Grapes are the most popular and widely grown fruit in the world. From the tropics to Alaska, grapes will grow successfully in almost every climate. Whether you raise them for fresh eating, or for making wine, juice, or jellies and preserves, the right grapes will reward you with abundant crops for a modest investment of time and effort.
Now for the first time comes a book for grape growers who wish to use organic growing methods to raise healthy, thriving vineyards in the backyard or on a small commercial scale. The Grape Grower distills the broad knowledge and long-time personal experience of Lon Rombough, one of North America’s foremost authorities on viticulture.
From finding and preparing the right site for your vineyard to training, trellising, and pruning vines to growing new grapes from seeds and cuttings, The Grape Grower offers thorough and accessible information on all the basics. The chapters on grape species, varieties, and hybrids are alone worth the price of a college course in viticulture. And technical information on the major (and minor) insect pests and diseases that affect grapes, as well as their organic controls, makes this book an invaluable reference that readers will turn to again and again.
Rombough also provides a wealth of information on hardy but little-known grapes that are native to North America, and on a wide range of topics, including:
* pruning neglected or overgrown vines
* growing grapes on arbors and in greenhouses
* controlling animal pests in the vineyard
* bunch grapes and muscadine grapes for the South
* winter protection, and how to increase the hardiness of grapes
* creating your own new varieties
Best book for growing grapes, bar none!
From full blown vineyard to backyard one-viners.
Lon provides all the info you need to grow grapes.
This book will get you started, help with advanced techniques, help you start your own cuttings, and even explain breeding grapes.
This book is informative, insightful, and enjoyable.
This book is not just for those who are strictly organic gardeners. It is the most inclusive and extensive book on the subject of grape growing that I have found. The book walks you through understanding grape vines, planting, pruning, watering fertilizing in clear, easy to read detail. I recommend it for any home gardener who would like to try their hand at grape growing in their landscape, or on a larger scale.
I characterize myself as an organic grower, in the main. (I confess that I occasionally resort to Roundup when the bermudagrass threatens to overtake my vegetable garden and paths.)
When we purchased this house and the acre-plus lot around it, we inherited the previous owner's grape arbor. It took us a few years, but we finally figured out they are Muscadines. By then, I had figured out they make great jelly, but since I had never grown grapes, my knowledge of caring for the vines was nil, and we had encountered problems with Japanese Beetle infestations, inconsistent production from unpruned vines, and general bewilderment and when (or if) to fertilize, water and care for the vines.
This book came along in the nick of time. As a novice grape grower, I've thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful book and referred to it numerous tmes. It gives detailed advice that is simple enough for new growers like me. It also contains numerous gorgeous photos of many varieties, creating a temptation to make room and add more grape vines.
The Grape Grower also contains lots of good information for growing grapes in every climate, from the coldest regions to the Deep South.
A very detailed discussion of grape diseases and organic treatments is particularly helpful to me as we strive to avoid using pesticides in our garden.
If you are a novice like me, or if your bookshelf only has room for one book on grape growing (also like me), I highly recommend this as the book of choice for grape growers and would-be growers.