I planted these muscadines a few years ago for the photo shoot for our book, Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living. I haven’t touched them since. I mean, I haven’t pruned, watered, weeded, nothing…ever. They’re one of the few plants from that photo shoot that survived. The goats got loose a few times and ate everything else.
Anyway, the only maintenance they really need is something to climb on. Had I put a few random nails in my fence for them to find, they wouldn’t be so bunched at the bottom. But, don’t they look like ivy?
Unlike ivy, they won’t cling to just anything. They do need a hand to hold. Ten nails, and I’d be golden. I have a feeling I’m going to have to do the street side as well since it’s grown through. I don’t want muscadine vines taking over the sidewalk! Maybe it will provide a treat for all those dog walkers and runners that pass by.