Grape Vines Wisconsin

Growing Grapes

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!.

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

GEORGIE'S GOINGTO BE A FARMER WHEN HE GROWS UP. ONLY HE'S GOINGTO RAISE BUFFALO. BUFFALO HAVE ALLBEEN KILLED. I KNOW. MY FATHERKILLED THEM ALL. ALL THE SAME,THEY AREN'T ALL DEAD. ANYWAY, THAT'S WHATGEORGIE'S GOING TO BE WHEN HE GROWS UP.

WHEN I GROW UP,I'M GOING TO BE A SOLDIER AND SHOOT ALL THE TIME. IMITATES GUNFIRE I'LL BE FIERCE. I'M GOING TO BE A WAC. AND I'M GOING TO SHOOTMORE THAN YOU DO 'CAUSE I'M OLDER. NO, YOU WON'T.YOU'RE A GIRL.

GIRLS FIGHT JUSTAS WELL AS BOYS. LOOKY. WHEN I'M A WAC, I'M GOING TOPULL OUT MY GUN. WACs DON'T HAVE GUNS. I'M GOING TOPULL OUT MY GUN AND GO BANG,JUST LIKE THAT. OH.

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BUT HE WASN'T DOINGANYTHING BAD. HE WAS JUSTEATING HIS DINNER WHEN I PICKED UPA ROCK AAND I ALMOST NEVERHIT WHERE I AIM. AND Girl: HELLO. YOU'RE SELMA. YOU'RE ARNOLD.

SHUCKS, WE KNOW THAT. YOU'RE CRYING,SELMA. IT'S BAD FORCHILDREN TO CRY. IT'S WORSE FOR GROWNUPS. YOU'RE GROWNUP,AND YOU CRY. LET ME HUG YOU. NO. WELL, THEN I'LL

Farmers report healthy grape harvest

quot; THIS IS A NICE VINE. SEE HOW NICE THEY AREĆ© LOOK AT HOW NICE THEY ARE. AND YOU CAN JUST CLIP CLIP.quot; JOANNE TOMAS KNOWS A GOOD GRAPE quot; AHH LOOK AT THESE NICE LOOKIN GRAPESquot; SHE'S A FORMER FARMER .

quot;I'M A WORKAHOLICquot; WHO'S BEEN CLIPPING GRAPES HERE AT THE BOTHAM VINEYARDS AND WINERY FOR MORE THAN 5 YEARS. quot;IT'S FUN YOU GET TO MEET DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND SOME COME BACK EVERY YEAR.quot;

BUT SHE SAYS THIS YEAR. IS AN ESPECIALLY GOOD YEAR FOR HARVESTING. quot;THEY ARE NICE LOOKNIG GRAPES THIS YEAR. BIG IN SIZE.quot; PETER BOTHAM HAS OWNED THIS WINERY FOR NEARLY THIRTY

YEARS. HE AGREES. AND SAYS THIS YEAR. THE GRAPES ARE JUST RIGHT. quot;IT'S A HEALTY CROP BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT'S A RIPE AND FOR ME THAT'S ALWAYS. THAT'S THE WHOLE GAME.quot; THIS SPRING. WITH SOME LATE

FROST. HE AND GRAPE GROWERS AROUND WISCONSIN WERE WORRIED. THIS YEAR. THEY WOULD LOSE THAT GAME. quot;THE THING ABOUT FARMING. AND GRAPE GROWING IN PARTICULAR IS THAT THE ONE THING. THAT IS THE MOST

IMPORTANT THING TO GARUNTEEING OR RESULTING IN A GOOD CROP IS THE ONE THING I HAVE ABSOLUTLEY NO CONTROL OVER AND THAT'S THE WEATHER. quot; BUT THIS YEAR. PETER AND HIS PICKERS. ARE WINNING

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