Home Vineyard Growing Wine Grapes at Home
Hello and welcome to my home vineyard Let's get a lay of the land. As you can see thisis just a simple side yard it's got about 55 feet of space long twentysix feet of space wide we elected to go with twenty twofoot long rows northsouth facing uh. the rows are spaced about five feet apartto give us ample space for the vines to grow
and for us to manage and walk through we are planting about four plants per row to give it plenty of space to spread out and grow for the rows, we used uh. just simple fenceposts these are eightfoot fence post sunk about threefeet deep we tried to go about two feet deep butit wasn't uh. it just simply wasn't stable enough so we went that extra foot for stability
the wire is fourteen gauge wire uh. we elected to go with the verticaltrellising partly because it was easier and partlybecause uh. the north south facing rows, it allow it to get sun at all hours of the day uh. we have a drip irrigation linesran along the bottom we will be using half gallon per hour drips two per plant that allows us to adjust the water
water flow and manage the irrigation a littleeasier than if we used a heavier flow we'll actually be planting syrah grapes because we tend to be in a warmer, drier climateduring the summer doing something like pinot noirwould require greater cooler temperatures. that sort of thing that's our vineyard. We'll be planting the grapes nextweek and we'll come back then.
How to Cut Fruit How to Cut Grapes
Another one of my favorite fruits are grapes;green, red, dark purple, beautiful grapes. Succulent and seasonal. So make sure whenyou get some that they're firm, they're ripe and they're not gushy. Before you serve yourgrapes, make sure that you give them a good rinse in the sink to get rid of any littlebugs or spiders that like to live within them and overview them for problematic ones. Thisone has a little bruise. I wouldn't serve that to anyone. And make sure that they'refirm and pulpy so you can actually hold on to them. That way they're going to last alittle bit longer. So you have longevity with your fruit. Now when I serve my grapes, Ilike to put them in a big bowl and let people
help themselves on them or maybe I'd liketo add them to a cheese platter. So you want to snip them a little smaller so people aren'twalking away with a whole bunch of grapes. That'll also help control the cost and extendthe life of your fruit. So I take a scissor, kitchen shears, and I snip them in small bitesize little bunchettes. Also if you have children at home, it's great to just have little buncheslike this set aside, so they can pick up some and munch on them. It's such a healthy snack.Another trick is to freeze grapes and put them in cocktails. That's kind of fun too.Especially in the hotter months. Grapes. Beautiful, delicious and inexpensive.