Growing Grapes in Texas Jim Kamas Central Texas Gardener
I love Tait Moring's sense ofgardening style. Thanks so much for opening your gates for us. Right now we're going to talk aboutgrowing grapes. One of the hottest topics here in Texas because of all the wineries. We have Jim Kamas with us. It's great to have you back on theprogram. Welcome. Thanks, Tom, I appreciate it. Welcome back to Central Texas Gardener. You've just published a great new bookGrowing Grapes in Texas.
Congratulations on that! Thanks a lot. It took a couple years to get done, but I'm I'm pretty happy with it. Well you know, like I said, it's a hottopic. A lot of people are very interested in growing grapes in their backyard. Maybe one ofthose famous table grapes, like Concord or something like that. Well Concord ispretty tough to grow here. Concord likes acid soils which we don'thave. And it's much more adapted a cooler climates. If you wanted to grow Fredonia or some of the other lebrusca types, they'll work, but
Concord is a pretty tough one to grow here. Ok, well your book is filled with tips aboutvarieties and things like that. Let's focus on that home grower. You know , I know for example I go out to hillcountry every now and again to go to Fredericksburg, places around there. And I see wineries springing up like mushrooms now. And it kinda makes me wanna grow grapeshere in town. What does a home gardner need to know to get startedé Well if you're a homeowner and you want to grow enough vines to produce a little bit of wine
my advice is plant what you like. If you're planting a commercial vineyards we're going to have a very different discussion. But if you like Merlot, plant Merlot. If you like Syrah, plant Syrah. For smallscale, you have no big economicinvestment, so plant what you like and go with that. Yeah okay, that makes sense. In terms of the space needs, the sun,
all those kinds of things, grapes arerather particular and disease prone. Yes. So let's give people an idea of whatthe basics are that they would need to have any kind of success. Sure. Commercially our rows are spaced nine to ten feet apart, but in the backyard if you are maintaining the row centers with alawnmower or something, you can place the rows as close as six feet apart.And you can also go as tight as five to six feet between vines. You can put a lot of vines in arelatively small space.
So small space is OK. When we talk about the rows, we are talking about providing structures on which the the vines can grow and supportthemselves. Yes, a lot of times in California you'll see these free standing vines that are called head pruned vines. They don't do very well here because we need to keep our vines up off the ground because it rains here duringthe summer and they are very disease prone as you mentioned.
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How to Set a Corner Post WITHOUT Concrete
Hey there. Welcome to the very firstinstallment the Alderman Farms homesteading instructional tutorial series those of you who know us, know that we like to live as selfsufficiently as possible, on ashoestring budget. And so we're gonna show you a tip today in our very first tutorial how to set a corner post for a garden fence with no concrete. Butit's gonna be sturdy. You'll be able to pull it. This is a tip that was taughtto me
by really our mentor the gentleman whogot us into homesteading and goats, and living off the land. Mr. ThomasCarl quot;Stumpquot; Easley. And so, we're gonna dedicate this first tutorial to him and I hope you can.you'll find ituseful umm.and you'll be able to put it into playright away and set posts without concrete. Readyé Here we go!
obviously if you're gonna set a post the first thing you have is a hole for the post so we selected a site where the corner post is gonna go and so.I'm gonna dig the hole I'm gonna dig it. you need to dig it a little bit bigger than the circumference of your pole and I'll talk to you more.about one certain aspect of the hole
that is very important.in just a minute Alright.the hole is dug I've got.my posts are 8 feet long. I've dug a 3 foot hole I'm gonna sink the pole 3 feet in the ground which will leave me five feet of the pole above the ground. Now I chosethree feet for a couple reasons first of all I want you to see that.I don't know if you can see it I've got a mark, on my.on my post hole digger.uh.to let me know when I'm 3 feet deep By the way.
you don't have to be a rocket scientistto dig a post hole but you do need to have a PhD (Post hole Digger) rimshot I'm sorry that'sfree anyway, couple reasons why I chose 3foot deep instead of 4 (instead of half of the pole).uh, the primary reason is quot;logisticsquot; the.at the 3foot mark, on my posthole digger that's about as far as I can go, and stillget a bite because of the diameter of the hole.
Now, I've got a 4 foot mark up here on this poll,if I want to go 4 feet I can but what needs to happen is, I haveto make the hole a bunch wider it needs to make it slope down on one side so I can I open my post hole diggers wide enough to get a bite of dirt So that's one reason. Second reason I'm sinking them 3 feet: to leave five feet of pole on top the fence that we're putting on these poles is four feet high that'll leave me a foot of post past thefence