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Push your longest whips into the ground (about 6 to 9 inches is sufficient for them to root - go

deeper if you wish). Space them evenly -  ideally no more than say 18 inches apart - leaving an

opening for the entrance. Tie them together

towards the top.

Add 2 diagonals per gap -  except at the

entrance -  planted diagonally to encourage denser side growth.

Ideally weave the diagonal whips 'in front of one vertical and behind the next' as this makes the structure more rigid -  although

tying the whips

together may help while you are working

especially towards the tips.

Where the diagonals go across the entrance simply bend them around the vertical whip a weave them back into the criss-cross pattern.

The whips were planted in January .

The two photographs above show growth in early May . You will see that extra diagonal whips were added after the upper photographs were taken.

Baby -  Rachel -  included for scale !

The two photographs below show the same wigwam the following year in June with Rachel

enjoying herself in it after some weaving in of the new growth -  it can be left if you prefer for a shaggier and denser look.



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Left - See the diagonal

willow whip bent around

a vertical one.

BelowSee the criss-cross weave

'in front/then behind'

.   .   And just for

continuity - here

is Rachel and the

Wigwam in June.

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for more photographs

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for more living willow ideas.


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