Home Vineyard Growing Wine Grapes at Home
Hello and welcome to my home vineyard Let's get a lay of the land. As you can see thisis just a simple side yard it's got about 55 feet of space long twentysix feet of space wide we elected to go with twenty twofoot long rows northsouth facing uh. the rows are spaced about five feet apartto give us ample space for the vines to grow
and for us to manage and walk through we are planting about four plants per row to give it plenty of space to spread out and grow for the rows, we used uh. just simple fenceposts these are eightfoot fence post sunk about threefeet deep we tried to go about two feet deep butit wasn't uh. it just simply wasn't stable enough so we went that extra foot for stability
the wire is fourteen gauge wire uh. we elected to go with the verticaltrellising partly because it was easier and partlybecause uh. the north south facing rows, it allow it to get sun at all hours of the day uh. we have a drip irrigation linesran along the bottom we will be using half gallon per hour drips two per plant that allows us to adjust the water
water flow and manage the irrigation a littleeasier than if we used a heavier flow we'll actually be planting syrah grapes because we tend to be in a warmer, drier climateduring the summer doing something like pinot noirwould require greater cooler temperatures. that sort of thing that's our vineyard. We'll be planting the grapes nextweek and we'll come back then.
Four Arm Kniffin System for Growing Grapes
David Handley: I'm David Handley, vegetableand small fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Today we'regoing to be talking about a simple system for pruning hardy grapes here in Maine. The pruning system I like to use is very simple.It keeps the plant open, so it gets light in the summer time, but it also protects theplant a little bit in the winter. This system works best with concord type or labrusca typegrapes, which are the grapes that tend to grow best in Maine. There's really a couple of systems that willwork well for labrusca type grapes. The first
one I want to talk about is the four arm kniffin,and that's what we're going to prune first. The four arm kniffin consists of a perennialtrunk, which goes from the ground right up to a top wire, which is set at about fivefeet. Coming off of this trunk, we will have four arms, or canes, oneyear old growth.Two on the top wire, running each side of the top wire, and two on a lower wire. Thislower wire should be set at about two and a half feet off the ground. Every year, we're going to come in and pruneit so we continue to have a perennial trunk, but only four one yearold trunks to producethe fruit.
Here is our permanent trunk. You can see here,this is a cane from last year. Two yearold cane, this was our fruiting cane last summer,and you can see the difference. Here's this year's cane, that nice chocolate brown colorand smooth bark, and here we go with the older cane, the two yearold cane. The bark is startingto peel, and has more of a gray look to it, so we know that this particular shoot isn'tgoing to fruit again. It's the one yearold shoots that come off it that will fruit. This is going to get pruned out, so that wecan keep our fruiting wood closer to the trunk. We'll just take that back to a good fruitingshoot, and we'll start to cut it out. This
is where it gets fun. We need to wrestle thisout of the trellis, and of course, all these little tendrils have tied it up and aroundmost of the growth that's there. It takes a little bit of cutting, but be careful notto break the fruiting canes that you want to leave behind. Pull it off, and that will open the plantingup so we can see what we have left for good fruiting wood for this year. We've taken offthe four fruiting canes that we left last year, and you can see pretty much all that'sleft, at this point, is the green shoots from last year, that will provide us with goodfruit for this year.
Now we need to choose which four we want toput up. We're going to have four canes. One, two, three, four. Two for the lower wire,two for the upper wire, each heading off in different directions. What I want to look for in this case is canethat's got this nice chocolate brown color, and is about 38 of an inch in diameter. Aboutthe width of your little finger. If it's thinner than that, if it's very weak, it won't producegood fruit. Thin stuff like this, less than 38 of an inch in diameter, we'll just cutthat right out. Here we've got one that's going to go in thisdirection, that looks very nice. I'm going
to count, remember we want about 10 buds onit, so we'll count our buds. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10. ThenI just cut out beyond that, because the weaker stuff at the very end isn't going to producevery good fruit. I have my four arms, but you can see I stillhave some leftover canes. What I'm going to use these for are what we call quot;renewal spurs.quot;I'm going to cut these back so that they just have one or two buds on them. What I'm goingto use these buds for, the green shoots that will emerge from these buds and grow out,will be the canes that I'll be putting on the wire next year for fruiting. We call thesequot;renewal spurs.quot;
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,