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Project by Vince Kirchner posted 706 days ago 976 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our front yard project continues as we try to keep plants alive in the serious drought we have been having, the temps have been pushing the high 90’s and a few 100’s with high humidity. It just makes it miserable to work outside, so work continues slowly. The last couple of weeks have seen a little relief, so we try to take advantage of the time and temp to do what we can outside. I have two arbors of this style to build, the first which has now been set into it’s final resting place. The second is still about 60% completed. I have now convinced myself that the people that build this type of structure for a living deserve every penny they get for a structure. The plans I have selected are easy enough, just very tedious in the execution. Building two of them has really pushed my limits of cutting, painting, drying, building, moving them several times to get cars in and out of garage, and scheduling time with my son to assist in the construction as they would rather do anything other than help me build something for the house. Now if I was building a speaker enclosure for the back of a car that would be a different story…

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?



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Vince Kirchner

192 posts in 1359 days
hardiness zone 5b

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Iris43

3793 posts in 2199 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 706 days ago

Vince, this arbor has been worth every effort you have put into it. It adds so much charm to the front entrance of your property. Good job! I am looking forward to seeing the other one completed and set up. You have every reason to be proud of the job you have done. It will only get better and better as it matures with the plants in your garden.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1832 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 706 days ago

I like your trellis very much. It is both functional and “pretty”. What do you have planted on the side to grow on the trellis?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

14671 posts in 2570 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 706 days ago

I agree with the above! “Charming”.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Vince Kirchner

192 posts in 1359 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 706 days ago

Radicalfarmergal – You must be talking with my Wife, she states that it must be “pretty” also. Oh how I am starting to hate that word. Both trellis have seedless grapes planted, the one shown in the picture above is a Mars variety, a disease resistant hybrid. The trellis not pictured has the red suffolk variety seedless grape.

Debbie – Charming,oh how the testosterone runs from my body.

Iris43 – Thanks for the kind words.

Thank you all for the kind words.
Vince

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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MsDebbieP

14671 posts in 2570 days
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posted 706 days ago

“charming” is much better than “pretty”

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1832 days
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posted 706 days ago

Vince, I used the word “pretty” because I remembered from one of your earlier posts that your wife said the front yard had to be “pretty” so you planted 300+ bulbs. : )

I love summer grapes freshly picked from the vine. I have read about the Mars variety and I think it will turn out to be a good choice for you. I hope you don’t mind my asking, but how thick are those side crossbars? How are they attached? I ask because from my experience, grapes are quite strong and will pull trellises apart if they are not strong and thick enough. I have been thinking about building a trellis for grapes but I haven’t quite figured out where and how I want them. I am still in the researching stage.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Vince Kirchner

192 posts in 1359 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 706 days ago

Ladies, your ganging up on me. LOL!

Radicalfarmergal – Yes, you are correct, my Wife uses the word “pretty” to describer everything we do now, it has become our family joke. Your thinking of the backyard bulbs, which are 600+.

The side braces of the trellis are 1 inch x 2 inches, actually they are .75 inch x 1.5 inch when you measure them. They are attached with construction adhesive, and also screwed to the vertical supports using 3 inch outdoor screws. The weakest point of the trellis is actually the ground support, which is a 2 foot rebar pounded into the ground and then attached to the bottom of the trellis with clamps, this is as alternative method to concrete attachments.

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1832 days
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posted 705 days ago

Thank you for your clear explanation, Vince. I hope your grapes thrive for years on your lovely trellis.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 705 days ago

Vince—apparently “pretty” is contagious
I just asked Rick if he was going to wear his new “pretty” pants for golfing today (referring to new pants he wore to a wedding this weekend)... sheesh—I rarely use the word “pretty” and definitely not to describe men’s clothing. Poor Rick

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Vince Kirchner

192 posts in 1359 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 705 days ago

I agree, poor Rick. My wife and cousin went for a woman’s weekend this past weekend, while shopping my cousin started to look at shirt for her husband which happened to be on a woman’s clearance rack. My wife and another cousin stopped her before purchasing the shirt, explaining that you cannot under any circumstances expect your husband to wear a woman’s shirt. She also exclaimed that it would look, “pretty” on him.

What is this world coming to. :-)

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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MsDebbieP

14671 posts in 2570 days
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posted 704 days ago

hahaa but did she buy it????

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Vince Kirchner

192 posts in 1359 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 704 days ago

Nope, they would not let her. But the scary part is she did not see anything wrong with it.

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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MsDebbieP

14671 posts in 2570 days
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posted 704 days ago

well, I guess it really doesn’t matter as long as it looks good.. “pretty” might be pushing the envelope a little too far

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Vince Kirchner

192 posts in 1359 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 704 days ago

Sure you can find a synonym that will work.

Synonyms: appealing, beauteous, beautiful, boss, charming, cheerful, cher, comely, cute, dainty, darling, delicate, delightful, dishy, dreamboat, elegant, eyeful, fair, fine, foxy, good-looking, graceful, handsome, looker, lovely, neat, nice, picture, pleasant, pleasing, pulchritudinous, tasteful

I suggest skipping the cute, dainty, and delicate choices.

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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MsDebbieP

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posted 704 days ago

pulchritudinous it is then.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Vince Kirchner

192 posts in 1359 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 703 days ago

I can see why you feel that way about his new pants.

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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MsDebbieP

14671 posts in 2570 days
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posted 703 days ago

hhaaa they are so pr——I mean pulchritudinous

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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