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    Three years ago, I planted bronze fennel in my small herb area, and in its second year, it took off, sending shoots up to 7' or so. I've just cut it down to ground level, to shoot up again next year (I hope), and realised that the canes are pretty stiff and strong, so I removed all the side-shoots and cut off the thinner top part, to end up with a number of stiff canes, 4'-5' long, which look just like bamboo, except that they're dark green. I've put them under cover to dry out, and will use them next year as supports for peas or other suitable plants. has anyone else tried this?

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    Wha a good idea. I cut all mine down but they're taking an age to compost. Mine were like bamboo. You have certainly given me an idea but sadly not until next year now!
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    I cut mine down to dry the seeds but they have become a quite brittle....so might be worth checking that!

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    I've tried it before, and with different stems, but they always go brittle and snap. The worst idea I had was old raspberry canes as pea sticks: they rooted
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    I've tried it before, and with different stems, but they always go brittle and snap. The worst idea I had was old raspberry canes as pea sticks: they rooted
    ..................and the pea moth got your peas but you got a luvverley crop of rasps!
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    I've tried sunflowers and jerusalem artichokes, but as TS says, once they have dried out they snap very easily - not woody enough I suppose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    I've tried it before, and with different stems, but they always go brittle and snap. The worst idea I had was old raspberry canes as pea sticks: they rooted
    Had a similar experience with willow branches as bean sticks-nearly everyone rooted, you can imagine the ribbing I got from the rest of the lads!
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    I have used fennel, and Jerusalem artichoke stems alternated with canes on my climbing French bean wigwams. As notes above the fennel/artichoke stems are a bit brittle but used in conjunction with canes are OK. The beans certainly climb them more readily than the smooth surface of the canes.

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