Downward Growing Vines

Growing Grapes

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!.

Gardening Tips How to Grow BlackEyedSusan

Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, from vanveenbulbs .In this segment, we're going to learn all about Black Eyed Susans, or Rudbeckia. It'sa beautiful plant in your garden. Black Eyed Susans are called Black Eyed Susans, becausethey have a black center, and they're a gorgeous yellow, almost a golden, golden color, andthey're kind of like a daisy, or a chrysanthemum. They'll grow anywhere, that's a sunny spot.They really like full, hot sun, that's the key, and they are a bulb, in the fact thatthey go dormant in the winter, so they're just a root, so it's a big root ball, andso you can separate out the roots, and you can even make them into separate plants. Aslong as there's a root, and then there's a

stem, you have a gorgeous plant, and they'reeasy to grow. I usually don't like to separate the mamas from the babies, until they're asbig as the mamas, so this plant is not overtaking it's pot. It still only has a few stems, soI probably wouldn't separate it yet, when I'm planting it right now. I would just plantit, and then let it grow on its own. Another trick that I found with Black Eyed Susans,is in usually the early summer, you get a round of blooms, and then they kind of lookkind of spindly.They don't look that great, so when they don't look that great, I'll actuallycut them down half way, or even lower, wherever it doesn't look great, and they'll grow upa whole other set of blooms for the fall,

so a lot of years, I can get two sets of bloomsthat way, a summer set, and a fall set of blooms, and then when it starts freezing hard,they just die back to the ground, and I really don't worry about them. I just leave themin the ground. I don't dig them up, unless they're really crowded, then I just separatethem out. As long as there's a stem and a root, they're ready to go. Full hot sun, andI just plant the roots about three inches deep, and I water them regularly, and kindof dry them out in between, but give them lots of water, in the heat of the summer,and they'll do really well. I love Black Eyed Susans. They're so colorful, and they're suchto me, the perfect summer flower.

Gardening Tips Growing Hydrangea Bushes

Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from vanveenbulbs .I want to learn all about hydrangea bushes today, how to grow a hydrangea bush, so pleasejoin me and we'll learn a little bit about hydrangeas. This particular hydrangea is asmaller hydrangea. It's considered a dwarf so it doesn't get that big, so I really likeit around the front entryway, and it's really a low growing, and it prefers shade by far.In the sun they always fry on me. They just do not like full hot sun, in the afternoonespecially. Sometimes, if you've got a little bit of morning sun you can get away with afternoonshade and they'll still do really well. But I just love hydrangeas cause' they don't reallyask a whole lot. They just grow with not a

whole lot of water even, and yeah, they stillneed some water, but they're really easy to grow. So first, my rule of thumb is I onlyplant em' where there's other plants will grow that grow in the shade, so if a weedwon't grow then it won't grow. So hydrangeas like good drainage, so they want good compostor potting soil or they don't want to sit right in clay or they're not going to haveany drainage. So raised beds are great, or around fir trees where they're getting somelight or some heat is great as well, cause' you don't want to put em' in too much shadeeither. But they'll grow pretty much anywhere. So there's different types of nutrition toothat determines the colors, so if they are

high in acid or low in acidity then they'llhave different ranges of colors, but from my experience it still has something to dowith the individual plants. I've never had a pink one turn truly blue on me, and becauseI don't put any chemicals in my garden I never find out. I just put em' in compost, so Ifigure this one is the color it's going to be, so I never know if it's going to be adifferent color cause I really don't use any chemicals in my yard. Make sure that theydon't get too dried out though. They cannot get bone dry where they'll just start losingtheir leaves, so a neat trick is as soon as they start going limp a little bit or they'rea little bit look like they're droopy give

em' water, and then don't water em' againtil' they look just a little bit droopy. Don't let em' die completely. But the nice thingis if they do kind of die back completely, or if you have a bad freeze and they justturn to mush chop em' down as far as you can to where the brown is but there's still somegreen stems; wherever there's green stem there's life, so if it's hard it's fine. If it's mushyor breaks right away then it's dead. So you trim it down. So all you have to do is trimit down a bit, and it'll grow new growth again when it heats up in the spring. So, hydrangeaspretty much will live anywhere with very little care. They're one of my favorite plants. Andit's like throwing a party. If you have a

nice shady area get a hydrangea and plantit. If it seems like it's too hot put in a little more shade. If it looks like it's reachingfor the sun give it a little more sun. Let the plant tell you what to do.

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