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Time to start dreaming in color

Winter grape vines

The grapes on the trellis on the south side of the trailer are growing so vigorously that they finally needed some serious pruning. I took the existing tangle and snipped back vines so each Pruning grapesstrand of wire supported a single vine coming toward the center from each direction.

The best part of early spring pruning is that I begin dreaming in color. Soon the winter gray will be gone and this trellis will once again be shading our south-facing windows while plumping up sweet grapes. Maybe in 2017 we'll get quite a few more fruits than last year's one delicious cluster?

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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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I get a lot of trimmings from my grape vine pruning. Feel guilty for composting them, the debate being whether to spend the time to use them for wreaths or trellising, etc. Wonder if there are others who have some useful ideas.
Comment by Karen Thu Mar 16 12:45:38 2017

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