A grape-grow­ing mas­ter­class

Use our ex­pert’s guide on how to start cul­ti­vat­ing vines now

Garden News (UK) - - Advertisement - Words Ge­off Steb­bings

Thanks to the scorch­ing sum­mer of 2018, any­one grow­ing grapes should be reap­ing the re­wards of that sun and heat with a bumper har­vest. Al­though we still re­gard the plump, juicy fruit as a crop for warmer climes, they’ve been grown in the Bri­tish Isles for cen­turies and are per­fectly hardy. Grapes are not at all dif­fi­cult to grow; the skill and care is in mak­ing them fruit pro­duc­tively. Tra­di­tional ad­vice of­ten gets hor­ri­bly com­pli­cated, es­pe­cially when try­ing to learn ev­ery­thing in one sit­ting! But the prin­ci­ples are sim­ple and it’s pos­si­ble for al­most any­one to grow their own wine or dessert grapes, with a lit­tle care and by choos­ing the right va­ri­ety.

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