Last year we had purchased a small grape starting kit at a trade show – it contained paper tubes, filled with dry starter soil and a crate covered with plastic. We had never done this before, but we did take late cuttings off some concord grapes, and out of the 75 plants we started, about 50 were alive and well by the fall. (Not so sure if they will make it through this rough winter – we’ll have to see). This was not such a difficult task, so our plan is to try the grape propagation on a larger scale. There is a lot of detailed information available on the internet, here is one of the useful sites.
It has been a while since we purchased our greenhouse (see previous post). We finally had time to actually set it up in it’s permanent place, i.e. in the herbgarden in front of the house.
We started by clearing the space, measuring out the dimensions and marking the four post holes. We used the posthole digging attachment with the tractor to make the holes.
Next we cemented the four corner posts and let them settle overnight. The next day, we build the frame that would anchor the greenhouse, leveled it and started filling it with gravel.
In order to keep the greenhouse level, we had to really built up the back part of the plot. We used field stones from an old stone wall to build a retaining wall, and back-filled with gravel and dirt.
Once the frame was solid, and the inside filled with gravel, we laid down large cement platters for a center walkway. After that is was just a matter of carrying the greenhouse frame (no glass yet) and securing it to the foundation.