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Old 11-21-2009, 04:56 PM   #11
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I have found that the cheap twine from the hardware store/home depot works well, untill is gets damaged by the sun. UV rays seem to weaken it.

I have some really thin steel wound cable I am going to try, along with nylon rope, and some better twine. I am going to try a number of things to see what works best.

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Old 11-21-2009, 07:50 PM   #12
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I used some 1/8" jute twine from the garden store and it didn't cut the mustard. It was a windy season, which didn't help, and I had to replace my supports because the first ones were too flexible. Re-tying the strings didn't help, either. Last year (less wind, no replacement of supports, but smaller bines) I didn't have trouble.

Next year I will use something heavier, perhaps nylon or polypropylene cord. I'd like to find something UV-protected but for the price of 1/4" PP, I could junk it each year.

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Old 11-21-2009, 08:08 PM   #13
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http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

I strung this with the cheapest Harbor Freight twine twisted around it to give the plants something to grip on. First year growing so I thought the twine was needed. The training wire looks like it could go another several years as long as you don't kink the stuff to badly. The one pure twine line I strung fell apart in a wind storm.
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:44 AM   #14
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+1 on 3/8 sisal. I've done the twine and thinner jute rope and had something drop somewhere every year. The steel cable guy wires to power poles also work very well if you can find some workable spots. The harvest is a little more sketchy but you can't argue with free stucture.

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Old 05-27-2010, 03:50 PM   #15
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I too like the idea of being able to compost the used twine, if not after one year then eventually. Being as I live on a hobby farm I could use a big spool of that baling twine. Would the standard sisal stuff hold up or would I be better off going with the poly?

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Old 05-27-2010, 04:34 PM   #16
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Sisal rope (3/8") holds up, but it may not last multiple seasons. I've never used the poly. I get 3 seasons out of coir by taking them down over the winter and storing them in a shed.

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Thanks for the info, I was just about to start a thread asking about this topic. It looks like someone beat me to it.

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Old 05-28-2010, 02:15 PM   #18
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Okay, I went ahead and bought 9,000' of sisal baling twine from Farm & Fleet. $30. I'll probably run a double strand for each run. Any concerns about putting the two strands in the end of a power drill and twisting them together first? Would that sag worse later in the season?

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