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awomanonabike

When I'm not on my bike, you'll find me in my organic-ish garden in #Cumbria. Favourite plants? Wisteria, hellebores, peonies, philadelphus...

Vitis vinifera 'Thompson Seedless'

  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2019
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awomanonabike

28 May 2019 • Is it just me? I find it so hard to prune away so much of the vine, especially the trusses, even though I know it means more and bigger grapes. It’s like thinning the veg seedlings... #toughlove #butimagardenwimp

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columbiariver

I agree! And last year I got no grapes. Got a little too carried away with the clippers.

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awomanonabike

😱 Oh no! That completely defeats the purpose Laura 😂 Better luck this year 🍇🍇🍇 @columbiariver

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columbiariver

I've stayed away from them. I want to make juice. Fingers crossed 🤩

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awomanonabike

Good luck! @columbiariver

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valjones-hughes

Oh absolutely not Jacqui. I had one in my old garden and I found it so hard to prune back enough!

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awomanonabike

It just seems ... wrong @valjones-hughes

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pelly

It always looks so brutal, but I guess it has to be done Jacqueline 🍇🍇

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awomanonabike

I hate doing it. It’s almost as bad as thinning the peaches, which is so bad I don’t do it 😂🤣 @pelly

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pelly

So you get grapes but you don't get peaches? 😂😂

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awomanonabike

We do get bigger grapes now I do this and actually the peaches are already pretty good and nature does its own pruning with the ‘June drop’ so I just leave it to nature 😉 @pelly

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pelly

That sounds sensible to me but I'm still getting my head round growing flowers never mind fruit 😱😂

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awomanonabike

And for once, we're not going to be on holiday when they ripen 😀

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mattfeaton

Lovely bunch!

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fisherman

Wonderful.

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juliesgarden

Wow 👏👏👏

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awomanonabike

And there's more than one Matt 🙄😊 @mattfeaton

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awomanonabike

It's very exciting James @fisherman

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awomanonabike

Thanks Julie. It's taken many years for me to finally appreciate that it's worth pruning it really hard... 🍇🍇🍇 @juliesgarden

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pauline33

Wow very impressive 👏👏👏😍

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daisyrozanne

That's amazing 😵 my dad will be jealous! 😆

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awomanonabike

Thanks Pauline 😊😊 @pauline33

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awomanonabike

Thanks Ash. Does your Dad have a grape vine? @daisyrozanne

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brightcolours

Good looking bunch. Well done!

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awomanonabike

I think I have finally learnt that it is worth removing some of the bunches to get bigger grapes. I have also cut back all of the shoots to two leaves beyond a truss 👏🏻

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katgreen

Yes it took me a while to learn that lesson too 😊

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awomanonabike

And I'm no good at thinning vegetables! 😂😂 @katgreen

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columbiariver

Good to know. We've taken down our arbour to replace it so our grapes have nothing to grow on this year. Not sure how to get a crop at all from our burly knob of a grape plant. It's just sprouting now.

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awomanonabike

I'm sure it will be fine! They are so robust 👍🏻 @columbiariver

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katgreen

@columbiariver I cut mine right back a few yrs ago and it did it the world of good 😊

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katgreen

@awomanonabike I'm no good at thinning anything, I even leave the weeds when I know I shouldn't but just to be sure it's not a plant in disguise 😄😅😆

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columbiariver

Thank you Jacqueline and Kathryn. I am encouraged. I think I will keep all shoots pretty short then and hope for some goodies. @katgreen

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awomanonabike

@katgreen I'm the same Kathryn but I'm getting better...

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awomanonabike

Do Laura. It won't do it any harm. If you want fruit cut out all but two of the shoots from each knobbly bit. Leave one to grow & cut the other back to about 6 leaves. If they flower, cut back to two leaves above the bottom truss & cut any other trusses off. If they don't flower just cut right back to two leaves...I hope that makes sense!! @columbiariver

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columbiariver

Ok, I'll do it. Makes perfect sense to me. I appreciate your help very much.

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awomanonabike

You're welcome Laura. Fingers crossed @columbiariver

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awomanonabike

One of my favourite greenhouse jobs. After pruning the vine you then scrape the stems of old bits of bark to get rid of all the nooks and crannies that mealybugs and other pests would otherwise hide in. 😊

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kimmy01

That looks like a mature plant 😊 I've just bought my first grape vine

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awomanonabike

Oh how exciting! Yes it is probably about 15 years old I think. Do you have a greenhouse or conservatory for it? @kimmy01

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awomanonabike

#vine #grapevine

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kimmy01

Yes @awomanonabike I have a greenhouse and a conservatory I'm just deciding where to put it 😊🍇

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awomanonabike

I don't know whether you need or want any advice but if you do... I'd recommend putting it where you can plant it outside and put the main stem through a hole in the wall. That works really well & means you don't have to water it, at least not once it is established. Good luck @kimmy01

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kimmy01

That's a really good idea, in not sure what the other half would think though 😂 I'll see what he says

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kimmy01

Thank you 🍇

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awomanonabike

You're welcome! Tell them it will be worth it for the grapes & wine 🍷 🍇 🍷 @kimmy01

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brightcolours

#grapevine-advice #mealybugs

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awomanonabike

Oops! Thinning fruit should be done - but never is by me! This has meant the weight of the grapes has pulled the vine off the roof of the greenhouse. Hey ho!

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jeatacake

That's exactly what happened to mine a few weeks ago. The greenhouse is like as disaster zone now 😕

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awomanonabike

The books tell you to prune individual bunches but I have a life! Anyway, they taste great. Hope yours do too? 🍇=😊 @jeatacake

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plants

Looks so good 😀👍🌿

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awomanonabike

Taste good too but we can't get through them all, even though we are giving them away. Shame you're so far away @plants 🌏

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jeatacake

I had enough of the grapevine. It simply isn't worth the space it takes up, so it had to go!

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awomanonabike

😲 That is so sad! I'm not very good at getting rid of plants that have outlived their usefulness. Nor at adding @jeatacake to my posts at the time either 😂😂😂

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jeatacake

I did notice! But better late than never 😉

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brightcolours

#grapevine #grapes

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