The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening Tools, Equipment and Buildings
Chapter: Chapter 5: Machines and Machinery

Branched plant props

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1976. Spray or branches are used as props for plants furnished with tendrils, as the common pea, and many of the leguminous tribe. Spreading, frond-like, and yet thin spray, such as that of the beech, hazel, or Scotch elm, is generally preferable; but for early crops the spray of the resinous tribe, and especially of the spruce and silver firs, is valuable, as producing warmth and shelter, by its numerous chaffy leaves, which are non-conductors.