Kylee over at "Our Little Acre" jump started my brain this morning .. no, not with the red and black cables and that singey ? black smoke and acrid air from my hair burning scenario. Albeit .. much like I look each morning before the shower and back to the human race ritual .. enough about the scary side of me .. that is for Halloween chats.
Grapes .. vines .. and what the heck do you really want from a grape vine ? was the subject.
Kylee was straight forward in saying she likes the aesthetic side of the vine, yet some nice grapes were not going to be turned down either. They went through a lot of scientific research (believe me Kylee .. it was scientific compared to what I did girl !) .. picked the right grapes and lay of the land .. the right types of wiring and support. It is going to look gorgeous on the split rail fencing area ! I can't wait to see pictures of it filled out : )
So now we come to my adventure .. which started about seven years ago.
Number One Husband was fortunate enough to spend his teenage years on a vineyard that his father managed in Kelowna. Ah yes ... the Okanagan Valley .. paradise for grapes that are born for wine : ) .. so NOH (Number One Husband .. I sound like VP now) .. knew a lot about the vines .. the care .. the pruning etc .. there is a clue here for some one that might be paying attention .. So I left the choice of vine up to hubby and let him get on with that bit .. I had an ornate smallish but tallish arbor to show case it with.
Long story short ... vines that do well in Kelowna do not necessarily do well here in Ontario .. we have our own favorites that put up with the cold and the menopausal weather.
So after a few very lean years of a vine that just didn't do it for me .. I finally took over the reins and chose a different vine "Suffolk" a red seedless HARDY character.
But what I did do was listen to NOH about layering the support wires .. plastic coated of course. We had hired help to fix our crooked fence, that job continued on to a cedar arbor against said back fence .. roughly 8 ft. high and 10 ft wide and skinny .. my back garden is small so space is premium .. my goal was privacy with visual appeal .. little did I know how many grapes would be happy to be born .
What else did I have to add to the mix ? cold hardy large "grape" sized kiwi for which I KNOW the tag is in the house somewhere ? .. it is smooth and delicious .. so what better mix than grapes and kiwis ? .. and what better than privacy, beauty and a bit of tasty snacks on the side while working in the garden ? Life is GOOD !