from sad to happy

It’s my dream to grow grapes, yip.  I’m not talking about a whole vineyard or anything but just enough of a bounty to indulge ourselves.  My grandmother had a ripper grapevine that magically appeared every year, laden with huge black grapes… It’s canopy hung so low to the ground we used to crawl under there, lay on our backs and pluck hand fulls of big globe beauties and gorge ourselves… until the inevitable screech of “you kids get out from under the grapevine!” sent us scattering.

Two years ago I planted two small vines that haven’t done jack in all this time…

yes my friends that dry brittle stick poking out is one of my precious vines… yeah it ain’t happy, it may even be dead.  Anyway with a bit of research and a couple of new healthier looking vines, Mr Weiss and I set to building them their own raised bed to stretch out in.  Turns out the the clay and rock soil common in Delaware County is not so friendly for our friends who prefer a light sandy soil.  I wish I’d read this helpful nugget of information oh a couple of years ago.

we dug out the top section of earth and built a rectangle raised box out of scrap wood… let me tell you how excited Mr Weiss gets to put on his “carhartt” work pants and stride about with his tool box.

we loosened up the soil and picked out as much of the rocks as possible…

then I filled it with the leftover dirt I got from the farmer last year… which has spent the last year breaking down and is now finally some nice rich looking soil.

and finally our happy friends… all that’s left to do is to mulch,  fence in and I can start dreaming of the day I get to pick my own grapes! awesome.


  1. sarah
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    i subscribed to your blog in the wintertime, i don’t know how i got there or whatever. i’ve been enjoying the recipies you’ve posted – ESPECIALLY the salty-top brownies. goodness, heaven. anyhow, we bought a house last year that has 6 year old grape vines and they are so big! Like, 12-15-20 feet long big. I saw your pictures (beautiful garden) and wondered what you might do when your vines get so big, or maybe you won’t let them.

    happy spring, good luck, grapes are dreamy.

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted May 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

      I am hoping to build a trelis should i be so lucky enough that my vines grow that big! how fabulous!!

  2. Jill
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Grapes are one of my favourite fruits, especially when it is sitting atop a custard fruit tart! Fingers crossed on the new vines

  3. Gabriel
    Posted May 22, 2010 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Hmm. I’ve never frozen corn on the cob but I grill corn at the end of the summer, slice it off of the cob and freeze it in tupperware to use in a future pasta dish or a macaroni salad. It’s always been as wonderful and as sweet as the corn was when I froze it. Curious.

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted May 22, 2010 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      I think the mistake was freezing the cob, next time i will cut the kernels off.

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