Grape vineyards do not always require acre-wide land always. This is true especially if you are just looking to grow grapes for your own consumption or for making your homemade wine. Actually, if you have a small space of land at home that can be cultivated, this is already enough to grow a small grape vineyard, which will be able to yield enough grapes that you can serve on the table or for experimenting on wine.
However, you have to know that growing grapes is not easy. It does require a little effort and some know-how, in order for you to grow grapes appropriately. If you live in the US, you are lucky because most areas in this country can grow grapes.
To get you started, here are the tips that you might want to consider when growing grapes:
The first thing that you have to consider is the location of your area. If that area is getting enough sunshine, then this is a good place where you can start growing your grapes. Sunshine is very important because it gives grapes flavor.
The second thing that you have to consider is your soil. Grapes grow best in soil that is well draining. It does need water, but you cannot let the water sit too much, else, it will kill the roots of your grapes. You might also want to check if you have a clay based soil. If it is, then you are once again lucky, because grapes grow best in clay. You should also consider the acidity and alkalinity of your soil. Grapes does not like too much acid and it does not like too much alkaline as well. Therefore, the PH of your soil should be maintained at 7. You can mix your soil with agents that will modify the PH of it.
Get your grape seedlings. There are many varieties you can choose from, but if this is your first time, you might want to get the ones that are easier to grow, and the ones that are best to grow in your specific area. The people in nurseries, greenhouses, and farmers market will be able to help you determine this.
As soon as you have planted your seedlings, make sure that you also place support like trellises. This will be the actual place where your vines will cling. As your vines grow, you will help them by guiding them on the trellises. You might also want to remove weeds near the grape vine because weeds will just take the soil’s nutrients.
You might also want to remove too much vines that grow farther from the actual body of the vine. This is because lengthy vines are just going to eat up too much of the plant’s energy. Furthermore, these vines are not likely to grow grapes, so you might as well snip it.
These are the different steps that you have to do, if you want to start growing grapes in your own backyard.