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Re: ?'s for Dale Anne

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Posted by Dale Anne on February 24, 2005 at 06:58:07 from (

In Reply to: ?'s for Dale Anne posted by Gary on February 24, 2005 at 06:35:39:

Howdy Gary, We plant our 5 foot apart, The trellis we use is about 3 foot we can make our own new vines...the first vine at about 1 1/5 off the ground the 2nd 3 foot off the ground and the trailers at 1 foot off the ground...we make our own compost so we dont add fertilizer at all since this most part is chemical..we prune ours all year long so we tend to get a fuller grape[but less] at most we keep 6 vines to 1 main vine...the bottoms are fer rooting and cutting off later to get more vines...the second and third are to the wild vines we have we cut back constantly and cant get them under control!our soil here is arkansas red clay!...very heavy and thick so we add compost around the roots a few times a year you might also want to wear a pair of golf shoes[with spikes] and just walk around the plant to airate it...we take a 2 inch wide 3 foot long pvc pipe and drive it into the ground about a foot from every plant so that rain water is collected in the pipe and does the watering fer us...ya can also use buckets to collect water off the drain spouts of your house to water plants[strain the water if you have shingles cause you will see lil black things[not sure the name of this stuff that comes off the shingles]..pour this water into the pvc will also want to keep the stored water in a cool place with a cover on it so ya dont get mosqutoes and algea...a dash of salt in the water also seems to keep algea at bay...or can use a dash of bleach[i dont use it] for the rows we only keep them 4 feet apart so that we can mow between...laying some ole hay around the plants also helps but dont let it touch the stalks cause wet hay will rot the main vines.....this is the way we do it and seems to work for can also do a search for your area using type in how to grow grapes and will give you the best way for your soil,weather,so on....hope this helps Dale Anne

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