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GROWING GRAPES IN YOUR BACKYARD Tips for Success

JULIE BARNES Lyndon Penner asks me where I think Canada’s largest grapevine is located. My guess is southern British Columbia, considering the short, mild winters. I’m wrong. What’s believed to be our country’s largest grapevine can be found in the Crowsnest

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Pass in southern Alberta. “The grapevine has a trunk that’s probably eight to 10 inches in diameter. It’s ridiculous,” says Lyndon, a well-known prairie gardener and landscape designer. The grapevine covers approximately 2,200 square feet at a garden centre. “They have to

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call in extra help every year to pick 500 pounds of grapes because they all ripen at once.” Perhaps you’re not prepared to pick 500 pounds of juicy fruit every summer, but would still like to gauge your green thumb by growing your own grapevines. Although they may conjure images of Mediter-

ranean climes, there are a few varieties that work well in prairie gardens. Beta and Valiant “If you go to a garden centre this spring and say, ‘Sell me a grapevine; I live in zone two,’ they’ll sell you either Beta or Valiant,” says Lyndon.

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Saskatoon HOME magazine Spring 2016  

Saskatoon Home magazine is the definitive and practical guide to quality home design, building, renovation, landscaping, and decor - specifi...

Saskatoon HOME magazine Spring 2016  

Saskatoon Home magazine is the definitive and practical guide to quality home design, building, renovation, landscaping, and decor - specifi...