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Diseased grape leaves

Perfect grape bunchBetween unreachable Japanese beetles and unbeatable fungal diseases, the leaves of this seedless grape don't look so hot. But the fruits merit three exclamation points!!!

The vine set a handful of small clusters, plus the beautiful big one shown here. I've been picking the ripest grapes out of the smaller bundles eight per day as our lunchtime dessert. They're so sweet that the tiny morsels go a long way!

I'm saving the big bunch as a special treat for visiting mothers-in-law next week. Here's your chance to tell me you hate grapes, Rose Nell and Jayne. Otherwise, I'll expect you to coo over the cluster as if it's your first-born grandchild....

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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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Sorry to disappoint you ----- love grapes and have never seen any this beautiful off on my arbors!! You are too sweet!!
Comment by Jayne Fri Aug 12 08:59:40 2016

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