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!.
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Hello everyone, In this week's produce groceries, we boughta papaya. Papayas are one of my favourite fruits. They remind me of my grandmother who had acouple of papaya trees growing in her garden. And they were the best ones I have ever eaten. Their flesh were reddish orange and wonderfullysweet. We would always bring a few home wheneverwe would visit her. My mum sowed the seeds from one of the papayasin our own garden one day.
They started to grow and eventually bore fruitsâ€“ papayas just as sweet as the ones from my grandmother's garden. Sadly, the trees were starting to crack thewalls as they were growing bigger. With much heartache, we had to cut the treesdown. Papaya seeds are edible and you could eatthem along with the papaya. But they are peppery, so I prefer to use themseparately in the form of a spice. I allow them dry out and then grind them ina pepper corn mill. Papaya seeds have numerous health benefits.
They can help rid the body of parasites. A small amount of the seeds taken regularlyis said to be effective for liver detoxification. Kevin and I had half a papaya along with halfof a grapefruit each. This papaya was a nice one, just the rightamount of sweetness. And the grapefruit was nice too, not too bitter. This was an energizing bowl of fruits to startthe day. About an hour later, we had a second breakfastof oatmeal with some chopped raisins and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Kevin likes to chop the raisins as they canbe quite sweet sometimes. So chopping them makes their sweetness moresubtle in the porridge. We had our usual cup of tea with our oatmeal. For lunch, I was experimenting with a newveggie burger recipe. And I made some millet burgers. They were actually a request from one of ourviewers. So, I'll be sharing the recipe for theseburgers sometime in the near future. Kevin had these burgers in some French baguettewith margarine and vegan cheese spread, some
salad leaves and Sriracha. For my part, I skipped the bread. I had the burgers with salad and some roastedvegetables that were left over from the night before. I accompanied all these with some storeboughtdolmades or stuffed vine leaves. Dolmades make great appetisers but I oftenuse them as part of a meal. I do have a recipe for some homemade dolmadeson the blog. It's an old post but still a good recipe.
I plan on posting an updated version of therecipe on the channel quite soon. So stay tuned for this one too. After lunch we went out to get a few groceriesat the Asian store. We had to get some more bananas as usual. We also grabbed a rice and bean cake. I really love this one. They are sweet bean paste enrobed in glutinous rice. We always do our groceries on foot.