Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for good food, sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees, and flowers. Growing from seeds, cuttings, divisions, and grafting. Puttering meditation.
Monday, July 04, 2011
Grape progress report.
I wondered if I almost killed them during the pruning this year, because I removed so much growth. Then there was a hard freeze. Not the case. Now as lush as ever. The grape clusters have barely started to form, but there may be over a hundred clusters. The arbor shades the bedroom so well I think the temperature is 10 degrees cooler. I did not measure that effect however. One issue is that the branches grew so fast, some broke off at their origin. I've been pruning a few back. The chickens love eating grape leaves, denuding branches within minutes on throwing them into the chicken yard.
Some vines have grown more than 6 feet already, and they are not done yet.