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Transplant in fall or spring?

transplanting a Golden Muscat grapeMy great aunt Ruth Tirrell wrote for Organic Gardening magazine long before I was born, and I often peruse her old articles (which I don't think can be found on the internet) when making decisions about my own garden.  In "Fall --- A Good Time to Transplant", she discusses the pros and cons of planting in the fall and spring.  She is all for planting strawberries, cherries, apples, and pears in the fall, though warns to plant peaches and blueberries in the spring.  (She wavers on raspberries and grapes.)

From everything I've read, planting in fall is a great idea in most cases.  You give the plant time to get its roots established and often don't need to do any watering right away --- many books will tell you that planting in fall gives you the equivalent of an extra season's growth.  Perusal of the internet finds varying opinions on whether even peaches, blueberries, raspberries, and grapes do better with fall transplanting.

I have a hard time waiting until spring, so I've been setting out my new grapes this afternoon.  I rationalize that my great aunt lived in Boston (although, in actuality, I'm in the same zone due to our mountains.)  As I dug, I was stunned by the root system on some of our grapes --- Mark took a photo of the biggest one.  This plant started as a ten inch cutting only 8 months ago!

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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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