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Training a grape up to an overhead trellis

Twining grape

Young grape vineEven though his siblings perished during the winter cold, the Reliance grape I rooted last year and put in the warm microclimate in front of the trailer is growing fast.  Eventually, this grape will sprawl across the shade trellis (an overhead arbor) in front of our bank of south-facing window to provide protection from the summer heat, but at the moment, the plant is too short and needs some support.

I decided to take a page out of the tomato string trellis book and give the baby grape a piece of baling twine to grow up.  Only a couple of days after offering the support (and gently twisting the grape vine around the string), tendrils have already grabbed hold.  I wonder if the vine will reach up to the trellis by the end of this summer?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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