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emve

From Haugesund. With 3 children and a husband who's seemingly constantly away on business, I garden like it could save my life - and it probably does!

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  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2019
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emve

The grapes look good, but they are hard and far from ripe. It seems that although they grow well in my climate, there just might not be enough sun and warmth for them to get done before it is time to shut down for the winter. I've observed the vine for quite a few years now, and even last summer (the hot and sunny one) wasn't enough to produce ripe grapes, so I am starting to accept that it just won't happen.

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awomanonabike

What a shame. Seems like it’s crying out for a lean-to greenhouse to be built round it 😉😃

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jacaranda

You might not get edible grapes, Mona, but your plant is still a thing of beauty 💚

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gjones

That would be a shame as your grapes look great!

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emve

@awomanonabike, I am actually planning on building (or rather, getting built - I'm not that handy!) a lean-to this winter, just not right there. I have already bought a new grape vine to grow in it, but I might also try to propagate my outdoor vine and try it indoors as well.

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emve

I agree @jacaranda, so at least for the time being I am letting it stay as it is. I like the way it has started climbing nearby trees and bushes, and I'm thinking there is no need for strict pruning if its sole purpose is going to be decoration.

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emve

Yes a shame @gjones, but not that bad. As you see from the other comments, I have plans😁, and I hope my new vine is a better variety. Also, my other vine (I have one on each side of those stairs) is producing somewhat edible grapes. They are about the size of small blueberries, and their seeds fill just about all available space, but at least what little is there, tastes nice.

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cyndi

You could try a either reflective sheet or metal sheet behind it to help with getting it hotter for them to rippen up. They look beautiful

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gjones

Sounds like a good plan. Yes the grapes and vine add a nice decorative touch so it was worth the effort😊

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emve

Not sure if I would like the look of a reflective sheet @cyndi, but perhaps that could be something to try with just a few of the bunches? I've also wondered if they would continue to ripen if I cut and bring some of them inside (like with tomatoes) -- I guess there is lots of potential for experimentation in the coming years.

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awomanonabike

Good luck! It looks lovely anyway 😊

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cyndi

Your in Norway?

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  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2018
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emve

Even these are starting to look potentially edible! A bit late in the season though, and that after such an unusually warm summer.

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columbiariver

I love the look of grapes hanging in their plant. Have you had a frost Mona?

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gjones

They're looking really good!

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jamescalli

/me steals all emves grapes, yumm

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emve

No frost yet @columbiariver, just the usual storms and sideways rain. Days are getting darker and colder though, so I've removed many of the leaves to ensure that it gets as much light as possible.

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emve

Hi Linda, we don't get much snow in my area. Though it rarely drops below minus 5-10c, it can be quite tough on my plants when the moisture-rich soil freezes without any insulating snow on top. How are winters in your area @lindy4a ?

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emve

@jamescalli they are still very sour, but at least they look great.

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emve

@gjones I think perhaps this isn't the greatest variety to grow in my area, but it is too late now.

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  • Season Icon Late SummerLate Summer 2018
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emve

This year they are actually edible. Small and a bit sour, but definitely edible!

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gjones

Lots of grapes! They're looking great!

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emve

These are double the size of last year's (which barely made it past the size of a matchstick head), but I'm hoping for some more growth (and ripening would be nice too). Lots of bunches (again, compared to last year), but I can't make myself remove any of them.

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gjones

Looking good!

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terrimclaughlin

They do u very good that’s nice to have your own. Here their getting pretty expensive 👍🏻👍🏻😊💕

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columbiariver

Looking delicious!

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  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2018
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emve

Lots of tiny grapes this year, hopefully they will grow beyond the size of matchstick heads.

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gjones

I think ours may have died last winter. We don't see any life yet!

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emve

Oh no @gjones ! I was so afraid for mine too, because so much died this winter. Now we've just finished about a month of warm weather and no rain (that is extremely rare around here!), but I don't think my grapes should expect any more warm temps, we might have autumn weather the rest of the year.

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gjones

I think Canada and Norway are experiencing a lot of climate change extremes (and I'm not a fan of the changes)!!

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emve

Progress. Still really tiny, but some with color. Hoping for mild days and sunshine to help them along!

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gjones

Yay, you have some grapes

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emve

@gjones, this is it! Not sure if they will amount to much before the season ends, but we'll see. Not sure if they are especially late because of weather, or if they are supposed to be late-fruiting. Bought them at one of the large chains GC, and I know selling what really works locally isn't always on top of their list of priorities. I still like the plant, though, so I enjoy it with or without fruit😀

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gjones

They're coming- do you have them in a sunny area! Ours get full afternoon sun. I know you've been having a really wet summer so not too many hours of sunshine but you have a longer growing season than we do so yours still have time to mature. Ours are supposed to be similar to concord grapes when fully ripe.

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emve

I hope you are right @gjones . They are on a south facing wall, so if the sun is out, they get it. Perhaps I should remove a few leaves to ensure maximum exposure?

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gjones

@emve I haven't done anything except water regularly and fertilize once a month. Learning as we go😊

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emve

Somehow I don't think I'll be eating grapes this season. But you never know! Autumn may be the new summer now!

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gjones

Mine aren't much farther ahead than yours!

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emve

I thought yours looked larger @gjones. Then we can both hope! Since my garden has seen mostly autumn and very few summer days this season, I think it would only be fair if we got some mild and dry weeks now.

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emve

Look what I found! Actually, there are about 6 or 7 and the vine is still young, so I know some of them will have to go. But for now I choose to just enjoy them and see if any will fall off on their own.

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gjones

A neighbour gifted me three grape vines this spring, Valiant variety. They're still in pots but have bloomed and we're afraid to disturb them now as we want to see if they'll produce grapes. Probably better to plant in ground after fruit production, right?

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emve

I wouldn't know - I did not even notice any flowers om mine! But it probably makes sense not disturbing it right now. As long as it gets enough water, I guess it should be allright. (but don't take my word for it) @gjones

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