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Old 13-Jul-2012, 02:55 PM (14:55)     1        45293
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Over the back patio, a concrete slab, I have a redwood arbor for grape vines. I put in 4 vines which were all labeled Concord but turned out to be just one was Concord and the other 3 are mystery grapes. The vines have completely filled over the top, so much so that they need pruning back every year, as well as during the summer. Shade and grapes.

This year, despite the dry season, I am going to have a bumper crop! The true Concords ripen first, then in another month the others do. I keep telling the robins they must share but they don't want to. Starlings come around and the robins leave. I've also seen western Stellar jays, one at a time, feeding.

So to have any grapes for myself, I save the lids from large yogurt containers and hang them from the wood. That protects some of the grapes; I let the birds have all the ones outside that protection. Problem with robins is that they "process" the grapes onto the patio and the patio furniture. So this year I got big tarps to cover the furniture unless I'm using it.

Soon the grapes will be ripe enough for picking and eating, right out of hand.
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Nice use of Thread Prefix. Got a couple of grape vines myself in my garden; very nice small black grapes, but they're seeded, and you need to be quite careful to spit out all the seeds, not crunch down on them as is so easy to do, since the seeds are very bitter.
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Mine have seeds, too, which is probably why it's hard to give them away! My one friend loves the non-Concord (who knows what they are?) grapes but that's it.

Pretty soon I've got to get the ladder out and start hanging the big yogurt container lids to keep the birds from eating them all!
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Silly people who don't like seeded grapes!

Obviously, they probably don't like unpitted olives, as well. More for the rest of us, then!
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This morning I dragged out the ladder and hung all the large size yogurt lids I have. They protect the Concords which are ripening already, early this year. Still a wee bit tart but almost there. The robins were already gathering! The other grapes are still green.
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The Concords are ripe and luscious. The robins are sharing, claiming the ones they can reach. They also are "processing" the deep color and seeds all over the patio. I hose off the concrete daily but have covered the patio furn with tarps so I don't have to hose them off and can just take off the cover and sit when I want to. The non-Concords are still green but the robins take them anyway. I've moved some of the protecting yogurt lids over to protect for me some of them.
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Yay, grapes!
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The grapes sure do attract little animals. Besides the usual robins, starlings, blackbirds, and a Stellar Jay, and yesterday a magpie. Also 2 squirrels as of yesterday; they also like the apples! And I don't have many of those this year.

The Concords are quite sweet and good this year but dunno about the others as they aren't quite ripe, not that the birds care!
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