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Build A Backyard Grape Arbor

Build A Backyard Grape Arbor

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Consuming grapes has several health benefits as they are high in many essential nutrients. Rich in manganese, they are potent antioxidants and have proven cardiovascular system benefits.

Organically grown grapes, unlike conventional varieties, do not have the extra worry of contaminated soil and water runoff from pesticide residuals. Installing a grape arbor in the backyard can be done on a budget. With a little research, planning and building a main structural support system, establishing a successful start for a grapevine is a project that will pay off.

Garden Guides has ideas for basic construction materials to use for a grape trellis.

A trellis structure allows the vines to grow in a way that encourages plant growth. The vines are trained to grow on the trellis, which must be supportive enough to hold the expanding vines and fruit. They will normally hold fairly heavy vines, but they also keep the vines up and away from many unwanted ground insects. They also make harvesting the grapes much easier.

Trellises can be used for a small scale grapevine or they can be combined into a larger structure. An overhead arbor can also be assembled in any size. This visual makes it look easy, but is the general concept behind building an arbor strong enough to support the grapevines.

Grapes can be grown in many regions, but it is important to choose the correct grape variety that suits your particular zone. Seasonal weather conditions must also be considered. Most all types of grapes require a full day of soaking in the sun in a well kempt area with well-drained, slightly acidic soil.

Grapes are normally planted in the early springtime and require some recommend techniques, like pruning the plants and cutting back the existing root during planting to encourage root growth. Grapes also need to be periodically assessed for whether or not they need fertilizer.

The soil bed will also probably need some pre-treatment, including adding macronutrients like nitrogen and potassium which help to stimulate growth and can increase the robustness of the vines. Also, some plants will benefit from adding minerals like magnesium for healthy foliage.

Grape Seek answers many frequently asked questions about grape growing and harvesting, and Organic Gardening has some basic information about getting started.

Cultivating and caring for grapevines may be a bit of work, but if you have ever had homegrown grapes, you know that they look and taste completely different than the colorless ones in the plastic grocery bags that have traveled a long distance to get to your hands.

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