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Container gardening and a little landscapeing

A four day weekend does give you time enough to get some chores accomplished. Our first round of peas, eggplants, onions and tomatoes are out in the ground. By starting them inside in repurposed 3 gallon tubs, we were able to avoid losing anything to the late snows this year. Nothing looked very perky when I hauled everything outside, and we did lose some pea plants, but it is looking good now. I added four additional wires on to our grape trellis, I should have done that earlier also, but snow etc., got me behind that schedule. My wife brought back a huge hosta from her Moms, so we expanded the shade area under one of the redbud trees and planted it in three different clumps. It looks good and add to the appeal of the front yard. The rain this morning stopped us from starting on the next redbud (more hostas) but I think I know what I will be doing this evening,

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Comment by John F. Houpt II, PhD on May 27, 2013 at 6:57pm

Rick, can you post a couple of pictures of you plantings and grape trellis?  I'm thinking about starting some grapes here in SC and not to comfortable in how to plant them. Like can they be in a single straight line across the back of the property or do they need to be nested in multiple rows?  Thanks.

Comment by Rick Nichols on June 7, 2013 at 1:46am

I set mine up in two different styles. One was decorative, but still produces nice Concords; I started the plant nest to the center post of a split rail fence, and as it grew, kept moving the strongest vines to the rails and used cotton string (old tennis shoe laces) to old them in place  until the attached. Two Rails four branches about four foot long, with draping.

 The other is four different vines, attached to smooth wire( Barbed wire for horses, no barbs) at one foot, two foot, three foot. Now they must make the stretch to five foot, but will branch onto the four parallel wires strung at that height.

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