• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • James Freyr
  • Jocelyn Campbell
stewards:
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • paul wheaton
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Jay Angler
  • Carla Burke
  • thomas rubino

growing sweeter grapes under a plexiglass?

 
Posts: 28
Location: Virginia, 7b zone
1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hello.

I am building this pergola and will plant several grape vines around it so that they could climb on top. These are table grape varieties, like Concord, Thompson, etc.
I would like to make a guess that under a sheet of plexiglass the grapes will be sweeter because of warmer air and the glass will prevent birds from eating the grapes.
Am I right or wrong?

Also, my concern that the gap between the plexiglass and the rafters is very narrow (2") for the vines to get under the plexiglass on their own and I will have to train and guide them manually first.
Am I right or wrong?

Thank you for your comments.
pergola2.jpg
[Thumbnail for pergola2.jpg]
pergola.JPG
[Thumbnail for pergola.JPG]
 
gardener
Posts: 2727
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio,Price Hill 45205
238
forest garden trees urban
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Neat idea. Your gap seems fine,2" is huge for a grape vine.
If you only cover it with Plexiglas on top, the birds will still get to the fruit, if you surround it, you have built a greenhouse.
Either way humidity could be a problem,leading to disease.
The main benefit would be a delightful place to sit and watch your garden,during a rainstorm.
 
this llama doesn't want your drama, he just wants this tiny ad for his mama
Learn Permaculture through a little hard work
https://wheaton-labs.com/bootcamp
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!