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Nature28th June 2021

Gardening Top Tips by the Master Ropemakers

It’s a magical season in the garden and greenhouse right now. Fruit and vegetables are growing plump, flowers blossom in their brightest colours and this entices butterflies and bees.

We’re lucky to have Commissioner’s Garden here at the Dockyard, and the gardeners Baz and Warren always try to make the most of the rope produced by The Master Ropemakers on our historic ropewalk.

They use the largest Coir rope to edge the lawns and enhance the borders – did you know Coir is a great slug repellent? – whilst Synthetic hemp is draped over pergolas for climbing roses, ready to hold their heavy blooms.

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Following a recent episode of Gardeners’ World, Baz decided to try Monty Don’s method of training fruits in a greenhouse using Coir Bean twine rather than sourcing canes. The Coir twine must be placed into the grow bag or pot, under the plant so that when it grows, the plant holds on to the yarn. The yarn must be held taught near the roof of the greenhouse.

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This method works really well with both tomatoes and cucumber plants.

Coir Bean twine is available from the Ropery shop from £4.50 – why not give it a try?

Find out more about how Master Ropemakers can help with garden projects big and small. 

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