Grapey Grapes

Posted on January 8, 2012

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When reading about various kinds of grapes, I actually read a description that said, “A very grapey tasting grape.” Seriously? A grapey tasting grape. Alright. I didn’t get that kind of grape, but I did accidentally get muscadines thinking they were the same as muscat. Oops. Turns out it was a good mistake since muscadines grow great in this part of the country and still make for good eating and good juice and wine. I also ordered a muscat, though it will probably be way more finicky since this is not the ideal area for that kind of grape.

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To anyone who didn’t know better, it might have looked like we were erecting clothes lines right in our [sort of] front yard. Not quite, though. We put these posts up to support the grapes I ordered. Oh and to the front in the left is our pomegranate shrub.

We may take out that section of chainlinked fence that is separating our two yards completely needlessly. There was no picket fence when we first looked at the house and for yard work it’s quite obnoxious to have to walk around the whole fence rather than there being a gate between the two front areas. Nate can just put that last straggling section of picket they left (mind you, they never finished the whole fence on the side of the house, though) in the space between the chain link and the picket up front to even things out and make it fairly continuous, just with a way between the two areas for us.

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Emily helped me plant the grapes and we piled the dirt up high around the base so that they would be less likely to freeze. One of the main reasons people lose grapes in the first year or two (from what I’ve read) is that they let them freeze in the winter. That and they don’t get enough water or people over-fertilize them.

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We may not keep the bricks, but for not it’s good to distinguish where smaller plants are that are not well established. Staked up to train on bamboo poles that we cut from our small bamboo forest.

We opted for the Hunt Muscadine and the Magnolia from Isons Nursery. The hunt is the first pictured, which is a black female grape. It needs a self-fertilizing variety in order to produce fruit, which is the other kind we got, so that this wouldn’t be an issue. It has a 17% sugar level, the grapes are medium sized, it produces large clusters (but I don’t know how large large is) and is excellent for jams, jelly, cold pressed juice, and wine.

The Magnolia, right, is a self-fertile variety. It has 15% sugar levels, the grapes are medium sized and it’s good primarily for wine. These ripen mid-season (when is my season? Despite all my reading, I miss these key things!) as opposed to the Hunt which ripen early for the season.

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