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  • From: Jay Cutts <>
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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Grapes in zone 3
  • Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:53:36 -0700

Did the moth balls work? Seems like the minute you do something to protect a plant, you also get rodent damage.


Jay Cutts
Cutts Graduate Reviews
800-353-4898 day or eve, 7 days
(In NM, 505-281-0684)

Jim Fruth wrote:
Back when I had extra time, I experimented with growing table grapes here in zone 3. When Winter approached, before the ground froze, I loosened the soil at the base of each plant so I could tip them over without breaking stem or roots. I weighted the plants down with pipes and fence posts and sprinkled moth balls to keep the rodents out. I put tarps over the plants and covered each tarp with a generous helping of leaves - the first year I learned to not put the leaves directly atop the plants because many vines rotted or molded.
If I left the tarps in place too long in the Spring, the vines molded so I tried to uncover them when average temperatures reached the upper 20's F.

Jim Fruth
Brambleberry Farm
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
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