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Grapevine on the shade trellis

Shade trellis

Our shade trellis is starting to fill in. Yes, this is the beginning of the grapes' third season of life --- they're done sleeping and creeping and are ready for leaping.

Grapevine on trellis

Grape phomopsisSome combination of sunny microclimate and good variety selection (Reliance) have resulted in vines that do much better than any of our grapes have in the past. But there is still some phomopsis trying to rear its ugly head.

This week, I pruned hard in hopes of cutting the fungal disease off at the pass. The big question is --- will any of those flower clusters manage to turn into ripe grapes?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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