We. Have. GRAPES!
We planted our first grape vine in 09, so this is its third season with us. It’s a Reliance, a red seedless grape. I was hopeful it might start producing grapes this year, and check it out! This weird gangly plant is making grapes!
And what’s even more surprising is that our other Reliance which we planted just last year is – check it out! – ALSO MAKING GRAPES!
I’ve never been around grapes that are actively growing (besides a couple times briefly at a farm), so I am extremely fascinated by this process.
I don’t want to count my grapes before they ripen, though, because these babies still have to survive and avoid black rot, which I’m pretty sure the vines had last year. I may need to do a preemptive organic spray. Still looking into that.
In addition to the grapes, we also planted three peach trees this year. Two are dwarf columnar peach trees which basically grow up instead of out and can be kept quite small. The other is a mini peach tree which can be grown in a container and is now gracing our front yard.
I’d planned to put the mini in one container and a dwarf in the other on either side of our front walk, but when they arrived I found that the dwarf was twice as big as the mini and I wouldn’t achieve the symmetrical look I was hoping for. I went back to buy another mini tree for my other container, and Stark Bros. was sold out. (Boo! Save a mini peach for me next year!) I got another dwarf and planted the two dwarf peach trees in the ground out back instead.
And besides the new additions, we also have the blueberries which seem to be doing much better in their containers than in their former boggy location. And we have the strawberries. Oh, the luscious strawberries. We’ve totally eaten a whole half strawberry each so far. It was flat out amazing. We’re ready for these babies to ripen up.
Fruit is definitely a long-term investment, but our hard work over the last couple years is starting to pay off!