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Old 03-22-2010, 12:05 PM   #11
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I I made my arbors by setting T-posts (metal fenceposts) and I curved a cattle panel between four T-posts, in an arch. Cattle panels are heavy wire panels, 16 feet long and 4 and a half feet tall.

I used 4 of them to make an arbor, all in a row. There is enough space underneath to drive the lawn tractor thru, and I put them just high enough so I can reach the grapes that hang down from the highest point.

Get a grape cultivation flyer from your local extension office (or online). You WILL need to spray regularly, or you will have a lovely arbor but no fruit. Japanese beetles love grape leaves, and can strip them bare in about 15 minutes. They probably won't kill the vines, but that will hurt yield.
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:18 PM   #12
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sparrowgrass, how long did it take to get from photo A to Photo B?

My Mom would have loved to visit your arbor and harvest grape leaves for stuffing. The grapes are a nice added benefit.
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:46 PM   #13
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Sparrowgrass, put a car in there and that's what we had in Cairo! :):)
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:52 AM   #14
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Actually, photo a and photo b are two different arbors. It took several years for the grapes to fill in--maybe 3? I planted one plant on each side of the panels, so 8 plants total. One died early on. I think if I was doing it again, I would plant 6 plants total.

I did the whole thing all by myself, and it was much easier than digging postholes and stringing wire.

The bare arbor is new, and I planted hardy kiwis on it 2 years ago. No fruit yet.

While I have not had any grapes, because I don't spray, the arbor is very pretty and cool on a hot day. I have a new baby granddaughter, and I can picture her in the arbor with a little table and chairs, having a tea party. (NOT that kind of tea party.)
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In the picture of the bare arbor, you can see cattle panels on the ground. I use them for tomato "cages", too. I set two panels about a foot apart, and plant my tomatoes in between, to keep them up off the ground. The panels are expensive--about $20 each--but they will last longer than me.
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:16 PM   #16
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GREAT idea sparrowgrass! I am assuming that the tunnel runs north/south so both sides get enough sun?
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:53 PM   #17
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The grape arbor runs N-S, the kiwi arbor runs E-W. I didn't want to block my view by putting both arbors in the same place.
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I grew kiwis ( one male one female plant). they said it would take about 3 to 5 years to fruit. After the 3rd year, still nothing, so I was losing my patience and save it one more year to fruit or id chop it down ( the plant was getting really out of control). Anyway, the 4th year, I got 2 kiwis. So I decided to give it a few more years. the following year 16, and then the year after that , almost 900.
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That is good to know, Larry. My horticulture person at work said that they often don't get enough time to ripen here before frost, but I am an optimist.
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Im not sure where the variety i have are originally from, but it must have been somewhere with a cimate similar to mine since they grow like weeds. almost to the point that i cant control them and my wife constantly complaining how they are taking up the yard. they usually flower about early june, and i pick the fruits in late september/ early october.
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