A Trial of Garden Twine

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Garden Twine Trial

Twine is an essential product for gardeners.  This small, but vital product helps us to support, tie in, and train our plants.  Garden twine assists us as we hang up bunches of herbs, garlic, and onions, for storing and drying.  Twine enables us to mark out rows, and carry out all manner of garden tasks.  Whether you enjoy growing vegetables, fruit, herbs, or cut flowers, if you’re fond of tending herbaceous borders, or you enjoy taking part in any other form of gardening activity; twine is a universally useful product!

Last year, whilst I was running my Tomato Trial, my greatest frustration was that the twine I used to support my tomato plants kept snapping.  This poor quality twine would break without warning – causing my tomato plants to randomly collapse and fall to the floor, on a regular basis  – it was incredibly annoying!  At this moment in time, I was determined that I would never, ever use an inferior quality twine again.  A Twine Trial might not sound glamorous, but I decided that it was a necessity.  Consequently, I set about planning a thorough Twine Trial that would test garden twines, using both traditional and non traditional methods, to find strong, durable garden twines, that gardeners could trust and rely on to support their tomato and cucumber plants, and undertake other heavy duty garden tasks.

Tomato plants, pictured on the 15th September 2018, during my Tomato Trial.  Each of these tomato plants are supported by a length of twine tied to a support frame.

Garden Twines Trialled

Each of these trialled twines were given to me by the companies that sold them, namely: Blacker Yarns, Henry Winning, Nutscene, and Twool.

Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine

Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine.

Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine is composed of a blend of Lleyn wool and the basic Devon and Cornwall Longwool fleece.  These yarns are produced for Blacker Yarns using wool taken from sheep raised at organic farms in the South East of Cornwall, in Great Britain.

My first instinct was that this Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine felt like it was more suited for use as a wool for knitting, rather than as a durable garden twine, but I hoped that my instincts would be proved wrong during the course of my Twine Trial.   Blacker Yarns recommend their Garden & Gift twine for use as a garden twine and as a replacement for string, but the company report that this twine works well for many other uses, including gift wrapping, and crafts.

If you’re interested in visiting Blacker Yarns’ website, where you can explore the company’s full range of yarns, please click here.

Henry Winning Nature Twine

Henry Winning Nature Twine.

The Henry Winning Nature Twine is a brand new product that feels light to use, but despite being lightweight, my first impression of this twine is that it also felt very strong indeed.  This twine is comprised of a mixture of cotton and viscose rayon twine.

To visit Henry Winning’s website, where you can find out more about Henry Winning’s Nature Twine and see the company’s other products, please click here.

Nutscene Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine

Nutscene’s Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine.

Nutscene’s Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine is available in a number of different lengths and thicknesses; I’ve used the 3-ply twine for this Twine Trial, but I imagine that the thicker 5-ply twine will last even longer.  Nutscene’s Classic Jute Fillis Twine can be purchased both as large balls of twine and in shorter lengths of twine, sold as spools.  This is a biodegradable, vegan twine, that’s made from renewable materials.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Nutscene’s Classic Fillis 3-ply Twine, or indeed any of Nutscene’s twines, and their other products on the company’s website, please click here.

Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine

Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine.

Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine is a 3 ply twine, from Nutscene’s Heritage Range.  This reel of Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine is just the right size to fit into most trousers, aprons, or garden tool belt pockets, leaving the gardener with their hands free to work, yet able to access their twine whenever they need it.  I chose the green coloured version of this twine, but this product is also available in a range of colours, including peapod green, lime green, olive green, black, brown, natural, grey, saffron, orange, rust, red, pink, purple, and varying shades of blue.

As Nutscene’s Greentwist twine is green in colour, it’s very subtle; Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine blends into the background of the garden.  When this twine was first produced, it was designed to be ‘not seen’, hence the company name, ‘Nutscene’ was borne.

Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine is produced in Angus, in Scotland, using Nutscene’s original winding machines, which were first operated in 1922.  Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine is produced from biodegradable materials, which have been gathered from sustainable sources; this twine is made from plants, for plants.  Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden twine is vegan.

If you’re interested in Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine, here’s a link to Nutscene’s website, where you can purchase this twine and see the twenty-one different coloured twines and the other products that are available at Nutscene.

Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Twine

Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Twine.

This is Nutscene’s Heritage 5-ply Twine, in natural.  This twine is produced using the company’s original winding machines that have been in operation working for the company since 1922.  Nutscene are the inventors and founders of garden twine.  This vegan twine is produced in an array of different colours, thicknesses, and lengths.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Nutscene’s Heritage 5-ply Twine and you’d like to see the other colours this twine is available in, click here to visit Nutscene’s website.

Nutscene Natural 5-ply Jute Twine

Nutscene Natural Jute 5-ply Ywine.

This is Nutscene’s Natural Jute 5-ply Twine.  Nutscene’s twines are all produced using biodegradable materials, which have been sourced from sustainable sources.  Nutscene’s Natural Jute 5-ply twine is vegan.  The company produce a wide range of different garden twines, as well as string, which are produced at Nutscene’s factory in Angus, in Scotland.

If you’re interested in visiting Nutscene’s website, where you can find out more about Nutscene’s Natural Jute 5-ply Twine and their other products, please click here.

Nutscene Tin O’ Twine

Nutscene Peapod Tin O’ Twine.

This is the Nutscene Tin O’ Twine, it’s a 3-ply jute twine, that comes complete with its own tin, to protect and contain the twine.  There’s a little hole in the centre of the tin lid, which is the perfect size for the twine, you just pull out as much twine as you require, as you need it.  I found that this twine came out easily and smoothly, there were no tangles or knots in Nutscene’s twine.  Tins like this are a great idea, as they protect your twine from the rain – ideal if you’re an all weather gardener, or a forgetful soul, who has a tendency to leave their twine out in the rain!

I chose to trial the Nutscene Tin O’ Twine in their Peapod colour – a lovely pea green.  Nutscene produce Tin O’ Twine in a number of colours, including a darker shade of green, as well as brown, beige, turquoise, black, red, cornflower blue, purple, pink, orange, yellow, and lime green.  Naturally, perfectly sized re-fill twine reels are available, in a range of colours.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Nutscene Tin O’ Twine, or you wish to see the other colours that this twine is available in, here’s a link to Nutscene’s website.

Twool Chelsheepensioner Red Limited Edition Garden Twine

Twool Chelsheepensioner Red Limited Edition Garden Twine.

Twool are an award-winning British company.  This brand produce a range of products, made from the wool of rare breed Whiteface Dartmoor sheep.  As a company, Twool felt that it was important to create a sustainable garden twine, made from the wool of British rare breed sheep; so the company ensured that every part of the entire process of producing Twool twine is carried out in the UK.  Twool produce twines in a range of hues, including: natural, beige, maroon, green, brown, yellow, black, grey, purple, navy, and orange.  The quality of these twines is consistent, it’s only the colour and the length of the twine that varies, the thickness and strength remains the same.

I always look forward to seeing the Twool stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, so I chose to trial the Twool Chelsheepensioner Red Garden Twine.  Twool make a donation to the Chelsea Pensioners Appeal for every purchase of their Twool Chelsheepensioner Garden Twine.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Twool Twines, or you wish to purchase this product, here’s a link to Twool’s range of twines and other products.

Using Garden Twine to Tie Garden Plants into Supports

I trialled and tested all of these garden twines, during my Garden Twine Trial.

There wasn’t a pronounced difference in the performance of most of the trialled twines as they were used for supporting lightweight garden plants, like annuals, or creating a support for perennials to grow through.  These trialled twines were all able to prevent less substantial plants from falling over, on a short term basis.

Twines that Stretch and Grow Longer Over Time

Naturally, if you’re looking to tie a plant into a permanent framework in over a longer period, then I would definitely recommend you use one of the stronger and more resilient twines from this Twine Trial: the Henry Winning twine, the Twool twine, or any of the Nutscene twines, would all work well for this purpose.  But do consider whether or not you would like your twine to stretch with use.  The Twool and Henry Winning twines both become longer with use, whereas the Nutscene twines did not stretch noticeably during this Twine Trial.  Non stretchy twines are very useful indeed, as they can be the difference between supporting your plant seamlessly or leaving your plant limp or hanging!

Coloured Garden Twine

The colouring of a twine has a great effect on how the twine will look when used in your garden.  The Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine and the Peapod coloured twine from the Nutscene Tin O’ Twine are very discreet; their green colourings help the twines to blend into the plant they are supporting and to blend into the garden as a whole.  Whereas the Twool Chelsheepensioner Limited Edition Twine really stands out with its bright red colouring (please note Twool twine is also available in a green version and in other more subtle colours).  If you’re tying in brown coloured stems, twiggy growth, or branches, then you may prefer to choose a natural or brown coloured twine.

I must say that the lengths of the Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine and the Peapod coloured twine from the Nutscene Tin O’ Twine that had been out in the garden exposed to the elements all summer and autumn did fade quite considerably.  These twines became a paler version of themselves or like a natural twine with a green tinge.

Twool Chelsheepensioner Limited Edition Twine only faded a little.  This colourful twine retained its bright cheerful red colour, it just became a shade paler – which I am sure most people wouldn’t notice.

I found that the cream colouring of the Henry Winning Nature Twine became tinged with green after supporting the tomato plants grown for this trial.  At first, the pale tone of this twine really stood out, but the longer this twine was in use, the more it blended into the garden.

Depending on what plants you’re supporting, a green or brown coloured twine will be more discreet – for best results, match the colour of your twine to the colour of the stems you’re tying in.

Thicker or Thinner Garden Twines?

Thicker twines – like the 5-ply twines – are better suited to tying in heavier plants.  These heavy weight twines will last longer in the garden.  Whereas the slimmer twines – like the 3-ply twine, from the Nutscene Tin O’ Twine – are better suited to tying in narrower stems and less substantial plants.  Using a thinner twine to support lightweight plants will help your plant’s support network to blend into the scenery.

Using Twine to Support Tomato Plants

I tested the twines using lengths from each brand to support cherry, medium, beefsteak, and plum tomato plants. I took this photograph of the Trial on the 1st September 2019.

This year, I’ve been trialling Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Tomatoes – a fantastic peat-free, organic compost, made from natural materials, including sheep wool and bracken.  Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Tomatoes is a water retentive compost that’s designed to provide all of the nutrients your tomato plants need.  There’s no need to spend time feeding or fertilising your tomato plants – if you’re growing them in Dalefoot’s Tomato Compost – as your plants will only require watering, during dry periods.  This compost is absorbent, it holds on to water better than the other composts I’ve trialled, meaning that the plants growing in this compost don’t need to be watered as often, as the same plants grown in regular compost.

For this Twine Trial, I grew a range of tomato cultivars to produce cherry tomatoes, small and medium sized tomatoes, plum tomatoes, and larger sized, heavier tomatoes.  All of the tomato plants I grew for this Twine Trial were indeterminate tomato cultivars, which are often known as cordons.  Cordon tomato plants are trained to form a plant with one main stem; the plant’s sideshoots are removed at regular intervals, throughout the growing season, which helps to maintain and increase the tomato plant’s productivity.

All of the tomato plants I grew were supported by lengths of garden twine.  This is the method I always use to support my tomato plants, as I’ve found that this is the best technique to use for tomatoes and cucumbers – providing the twine you use is strong enough!

I have a series of tall wooden support frames; my tomato plants were grown under these frames.  Each tomato plant was supported using a long length of twine, which was tied just below one or two arms of low growing leaves.  The other end of the twine is tied to the top of the wooden support frame, directly above the plant; as the tomato plant grows, the twine is simply twirled around the tomato plant’s stem – there’s no need to tie the plants in.  I’ve used this method for many years, it’s incredibly effective.

During this Twine Trial, if a particular length of twine snapped, the breakage was recorded, then the plant was tied back up again using a fresh length of the same brand of twine.  To give each twine a fair trial, each type of twine was given three chances – once the twine had snapped for the third time, another type of twine was then used to tie in the snapped twine’s allocated plants.  This was repeated throughout the season.

Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine

The lengths of Blacker Yarns Garden and Gift Twine I used to support my tomato plants kept breaking. This is Tomato ‘White Cherry’.

The Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine stretched considerably during this Trial.  This meant that the tomato plants this twine was supporting were prevented from growing straight up.  The nature of this flimsier yarn meant that it began to stretch and grew longer almost from the moment it was first tied into support one of the tomato plants.  It took three weeks for the first length of this yarn to snap, which was longer than I expected.  However, as the tomato plants grew, they became larger and heavier; so the next length of twine, that was tied in to support the same plant, only lasted for 16 days before snapping.  When the third length of this twine was tied in, this new length of yarn broke after only 12 days of use.

After the Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine kept snapping, I eventually gave in and added a length of Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine to support this Tomato ‘White Cherry’ plant. I used lengths of the other Nutscene twines to support the plants that were initially set to be supported by Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine.
Pictured on the 30th August 2019.

★☆☆☆☆ Bottom line: I would not recommend Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine to use to support or to tie in tomato plants.

Twool Chelsheepensioner Red Limited Edition Garden Twine

This Tomato ‘Orange Banana’ plant was supported using Twool Chelsheepensioner red twine. This twine is very strong, but it stretches and so becomes longer over time. I took this photograph on the 18th August 2019.

The Twool Chelsheepensioner Garden Twine also has a naturally stretchy nature, but this twine is strong as well as stretchy, it doesn’t compare with the Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine.  Twool is a much more resilient product.

Having said that, over time the tomato plants that were supported by this Twool Chelsheepensioner Garden Twine became a little saggy in their appearance.  These tomato plants bowed out, taking on a swooping form, which was particularly noticeable at the base of the plant.  This meant that the tomato plants that were supported by Twool twine occupied more room than the tomato plants that were supported by the other trialled twines, during this Trial.

Despite stretching and growing ever longer in length, the Twool Chelsheepensioner Garden Twine did not break, it lasted intact, throughout the duration of this part of the Twine Trial (from 2nd June 2019 through to the 23rd September 2019), which was impressive.

This Tomato ‘Orange Banana’ plant was supported using Twool Chelsheepensioner red twine. This twine is very strong, but it stretches and so becomes longer over time. I took this photograph on the 1st September 2019.

NB. I am sure that a thicker, wider version (perhaps a woven or plaited band?) of this Twool twine could be developed and made into a fantastic support for trees, when the wool fibres’ naturally expansive nature would be just the quality needed to support trees, long term.  Stretchy plant supports are ideal when you’re trying to accommodate a growing tree, as tree trunks grow wider with age.  Unless they are checked and enlarged regularly, tree supports made with rigid materials will cut into the trunk of the tree they’re meant to be supporting, as the tree trunk grows larger in size.  Naturally, it’s very harmful to a tree to have any materials cutting into a tree’s trunk – so stretchy tree supports are very useful indeed and those made from 100% natural, biodegradable materials are even better.

★★★☆☆ Twool Twine was strong enough to support the tomato plants, but the twine stretched considerably.

Henry Winning Nature Twine

I tested the twines using a number of different methods. This picture shows the Henry Winning Nature Twine being used to support a ‘Sungold’ Tomato plant.

The Henry Winning Nature Twine also stretched during this part of the Trial.  However, this twine didn’t stretch enough to become a nuisance or in any way problematic, and this twine didn’t break.  The lengths of Henry Winning Nature Twine supporting these tomato plants remained intact during the full course of this section of the Twine Trial (from the 2nd June 2019 to the 23rd September 2019).

★★★★☆ I would recommend Henry Winning Nature Twine to use to support tomato or cucumber plants.

Nutscene Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine

This ‘Sungold’ tomato is supported by a length of Nutscene 3-ply Twine.

The Nutscene Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine didn’t noticeably stretch and this twine didn’t break during this part of my Twine Trial.  Nutscene Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine is a very strong, durable twine, it lasted intact throughout the full duration of this section of my Twine Trial (from the 2nd June 2019 through until the 23rd September 2019).

★★★★★ I would recommend Nutscene’s Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine to use to support tomato or cucumber plants

Nutscene Tin O’ Twine

This tomato plant is supported by a length of Nutscene Peapod twine from the Nutscene Tin O’ Twine Twine. This twine blends into the background, it’s very subtle. Pictured on the 1st September 2019.

I hadn’t expected either of these 3-ply Nutscene twines to be as strong as they were, but they surprised me with their longevity.  The Nutscene Peapod Twine from the Nutscene Tin O’ Twine didn’t stretch and it didn’t break during this section of the Twine Trial.  Nutscene Peapod 3-ply Twine from the Nutscene Tin O’ Twine lasted the entire duration of this part of the Twine Trial, namely from the 2nd June 2019 through until the 23rd September 2019.  This is a great twine!

This ‘Sungold’ tomato plant is supported by a length of Nutscene Peapod coloured twine, from Nutscene’s Tin O’ Twine. Pictured on the 1st September 2019.

★★★★★ I would recommend Nutscene’s Tin O’ Twine to use to support tomato or cucumber plants

Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine

This ‘Purple Ukraine’ tomato plant is supported by a length of Nutscene Greentwist Twine. Pictured on the 1st September 2019.

Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine is strong and durable.  This twine is exceptionally strong, it remained intact during the full course of this Twine Trial – from the 2nd June 2019 through until the 23rd September 2019.  Like the other Nutscene twines, this twine didn’t break or snap and it didn’t stretch either.  Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine really impressed me during this Twine Trial; I’d recommend Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine.

★★★★★ I would recommend Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine to use to support tomato or cucumber plants

Nutscene Natural 5-ply Jute Twine

This Tomato ‘Blue Fire’ plant is supported by a length of Nutscene’s Natural 5 ply Jute Twine. I took this photograph, on the 14th September 2019.

Nutscene’s Natural 5-ply Jute Twine worked exceptionally well as a support for the tomato plants.  This twine didn’t stretch at all during use, so the tomato plants were able to grow up vertically, meaning that the plants supported by Nutscene’s twine took up the minimum amount of room.  Nutscene’s Natural 5-ply Jute Twine is strong and resilient.  This twine didn’t stretch, snap, or break, during this part of my Twine Trial – from the 2nd June 2019 through until the 23rd September 2019.  This twine worked perfectly; I’d recommend Nutscene’s Natural 5-ply Jute Twine.

This Tomato ‘Blue Fire’ plant is supported by a length of Nutscene’s Natural 5 ply Jute Twine; while the Honeycomb tomato plant on the right hand side of the picture is a Tomato ‘Honeycomb’ plant, which is supported by a length of Nutscene Peapod twine, taken from the Nutscene Tin O’ Twine. The tomato plant on the left hand side of the picture is supported by a length of Nutscene jute twine.

★★★★★ I would recommend Nutscene’s Natural 5-ply Jute Twine to use to support tomato or cucumber plants

Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Twine

This Tomato ‘Honeycomb’ plant is supported by a length of Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Twine.

Nutscene’s Heritage 5-ply Twine is an exceptional twine.  This twine didn’t stretch and it didn’t snap or break during this Twine Trial (from the 2nd June 2019 through until the 23rd September 2019), despite supporting some of the tomato plants that produced the heaviest harvests of tomatoes, in my garden, last year.  Nutscene’s Heritage 5-ply Twine is another fantastic twine from Nutscene.  I’d recommend this strong, resilient, and durable twine.

★★★★★ I would recommend Nutscene’s Heritage 5-ply Twine to use to support tomato or cucumber plants

Using Weights to Test Garden Twine

As well as testing these garden twines in the traditional way, by using the twines to tie in or support plants, I’ve also tested the strength of my trialled twines by cutting 2.5m lengths of each twine, then tying a brick, (each brick weighed 2.5kg) to one end of the length of twine; while fastening the other end of the twine to a wooden support frame above.

The trialled lengths of twine were arranged in a manner that meant that the twines held the full weight of their tied on brick.  Each brick was suspended in the air and exposed to the elements of the Great British weather.

NB. I realise that as gardeners we don’t usually use twine in this manner; I am simply trying to highlight just how strong some twines are.  The purpose of this Twine Trial is to help you to find a top quality twine that will last and work perfectly for you; so that you can avoid having to repeatedly tie in tomatoes or other plants – like I did last summer, when my twine kept snapping.  I chose bricks for the trialled weight as I had bricks that were all the same weight.  We often use bricks in our gardens and at our allotments, to create both temporary and lasting features, structures, or supports, so I felt that bricks would be the perfect weights to use to test the twines.

My Twine Trial as pictured on the 22nd October 2019.

Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine

The Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine snapped a mere millisecond after a brick was tied to it.  Another length of this twine was then tested in the same manner, when it also broke before the length of twine could be tied up – the weight of the brick was just too heavy for this twine.  There are many other uses for this twine, wrapping gifts for example, but I would not recommend Blacker Yarns Garden & Gift Twine for any heavy duty garden tasks or any activities where a strong and lasting twine is required.

Twool Chelsheepensioner Garden Twine

I found the Twool Chelsheepensioner Garden Twine was very stretchy.  This length of twine grew longer each day, until the brick it was holding reached the floor.

On the 29th June 2019, this same first length of Twool Chelsheepensioner Garden Twine – the one that was tied to this brick, snapped along the length of the twine. NB. The first length of Twool Chelsheepensioner Garden Twine lasted 27 days before breaking.

I replaced this broken twine with a new fresh piece taken from the same reel of Twool twine on the same day the breakage occurred.  As before, I tied a brick to one end and fastened the other end of the twine to the top of my support frame.  On the 18th October 2019, the second replacement length of Twool Chelsheepensioner Garden Twine snapped.  NB. The second length of Twool Chelsheepensioner Garden Twine lasted 111 days before breaking.

A third replacement length of Twool Chelsheepensioner Garden Twine was added on the 20th October 2019.  This length of twine was shorter than the other lengths of twine that have been tested in this segment of my Twine Trial.  I made this decision to take into account the stretchy character of this twine and to minimise the chances of this twine’s brick weight reaching the floor.  This length of twine remained intact for a considerable time, but this twine stretched so much that the brick soon rested on the ground.  This length of Twool Garden Twine broke on the 2nd February 2020, having lasted 105 days before breaking.

Nutscene Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine

The original length of Nutscene Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine that was first tied to a brick in May 2019 snapped on the 27th October 2019.  This first length of Nutscene Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine lasted for 147 days before snapping.

A new fresh length of Nutscene Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine was tied to my twine support at one end and a brick at the other end, on the 1st November 2019.  This length of twine broke on the 6th December 2019 – so it lasted for 36 days before snapping.

A third length of Nutscene Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine was tied to a brick on the 29th December 2019.  This third length of twine snapped on the 28th February 2020 – so it lasted 62 days before breaking.

Henry Winning Nature Twine

The Henry Winning Nature Twine also stretched over the course of this test for my Twine Trial.  This twine had stretched and grown so long that it reached the ground by around the 4th October 2019.  On the 12th October 2019, following a night of very heavy rain this length of twine snapped.  NB. The first length of Henry Winning Nature Twine lasted for 132 days before breaking. 

A new fresh length of Henry Winning Nature Twine was again tied to a brick and to the support frame, on the 20th October 2019.  This length of twine broke on the 29th December 2019, so the second length of Henry Winning Nature Twine lasted for 70 days before breaking.

On the 29th December 2019, a new length of Henry Winning Nature Twine was tied to a brick and this test was repeated for the final time.  On the 10th April 2020, when I ended my Twine Trial, this length of Henry Winning Nature Twine was still intact, having lasted 103 days!

Nutscene Tin O’ Twine

The Nutscene 3-ply Peapod Twine, from the Nutscene Tin O’ Twine, snapped under the weight of the brick, on the 12th October 2019, following a night of very heavy rain.  NB. The first length of Nutscene 3-ply Peapod Twine from the Tin O’ Twine lasted 132 days before breaking.

A new fresh length of Nutscene 3-ply Peapod Twine was then added on the 20th October 2019.  I found that, like the other Nutscene twines, this Nutscene twine didn’t stretch noticeably.  This second length of Nutscene 3-ply Peapod Twine broke on the 29th February 2020.  So, the second length of Nutscene 3-ply Peapod Twine lasted for 132 days before breaking, which is quite amazing, as this is the same number of days as first length of Nutscene 3-ply Peapod Twine lasted!

The third length of Nutscene 3-ply Peapod Twine was added on the 29th February 2020.  This twine was still intact when I ended this Twine Trial on the 10th April 2020.

Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine

The original length of Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine that was first tied to a brick in May 2019 broke in mid December 2019, so this length of Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine lasted for around 200 days before breaking.

A new length of Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine was tied to a brick on the 29th December 2019.  This second length of Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine was still intact on the 10th April 2020, when I ended this Twine Trial; this length of twine was intact having lasted for 105 days.

Nutscene Natural 5-ply Jute Twine

The original length of Nutscene Natural 5-ply Jute Twine that was first tied to a brick in May 2019 broke in mid December 2019, so this length of Nutscene Natural 5-ply Jute Twine lasted for around 200 days before breaking.

A new length of Nutscene Natural 5-ply Jute Twine was tied to a brick on the 29th December 2019.  This length of Nutscene Natural 5-ply Jute Twine broke on the 5th April 2020, having lasted for 100 days.

Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Twine

The original length of Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Twine that was first tied to a brick in May 2019 broke in mid December 2019, so this length of Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Twine lasted for around 200 days before breaking.

A new length Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Twine was tied to a brick on the 29th December 2019.  This second length of Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Twine was intact when my Twine Trial ended on the 10th April 2020, some 105 days later.

The Best Twines in my Garden Twine Trial

These are the top performing garden twines from my Twine Trial.

When I am running a trial, I want every product, every plant, and every compost, that I trial to perform well, to pass every test and impress me and all of my lovely readers.  However, it’s not often that I am impressed with so many of the products I trial.  Here are the best performing trials in my Twine Trial:

Commended

Twool Chelsheepensioner Red Limited Edition Garden Twine

Twool Chelsheepensioner Red Limited Edition Garden Twine.

Twool produce a strong but stretchy twine that retains its colour remarkably well.  After running this Twine Trial, Twool Twine would not be my number one choice of twine to use for supporting tomato, cucumbers, or other heavy plants, as although it didn’t snap, the Twool twine stretched considerably during the Trial.  This twine stretched further than all of the other twines in this trial, but it didn’t break.  Twool proved to be much more resilient than the other wool twine that I tested, during this Twine Trial.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Twool Twines, or you wish to purchase this product, here’s a link to Twool’s range of twines.

★★★☆☆ Twool Twine is a strong but stretchy garden twine that grows longer with use.

Highly Commended

Henry Winning Nature Twine

Henry Winning Nature Twine.

The Henry Winning Nature Twine is a cotton and viscose rayon twine that feels surprisingly lightweight and very strong.  During the trial, this twine also stretched, but it proved to be both stronger and less stretchy than the Twool twine.  This is a strong, heavy duty twine with a bit of give, that’s suitable for any task.  I found that the light colour of the Henry Winning Nature Twine made it stand out in the garden, but the colour did dull over time, as the twine took on colour from the weather and the environment.

To visit Henry Winning’s website, where you can find out more about Henry Winning’s Nature Twine and the company’s other products, please click here.

★★☆ Henry Winning Twine is a strong garden twine that stretches a little.

Nutscene Tin O’ Twine

Nutscene Peapod Tin O’ Twine.

Nutscene’s Tin O’ Twine is a fantastic product!  The twine this tin contains is a slim 3-ply twine that is soft, pliable and really easy to use.  It’s quite surprising just how strong this thin twine is.

To enjoy the optimum performance of your garden twine, you need to keep it dry before you use it.  The Nutscene Tin O’ Twine has the answer, this is a 3-ply jute twine, that comes complete with its own tin.  There’s a little hole in the centre of the tin lid, which is the perfect size for the twine, you just pull out as much twine as you require, as you need it.  I found that this twine came out easily and smoothly, there were no tangles or knots in Nutscene’s twine.  Tins like this are a great idea, as they protect your twine from the rain – ideal if you’re an all weather gardener, or a forgetful soul, who has a tendency to leave their twine out in the rain!

I chose to use the Nutscene Tin O’ Twine in their Peapod colour – a lovely pea green colour that blends into the leaves and stems of the plants it’s supporting.  However, I did find that after a few months of use outside in all weathers this twine faded considerably, becoming a paler shade of itself, until it more closely resembled a natural coloured twine with a slightly greenish tinge.  Nutscene produce Tin O’ Twine in a number of colours, including a darker shade of green, as well as brown, beige, Turquoise, black, red, cornflower blue, purple, pink, orange, yellow, and lime green.

Naturally, if you’ve got one of these tins, you don’t need to purchase the tin again – perfectly sized re-fill twine reels are available from Nutscene, in a range of colours.  Nutscene’s Tin O’Twine is vegan.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Nutscene Peapod Tin O’ Twine, or you wish to purchase this product, here’s a link to Nutscene’s website.

★★☆ Nutscene Tin O’ Twine contains a remarkably strong 3-ply twine that doesn’t stretch.

The Winners

All of the top performing twines in this Trial are from Nutscene.  Nutscene are based in Angus, in Scotland.  As well as supplying UK customers, Nutscene export twine to more than 20 countries.  The following twines have all performed exceptionally well in every activity, during my Twine Trial.  Each of these winning twines have impressed me with their strength and resilience; none of these twines snapped during the tests I ran during the first five months of my Twine Trial.  Lengths of each type of twine were tested outdoors, where they were exposed to the elements of the great British weather, from springtime, throughout the summer and autumn months.

Nutscene’s twines proved to be exceptionally strong and resilient, but these twines have many other qualities to recommend them to gardeners.  Every ball or spool of Nutscene’s twine that I’ve ever used has been prepared and assembled in such a way that the twine can easily be pulled from its reel or ball, without tangling.  These twines unravel smoothly and easily from the beginning, all the way through at every stage, right to the end of the ball, or reel of twine.

Over the years, I’ve used so many annoying twines that have rapidly turned into an impossible puzzle and a useless jumble of tangled, knotted twine; despite being handled gently, with every care and effort being taken to avoid knots forming in the twine.  It really is a blessing to find a brand of twine that is easy to access, unravel, and use, as well as one that is strong and lasting.

I recommend the following twines as being perfectly suited to use to support the weight of tomato, cucumber, beans, and other tall or heavy plants.  These twines are all ideally suited to all and every kind of garden task you would wish to use twine for; from tying up bunches of onions to dry in the sunshine, to plaiting and hanging up garlic bulbs, for tying in climbing roses, supporting herbaceous perennials, and for a myriad of other garden tasks.

All of these top performing garden twines are vegan.  These twines are made from biodegradable materials.

NB. Please note that as and when these trialled twines break, I will amend this trial report to update you, so you’ll be able to discover which was the strongest and longest lasting twine during this Twine Trial.  I expect that the thicker twines – the 5-ply twines will prove to be the most resilient twines in this Twine Trial.  I expect these twines to last the longest.  If you’re looking for a heavy duty, long lasting twine, to use to support tomato or cucumber plants or for other heavy duty tasks where a strong twine is required, I’d recommend you choose one of Nutscene’s 5-ply twines.

Nutscene Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine

Nutscene’s Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine.

I was amazed at how strong Nutscene’s Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine is!  Nutscene’s Classic Jute Fillis Twine is available in both balls of twine and spools, in a number of different lengths and thicknesses.  This is a biodegradable twine that’s made from renewable materials and is suitable for vegans.  If you’re interested in finding out more about this Nutscene Jute Fillis Twine, or indeed any of Nutscene’s twines, and the other products on the company’s website, please click here.

★★★★★ I would recommend Nutscene’s Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine for any garden task.

Nutscene Natural 5-ply Jute Twine

Nutscene Natural Jute 5-ply twine.

Nutscene’s Natural Jute 5-ply twine is exceptionally strong, it’s made from plants for plants.  This twine is suitable for vegans.  Nutscene’s products are produced using biodegradable materials, which have been sourced from sustainable resources.  The company offer a wide range of different garden twines, as well as string; these twines are produced at Nutscene’s factory in Angus, Scotland.  If you’re interested in visiting Nutscene’s website and finding out more about Nutscene’s Natural Jute 5-ply Twine and their other products, please click here.

★★★★★ I would recommend Nutscene’s Natural Jute 5-ply Twine for any garden task.

Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Twine

Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Twine.

This is Nutscene’s Heritage 5-ply Twine in natural.  This twine is produced using the company’s winding machines, which have been in operation since 1922.  Nutscene’s Heritage 5-ply Twine is vegan.  Nutscene produce this twine in a range of colours, thicknesses, and lengths.  If you’re interested in finding out more about Nutscene’s Heritage 5-ply Twine and seeing the other colours this twine is available in, click here to visit Nutscene’s website.

★★★★★ I would recommend Nutscene’s Heritage 5-ply Twine for any garden task.

Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine

Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine.

Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine is a 3 ply twine, from Nutscene’s Heritage Range.  I was amazed at how resilient and lasting this Nutscene twine is.  This twine is green in colour, it blends into the background and doesn’t stand out in the garden; although I must say that after four months use in all weathers, this twine had faded to become a considerably paler version of itself.  When this twine was produced, it was designed to be ‘not seen’, hence the company name ‘Nutscene’ was borne.  Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine is produced in Angus, in Scotland, using Nutscene’s original winding machines, which were first set up for the company in 1922.  Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine is produced from biodegradable materials, which have been gathered from sustainable sources; this twine is made from plants, for plants.  Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine is suitable for vegans.

If you’re interested in Nutscene’s Greentwist Garden Twine, here’s a link to Nutscene’s website, where you can see the twenty-one different coloured twines and the other products that are available at Nutscene.

★★★★★ I would recommend Nutscene’s Heritage Greentwist 3-ply Twine for any garden task.

These are the top performing, strongest and most resilient twines from my Twine Trial. These twines are all from Nutscene. Left to right: Nutscene Natural Jute 5-ply Twine, Nutscene Classic Jute Fillis 3-ply Twine, Nutscene Heritage 5-ply Tine, and Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine.

What was the best tasting tomato I grew during this Twine Trial?

The best tasting tomato I grew this year was Tomato ‘Honeycomb’, from Burpee Seeds.  My tomato plants were grown in Dalefoot Composts Tomato Compost.

Don’t forget

Don’t forget that if you’ve purchased a twine that isn’t strong enough to use to support your tomatoes or the heavier plants you’re growing at your allotment, or in your garden, you can still use the twine for lightweight garden tasks or in place of sellotape, to gift wrap presents, or to bind hand tied flower arrangements or tie posies.  Why not use twine to make your own home-made bunting or Christmas decorations?  Alternatively, you could donate any twine that you won’t use to a local school or old people’s home, or give your spare twine to your local Cub, Scout, Rainbow, or Brownie group; these supplies are all very useful for crafts and so many other activities.

Further Trials

You may be interested in some of the other trials that I have conducted:

Vegetable Trials

To see all of my Vegetable Trials, please click here.

Compost Trial Reports

To see all of my Compost Trials, please click here.

To read advice on planting up containers, please click here.

Scented Daffodil Trial Reports

To see the results of my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2018 Scented Daffodil Container Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, please click here.

Slug and Snail Trials

To see the results of my Slug and Snail Trial and discover the best methods of protecting your plants from slugs and snails, please click here.

To read about using nematodes to protect your plants from slugs and snails, please click here.

Sweet Pea Trial Reports

To read the results of my 2017 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2015 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

Terrarium, Vivarium, and Orchidarium Trials

To see how my Orchidarium was created, please click here.

To see the design of my Rainforest Terrarium, please click here.

To read the first part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To see a planting list of ferns, orchids, and other plants that are perfectly suited to growing inside terrariums and bottle gardens, please click here.

To read about the general care I give to my orchids and terrarium plants, and the general maintenance I give to my BiOrbAir terrariums, please click here.

To read how I track the temperature, humidity, and light conditions inside my terrariums, please click here.

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