Grapes of shade

Grapes have long provided us two of the things we love most in Arizona: Healthy snacks and wine. These days, it seems like more and more people are realizing the benefits of grape vines as a source of something else Arizonans love – shade.

In North Phoenix, a homeowner has grown grapes over a trellis to shade the driveway. A Mexican restaurant in Scottsdale uses grapes to shade one of the entrances.

Yes, it gets hot in the Valley of the Sun, but the mostly frost-free climate is pretty good for grapes, if planted in good soil and watered properly.

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