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Start an Organic Backyard Vineyard

Learn how to grow grapes and why an organic backyard vineyard may be right for your home.



Whether you have 50 square feet or an acre to plant, “The Organic Backyard Vineyard” by expert grower Tom Powers is the straightforward guide you need to successfully grow organic grapes at your backyard vineyard.
Photo Courtesy Timber Press
If you want to have a home vineyard, lack of space doesn’t have to stop you. Even a few rows of vines can produce enough grapes to make several hundred bottles of wine every year.
Photo By Tom Powers
Carefully managing the canopy—the leaves that grow above the fruiting zone—maximizes the amount of sunlight that reaches the leaf surfaces and ensures the maximum possible amount of photosynthesis. It also allows for better management of mildew and other fungal diseases.
Illustration By Kate Francis
Two broad bands that circle the globe are suitable for growing grapes. These temperate regions have sufficient summer high temperatures, winter low temperatures, and a growing season that lasts long enough to ripen grapes. Within these bands are a wide variety of regional differences.
Photo Courtesy Timber Press
Vines planted on a trellis system are more productive and easier to care for than those simply planted in the ground with no support.
Photo Courtesy Timber Press





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