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Month: March 2016

Grow a Little Fruit Tree- Book Review

Grow a Little Fruit Tree- Book Review

I just finished reading Grow a Little Fruit Tree by Ann Ralph.  Around our home we have a pear tree, two apple trees, and a plum tree.  Last year I cut down the peach tree (the second one in that spot) that was probably 10 years […]

Bird Song and Battles Round Two-What Would You Do?

Bird Song and Battles Round Two-What Would You Do?

A bird is building a nest in my green house.  Here we go again! Last Spring I battled a moma robin building a nest on my back porch light.  If my shades are up, I can see through one of the house windows into my 4 […]

Something From My Grapevines, Finally!

Something From My Grapevines, Finally!

Before you start celebrating with me I have to confess, I don’t have any grapes!  I think this is the fifth year I’ve had my grapes and I still have never savored the sweet victory of  a ripe grape bursting in my mouth.  I have had a few sour grapes burst in my mouth, yeah, not much of a victory.  It is a good way to see if they are ready yet. The first year I had a real crop (you know, more than a token cluster of grapes here and there) they disappeared magically overnight when they achieved the perfect (I assume) degree of ripeness.  I blame the possums that I could sometimes hear hissing under my window in the early morning darkness while I sipped coffee and read the bible.  I tried various methods to keep the critters away from my grapes and other crops, to no avail.

The next year was so wet that the grapes developed brown rot.  For 5 years I have tended these grape vines, watering, weeding and pruning?

Here is a picture before this year’s pruning:

grapes before prune

Yes, every year I have to go back to the extension publication and read what I am supposed to do, prune 90 percent of canes, prune off the cordons at 3 to 4 feet or when they touch a neighbor grape vine’s cordons, etc. I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing but I do something!

grapes after prune

Maybe I can volunteer at a winery and they can teach me more about pruning grapes and pay me with wine.  In any  case, what is this benefit I’ve finally received for my efforts?

grapevine wreath

Isn’t this a lovely wreath?  Maybe this is my year for grapes, hope springs eternal!

Phenology: The Garden Helper You Might Not Know About

Phenology: The Garden Helper You Might Not Know About

I have a forsythia bush in my yard.  It is always the first plant in my yard to bloom in the spring, followed by the Bradford Pear and then the Red Bud tree. The date of blooming can vary wildly, anywhere from late February to early April. […]