Monday, April 23, 2012
Flax, grapes and blueberries
The first grapes I tried was from Home Depot - Flame. Turns out they are not hardy for my area. I really should know better than to buy from Home Depot without a lot of research. They didn't make through the winter.
This is Canadice from a local nursery. I planted it in 2010. Last year it had 3 tiny bunches of grapes. And I mean barely pea sized. I was hoping for an increase...WOW. The vine is covered with bunches! I'll have to see how things progress. I hate to count those chickens... but I am very optimistic about the grape harvest this year.
Ever since I figured out that rabbits love fresh blueberry shoots, and fenced them, they've been doing much better. I put these plants in 4 years ago. I had read that it could take up to 5 years for a plant to start bearing. Between the bad winters and couple of droughts, I've been worried about them. In 2010 I got 16 berries and was thrilled. Last year I got 33 berries, more than double, right?
These bushes put on tremendous growth last year. This spring they were covered with flowers. I'm in awe. Sometimes Mother Nature just blows me away.