Growing Food

How to Grow Great Grapes!

Grapes blog post

Grapes are one of the most popular fruits to eat, but are not commonly grown in many backyards! As beautiful and tasty as they are, grapes should definitely be grown more!

How to Grow:

Grapes are a perennial fruit. They are planted after your last spring frost or 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Grapes are planted as a transplant at least 10 apart. It helps to trellis the grapes up a vine. They are planted in the full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Grapes will need to be watered weekly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

 

         Good Bad
Basil Mint Cabbage
Blackberries Nasturtiums Radish
Beans (bush & pole) Peas  
Catnip Rosemary  
Chamomile Sage  
Chives Stevia  
Dill Summer Savory  
Garlic Sunflowers  
Lemongrass Tarragon  
Marigolds Thyme  
Marjoram    

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for grapes:

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Harvesting:

Grape plants will begin to produce grapes that you can eat within 2-3 years. Do not let the grape vine grow fruit the first year or two until the root system has become established. Keep pruned back until growing fruit. Once you have grapes on the vine, all you need to do is simply cut bunches of grapes from the vine once they are ripe!

Cooking & Eating!

Simply wash the bunch of grapes and enjoy! Grapes can also be used in various jams and jellies.

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