Grapes: Ancient Roots Reach Modern Gardens
No one knows how long grapes have been part of the human diet, but historical evidence shows that grapes were being cultivated for food and wine over 3000 years ago. Grapes are easy to grow and make beautiful ornamental landscape plants, but some preparation is needed to ensure a vigorous plant and a reliable harvest. Well-tended grape vines can live for up to 100 years so site selection is critical. Have a sturdy trellis in place at the time of planting. For 3-5 years fruit should be discouraged in order to concentrate on growth, pruning, and the development of several sturdy branches for future grape production. Grapes are perfect for eating fresh, using in jams and jellies, or even making wine. An excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants.