Friday, September 19, 2008
This is one of many bowls of grapes we're picking right now. The grapes are Himrod Golden Seedless, which is a white seedless, very sweet table grape.
This year we're just going to eat them and make more wine with them. Last year I made more jelly than I'll use in a life time, as well as two gallons of a very smooth dry wine. The wine was so good, we're making more this year. I predict we'll end up with 4 gallons from this year's crop since I'm not making jelly and we solve the raccoon problem by putting a hot wire around the grape.
The vine is huge. It stretches about 25 feet wide and is about 6 feet deep. We've found that very hard pruning in the spring to remove old wood gets us the best crop of grapes. Since it fruits on last years wood, we try and remove most of the wood that is at least two years old, leaving the younger, more productive vines.
This is what it looks like, freshly pruned:
And this is what it looks like in the late summer:
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