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Sep 3, 2014 7:59 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I bought new cultivars of grapes at the nursery. You know me, always trying to increase the genetic diversity, even if I'm growing seedless clones... I've tried to grow grape cuttings, but it's so dry here that it's hard to keep them watered, and the first year or two they don't compete well with the weeds. I've gotten a few to grow from time to time, but I give them away. The most successful method of propagating grapes for me has been digging up the canes that touch the ground and send down roots. I have a plan to grow them in pots and put a pan of shallow water under the pots. I bet they'd root good like that. Last spring I rooted some in a jar of water also containing a couple of willow sticks. That worked well for me.

I grow the grapes in approximately the T method... In one field the grape trunks grow on a single wire trellis. The trellis is about 2 feet away from a fence. In another field the grapes grow directly on the fence. The grapes in one field had not been pruned for about 20 years before I started taking care of them, so I'm gradually working them towards the T method. There are trees in the one vineyard, so the vines climb the trees and spread all over everywhere. I cut them back every year, but they are more than 30 years old so have strong root systems and lots of vigor.

I love my climate. It seems like near perfect growing conditions. I don't have to worry about the bugs, molds, slimes and viruses that are so prevalent elsewhere.

I don't pay much attention to what prices grocery stores ask for fresh produce. What I am selling is not the same product so it's hard to make valid comparisons. And the use of scales around here is so over-regulated that there is no way that I would weigh produce... So I sell a green pint basket of grapes for $1. They contain about 1/2 to 2/3 pound. And a peck (the cardboard boxes) for $9.

Birds peck the top of the bunches of grapes, and then they ferment, and then I pick them, and then because I can't take pecked grapes to market, and because I hate to throw away perfectly good food I eat the fermenting grapes. No wonder I am so happy when I pick grapes!!!

There was plenty of must this year.

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