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Aluminum wire okay to support grapevines?

Elaine
user 3022592
Portland, ME
Post #: 187
Dear Friends,

Here's the photo of our beautiful three pillared grape trellis. Looking at the photo here may help you visualize what I'm talking about:

http://permaculture.m...­

Last year Charles Yelton suggested, -- once the grape vines are high enough, -- that we attach to the top of the grapevine: five "wires" the width of the deck, and 10 wires from the house to the front end of the deck (the depth of the deck) for the vines can make a canopy over the whole deck.

The vine planted in Sept '06 is flailing out from its pillar so Francis will have to hold the ladder while I try ti steer it to the top. A few are already at the top now! (The spring 2007 vines are on the verge but haven't caught on yet.)

Hap thought aluminum wire would be good but suggested I pass it by you: Do any of you know of any contraindications for grapes to rest on aluminum?

OR -- do you have a suggestion for a better kind of wire? I could call Charles, but those dear people are so busy! And lots of you are savvy about many things.

Elaine
Penelope
user 5846522
Portland, ME
Post #: 28
http://www.mofga.org/...­

This mofga link discusses growing grapes. On the second page discusses growing on wire and pruning. Doesn't specify type of wire though.
Elaine
user 3022592
Portland, ME
Post #: 188
Thanks a lot Penelope! 10 gauge wire was mentioned so that's a help! Excellent advice about pruning too.

Elaine
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