I’m a simple gal.
I mean, here on the homestead we raise chickens for eggs and meat, goats for milk, and sheep for milk and meat. We have a large vegetable garden, pecan, pomelo, mango, banana, cherry, almond, apricot, peach, plum, fig, avocado, and loquat trees as well as a strawberry patch and blueberry and blackberry bushes. I also have plans to build a natural living pond/pool. But yeah, I’m pretty low maintenance.
Hear me out, ya’ll.
One thing we’re really good at over here is repurposing and using permaculture practices so that we can make everything easier on everyone.
It’s turned out pretty well because the time we spend maintaining our homestead is minimal. Once a day I take a 10 minute walk around the farm and check up on everything, and it’s only during certain seasons that we break out in project mode.
Building a Simple Grape Arbor
When choosing the perfect location for grapes, you need to understand that grapes need two main things…
- Lots of sun
- Something to climb on
We knew that right in front of our southwest windows, there was a LOT of sun! Even the windows are starting to show damage because of all that sun. So we knew this would be a great spot for grapes, as they would love all that exposure.
I wasn’t sure on the design so I drove around to neighborhoods that I remember had grape arbors and took pictures. This one was too simple and you can tell it’s starting to waver.
When looking for the perfect wood to build your grape arbor, you can purchase pre-made kits, build an arbor from a plan, or if you’re like us, you can search Pinterest for the perfect rustic grape arbor inspiration.
I would have preferred this arbor to be more crooked, but the trunk and branches over time will create that rustic look by itself, so I’ll just have to be patient.
How to Build a simple Grape Arbor: Step by Step
Step 1) Mark your holes for the posts.
We decided to go with three post holes, just to make sure it would be sturdy enough over the years.
Step 2) Dig a hole and then have your husband tell you that you’re doing it wrong and proceed to watch him dig a hole with “his method” which is much, much better.
Ah, marriage and projects. They don’t ever seem to go as well together as planned, do they?
Fortunately for me, I’ve got a husband who is innovative and won’t give up on his methods to save his life, so at best it provides good entertainment. Silly DaNelle thought she should dig a hole with a shovel (I don’t know what I was thinking).
Kevin (a.k.a. Mr. Frugal, a.k.a. Mr. Engineer, a.k.a. the most stubborn man I know) decided a homemade post hole digger (a.k.a. an old PVC pipe) was the optimal choice.
I decided the entertainment was far more enticing than the arguing. So, the entire family brought out chairs and watched…
And after only 30 minutes later of hammering, then tugging, and tugging, and pulling, and tugging…
Unfortunately, because the PVC pipe was SMALLER THAN THE POST (totally caught that early on by the way, but who was I to know it wouldn’t fit? Remember, I’m simple-minded shovel lady over here, and you can’t trust what I think.)
No worries though. Three or four more PVC holes grouped together, with time spent in between to rid the ridiculously compacted soil out of the inside of the pipe, maybe an hour tops, the first post hole was dug.
(In all honesty, Kevin is a dream to work with on projects. He doesn’t complain about hard work and dives right in. He does have hilarious & ridiculous methods, but he’ll do it my way if I protest:)
Step 3) Level the posts and pour concrete around them.
This was fairly simple to do. Thankfully, Kevin didn’t have a more ‘genius’ way to do it.
(Don’t mind Lydia, she’s in a goth phase and also wants to shave her head. Oh that girl.)
Step 4) Once you’ve got all the posts leveled, it’s time to put drill the sides together and call it good!
I’m so excited to have a place to grow delicious grapes! We planted the Black Monukka variety, which originates from Spain and does well in our climate. This grape is really versatile and you can make juice, jellies, and even wine all from this grape. Wish us luck! We’ll update this post with pictures as they grow!