This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
M.N.C., Chicago, 111. You are right. It will not hurt the roots of your vines to be near water. The celebrated vine at Hampton Court is said to be so superior because some of the roots get to a cesspool, and one of the best growers of native grapes in Pennsylvania, Mr. Jacob Garber, finds some vines do best where a portion of the roots get to a spring. Still it is also true that if all the roots are damp, grape growing is a failure. Perhaps the explanation is, that where some of the roots are employed in taking up water only, others engaged in taking up other food, and the division of labor is an advantage.