[NAFEX] Grapes in Heavy Soil

loneroc loneroc at mwt.net
Mon Jul 17 06:44:36 EDT 2006


Richard,

I can highly recommend Lon's book--certainly in my top 10 for edible horticulture!

Steve H. Lone Rock, WI
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Richard MURPHY 
  To: nafex 
  Sent: Sunday, July 16, 2006 12:36 PM
  Subject: [NAFEX] Grapes in Heavy Soil


  Good Afternoon All;

  Can a person grow grapes in heavy soil in Maine zone 4 ??
  The soil may also be considered clayish.
  Apple & Pear trees thrive in it, though.

  Is there a seedless grape for this area?

  Do people actually buy seeded table grapes any more, now that the supermarket sells the huge, insipid sugar-balls?

  Is there a decent juice grape for this area?

  I might buy a copy of Mr. Rombough's book if all the answers aren't too discouraging.....

  This is for a small commercial orchard that has 100 apples, 60 pears, 40 cherries. Small but commercial.

  PS guys....I had a Liberty apple from Miller in the early 90's. Talk about CAR...holy crap, it was more zits than green! Died quickly while other trees thrived. Just Like today... the Jonafree is 100% zit free, as is the Yellow Transparent, but the Braeburn (Miller Comspur) is loaded..... All trees in a 20' circle. Don't make any connection between Miller / CAR. I got tons of healthy trees from them over the years.

  Murph



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