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!.
Tree Plant Care What Time of Year to Plant Grapes
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment,we're going to answer the question, when is the best time to plant grapesé When is thebest time to plant my grape plantsé Well grape plants are really easy to grow. They're justa vine. They're kind of a bush that grows into a little bit of a vine where you cantrain the branches. And they're easy to grow in the fact that they need full sun. And gooddrainage and lots of water. And the best time to transplant them is in the winter or earlyspring. Because you don't want to transplant them once they've started to grow and they'vestarted to bloom or they have new leaves or when they have fruit on them, because thenyou'll lose the fruit for that year. So you
want to transplant them in the fall when allthe foliage is died back and all the grapes have been taken off of them, and there's nothingbut stem left. And when you transplant them, be very careful not to cut them back too farto the ground, because sometimes if you cut it all down it won't come back. But then again,it is a root. So even if you do cut it all the way down, most of the time, it will comeback. But if possible, leave it a few feet tall so that you've got some main branchescoming up that you can trim them back so you're really only trimming down the branches wherethey're coming in where they're still on the small side. Once they become woody, if youcut it down to that point, it might just die.
So you want to make sure that the next yearthere's going to be some new growth. So basically, cut it back down to the point where there'sstill some foliage or there was some leaves this year. And just trim it down, cut it awayfrom its supports, dig it up, and leave it at least one foot around or more. Becauseyou're trying not to disturb the roots too much. Because it's better to leave the dirton the roots and to leave them solid and then turn around and transplant them in a new spotright away. Because if you do cut back the roots too much, sometimes you disturb themtoo and then you have to wait even longer for them to produce fruit again.
Hog Panels Make the Best Trellis for Growing Vertical in a Raised Bed Garden
This is John Kohler from growingyourgreens and in another exciting episode for you today we are outside Friedman's home improvement,this is a local home improvement store like a hardware store, but they also carry somefarm supplies out in their yard. So what I'm gonna do today is go into their yard and showyou some of the specific, specifically some of the things they're selling in the farmsupply area, that can help you grow more food at home. One of the things I'm going to besure to cover is trellising. Now I use many kinds of trellising, from bamboo trellises,string trellises, nylon string trellises, welded wire trellises and even utility panelsand prior few other things I'm not thinking
of, tree branches, there's many things youcan use and what I'm gonna show you guys today is galvanised stock panels, or also calledutility panels, that are probably in my opinion, right at the top of of the list, because theyare very long lasting, durable, and will provide you with many years of service and also workwell. So in any case, let's go ahead and head in to the yard and show you some of thesecool things, that can help you grow more food at home. Now we're gonna go to the Express yard andthey may have some different things out in the Express yard than they normally have ina regular hardware store and let's see if
they have those utility panels. So here arethe hog panels, also called stock panels or utility panels, now I'm lucky the hardwarestore here carries and what most hardware stores may not, and you may have to go tolike a farm and ranch supplies store, maybe a tractor supplies store. And they have likefour different kinds here, so we're gonna quickly go over each one. This one's calleda hog panel, and this one is $26,99 and 16ft by 34'' and you can see, lift this up, thisthing is quite long and the thing about this panel is as you get closer to the bottom youcan see that spacing is a lot closer. So, you know, this may be good for hogs or littlesmall animals which can't get through the
smaller spacing and as it gets, you know,higher up on a panel, this fencing get bigger. You know, well, this will work for plantsbecause they don't care, I'd much rather have a uniform look, so I'd rather use those overhere, so what I use in my trellis, is a 4'' by 4'', a high five panel, and this is 16ftby 5ft so this is actually quite long, so strap this onto the jeep to get it home, andI can pick this guy up and this one is actually nice and uniform, a four inch square on thesize of the holes and this is one large sheet, so you know, well, this is $50 you can cutthis down into several smaller pieces to make a nice trellis that literally gonna last along time in your garden without any additional
support, you know you may need some Nrailsdepending on how tall you wanna get. This one is about $50. Let's say check out theother side and see the other two panels that they have available here. Here are the lasttwo panels, they have a what's called the combo panel thirteen line, now when they werefertile lines, that means that how many basically wires or bars are going down, so I'm gonacount these, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve,thirteen. So you can see here, once again, this panel has the small ones on the bottomand then as you go up, they progressively get wider, going out, this panel is 16ft byabout 50'' and that is $37.99. You know, I
don't see too much of a functionality forgrowing plants with that one, but what I actually prefer, if you are on a really tight budget,instead of a nice 4x4 stock panel, try and go with this one. This is a ten line, 50''wide by 16ft line, this one is $23.99, so this is definitely the best deal, and youknow, most of these spacing on the holes here are pretty uniform, which is definitely reallygood, except maybe down to the the last two, it gets a little bit smaller. And that beingsaid, the spacing on these panels, you know it is a little bit larger between there, that,I don't know, approximately, from looking, 6''x8'', so I much rather prefer the 4''x4''spacing, altough that panel is, you know,