Planting a Grape Arbor

by Amy Gordon
(last updated March 12, 2013)

Grapes are fun and delicious snacks. It can be both enjoyable and relaxing to be able to pop one fruity ball after another into your mouth, and taste the delicious juice. You do not have to be limited by the grapes you can buy at the store: grow your own grapes and have even more satisfaction in eating your grapes, since you know that you grew them yourself.

Grape arbors are really not too difficult to grow, though it will take a few years before you vines give you the great grapes you are looking forward to eating. Start by purchasing a grape vine. When you go to plant this vine, remember that grapes like direct sunlight, and they like well-drained, rich soil. Growing your grapes on a slope or a hill will be the most effective, but not necessary. Remember that the grape vines need to attach themselves to a fence, so give them what they need. Train the first, main vine to grow up the fence, and then the secondary vines will grow along it.

As the grape vine grows, it may be helpful to fertilize it about every month, especially if your soil needs extra nutrients. Grapes prefer dry soil, and should only be watered if there is a drought. Be sure to watch for disease and insects. If any of the vines are diseased, remove them immediately before they can infect the rest of the vine. Insects are much more difficult to handle. You can try the homemade, natural insecticides that are discussed in other articles. If these methods do not work, you will probably have to resort to chemical insecticides.

When the end of the growing season rolls around, be sure to aggressively prune your grape vines. Cut off all dead vines, and thin enough to allow growth for next year.

After a few years, you will have great grapes right in your back yard. Harvest them in the fall and enjoy eating your delicious grapes.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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