[Market-farming] Cleaning plastic trellis net

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Mon Nov 12 20:34:04 EST 2007

Roll it up and deal with it in the spring when it has dried. That does not
address disease/sanitation issues though. But, in reality, that is the best
I've done with it. 

Beth Spaugh
Rehoboth Homestead
Peru NY

~Without power over our food, any notion of democracy is empty.  Francis
Moore Lappe

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Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Cleaning plastic trellis net

Pam Twin Oaks wrote:
> We used stakes and string to hold up cowpeas, limas, asparagus beans 
> in the past. This year we used some Trellinet, I think it's called.
> White plastic 6" square holed netting. So - how do folks separate the 
> dead vines and the trellis at the end of the season?? We did OK with 
> the cucumber plants - they dried and shattered fairly easily. Now we 
> have 3 pieces with various bean vines enmeshed. One is on the floor of 
> the greenhouse for us to walk over and break up the vines. Another is 
> tied in a bundle hanging from the purlins in the hoophouse to dry out.
> The third has been hanging over some T posts in the fresh air. It all 
> seems very labor intensive. I hate to throw all the organic matter and 
> the plastic in the trash. So what do other people do?
> Pam, Twin Oaks Community, Louisa, VA. where things are starting to 
> slow down, just about.
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We pull the vines off from our snap peas when they are still staked up.  
We get 90 percent of them off and then roll them up with whatever debris are
still left. It's not worth the time to get them 100 percent free but it
would be impossible to store the trellis with most  of the debris still on.
Yes it is labor intensive, but that's what we do every year for about 4000
feet of trellis.  I either compost the vines or, if I don't have the time to
collect them (which is usually the case), I work them in to the soil in the
spring do decompose.

Mike Emers
Rosie Creek Farm
Ester, Alaska
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