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Darnell Brawner
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I built a lattice for my cucumbers today out of harvested bamboo and some string i had laying around.
It would have been cool if i didn't have to use store bought string/cord/rope to tie it together.

I live in zone 8-9 does anyone know of the best "low labor" options for my cord needs?
Ideally there is an amazing variety of vine i could grow so next year i could rock it like a bushman. "Oh cucumbers need training again no worries chop chop tie tie DONE."

I live in SC USA so hemp is off the menu.
 
Meryt Helmer
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lots of plants can be used for cordage. you might already be growing something. stinging nettle works well, you would want to rett the fibers. you can lay long stocks on top of some pallets and leave them there through fall and winter and then collect the fibers in the spring or summer. I saw a video once about crowing cannabis for fiber and they where doing snow retting which left lovely white fiber. If I got snow where I live I would try snow retting stinging nettle. any plant that after you pull off the outer bark has lots of long thin fibrous material can probably be retted. anotehr way to do retting is to leav the plants under water for a season. I think that can be one of the smelliest methods. I have never done any retting. if you can find a book or web page with native basket plants used for basket weaving you will probably find plants listed that grow wild where you are that will be suitable. I don't know if there is anything you can grow that would provide you with a rope or cord faster. maybe someone else will know a faster means to having your own rope. I am very curious what others will say. This is something I want to do myself.
 
Darnell Brawner
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http://chrismolloy.com/page.php?u=p132

Not sure if i can grow Lawyer Vine aka Smilax australis or if i would even want to. But ill just plant a yucca plant since I'm coastal they grow all around.


 
Meryt Helmer
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very cool
 
John Polk
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Century Plant is used for fiber, but I have no idea how long it would take to grow one to sufficient size.

Here is a tropical plant (but an annual) that may work for your climate.
Available from J.L. Hudson
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Darnell Brawner
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First attempted at yucca cordage
Next stop carbon negative cucumber trellis then its C- chicken coop. Fingers crossed ... wife isn't exactly supporting this project.
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shells i found on the beach and a leaf i cut off a landscaping yucca in front of a bank
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3 feet of ugly cord but hey it was my first attempted
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+30lb with practice I should be able to get 50 lb on one leaf
 
Meryt Helmer
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that is awesome!
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://richsoil.com/email
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