|David's photo from the tractor - the sunroof allows him to|
keep an eye on all the stringing action...and creep backwards.
David and I worked on figuring out this task last weekend, an investment of time that he was able to build upon over the week. We had a team come out and untangle the coir rope, and then he recruited some labor to run a row to master the technique. Finally, on Saturday, Eric joined him to motor through as far as possible with a nearly perfected technique.
|Preparation for the second row - 60 or so ropes are tied|
to the basket so they'll trail with minimal tangles.
Down the row - the second row of Cascades - they went, David in the cab and Eric tying off the coir, with me following behind to straighten tangles so that the ropes quickly settled into place, without the "drapery" effect we had experienced on the first day out.
The team powered through seven rows of hops by quitting time on Saturday morning, so there are only three out of 12 left to do. We also have four of the rows anchored - so that is the next big process we'll take on.
A number of the bines were already training themselves to go vertical, using the little marker flags as a guide. Once the yard is strung, we'll go in and start moving them onto the ropes - and that will be prime growing season for the new plants, so they'll really take off at that point.