The Grapes of the TownHouse Gardens


Did I mention I have a lot of grapes?  I enjoy the grapes, so do many critters that live nearby. To make it a more challenging meal, I wrapp...

Did I mention I have a lot of grapes? 

I enjoy the grapes, so do many critters that live nearby. To make it a more challenging meal, I wrapped the bunches of grapes in fabric pouches. This season I used over 100 bags. 

Eighty percent of our Townhouse is either rooftop or cement. The small amount of dig-able soil on our hill is the native California hardpan that is a composite of decomposed granite and clay. Grape plants are well adapted to grow in such soil (dirt!). Put a bare-root plant or even a cutting into the ground, then just add water and sun.

During the grape harvest, I pick three to five pounds of grapes. 

I remove the unusable grapes outside. This also keeps the ants outside ;-)

I save some for the dinner table, but most of the grapes are dehydrated to make raisins.

I removed the grapes from the stems and spread them out on my dehydration trays. 

I used a paper towel to keep the grapes from falling into the center circulation duct. It is removed before starting the dehydrator.

I set the time for 48 hours and the temperature to 135℉.

Two days later I have raisins!

I bag up the raisins and either freeze them or keep them in the refrigerator. 

The raisins are part of my summer breakfast: Overnight Oats!



Abu Dhabi,7,Ambience,6,Around the World,2,Away,52,bags,1,Bangkok,2,Beans,4,Beijing,1,Bhaktapur,1,Birds,20,Blockade,5,Bread,2,Bugs,13,California,1,Cambodia,1,Cascading Garden,1,China,3,Chitwan,1,Choke Point,1,Citrus,8,companion plants,1,Composting,1,Containers,9,Cooking,1,corn,1,Critter-Cam,1,Dinosaurs,1,DIY,1,Dove Nest Camera,16,Earthquake,3,Eating Abroad,3,education,8,Eggplants,2,Favorites,1,Featured,2,Features,4,Festivals,5,fiber,2,Flowers,8,Food,2,Fountain,2,Fruit,10,Garden Notes,16,Garden Pond,1,gardening,1,Grapes,5,Greater Roadrunner,1,Greens,1,Home,137,Journeys,2,kathmandu,25,Kinetic Still Life,1,lemons,1,Life in the Valley,1,live camera,14,Lizard,2,Monkeys,2,Monty Don,1,nature,3,Nepal,32,Nest Camera,1,News,79,Notes,26,Peace,8,Peas,2,Peppers,4,Photography,42,plants,1,Pomegranate,1,preserving,1,pump,1,QR Code,1,Raksi,1,recipes,14,Recycle Garden,4,Reflections,3,Review,1,Rhino,1,Ricoh Theta S,1,Root_Vegetables,4,Salad Garden,2,Site Reviews,1,smartpots,1,Soap Box,1,solar,1,Spice Garden,7,Spices,7,squash,3,Steps Vertical Garden,1,stone_fruit,2,Stone_Garden,1,Strawberries,1,Ta Prohm,1,Technology,1,The Expatriate Experience,14,The Hanging Gardens of the Townhouse,1,The Stone Fruit Wall,1,The_Big_Bag,5,The_Six_Pot_Plot,1,This Digital Life,1,This Expatriate Life,8,three sisters,1,thrips,1,Tibet,1,Tiger,1,Tomatoes,8,Travel,12,Travel Classics,4,Tutorials,12,University of California,3,University of Texas,1,Vegetables,16,Vertical_Garden,1,Videos,4,West stone wall,1,Wild Rock Garden,1,Window Boxes,1,Working Overseas,14,Yeti,1,
At Home and Away: The Grapes of the TownHouse Gardens
The Grapes of the TownHouse Gardens
At Home and Away
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content