Grape Gripes

We have a problem. 

It’s called an over-active grape vine.

This is an AFTER picture.  BEFORE, the wiley thing was climbing all over the gas meter, the cable lines, and (worst of all) the blueberry bush. 

Don’t mess with my blueberries.  End of story.

Tim’n’I’ve been talking through grape arbor options for years (or at least ever since we saw our house for the first time).  We nixed the idea of buying one in favor of some sort of make-your-own deal, and we’d even drawn up elaborate plans involving Tim, some wood, and a table saw.  But that’s as far as we ever got.

Unfortunately, grape vines don’t take cues from dusty grape arbor blueprints, and away it grew, our permission or no.

It was time to get drastic.

So we did.

Enter a porch swing, or rather the frame of one that had has been reclining (haha) near our firepit for about six months now, waiting to be recanvassed.  Unfortunately, feasible recanvasing options are harder to come by than one might think.  We were about to give it all up for loss when BOOM, we had an idea.  Why not convert the frame into our long-awaited grape arbor? 

So we did.

And I kind of like the results.  Granted, it looks a little strange at present, but imagine how neat it will be when the vines have grown through the frame, making a leafy “swing” seat and covering.  And the grapes will be a lot easier to pick, too–especially the ones hanging down from the canopy. 

So in the next few weeks, we’ll just keep on top of directing the new growth away from the blueberry and toward our side-porch swing.  Yay for repurposing junk, saving time, and checking a project off our list all in one fell swoop!

  1. #1 by Gretchen B. on May 10, 2011 - 12:16 pm


    We were in Switzerland for one day on our honeymoon, and it seemed like everyone was growing grapes in their backyards. They smelled sooo yummy!

  2. #2 by Laura on May 13, 2011 - 1:37 am

    Creative! I bet you could make some mean grape jelly out of them eventually!

  3. #3 by joannamv on May 17, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    It turns out our grape vine is still alive. It’s weird though, it looks like new shoots growing from a dead vine. Maybe someone should have pruned it in the past?

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