I love spring. Bees are buzzing, the trees are flowering, and my grapes are beginning to bud, HARD. Last year I let the grapes get acclimated, root, and I waited patiently to see if they made it through our Massachusetts winter in a raised bed. BOOH YA! They came back! Now it’s time to seriously begin training them along the trellis that I built. In order to do that, I added some wire onto which the grapes vines could stretch their weary legs.
I used galvanized wire, eye hooks, and small turnbuckles from the hardware store to tension the wire. I unthreaded the turnbuckles almost all of the way, wrapped the wire through the eyelets, and then tightened the turnbuckles until the wire was taut. I limited the tension that I applied, since the turnbuckles are only rated for 40 lbf. The image below shows a close up of the setup.
Oh HELL yeah! Now we play the waiting game. I’ll train the vines as the season progresses. I even used some of the ends of the wire to help get the vines started. In a few years, IT GON’ BE RAININ’ GRAPES, SON!