plants arrived a few days earlier than expected so there was quite a
rush to get them put in. However we had to wait for the trellising to
vines arrived in bundles of 25, bare rooted and in a large plastic bag.
They were fairly wet but it was obvious that they would soon dry out
unless we got our act together!
below are the "Plant Passports" that were provided with the vines to
shown their origin and pedigree.
As instructed by Mr. Cox (what would we do without it) we soaked the
vines for a few hours before planting. Basically planting was down to
Ali and I, although the kids gave a hand where they could, particularly
with filling in the pre-dug holes and watering.
split of tasks was as follows:-
Andy (or one
of the kids) filled in the deep pre-drilled holes to planting depth
while Ali (or one of the kids) watered in the previous row
Andy put one
large handful of compost in to each hole
Ali mounds up
the compost, and spreads the vines roots out evenly over it
Andy fills in
some earth to cover the roots
compresses the soil to make sure it is in good contact with the roots
Andy fills in
the rest of the hole and tamps it down with his big feet
the tube over the vine
it in a few inches with the back of the spade and ties it to the wire.
we both felt we had the better job so it worked out well.
planted seven rows the first day, six the next and finished the odd
ones over the next couple of evenings. The long days were followed by
long soaks in the bath to repair worn out backs!
I hope we won't be doing that again, at least not on the same scale,
for quite some while!
at the end of it we had the satisfaction of having everything ready to
sit back and watch them grow. The result is shown below.