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.
What We Eat in a Day Vegan 12 Veganlovlie
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.