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Nice work Steve. Beautiful trees and plants.
 
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Thanks Dan!
 
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The table grape vine clusters are looking great, and since I never spray anything, they haven't been sprayed with anything either!

It is definitely possible to grow healthy table grapes naturally, even in challenging places like the Southeast US. All they need is healthy living soil, growing in a polyculture of diverse plants, rain, and sunshine!
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The muscadine grapes have just finished flowering, and the vines look like they are going to be filled with tons of muscadines later this year!
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Here's a few closeups of 2 grape bunches, and some healthy bunches of grapes hanging on the vine.

I just love the way grapes look, so beautiful and majestic!
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Planning to propagate more black locusts in the food forest soon.

It should be great for rot resistant timber, natural trellises for grapes and other vines, beautiful flowers for both humans and bees, and also added plant diversity in the food forest.

It's also fast growing, having grown over 7 feet tall (2 meters) its first year!

 
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This is a one year update on a peach tree grown from seed that was probably planted by a squirrel.

It has never been pruned, and has a naturally healthy form.

It's grown over 6 feet in its first year of growing, and it has started developing a lot of new young side branches this year.

Hopefully we'll get some tasty peaches next year, less than 3 years after the tree seed was planted!

 
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Found this neat looking large pollinating moth in the food forest.
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This tiny frog was just a little bigger than my thumbnail.
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Colorful blueberries!
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