Mystery Grapes

I discovered something super cool when I was out pulling up the old spent vetch in the garden: the old gnarly mystery grape vine that volunteered probably 25 years ago is actually going to make grapes this year!

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Baby grapes!

I’ve never seen real, edible grapes from this vine. I once saw the shriveled remains of some purplish raisins on it, but that’s about it. I cut it waaaay back last summer because it was pulling down my garden fence. I let two long but orderly vines remain to run along the top edge, but everything else was hacked off. Well, it guess it liked that.

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Lots and lots of baby grapes!

I remember when Megan lived on a big ranch that had a vineyard, that we fertilized the vines when the grapes were starting to grow like this, so I’m going to look into what I need to do to encourage the vine to produce good fruit. But how fun is that? A surprise from the mystery grape!

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