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  1. Apr 19, 2019 #21

    George Burgin

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    I've planted my Vineyard now - 100 vines. 20 each of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet and Merlot. In choosing my varieties, I did a weather search worldwide compared to where I live. I wanted to see other places in the world that have a 99% or better match to my city. My search produced 29 places worldwide and three of them are in the Bordeaux; the world-renowned grape growing region. So, I chose the grapes grown there and what is known to grown where I live.

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    Vines, $1800
    Trellis system, $1300

    It's taken me three weekends so far to get everything set up and planted. All I need now is sunshine so I can begin training the vines for the next two years.
     
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    How did you do your weather search?
     
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    Pictures or...............
     
  4. Apr 19, 2019 #24

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    George it looks like your West of the mountains. Is that true?

     
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    George Burgin

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    http://www.codeminders.com/weather_similarity/

    A map appears and you can click on where you live. As soon as you do that, a list of cities appears on the left pane for comparison. Pretty cool...
     
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    George Burgin

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    Yes, I live in Olympia (Puget Sound AVA) on a 3 acre parcel 5 minutes from the Capitol.
     
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    George Burgin

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    John, I'll send pics when I get home. We're on a trip for Easter...
     
  8. Apr 21, 2019 #28

    George Burgin

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    Here are some pics...

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  9. Apr 22, 2019 #29

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    I like how you did the wires with the tensioners. I may try this for some of the new trellis I put in this year. Can you loosen those tensioners, if needed? I put some slack on the wires in winter after the leaves are gone and before the really hard freeze sets in. I've been using turnbuckles to tension and never thought of using electric fence tensioners.
     
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    use these tensioners and they work great
     
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    The tensioners listed above?
     
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    Look very similar but probably from different manufacturer - only difference looks like ratcheting spring mechanism otherwise the same. I get mine from local fence supplier.
     
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    Dennis Griffith

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    I'll go to the local TSC for them then.
     
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    George Burgin

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    Dennis, I purchased most of my supplies at TSC including the tensioners. There are two types. I inadvertently purchased both types. The type with the square bolt to tighten required me to drill the end hole larger to accommodate the 3/8” lag hooks I bought. The other type had holes large enough. Make sure you buy the ratcheting tool. Both types use the same tightening tool.
     
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    George Burgin

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    +1 on what ibglowin said. You can easily release the tension as stated.
     
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    I'll be acquiring material next week. I like to wait until planting time to set posts as I can still make a pass with the tiller. I usually buy from either Lowe's or TSC, as they are close enough. I am familiar with these tensioners as we used to have horses and used electric everywhere. Plus I've built my fair share of fence in my day. I just never thought of using these tensioners for this purpose. What was once horse pasture is now 'grape pasture' and a lot of fencing used previously was re-purposed for the vineyard. I shifted the electric around to keep out critters vs, keeping them in, and added dog fence to help keep the dog in and critters out.
     
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    This is my backyard vineyard. Around 30 Muscat vines, and 8 Riesling.
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    I'll get the ones with bigger holes then.
     

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