Trellis and Grape Arbor

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 08-13-2012 09:01 PM 16027 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes my wife comes up with some really great ‘Honey Do’s’. This is a trellis or grape arbor I built for my wife a little over two and half years ago. In the first picture you can see the grape vines she planted at that time. Muscadines are at one end and Scuppernongs at the other. During the next season We trained the vines over and through the trellis weaves – and actually enjoyed a few hands full of them the first year. This year there is a bumper crop – I estimate we’ve gathered about four gallons altogether so far. You can see the present extent of the vines in picture two. There are so many we must give them away so they don’t go to waste. Maybe next year we will try to make preserves or jelly.

The trellis is made of treated 4×4’s and 2×6’s, then given three coats of acrylic paint. Cross-bars are half notched into the main beams and 1/2” carriage bolts hold everything together. The posts ends are first coated with black roofing cement and then set 24” deep in concrete. The ends and top weave is standard, purchased at Lowe’s. Since we have grand children there is a swing installed, but so many bees seem to around gather during the bearing season we discourage them from using it then.

Some close-up shots show the abundance of Muscadines this year – I picked about a gallon this morning. The Scuppernongs are a little earlier and those are almost all through for the year by now. They are all scrumptious!

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#1 posted 08-13-2012 11:32 PM

Cool idea!
The dang bird have eaten my grapes for the 3rd year in a row!~~~(I do not care enough to try to prevent it)

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 12:53 AM

Love the Arbor, Did you start the grapes by seed or small plants. I started grape plants last year and still no fruit. Any suggestions on how I can get them to look like yours?

-- Jimmy, Upstate NY in the summer, somewhere south in the winter (on the boat).

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 01:09 AM

Hi Jimmy -

My wife bought the plants in pots from a nursery. She has a real green thumb and can make most anything grow. We live in the Deep South and things usually grow well around here – about thirty mies north of Tallahassee, FL. This year we have been spared the drought, having had plenty of rain this season.

She says they require plenty of water to make them produce, and she everything lots of care and attention.. Other than that I can’t tell you. Good luck with yours.


-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#4 posted 08-14-2012 03:56 AM

Great looking arbor Erik !

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#5 posted 08-14-2012 09:49 PM

It is a very nice piece of work by itself, outstanding with the vegetation. You can sit there and get lost I am sure.

-- Danny, Houston, TX

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 04:55 PM

This is beautiful! Do you mind if I ask the height the boards were? Would like to build something similar for my back yard :)

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