On of my goals for the backyard was to make the space more usable. The back deck off the house is nice, but is in the shade after about 3 pm. Since we’re so close to the ocean, it can be a little chilly sitting there. So, I had our handy handyman Chris build a Pergola. I’m still not sure how we’ll use it yet, but I made it big enough for a six person rectangular table, but also lovely for just a couple of Muskoka chairs or maybe a hammock, should I find the right one. The structure was very nice when stained, and I was ready for phase two, which was to plant some grapes for my Pergola.
So I picked up three grape plants from a local shop. I decided on one green and two red grape plants. Then proceeded to dig up my lovely grass.
The instructions I found recommended digging a hole 12″ x 12″ and 12″ deep.
I worked into my wheelbarrow so I didn’t have to pile dirt on the grass.
I had read that it was a good idea to fill the bottom of the hole with compost, so you can see the lovely black stuff here:
I added the grape plant and used some of the soil from the wheelbarrow to top it off.
Here’s how things looked when I was done. I can’t wait to have them climbing the posts. I’ve read it could take two or three years to get grapes, so I’ll have to be patient.
Do you have grapes in your yard? What do you do with them, snacks or beverages? Be sure to send us a picture. We’d love to see your vines!