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.
Want a preChristmas project to serve as aunique gift or simply brighten the holiday seasoné A trip to the Kansas woods can provideall the ingredients for a festive wreath. And once materials are gathered, you can finisha wreath in half an hour. Start by cutting and weaving wild grape vinesinto the basic shape. Use wire if necessary to hold the wreath together. Then, decorateit by inserting colorful berries still on their own stalks. Work short pieces into thewreath, and they'll usually stay. Bittersweet berries are ideal decorations.These berries, recently opened in late fall and now persistent in the eastern Kansas woodlands,dry and hold their color for months. A hiker
at Crawford state park tells the story:â€œI'm out collecting bittersweet today, on this beautiful sunshiny day, and hope totake some of this home. My family likes to use it to decorate with, and we make wreaths,and there's a lot of it here. It's easy to find.â€�Bittersweet berries can often be found through December. But take only the terminal endsof the plant, so you don't destroy it for another year. I like to add other berrieslike greenbriar for color variation. Tie on a wire hanger, and the wreath will be a colorfulreminder of the Kansas outdoors for a year or more. I often use the same wreath againand again, simply recharging the colorful
bittersweet berries in each fall season.Involve the kids and grandkids, and make a holiday wreath. It will put you closer intouch to the wonderful Kansas outdoors. I'm Mike Blair for Kansas Wildlife and Parks.