When it comes to shopping, I have a weakness for plants. When I walk in Lowes or peruse the local Farmer’s Market, I want every. single. one. that I see. In a few short weeks we’ve already built a decent sized garden and it didn’t take long before it was filled to capacity.
(By the way, if you’re ever interested in keeping up with our gardening, animals or home projects check me out on Instagram. Some projects aren’t intense enough to justify a blog post but I try to keep it updated each week with our never-ending Springtime adventures)
A few days ago I happened to spot some Monrovia Concord Grape Plants and I just couldn’t help myself. What do you think?!
Due to our existing garden beds being full already, I wanted to find a plant that was water-wise. I had heard that grape plants were easy, although I don’t actually know anyone personally that grows them.
I’m fortunate to have two amazing gardening resources in my life:
- My mother works as a plant merchandiser at Lowes, so any time I visit there I ask her a million questions. What that means is that she works directly with companies that grow plants, like Monrovia, and stocks them at the big box stores.
- The Monrovia website others a plethora of information so I cross reference everything I find on their card with the more in-depth details I can find on their site.
Between those two things I’m sure to pick plants that are just right for where we live! So what did I learn about my plants?
Grapes can grow wherever there is direct sun and sufficient air circulation. Also popular for training along fence lines and up over arbor gateways. May be cultivated on standard wire trellis used in commercial vineyards. [source]
So look, grapes need sun + air circulation + a place to climb. Nature provided the first two things for me already, so why not tap into our rustic surroundings to provide the third thing as well?
There’s no need to build a big, complicated trellis for your plants. Here’s a simple way that we made an arbor in our garden that adds a little artistic touch as well!
Firstly, we had this beautiful branch sitting near our fire pit for some time that’s been calling to me. Grape plants should be planted about 6 feet apart from each other so I was looking for something around that length. I took the bark off, sanded it down and cut off the big knots in it.
I love the natural look so I wasn’t trying to get too intense about having it be just perfect.
Then I put a finish on it to seal any crack, extend the life of the branch and prevent bugs from tearing into it.
Next, I took some scrap 2x4s and did the same thing: split, sand and put a finish on it. I cut them down to 4 foot posts and notched the tops so that the branch would fit on top.
The poles needed to be sturdy so I buried them about a foot deep and tamped them down with rocks and dirt. A few extra inches would have been ideal but our dirt is very, very rocky.
Have you ever grown your own grapes before? What do you think, are you ready to give it a try?!