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Our family wants to built a sukkah this year. I wonder what other
people have used for branches. Most of my garden is too young
to harvest the necessary quantity of green material.
Of course, I can scavange branches--what are some other solutions?
We have been using 8 tall bamboo garden poles we got at a nursery some
years back. Stand one each at the four conrers in one of the holes of
two stacked cinderblocks, and use the other four to form the frame at
the top. You can use extra poles if you want a sturdier frame. We
lash the poles together with twine or raffa. We scavenge bamboo fronds
from various friends (who wish all their bamboo would disappear) but at
other times have used strands of vines like ivy, trumpet vine or wisteria,
which are plrentiful and we know will grow back fast. We only use
a few to get the feeling of the roof, and the rest is decorated with
homemade "stuff" dangling down. The best part of this frame is that
it takes about an hour to put up - itdisassembles eaily, and stacks
in a corner of the garage without taking up much space. Have Fun!
At our synagogue, Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond, we use whatever people
bring from their gardens. I've used any kind of tree branches,...evergreens
always work well, weeping kind of branches work well. Strands of ivy,
jasmine, honeysuckle, they all have very strong stems. You're welcome to come
to my house and trim branches off of my trees. (really!!!) Have fun.
Find out when yard recycling is in your neighborhood. This time of year everyone
is out pruning and I'm willing to bet that by Sunday evening you'll have many things
to "scavange" from. One year I tookmy older son and a wheelbarrow and we went
"thieving" in the middle of the night. Of course, it'll all get to the city's yard waste
recycling program eventually as you'll be putting it in your own bin a week later.
Neighbors and friends may be doing some pruning so ask around.
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