Growing a garden at home is simpler than you imagine and, although many may find it stressful, it is, in general, a very beneficial activity at several levels.

Some advantages of growing food at home are:

  • It is a relaxing activity
  • You will get your own food.
  • The foods will be more natural and without chemical products.
  • They are collected at the right time when they are mature.
  • Contributes to the environment
  • Save money.

Despite not being able to grow any food in our home, because of the type of climate or cultivation techniques,  we can find some that can be grown without problems, such as grapes.

The grape is one of the easiest fruits to plant at home, because just a container or pot will be enough to make it grow.

If you want to know how to plant, care for and harvest this fruit, read on!

1. Plant at the right time

The best time to grow grapes is usually from winter until the first days of spring. If you are not in this period it is better to wait until then.

2. Choose the seeds

The grape is able to adapt to a wide variety of soils and climates, but if you want your crop to be successful, it is advisable to know which is the best type of grape for your area.

Once you have the seeds, you should:

  • Clean them with water at room temperature.
  • Place them all in a glass of water (200 ml).
  • Separate the floating seeds and discard the others.
  • Leave them to soak in the glass of water for at least 24 hours.

3. Plan them correctly

Once the seeds have been selected, you should look for a container or pot with fertile soil where it can be grown.

  • Make between 3 and 4 close holes in the earth. These must be at least 10 centimeters (4 inches) deep.
  • Place a pair of seeds for each hole.
  • Fill the holes with earth, without pressing too much.
  • Water the earth immediately.

4. Wait for the first buds

The plant will begin to sprout between 6 and 8 weeks after planting. When the shoots reach 8 centimeters (3 inches) you should transplant them to a larger container.

5. Take them from the pot to the garden

When the plant has reached 30 centimeters (12 inches) it will be time to transplant them to your garden . Do not forget to prepare it correctly and follow the following steps:

  • Clean the land that you are going to use, to remove any trace of impurities that may be on the ground.
  • Loosen the earth, in this way the plant can grow without difficulties.
  • Make a hole about 40 centimeters (16 inches) wide and 40 centimeters (16 inches) deep.
  • Carefully transplant and top with fertile soil.

6. Prepare a support for the plant

The vine is a climbing plant,  make sure that it has a firm support to growwithout problems.

In its first year of life, a pair of wooden stakes or some metal rods will suffice. You must tie the plant to the support so that it grows as straight as possible. When stakes and rods are not enough, consider building a trellis or fence where it can be extended.

7. Take care of your plant

Although the grapes do not require much care, with a couple of tips you will make the plant grow healthy and strong:

  • The grapes need a lot of light. Try to locate the plant in a place where they can receive enough sun during the day.
  • This plant requires good drainage so that the water does not remain stagnant.
  • Always make sure you have good support to grow appropriate to your size.
  • Grapes need more care when the weather is dry , try to provide them with enough water, at least, once a week.

If you follow all these tips you can be sure that you will be able to cultivate, care for and maintain your plant, making it grow healthy and strong.

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