The Red Flame Grapes are ripening up. Farmer MacGregor comes for grape stock – growers/sellers. He likes Red Flames so bare root stock was planted in early 2009. Last year there were a few grapes produced. This year, he consulted the How to Prune Fruit Trees guidebook. He also consulted the Sunset Western Garden Book to determine the best way to prune the vine. Eventually, he kept the longest vine and pruned out the other to concentrate the growing energy to one vine.
When pyrethrum and copper was applied to the dormant fruit trees, Farmer MacGregor included the grapevine in this preventative exercise.Note: the copper spray will leave a blue stain on white paint due to the oxidation of the copper.
In May, these little spikey bits developed amongst the fruit. This is the part that stumps me. Why do the spikey bits develop AFTER the berries? I swear this is the proper order the photos were taken.
Farmer MacGregor has attached scare tape to the arbor to shoo away any birds that my be eyeing the ripening fruit. We plan to be selfish and enjoy the entire crop.