When we were house hunting a couple years ago, finding a house with garden space was a must for me. I didn't need a well-established garden, I just wanted space for gardening. We looked at houses for almost 2 years and many fit the bill. But when we looked at the house we ended up buying, it more than fit the bill. Not only was there ample space for gardening, there was already so many things planted and established here...including 15 grape vines with 9 different varieties of table grapes.
Last year we moved in with enough time to reap the benefits of the grape harvest. This year was my first year being in total control of the grape vines. I pruned hard all summer for aesthetic reasons, but we are having a wonderful harvest with more grapes then we know what to do with.
Many friends have visited and left with as many grapes as they wanted, yet we still have enough to donate to the local food bank later this week.
As I mentioned before, we have 9 different varieties. It's been so much fun to walk through and taste each variety. Some are so sweet and different from what you'd find in a grocery store. Others are very "grape-like" - meaning they are exactly what you'd find in a store. And one is particularly disappointing.
Last weekend we picked quite a bit of the Reliance variety and made jelly.
This weekend we picked several other varieties and made juice.
What fun it is to have such a bounty of fruit right in our backyard!