Hi, I'm Tricia, and organic gardener. Grapes are a beautiful edible landscapeplant, as well as producing delicious fruit. Today I'm going to plant a new grapevine. If you're not ready to plant your grapesas soon as they arrive, that's ok, you can heel them in. You can either dig a shallow trench, put the grape vines in and cover the roots with soil, or you can do like I've done and put the roots in a bucket, cover them with soil and protect themwith a little bit of straw.
Grapes are tolerant of a wide variety of soils, but it is important to check with your Master Gardener or local ag extension to find out what varieties will do best in your climate. Your site selection should be in fullsun with a southern exposure, away from trees. And avoid depressions where cool air can collect. Ideally, preparation for planting yourgrapes will start the year before with a soil test and an appropriate cover crop. Grapes like moderate fertilityand a pH of about 5.5 7. In most climates you can plant grapes in late winter or early spring.
For northern climates you might want towait until a little bit later in the spring. Just dig a hole the same size as theroots and don't add any fertilizer. You don't want to get more leaves than fruit! Soak the roots of your grapevine forabout 2 to 3 hours before planting, and then you can prune off any damaged roots. But it's important to leave as much of the root system as possible. Make sure that the roots are loose andnot clumped together. The hole should be deep enough to plantthe vine to the same level it was planted before,
with a few inches of soilover the longest roots. Gently back fill the soil with thetopsoil first. And if it hasn't rained recently make sure and give your plant some water. You want to train your newly plantedlittle grapevine to grow into a big grapevine with a straight single trunk reaching the trellis. In order to do that we're going to prune this plant so that it has one straightish cane. By the second year you need some kind of a support system. This two wire support system is very common and easy to build.
To train your grapevine to grow straight upto the trellising, you may need to do a temporary supportlike bamboo and then just tie it togetherwith a little twine or some tape. These are flame grapes, so I'll betraining them to a bilateral cordon. That is I want a nice straight trunk. And then I'll choose two buds that will be trained into big, permanent branches on either side of the trunk. It's really important to tag your plants.I use these permanent zinc plant tags
its really important to know what variety you have so that you can prune appropriately. Whether you have a big vineyard or you'vejust planted a few grape vines, grapes will benefit from cover cropping. So get ready for winter pruning,and Grow Organic for Life!.
5 MORE Incredible Smoothie Recipes
You guys seemed to love our first smoothie tutorial so much, I thought it was time for round two. Today I'm sharing five more delicious, healthy breakfast smoothie recipes. Today I'm going to besharing a Fun Dandy smoothie, and amazing Green Goodness smoothie, a wonderful Berries and Beets smoothie,
a Funky Monkey smoothie, and finally a Pumpkin Pie smoothie that actually tastes a lot like dessert. I absolutely love thisgorgeous purple smoothie, because it features both grapes and plums, and it really has the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. It's a great way to start off your day.
To our blender, we're going to start by adding some almond milk. Now you could also use dairy milk, soy milk, or hemp milk. Any milk will really do. You just want to make sure that you're adding your liquids first,closest to the blade. That really helps thesesmoothies blend up beautifully.
To that, we are going toadd some concord grapes. Now, this is the perfect season for them. They're so delicious. They're sweet and sour,which I absolutely love. We're also going toadd two beautiful plums that I've just sliced up, and then a banana for smoothness. Now if you don't want to add the banana,
you could also add some Greek yogurt here, or a little bit of avocado. Basically we're just trying to create sort of that creamy texture that makes smoothies so delicious. And presto, you have agorgeous purple drink that's perfect forbreakfast, lunch, or dinner. Next up is our Green Goodness smoothie,
which I love because it features a whole lot of vegetables The base of this green smoothie is going to be some green tea. I just brewed some greentea and let it cool. Now I'm going to add it to my blender. Now green tea containsa ton of antioxidants, and obviously has no calories,
Grape Juice Health Benefits
Health Benefits of Grape Juice. SkinFriendly. Prevents Constipation. Grape Juice Maintains Heart Health. Anticoagulant. Grape Juice Prevents Breast Cancer. Helps in Lowering of Blood Pressure. Grape Juice Helps to Relieve from Migraine.