Setting up your own vineyard can be exciting. Not everyone has a green thumb especially when it comes to big projects such as growing grapes. All over the world, grapes have garnered a reputation of having class yet growing them seems such a big task. To avoid wasting time and effort, it is imperative to plan well when starting your own grape vineyard. You need to start with the basics, such as setting up the vineyard trellis wire to keep the vines growing off the ground. Here are some things that you need to remember when putting up a vineyard trellis wiring.
Prepare Everything Ahead of Time
Create a checklist of your tools before heading off. This will prevent you from going back and forth and wasting time plus gas. A comprehensive checklist is necessary to make sure that you have packed everything that you need. It would be easier to prepare things ahead of time than to cram at the last minute. Save yourself from headaches by creating a good checklist.
To guarantee that your trellis will become successful, you need to construct everything step-by-step. First of all, you need to dig 3 holes that are 3-feet in depth. Check if there is about 8-feet of space between each hole. These new holes should be apart from the holes you have dug for your grape vines.
The next thing that you need to do is to put posts into the holes. This will be followed by cementing to keep the posts sturdy. Take note that the posts should be buried about 3 feet with 5 feet beyond the ground. After which, stretch the wires in the middle of the posts. Make sure that you wire them once in each post to keep it steady. You may opt to put one to two wires in between posts to make them secure.
Make sure that there is enough space between grape vines in order to have healthy yield. Grape vines that are too crowded tend to suck minerals from each other. Proper spacing can prevent them from fighting against water and sunlight thus allowing them to ripen successfully.
Prune with Care
Newly planted grape vines should be pruned with utmost care. Shear off each stem approximately 6 to 10 inches. It is advised to leave only two to three buds on each cane as they will sprout new shoots. As the new shoots come out, select the healthiest one and remove it from the unhealthy ones. Use a knot to fasten the healthy shoot to a training pole. If the shoot is able to reach any of the wires, you can tie it there instead.
Other Things to Remember
What most beginners do not know is that frost can damage grape vines as well as their fruits. Take extra caution when handling new shoots as they can break off easily. Protective gear is also a must since some grapes have thorns and removing these thorns can be a pain and a hassle.
After looking into all these tips, it should be easier for you to set up your vineyard trellis wiring. You can also do some research about vineyard trellis wire. Ask professionals who have experience in such field as they can give you tips and tricks when it comes to trellis wiring.
About the Author:
This article was provided by Cyril, a freelance writer who specializes in writing articles about gardening/farming and other related topics. He has done an in-depth research for Jims Supply while writing this post.
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