Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | GARDEN - WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

Do you have a bare per­gola or fence that is in need of some green­ery? You could grow your own grapes.

Kids love them (es­pe­cially the seed­less va­ri­eties) and frozen grapes dur­ing hot weather are di­vine. Grapes are usu­ally picked from mid to late sum­mer through to late au­tumn, so can pro­vide a de­li­cious au­tumn har­vest from your gar­den.

The best cli­mate for grow­ing grapes has a warm dry sum­mer, which helps re­duce dis­ease lev­els as the grapes ma­ture.

Grapes are long-lived vines that re­quire some sort of strong sup­port to grow up and along. They can be trained up an ex­ist­ing fence, grown over a per­gola or a new trel­lis can be con­structed.

Grapes are avail­able for plant­ing dur­ing win­ter while they are dor­mant. Be­fore plant­ing, mix some fer­tiliser into the hole, which im­proves soil qual­ity and pro­vides the vine with gen­tle slow re­lease or­ganic nu­tri­ents as it es­tab­lishes. En­sure the vine is well wa­tered dur­ing spring and sum­mer and feed ev­ery fort­night with fruit sol­u­ble fer­tiliser to en­cour­age healthy leaf growth and lots of grapes.

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