9 lbs of grapes, 5 minutes of collecting. Tons more to go!
Thanks to our demanding shepherd-mix and an excess of “stuff,” we moved to a bigger house with a yard about a month ago. This house is old, built in the 1920s, and it has massive feral grapevines growing along the back fence. We were bummed to see there weren’t many grapes growing within reach, but looked up to find a rather low power line covered in fruit. Our very own electric grape arbor! It’s been a long month waiting for all these grapes to ripen, but now they are at their peak. Grapes have gone feral in most mild-ish climates across the country, often found at old homesteads (modern-day city lots). So unless you live in the ‘burbs or a place that gets heavy snow, you’re likely to find an abundance of free, organic and delicious feral grapes growing in your neighborhood! We have more grapes than we know what to do with right now. We’re not into jelly, so today’s project was homemade raisins!
The only downside to our electric arbor is that collecting is kind of a pain. But this keeps them out of reach of the neighborhood deer!
Grape leaves can resemble maple leaves and grow as small as fist or as large as a salad plate.
Old grapevines grow thick and hairy near the ground, new growth is sprawling and bright green.