Grapevine Bar

Growing Grapes

We have plenty of wild concord grapes on ourproperty. However, the insurance company doesn't approve of our harvesting methods so it'sprobably best to plant some cultivated grapes. When I cleared the land for the greenhouse,it left plenty of area to plant various fruit producing plants which don't need the greenhouseto thrive. Plus why waste the space just growing grassé Taking a look at my 3rd grade drawing skills,I'm going to set three 4x4x10' treated posts 34 feet into the ground and space them 24'apart. This will allow for 8 plants in the space. Then I'll string 12 gauge galvanizedwire starting with the first wire 4246quot; from

the ground, then space the other two 12quot; apart.The plants can be spaced 6' apart and over time the vines can be trained along the 3wires. I had planned to set the posts first in theevent that I hit any large rocks while digging, however I blew a seal on the backhoe and hadto find some parts for it. So I took my chances and put the plants in first. The row shouldgo in a straight line and a 100' tape measure works well for marking out the locations ofeach post and plant. Jamming a piece of survey's tape at each mark does the trick. We're goingoldschool and using a pickaxe and shovel and digging a hole about 1 foot deep. Luckilythere weren't any large rocks in the way just

a few roots and small stones that the pickaxewas able to pluck out. Later, looking at the post holes, you'll see why I didn't dig themby hand. Planting the vines is fairly easy. I got theseseedless concord grapes from Gurney's for half price. I just remove the fiber that'sused for keeping the roots damp, spread out the roots a bit, and set it in the hole sothat all the roots that emerge from the vine will be just below the finished level of thesoil. All the dirt that came out of the hole was hardpan so I filled it with nice organicsoil, then compacted it down, and gave it a really good watering. It also importantto cover the area with mulch to help maintain

the moisture in the soil until the roots canget established. These will get watered every day for a couple of weeks. The actual work of planting the vines is quick.It's the preparation of digging out the rocks that takes all the time. A 30 cent Oring and a day to dismantle andreassemble the valve assembly and the backhoe is running again. I can now install the postsfor the wire arbor. It may not be the fastest backhoe, but it beats digging through therock with a pick and shovel. The holes are dug to about 4 feet which will provide a deepenough anchor to prevent the posts from leaning

from the future weight of the vines. Someof the rocks that I pulled out where bigger than the hole. If I had to dig these by hand,I probably would have only dug down a couple of feet, and then would have to anchor theposts with concrete and guywires. It seems like a really big hole for a post,but without an auger with rock drilling bit, it's probably the easiest way to set a post.A little cleanup at the bottom of the hole and it's ready. I'm using 4x4 treated lumberrated for direct burial. I'm not a fan of using treated lumber, but in order for itto last a long time, it's a necessary evil. I like to add two temporary cleats to thepost to help support it while I'm set it plumb

and backfill the hole. I also like to dropa few rocks around the base to hold it in place when I start to fill it in. I'll fillthe hole several inches at a time and compact it between each layer, then clean up the areawith some more woodchip mulch. The first wire starts roughly 4246 inchesfrom the ground and the second and 3 wires are spaced 12 inches apart. It will be theperfect snacking height for the deer. At each marking I'll drill a 38quot; hole through thepost and then put in a 516quot; eyebolt. The back side has a large fender washer and nut.Having a large washer will help to keep the nut from pulling into the post under the weightof the vines. It's fairly important to make

Chill Sports Bar in Grapevine Texas Meet The Neighbors Grapevine Station Apartments

Tutorial introducing Meet The Neighbors series Tutorial of Grapevine Tutorial of Chill on Main Street gt;gt; BRITTANY: Hi This is Brittany from GrapevineStation Apartments and this is our meet the neighbors series.We are in historic downtown Grapevine on Main Street and we want to meetsome of our neighbors. So, we stopped by one of the most popularhappy hour spots in Grapevine called Chill. And with me todayis Murdoch who is bar

manager of this awesome place. Murdoch, Iheard there's some really cool history hereé gt;gt; MURDOCH: Yes ma'am there is, Actually thisbuilding's been here since 1950. The gentlemen that built the buildingstill owns it. Jess Daniel. They're a popular family fromhere in Grapevine. We've taken it over about 3 years ago, turned itinto a sports bar but we're much more than that. Also on the weekends,Wednesday through Saturday we have a DJ so we kind of turn intoa club at 10 o clock.

The lights go down, the lasers came up, themusic starts going. We have a good time. gt;gt; BRITTANY: Well that sounds pretty cool.I know that our residents at Grapevine Station Apartments already loveChill because they do give the residents special coupons. But canyou tell us about the other happy hour specials and different thingsyou have going on during the weeké gt;gt; MURDOCH: Absolutely. Every weekday at lunchwe run a 5.99 lunch

special that varies. It's something completelynot on our menus so it changes every day. Every day at happy hourwe have a good time. Wednesday happy hours we have a live acousticset out on the patio. Uh, 2 dollar Crown and down on Wednesdays,half priced burgers, half priced pizza on Mondays. Happy hour everyday of the week until 7 o clock. gt;gt; BRITTANY: Love this patio. One of the bestpatios in Grapevine. I love coming here. How can everybody elsefind youé

gt;gt; MURDOCH: Actually, we're involved in allsocial media. We're on Facebook, Twitter, Um Yelp has some goodreviews for us. We're right here at the corner of Main Street andDallas in historic downtown Grapevine in the historic district,so we are pretty easy to find. gt;gt; BRITTANY: Well thank you, so much, forbeing here with us. I'm Brittany from Grapevine Station Apartmentsand this is our meet the neighbors series. And we just love meetingnew neighbors. So, we

will see you down the road.

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