Hops, Not Leaps

Ooh, they used nylon rope this time. It feels so smooth against my skin. Almost sensuous!

– Apu

Remember we were growing hops on the back of the garage?

Last summer: can you spot the overachiever?

Last summer: can you spot the overachiever?

Remember I said they would grow up any type of rope? And that I chose natural sisal rope?

Well.

Today

Today

I don’t know if this was the result of being below grade or in the snow or eaten by the dang rabbits, but none of the ropes made it to spring attached to the ground. Kev ran to Menards and picked up something completely synthetic.

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If you use polyester rope, you can keep the ends from unraveling by the judicious use of FIRE. Just singe cut ends, and they shrivel up. You can also bake a section before cutting through it to cauterize both ends at once. Just watch that you don’t burn through!

Anyway, got it done.

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And not a moment too soon.

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The nylon anchoring rope in the ground┬áhas fared just fine, so I have high hopes this might last longer than eight months. I’ll report back on what the hops think about it longer term.

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