How To Grow Grapes In Your Backyard
Have you been thinking you want to grow grapes? Did you know you can do that in right in your own backyard? You can! I so love growing things that come back year after year for you to enjoy. Below I am going to share tips on how to grow grapes in your backyard.
Plant grape varieties that are known to thrive in your area. Grapes need full sun and lots of heat to produce the best grapes so pick a place where they will have plenty of light. Grape vines grow fairly fast so you can use them to form shade in your backyard.
The soil you are growing your grapes in is vital to a thriving harvest from the grapes grown in your backyard. Grapes love high nitrogen soil so planting them where you have recently grown green beans will give your grapes a head start. Be sure to regularly boost the nitrogen in your soil around your grapes by adding quality compost and all of those used coffee grounds from the kitchen.
Make your grapes sweet and plump by girdling your grapes trunk. This is a simple process of trimming away a small bit of the trunk around the base just under the bark. This will trap the food the plant produces in the leaves from going back down to the roots. In turn, the plant will put all of that energy into the fruit. The plant will heal in a couple weeks time.
To help your grapes thrive you want to ensure that they are pest free. Grapes have a tendency to really attract pests like rats and birds. To keep animals you do not want bothering your grapes way be sure to keep fresh ripe grapes harvested and clean up grapes that fall beneath the vines.
A common pest for grapes is aphids. With how fast grape vines grow these can often be overlooked for a long time before they become a threat to this hearty plant. Give your plants a check regularly and treat at the first sign of aphids with neem oil, essential oils or prevent them by ordering a batch of ladybugs to put in your garden.
Mold and Fungus:
Protect your grapes from mold and fungus that often plagues grapevines. Skip trying to wash away signs of fungus like powdery mildew. Go right to pruning the affected parts off of the plant.
Burn the prunings to keep them from reinfecting your plants. When you harvest your grapes wash them in diluted vinegar wash before storing. It will make them last longer by killing off mild that will make them rot faster.