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Fixing The vine

Grape rescue
When I moved in three years ago there was an ugly bush in the back. As I began to cut it down I noticed there was some wire and posts hiding in the bush. Finally I was able to see that it was the remains of a grape vine. I have four others on the property all different so I wanted to see what this one was. The first year all I did was remove the bush so it produced nothing, but I was able to find some heathy new growth over the winter so I pruned it hard and re strung the wires. The year after that it produced a small crop. The grapes were a concord but I had to leave them on until really late in the season almost to frost or the were not any good. Ended up loosing a lot to rot and fungus during the wait. I pruned it again over winter and finally had a decent vine. Last year again I go only a small crop but the grapes were good. I pruned it again this spring and I would say after three years the vines are back to good production. There are a lot of grapes and they look great I actually had to thin out this year. There are plenty for jelly and grape juice. So really I spent about 10 hours spread out over four years at my leisure to get back a forgotten grape vine. I have been bringing back apple trees and berries bushes for the last four years with varying success, and the locational massive fail, but think the grapes are my favorite.

Chestnuts are falling everywhere due to some storms. For the most part I just gather them up and let them ripen on racks but I also like to eat a few early. I was told they can be a little starchy but most of them here seem to be sweet even when really young. You can open them with your shoes even if they not really opening yet. The spins stick in and break off so watch yourself.

If they are small or miss shaped I break the shells opened and give them to the birds. The birds love them!

Around the yard

Poke berry – Poison but a great dye for cotton or wool yarn.
(I do eat poke in the early spring but it needs special preparation use caution)

Rose hips – Good medicine, great tea for flue or colds, there are a lot of other uses.

Chest nuts are just starting to fall. I have 6 huge trees that are very full. I figure I will get a good 40 or 50 lbs of big nuts, and a bunch of small.

First 2 trees of Apples will be ready next week! Cider, sauce and butter 🙂

Grapes – These survived along with a batch back by the woods.

BTW No sprays.