|Project by nomercadies||posted 08-25-2014 06:49 PM||1225 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
Rabbits love tender new grapevine. I only found out after I planted a Niagara and a Concord in my daughter’s yard to find them gone the next day. How did no one mention this in all my years of public school? Trigonometry yes, rabbit diet … no. Which one do you think could do me more good as an adult in the real world?
We decided to see if the grape root could regenerate itself. We protected the area with modified dog cages and waited.
When my daughter was off to work and my grandson at daycare, I slipped away and purchased two new plants. They were in the ground and everything was cleaned up by the time daughter and grandson got home. I waited.
The call came. “Those things jumped up out of the ground!” she said.
Over time though, the vines got long. They started weaving through the mesh of the dog cages. Something had to be done.
I make several trips a month through western lower Michigan wine country and started taking pictures of how the pros held up their vines. Mostly big posts and long thick wires. I wanted something that held the vines in four strong trimmed lines but would still look good. I rejected the standard arches, posts, cables, wires and such.
The pictures are of what I came up with. Each of the two trellises consists of a couple posts made from pressure treated two by fours screwed together. I don’t like what a four by four does as it drys from the terribly wet condition the big box stores offer. The ladders and the cross tees are made from pressure treated one by material. There are at least eighteen inches of post in the sandy, well drained soil. They were placed deeper as we went up the hill. I haven’t had any frost heaving doing this in this area before. We’ll see.
My six year old grandson helped, but I didn’t take any pictures of him doing it. A while ago I got top three for a project and was accused of using my grandson to soften hearts to gain that honor. I don’t care about awards. Someone might like what I did and want to do it in their backyard. Or, I might have a engineering defect someone immediately finds and can help me correct before the entire thing gets overrun by vines and is much more difficult to change. My daughter helped too, but she wasn’t warming to the idea of having her picture taken.
She doesn’t; however, I am not at all shy. Like Kurt Vonnegut said, “You’ll never look better than you do today.” Sad, but true.
The lower ladder is slightly wider and longer than the upper one. I figure the vines on the bottom will need to spread out a little to get the sun the upper ones will be getting from being higher.
I really don’t care so much about the grapes. We needed to try some grape leaves when we can pickles. They are supposed to give the pickles a crispness that you might normally have to get with alum or something like that. Information about alum, “Ingestion of 30 grams (1 ounce) has killed adults.” (per canningpantry.com) I just don’t know what other people spray or put on their grapes and/or leaves so we decided to grow our own.
I hope you like what we have done.
-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"