The Vineyard, the Fedge and the Mini-Orchard

I am SO excited to report that Ray, Jake, Joe and I ate our first grapes yesterday! Oddly enough, the bounty did not come from the plants we put in last year, but from the Pinot Noir grapes we planted this year.

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There were 8 grapes total. Joe was with me and quickly downed 4 of the 8. I ate 1, saved 1 for Jake and saved the other 2 for Ray.

They were delicious! After tasting them, the memory of hiding in the grape arbor at my babysitter’s house came back to me. I was 8 or 9 and I remember standing on my tippy-toes to reach a cluster of grapes in her backyard.

Next, Joe and I took a stroll through the fedge. I had Joe stand by the autumn olive for scale. Below is a picture of it last year next to the picture I took yesterday. We will most likely not get any berries this year. Normally, the autumn olive fruits in the 3rd year.

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It occurred to me that I have yet to give an update on our mini orchard. The apple, weeping mulberry and IL everbearing mulberry have all grown quite a bit since May of last year.

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Weeping mulberry

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IL Everbearing mulberry

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2 in 1 Apple

And, as I mentioned in a previous post, we even managed to get a few mulberries from both trees. The birds (not the girls) got the rest.

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Poor little chickens
No mulberries for you girls
Eaten by robins

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