the stakes and they started to rot through before the season was over when the very bottom got covered in mulch. This year I'll put a rot-resistant "spacer" rope between the stake and coir, about 6" long.
I have found that coir in-contact with the ground will deteriorate very quickly. If kept dry and just above the turf, it will remain viable for up to 2 growing seasons (most I have gotten out of a freshhops coir rope is 2 season and have since switched over to sisal twine that I braid using 3 strings to save $$$)


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