Limited work on the farm today, except for the usual animal care, it was a school day for me. I threw my first pots in a few years, soon I will have some fermenting rocks available. The new fermenting pots will have an artistic element (I guess that really depends on a personal perspective as to whether they are art or not), in addition to their functional abilities to turn great veggies into great kraut and pickles, fruit into wine and vinegar, and in making beer to name a few items.
Most people grow their grapes on a trellis type apparatus. A friend of ours, the same one that brought us the field fence in the January 18 post, has a fenced in area for her chickens and she grows her grapes on the fence. Her chickens don’t spend a lot of time in this coop, except to lay eggs, the chickens sleep in trees. When her chickens do venture into the coop they leave some good fertilizer for the grapes, and the chickens eat grapes that fall to the ground.
I figure this roof grapes is less work, she does not prune them, and it would make for a great shady spot to put a bench, chairs, or a picnic table.
I used some of the Cedar logs, from the old junk pile previously mentioned, as the main support. I also have 1 1/2 well pipe, left over from the previous owners digging a new well, that are used as the main cross support. The tops of the cedar are capped with left over tin, this will keep rain off of the ends and allow them to last much longer. When the grapes vines reach the top I will add additional support for this grape flavored shade.
We have Muscadines and a few varieties of bunch grapes, these are my favorites for making wine.