Prairie Yard Garden Growing Grapes
(gentle music) Prairie Yard Garden is a production of the University of Minnesota Morris in cooperation with Pioneer Public Television. Closed captioning is provided by Mark and Margaret YackelJuleen in honor of Shalom Hill Farm, a nonprofit rural education retreat center in a beautiful
prairie setting near Windom in southwestern Minnesota. Shalom Hill Farm, shalomhill Did you hear that a new crop is appearing on the prairieé Growing grapes has created an interest among a few individuals who like the challenge of adapting it to our region. Join me on Prairie Yard Garden as we visit a vineyard to learn about the process and challenges
of growing grapes on the prairie. (soft lighthearted music) A new crop has appeared on the prairie: growing grapes And today I have Florian Ledermann with me who's been involved with the process for the last four to five years. Florian welcome to the show and tell me, how did you get interested in growing grapesé ^We got interested actually at the
University of Morris's Horticultural Night. We sat down in a tent and learned that the university just released four new varieties of grapes that are actually coldhardy. And before that, I always kind of figured grapes were the crop that just kind of came up and never really bore and died every winter and died back. So that's what spiked our interest.
And so that very nextspring, we bought five. And they survived and I did a little more research and decided to go with an acre. And a year later, another acre so we ended up with 1,350 vines as a result of that little adventure in Morris. Larry That's interesting. 1,300 vines, how long does it take you
to put all those in the groundé Florian We used family labor. (Florian laughs) So we had, it took us, I think probably when we were planting, it took us about threedays to put one acre in. That would be for the planting. The posts and the trellis system and everything
How to Fix a Trellis on a Stone or Brick Wall
Hi I'm Craig Phillips and welcome to my trade tips. Today I'm out in the garden, and I'm going to show you how you can fix trellis to a stone wall. The first stage is to find the location in your garden that is suitable for your plants. Offer it up against the wall and just put one mark on the brick when you are happy with the height. Using a 4mm wood drill piece I am going to drill a clearance hole through all four corners. This will allow the screw that I'm using to sail through. Now all four clearance holes are drilled in the trellis, I have chaged the setting on the drill to a 'hammer action' setting and I have used a masonry drillbit in here. So I am going to drill through the clearance hole and mark up for a pilot hole in the stonework.
Remeber when drilling any type of stonwork allways use your safety goggles. Once I have made my first mark into the stonework I can drill all the way. With this really tough stonework Ihave started off using a smaller masonry drillbit, just 6mm, that will act as a pilot drill and then I will put a larger one in there to make the right size hole for the irght size plug. Now the 8mm hole is drilled into the blockwork, I can apply a 8mm rall plug, I can push my screw through the clearance hole of the trellis. lift it into position. At first tighten it by hand, once it starts to bite. Take your drill and drive it in. Once you have got the one screw in it it will start to take the weight. As you can see the trellis will move at this point.
So it is ideal for getting your spirit level on, let the first screw take the weight, Get it perfectly level and mark it up with your pencil Around all four corners. Once you have got it perfectly level, then change the drill setting back to the hammer action, put a masonry drillbit in and drill through through your last three clearance holes. Then you can simply slide it away, put your plugs in and screw it firmly into position. So now the one screw is taking the weight of the trellis and holding it into position. I am now going to drill pilot holes through the other three clearance holes.
Mark the wall first Then I can simply slide the trellis to one side which will allow me then to drill the brick work. drilling Once you have got all four screws firmly screwed in to the corners, your trellis is now complete. All you have to do is decide what plants you want to grow on it. If you are planning any DIY tasks in the near future, you may need a little bit of advice on tools or some top DIY tips. Well visit silverlinetools .