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Sta-Home™ Lady Beetles
They stay longer in your garden, and help you control aphids and many other garden pests!

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Protect your plants from nasty slug damage. Lured by the tasty bait, slugs and snails stop feeding soon after they eat Escar-Go!

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June 2004

This is the first year our red & green seedless grape vines are producing fruit, since they are only a few years old, so the taste of the remains TBD, but leaf and vine growth over the past 2 years has been tremendous. Right now, there is fruit bunched all over the vines, and some are even turning red already. The ripening fruit seems to be splitting apart in some of the bunches, and definitely not because they are overripe. Not sure what that's about, but will be looking into that shortly to see if we can find out what the deal is with that. I suspect its from irregular watering, but I guess we could have overwatered too. Some leaves are yellowing, but very few, and overall the plants look really healthy. Some of the bunches of fruit seem perfectly fine and I have to say it is a pretty amazing thing to have these vines actually bear fruit. We watched the grapes form and that was interesting and fun, but now watching the red ones turn red is even more fun because I know that means they are getting close to "ready"!!

Tip #1 for Growing Grapes: Run rows north-south so both sides of the vines get sun as the light shifts from east to west during the day. We did this accidentally and lucked out, but it's supposedly recommended and makes sense.

Tip #2:

Grapevines do not like wet feet, so choose a sloped site with good drainage. If their roots stand in water, they'll die, or at least they won't produce good-tasting grapes.

Tip #3

Basic rule of thumb for pruning grapes: Lose about 90 percent of the previous year's growth.

Tip #4

When grapes are ripe, fruit will be at its sweetest, grape seeds change from green to brown, the cluster stem turns brownish and wrinkles slightly.

Tip #5

Watch your grapes carefully near harvest time, and carefully regulate water. Excessive rains during harvest may cause splitting of skins like what's happening to me (but since I live in So. CA I know it's not the rain's fault if there's too much water!)

Grapes do not need direct sunlight on the berries to develop color. The leaves do need sunlight --they are what produce the sugars in the fruit, which in turn, affects the color. But to prevent bird pilfering, reduce weather damage and, in general, get higher quality fruits, bag the clusters when they are about half grown with brown kraft bags tied securely to the grape cane. Netting can work equally well.

PyolaTM and Soap-Shield®
Save on this Special Spray Combo

Gardeners should have these two products on hand right from the start of the season -- Pyola to control insect pests and Soap-Shield to fight disease. Like the moldy mildew and fungus that can attack tomato plants under very moist environmental conditions. Buy combo and pay $5.95 less than if purchased separately!


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