[NAFEX] soil for grape transplanting

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Tue Sep 15 11:32:00 EDT 2009

Don't amend the soil in the hole.  That creates an environment as 
though the vine was in a pot  and  it won't readily grow out into the 
surrounding soil.  Put your soil amendments/mulch on the top of the 
soil and let soil life move it into the soil naturally.  You'll have 
better long term results.   As  long as the vines get  full  sun it 
doesn't matter that much where the vine is planted in relation to the  
-Lon Rombough
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On Sep 15, 2009, at 7:58 AM, seth jones wrote:

I've just finished an arbor for grapes behind the house and am looking 
for advice on how best to prepare the soil for transplanting later this 
year. I can dig out the existing soil and replace if necessary or work 
with what I have. My soil is pretty high in clay, ph about 6.5. I have 
Niagara, Reliant and Marquis in whiskey barrels ready to plant when 

  I followed a thread earlier this summer about adding sand to the soil 
which I'd like to try. Anyone have a good formula for amounts of sand, 
organics, soil and supplements? I know grapes root deeply so how deep 
should I work it?

My other question regards sunlight/soil temperature. There is a great 
difference in soil exposure if i plant inside or outside the arbor. 
I've gotten conflicting advice about keeping the soil warm or cool. 
Either way the vines will get full sun. Any advice?

Thanks in advance. I've learned a lot from you Nafexers.
Seth Jones
Petersburgh, NY
Zone 4/5
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