We planted muscadine grapes last fall after sampling some that we bought at the farmers market in Columbia, SC. That rich flavor sent me straight to the kitchen to make our first muscadine jam, and we were hooked. The vines have done very well so far and it got us thinking about other grapes, so this spring we planted Concord, Catawba, and Niagara vines and now have a nice little grape arbor going. The Concord grapes have many fruits hanging on them, which we will remove this year because we’ve read that young vines should not be allowed to bear fruit during the first two years in the ground so the vines can develop. So those grapes in the photo are going away, but that’s ok. Like many things we’ve planted—rhubarb, blueberries, raspberries, asparagus, apples, cherries, and pecans—these need a few years to mature, then we’ll get to really enjoy them.
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