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In the world of gardening, there is nothing quite as rewarding as a bowl of grapes harvested from one's backyard. If you are aiming to experience this gratification by doing some backyard grape growing of your own, you need to keep in mind that it involves more than just trying to learn more about pruning. Here are a few pointers that many successful growers have lived by.

1.    Find out if your soil and location are suited to the growing of grapes.

This is actually the first thing you have to do. Grapes need rich sandy loam with a pH in the range of 5.5 to 7.0 and they need good drainage. It would do you well to call for Sydney tree services for help on this matter.

2.    Decide on the variety you want.

There are basically two types of grapes: the type you eat directly (table grapes) and the type you make wine with. Once you have decided which type you want to have, go through catalogues and decide which particular variety you want to plant by considering the way the grapes grow (upward or drooping) and whether they need to be planted close together or apart.

3.    Be prepared for a long term project because that's precisely what backyard grape growing is.

Grapes take a while before they bear fruit. Some varieties will begin to yield some berries after two years but generally, it takes at least three years before substantial quantities can be harvested. Between the time you plant your seedlings and the time you harvest, there are some regular chores you need to do faithfully: weeding, training the vines to grow in the direction they should, pruning and watering. Then once the vines are big enough to be trained and the branches to be maintained have been chosen, pruning commences, which i s why it's important to know when to prune. Apart from this you will be constructing and maintaining the frame that will support your vines. You also need to check if your vines are healthy and free from diseases such as black rot or mildew.

4.    Learn to prune expertly.

Vines that are not pruned well do not yield bountiful harvests. Overgrown vines develop shades which make the plants susceptible to black rot, mildew and other diseases. Seventy-five to ninety per cent of the previous year's growth should be removed to ensure the vines' health, their maximum yield and the best ripening conditions. This is one area you need to learn more about, so make use of the Internet and do some research.

5.    Learn to maintain the plants.

This means learning to fertilize them properly and to control diseases. The nursery where you buy your seedlings will be able to brief you about these concerns and they will probably have brochures for you to study.

If you want to grow grapes organically, then from the beginning this is a matter that should factor in your decision of which variety to plant because you will need a sturdy grape that needs little in the way of pesticides.

Backyard grape growing is a rewarding experience especially when you see healthy bunches of white or purple berries peeking through the leaves. It is a long term project but the effort will be worth it because the vines can live for fifty years or more and each plant, when fully mature and healthy, can give you fifteen to twenty pounds of grapes year after year after year.

Posted Mar 07, 2017 at 5:00am

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