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Last year, which was the third year, the grape vines covered the arbor by the end of the summer. This year the top was pretty much covered by the middle of June.
It has been wonderful having a nice shady place to enjoy lunches and dinners. The vines make such a difference in the temperatures too. We have had a very hot summer with temps hitting 104′ way too often. In the shade of the arbor though it feels at least 10′ cooler.
Better than the shade though is the abundance of grapes that are growing. Since
our arbor is 50’x10′, that is a LOT of grapes. They won’t get ripe till late August into September, but we will have plenty to eat, share and make into raisins. There are 12 grape vines now, all seedless table grapes. We have Reliance, Candice, Suffolk, Himrod and Lakemont.
One of the Candice vines turned out to be a Concord. Unfortunately it didn’t bear till last year. When we discovered it we took it out and put in a Suffolk. Cross pollination can occur between seeded and seedless grapes and eventually the seedless won’t be seedless any longer. That means we have an open area in the canopy of vines, at least till the Suffolk catches up with the others and begins to cover the top.
Don’t you think so? When we bought this old house (built 1914) it already had some really old, established vines on the fence north of our yard. Really good grapes too. Three vines, 1 seeded and 2 seedless. We ate all we wanted, shared with others and still had plenty left over. So we made raisins out of the seedless ones and juiced the others. Oh my, what good raisins those were.
We had a very sturdy arbor built across the back of the property so we could grow grapes and have the beautiful shade that grape leaves make. The arbor is 50’x10′ and 9′ tall on one, 8′ on the other (our lot slopes). So that means there are 12 (6″x4″) posts. Beside each one we planted a vine. Two of them on the north end have Kiwi and the rest have grape vines, all seedless but 2 of five different varieties. They were planted in Spring 2009 and by Sept.2010 they had made it to the top. This year they are crisscrossing the top and we are beginning to see what it will eventually look like. This year about half the vines produced grapes and 3 of those vines had abundant crops of about 15-20 large bunches each. Looks like we’re going to have a LOT of raisins.
My dream is to be under the shady arbor and just being able to reach up and pick grapes when I want to (see picture below). Mmm Maybe next year.
Amazingly, around here there are so many concord grapes growing that nobody does anything with. They are happy to let us pick and so we do. They make the best dark purple grape juice. We use a juicer like I’ve never seen before but you may be familiar with it. It is a large pot with several layers. In the bottom is boiling water, above that a well to catch the juice and above that a perforated pan to hold the whole grapes. The steam forces the cells in the fruit to burst, releasing the juice which is caught in the well. There is a sort of spigot on the side to drain the piping hot juice into hot sterile bottles. You should smell the kitchen when this is going on. Welches?