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Grape Crop Coming

Monday, July 29, 2013

This shows the black Carlos (muscadine) grapes ripening. This is the third year for this vine, and you can see that the bunches are loose and small, and the grapes ripen at different times, even on the same bunch. The harvest is done (by experienced people) by putting a sheet on the ground and shaking the vines. You get some of the ones that are ripe every day, if the birds don't beat you to them.

I also took a picture of the white grapes in their second year, but for some reason I can't get it to upload. I'll try one more time, but the trick with them is I can't see any difference between the green and ripe grapes. I suspect being color-blind might have something to do with it, but it's a mystery to me how I'll know to start shaking.

Last year we had a fair crop of black grapes but didn't get many because I wanted to wait for all the grapes on a Carlos vine to be dark, and the next day they would be all gone. Then I finally read about harvesting muscadine grapes.
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    Curious -- how many vines do you have? I've given some thought to planting some, but no idea how many I need to get started and have enough to actually create some wine from them. I do know it takes a few years before any grape output even happens.

    1787 days ago
    Those look good enough to eat. Wish I could.
    1787 days ago
    Great job. I have a blackberry vine that comes back each year but never does anything
    1788 days ago
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