Dear Garden Journal,
Today, I harvested some ‘Concord’ grapes. You remember grapes, don’t you? Sure you do!
I first wrote about grapes on your pages in March 2003 when I put in the grape arbor and planted two kinds of grapes. The other kind was ‘Himrod’, but I wouldn’t expect you to know about it. Even I forget about it sometimes because I’ve never seen it produce any grapes.
Then I wrote about grapes on your pages in August 2004 when I harvested my first crop. That was an exciting time. I thought how lovely to have grapes just one year after planting the vine.
But then there was really no more mention of grapes on your pages in 2005 and 2006 as there were no grapes to harvest. I don’t know what was going on for those two years. But this year, once again, I have written on your pages that I harvested grapes. I hope you are as excited as I am. I feel like I should even use purple ink to write “Harvested ‘Concord’ grapes” on your pages.
Thank you, garden journal, for reminding me about the history of my grape growing here at May Dreams Gardens, I really appreciate the walk down memory lane.
Your garden journaler, Carol
Yes, I harvested grapes today! Now I know why I painted my bench purple earlier this year.
So when I harvested the grapes, I could have this ‘purple on purple’ picture.
And after two years without any grapes, I think I’ve figured out the trick to better grape production.
1. Plant a grape vine.
2. Leave it alone.
3. Have a cold spring and a dry summer.
4. Harvest grapes.
I’m not sure if anyone, including me, could follow all those steps every year, or would even want to, so here are some more reliable tips on grape growing. (That will take you to a pdf file, not a website.
Before I harvested the grapes this morning, I searched the Internet to figure out how I should use them. Should I make jam, or jelly, or juice? Then I hit upon the perfect use.
I gave them to a friend who said she would make grape pie and give me a slice of or two of it. That’s the perfect way to use grapes, don’t you think?
Finally, in honor of my grape harvest, I made this picture the background on my laptop. If you would like to make this the background on your PC, double-click on it, then right click and chose “set as background”. Then go buy some grape juice because when you see this background on your PC, for some reason, you’ll want to drink a nice, cold glass of grape juice.
What did you write in your garden journal today?