Grapes, Beans and Deer on the Terraces

I began excavating a couple terraces this spring.

I have this great south-facing slope and I’ve imagined growing grapes there since I first saw the property.

The terraces are pretty humble at this point.  I’ll write more about them later.

I planted the concord grapes on one level and the muscadines on the next one down.  I lost a lot of them to late frosts but still have 10 good vines.

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The above pic is of a concord.  I planted bush beans around all of the vines.  I figured the beans’ nitrogen fixing capabilities would help the grapes.  I also added a a row or two of beans on the front of the terrace.

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The grapes seem to be flourishing.  The concords are producing big, dark green leaves and the muscadines are vining out nicely.

I did have a scare this morning…

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Deer prints next to the grapes.

Nothing was damaged though.  I’m looking at making deer repellant.  I found a recipe on this site but I’m going to do more research.