This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The various methods of training field vines in Europe have often been given in our pages, but the manner is still new to many of our readers. We give the following account of one plan from a recent note of a correspondent of the London Garden:
"I was very much interested this year in the different modes in which they grow vines in the wine country which fringes on the Rhine for so long a distance. I observed them chiefly at Neuhausen on June 10, and found two modes of culture pursued. In the first instance the vines were trained up a six-foot pole, and stopped at that height. Six or seven stems were trained up the pole from the same root, encouraging side growths for the fruitingwood. In the other method, one leading stem was grown up and bent down, and tied to the foot-stalk, so as to form a hoop, round which the growth was made and the fruit borne."