This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"L. B. C," Richmond, Ind., says: "I have often read that one of the best methods for insuring a good crop of grapes, was to lay the vines down on the ground at the approach of winter, and if not convenient or desirable, to cover them with mulching, or what is better still, evergreen boughs, to allow the snow to cover and protect them from the sudden changes of winter, as well as protect the vines from the excessive cold.
This I tried last fall, and found it pays a big percentage on the cost and trouble it requires. By the way, why do not more people, with only space for a few vines, oftener select that good old Perkins Grape as one to grow. My vines never have winter killed at all, and never have missed a good crop for ten years. It is quite early, very fair flavor, a much sought after white (green) grape, but changing to flesh color with age. Many of our Western fruit growers highly recommend it, but somehow it does not seem to find its way into general cultivation very extensively".
[One reason why the Perkins is not better known is because it is not new enough for any one to push, and another from a prevailing impression that it is not far removed from a fox grape. Does "very fair flavor" mean equal to a first-class Concord? Few care to go below that. - Ed. G. M].