Category Archives: Church Orchard

The great Grape tree – 2020

This winter has created a sudden change in the Church Orchard plans. The grape had been growing through a hemlock scrub and jumping up onto a Yellow Plum.  The plan had been to cut the Grape from the Plum but let it continue to cover the hemlock, not the best thing to do but something we could do with our available resources.

In the past few weeks I discovered we have lost some trees.

winter 2020 tree fall
winter 2020 tree fall

The big one fell on the Plum and the Plum got broken right at ground level, because of this I am going to cut the hemlock and grape right back and then build a arbour across the area to string the grape out horizontally instead of climbing.

 

The Great grape tree project

This is my next project at our Church and I expect it will be a multi-year project, this picture is not what is appears to be, this is a 75 foot fruit tree completely covered with a grape vine.

Research tells me it it is a Malbek Grape vine and talking to the other people around, I think it has been left untouched for years. This should teach us all what happens when you don’t prune vines. The main root is not under the tall tree but in the short tree to the side, the vines cover three trees at this point. The vine is smothering the trees and grapes up that high are only going to feed the birds. The current planned steps are;

A) Clear the underbrush

B) From a ladder cut off all the growth above head height to force the plant back to ground level

C) Train the growth onto a proper support away from the fruit trees

D) Expand by layering for new root stock

E ) Finish cutting away vines from the trees.

 

Grape tree
Grape tree