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Making a shade trellis

using a grape trellis to shade a summer window

Putting a trellis in front of these windows should give us some Summer shade.

I overlapped 2 eight foot long furring strips to equal the 12 foot span.

Now we just have to wait for the grapes to grow and twist their way to the top.

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Good Day, I recently was searching this very topic and came across one I want to try next spring to shade my plant room in the summer, but have the winter sun come in. I found it on youtube. The lady doing the very same thing use passion flower vine. They grow very fast and the whole plant is useable. Her problem area was a porch, which got too hot in the summer, yet she wanted the sun in winter. In the fall she cut down the old vines, leaving the roots for next year. She used wired running vertical for support. We have tons of passion flower and I am looking forward to getting my going next spring. Hope yours works out well too. vivian

Comment by vivian Thu Nov 21 14:28:39 2013

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