A Sampling of Grapes

This is my “short list” of American varieties which do well in most parts of the Pacific Northwest. There are many others not covered here that are worth growing, so don’t stop with these if you have room for more. In cooler parts of the NW, it’s best to confine your selections to early ripening types. Descriptive Code (appears at…

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Growing Grapes in the Pacific Northwest

Though the Pacific Northwest produces high quality wines, few people make the connection that great wine also means great grapes. table grapes, that is. Thanks to breeders of American grapes, both in this country and Canada (hang on,that’s correct) there are quality table grapes that grow without disease in the NW. American grapes in this case means grapes with a…

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A Grape that isn’t a Grape but is a Grape

If you’ve ever had currant buns, or any other baked product with “currants” in them, you, like 99.9% of the public, thought the “currants” were the little red fruits that grow on bushes. Nope. The dried “currants” used in baking are actually a true raisin, a dried grape. Called “currants” because one of the names of the grape they come…

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Grapes for the Tiny Backyard

Grapes are man’s oldest form of permanent agriculture and really have only one requirement for the backyard grower-full day long sun. (Of course a swampy condition or severe frost pocket eliminates most fruit.) With a postage stamp size back yard it is possible to have a few varieties by head training them on a post (steel or wood) that stands…

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