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4/14/14 11:50 P

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Grapes look great and so do the tomatoes too.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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4/14/14 9:59 A

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Your grape vines look great!

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4/12/14 1:58 P

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Thanks again to everyone for you input and support. I finally put a picture on my page of the 2014 grapes. It will be a glorious harvest (or is that too much like counting your chickens before they hatch?)

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4/12/14 9:37 A

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I have never heard of Mars, but a blue seedless sounds wonderful. I really will post a picture of my grapes this weekend! They are doing beautifully!

I put in roma, grape, patio and a dark heirloom (can't remember the name offhand) so I am set for 2014 tomatoes. I also put in Italian squash, jalapenos and strawberries. I still have some time left for my lettuces/arugula so I can think about what I'll put in for summer.

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3/27/14 10:25 P

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It is called grape mars. Got it at the Base Exchange.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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3/27/14 1:16 A

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I was really good about pinching off for the last two years so this will be my first year with real production. I'm so excited! DJ4HEALTH, what type of plant did you get?

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3/25/14 11:56 P

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I am planting grapes but only got one plant so hopefully it will take and not sure when I will get grapes off of it. I think it said two years before I see any.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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3/25/14 1:47 A

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They are all budding and I meant to take a picture to share with ya'll over the weekend, but I promise to do so this weekend. For some reason I can't seem to absorb and really own the approach for growing grapes, but I do appreciate the help and can't wait to eat the sun-warmed concords-out of this world delicious!!

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3/11/14 10:34 P

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Thanks for the comfort. They are still not looking too good, but I remember freaking out last year that they didn't make it through their first winter and they were fun.

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2/18/14 1:15 P

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DH went on YouTube and watched a video on pruning all kinds of things. Grapes are very forgiving and yours will be fine :)

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Thank you everyone. This is exactly what I needed. I very rarely lose a plant and if I accidentally killed one from cutting too much back at least it wasn't out of nonchalance. I'll post pictures during the season to prove this was the right decision. I only allowed one bunch last year (Concords) and it was delicious. I can't wait!! But I guess I will have to. Thanks again!

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2/9/14 10:38 P

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When they show grape yards they look like they are dead vines so don't give up and keep doing what you are doing and get a good book on them too. If you can get a hold of a master gardener in your area then you can ask them about it too.

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2/9/14 11:22 A

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We have some vines that are very old - possibly more than 70 or 80 years old, according to our neighbours who have lived here all their lives, and their parents and grandparents before them. The man who prunes the vines of my neighbour close by also comes and does ours (he has been doing this all his life!) and he cuts them back a lot. The 90% recommendation sounds about right considering what our vines look like after he has been. His method works better than ours as we have tried pruning ourselves and we get a lot more grapes when he does them! It is incredible how they grow back in the spring and summer after what seems like an extremely severe pruning but it appears to be good for them.

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2/9/14 11:06 A

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I feel your pain. I am looking at pruning books right now for my little orchard. I've never pruned it and some of the trees are 7 years old. It needs to be done, but it's scary!

Though with the weather we've had lately, it will be next month before I can do it.

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2/9/14 10:46 A

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You will be pleased this summer. Cheer your spirits and make a wreath or more with the trimmings.

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In retrospect, I should have posted something pre-pruning, but now all I can do is beg for positive reinforcement. I have 4 beautiful 3 year old grape vines. I don't have any first hand experience growing grapes and I read extensively about how much to prune. I know that it is early, but it is a weird year and everything is taking off early so I went to do the dreaded pruning yesterday and I can't help but feel like there is no way they can recover. They look so spindly and, well, dead. Granted they were not at all green or perky yesterday morning but now they are just a lone naked stick. All the books said big things like "cut back 90%" "home growers never cut back enough" but it feels so wrong. Please tell me everything is going to be ok or at least that it isn't murder if I had the best intentions.


On a positive note, my blueberries are 4 times what they were last year and I have a cute little set of lettuces cheerfully growing in the unseasonable heat.

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