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The Right Soil for Growing Grapes
by: Nathan Jones

Have you ever thought about growing grapes but were just unsure about how to get started? If so you are not alone, many people find themselves in this quandary. A very important part of growing healthy and tasty grapes is your soil. The condition of your soil will have a large impact not only on the health of the vines but the actual taste of the grapes or wine. Good soil results in well-rooted vines that will product an abundant crop regardless of whether you are in a cold or warm clime. The only difference in the two temperature ranges will be the height of your grapes, warm equal's tall plants and vice versa.

The first thing you must do is choose the area you would like to grow the grapes, this needs to be a perfect location. Next, prepare the soil so that you have the best chance of having healthy grapevines. Most of the time those seeking answers on how to grow grapes at home are wondering what type of soil conditions are optimal. Since this is so vitally important here are a few things to keep in mind about the condition of your soil and the perfect location:

Drainage- You want soil that drains water away well, grapes do not thrive in marshy or constantly wet ground. This type of land simply is not suitable for grape growth.

Air- Circulation of air is another important aspect of growing grapes. When you have good airflow, you will stand a better chance at raising disease free vines.

Sunshine- Choose an area for your grapes that catches a great deal of full sun every day. Grapes are enamored of the sun.

Your soil needs to have the right amount of nutrients if you want to ensure your grapes will have the best possible chance of being healthy. Soil can be tested and analyzed for nutrient content by a qualified professional. It is important that you find out all you can about your soil before planting your grape vines. It is pretty easy to add nutrients to the soil. Organic soil is probably your best solution as grapes require a high quality soil for optimal growth and production. Of course too much of a good thing can be a bad thing and if you get too much of a specific nutrient in the soil you will have problems as well. Another reason testing the soil is a good idea.

The final thing you need to know about growing grapes is how to prepare the soil properly. Avoiding fertilizers and pesticides is best for your grape vines and resulting fruit. In the end with the right soil conditions, water level, sunlight exposure and air flow you will have a great time planting and growing grapes.

About The Author
Nathan Jones is the owner of Grape Growing School and co-wrote this article with grape growing expert Patrick Beaufort. Please visit for more growing grapes soil information and tips on growing a successful backyard vineyard.
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