If one purchased 5 grape vines in order to make a small vineyard in his back yard, excluding the required 4 amot around the vineyard, what is the necessary procedure? At first I though all one needs to do is plant five vines in two rows with the proper space between each row. Now based on my understanding of Mishnah Kilayim Chpt 4 and Mishneh Torah Kilayim Chpt 7, there must be a minimum spacing of 4 amot between each vine in a given row and 4 amot between rows.

Now, using 50 cm for an amah, this would mean that each row would be 2 m apart and each vine in a row needs to be 2 m apart as well.

So would this mean that if one sets up his vineyard as diagrammed below, he would need to set an area of 4 m by 8 m?

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  • What are you asking? Are you searching the psak of Shulchan Aruch? Are you searching difference for outside erets israel
    – kouty
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 18:57
  • I am looking for the halacha l'maaseh. I am interested in making a halachic vineyard. I don't have much space to work with so I'm trying to determine the absolute minimum size and work up from there. Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 21:12
  • CYLOR!!! is the rule. We can say that you want to learn Aliba Dehilcheta. please edit until they close your question.
    – kouty
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 21:17

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I was discussing this with my rabbi over shabbat. He said each row and each vine on a row needs to be 4 amot apart. What he clarified is from where to measure from. I wasn't sure if it's measured from the trunk or the outermost growth. He said from the outermost growth. So it seems that there is a lot more planning involved than just sticking it in the ground.

  • מעיקר הגפנים לשדה
    – kouty
    Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 5:11
  • @kouty agreed, my primary concern was the spacing of each grapevine in relation to each other. I edited the question to reflect that. Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 13:08

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