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.
How to Grow Kiwi
Hi, I'm Tricia, an organic gardener. Today I'm going to plant a kiwi vine. Kiwis are originally from Asia, but did you know that you can plant one right here in North America in your backyardé One kiwi vine will produce 50 100 pounds of fruit! Site selection is important. You want to put kiwis in full sun, but you don't want to plant them in any kind of cold microclimate, because even though they're hardy down to zone 4, which is about 30 degrees below zero, they can get frost damage after they break dormancy.
They must have well drained soil. Dig a hole the same size as the root system. So we're going to put the kiwi in the hole and we don't wanna add any fertilizer. These roots can easily be burned bynitrogen. Plant the kiwi to the same level it was planted in the nursery. Don't mound up the the soil around the trunk, because that can kill the vine. Kiwis are vines and they're trained and prunedlike the Muscadine grapes, and if you're only planting one like I am,make sure it's self pollinating.
Pergolas, or a Tbar trellis, are the twomost popular ways of trellising kiwis, but feel free to experiment. The only requirement is that you're ableto get to them to prune easily. Prune the vine back to a single cane andthat's going to be our trunk. Like a grape vine, a kiwi vine should betrained with a nice straight trunk. I'm putting in this bamboo stake to helptrain my little vine. Don't allow your kiwi to wrap around thestake however. Make sure and give your kiwi fruit a lot of water. I'm installing this Olson sprinkler, which works great.
Your hardy kiwi vine will produce fuzzless fruit a little smaller than what you find in the grocery store, and if you need to protect it from frost after it breaks dormancy, try these Agribon frost blanketsand Grow Organic for Life!.
GAC Fruit How to Grow Pollinate Eat this Strange Tropical Fruit
Okay this is John Kohler with growingyourgreens .Today we have another exciting episode for you. We're all the way here in Hawaii atmy buddy Chris coconut Chris' house. It's amazing like not just a food forest it'sa food jungle with all kinds of crazy stuff. Ah man more GAC fruits. All kinds of crazygrowing all around me here's just two GAC fruits but there's two of them over therethere's like three over there. There's two here there's two there. They're allover the place and this tutorial today is about the GAC fruit. A fruit you guys never heardof before and what we're gonna do is we're gonna show you guys actually how this grows.It grows as a large vine. Share with you guys
some of the culture of the GAC fruit. If youdo wanna grow it and if you can grow it and also you know like the root zone all thiskind of stuff and then we're gonna get Chris, the gardener here who maintains this fabulousproperty and makes it all happen. Man there's so much stuff growing it's insane. We'regonna get him on the camera to share with you guys how to pollinate it cause it canbe actually quite difficult and we're also gonna be able to crack open a ripe GAC fruittoday. So first I wanna show you guys actually the growth habit and show you guys actuallyhow this is grown what it looks like and all that good stuff and share with you guys whereit will grow and how long it takes to grow
and mature if you wanna grow it out from seed.Alright so as you guys could see I'm walking to the back here and actually there's somemore GAC fruits hanging. You guys could see that right there. And we're walking aroundthis like big trellis thing he created and he's got some Cuban oregano growing rightthere and there's me. And then what I wanted to show you guys is this right here. Thisis actually where the GAC fruits come out the ground. This is where the GAC fruits comeout the ground right here and this is what it looks like. Now the GAC fruit is relatedto the uh cucumber it's in the Kermit family actually and has a nice long kind of rootthing right there. This is like a 3 year old
plant and that's kind of what it looks likeright there. Pretty woody actually and there's one two right there and there's a thirdone so he actually has a whole bunch of plants here, three plants at current time.SO check it out man these are like some of the coolest fruits here. Here's a unripeGAC fruit here's one starting ripen and whoa when they just start to turn orange likethis they get really soft but this is not yet fully ripe. It needs to be all orangeand a bit softer actually. Now the GAC fruit is a tropical plant we are in Hawaii but youcan grow it in like zones 8B and above and you need a very long season. From the timeyou plant it to the time it fruits it's
like about 3 months and before you even plantit you wanna start it in orders probably 3 months before that because it can take upto two weeks to germinate so uh you know. And then you could have your own GAC fruitsso you can get a nice long frost free season. It's not gonna work in places that frostthese vines will just croak. The next thing I wanna share with you guys actually is uhget Chris in here share with you guys harvesting a ripe GAC fruit. We'll share with you guysactually what it tastes like what it looks like uh, some of the nutrition in it and Chriswill tell you how to pollinate the GAC fruit. You guys can see there's uh one there that'suh ripe he just picked it up there for us.
And then there's a few hanging in the backand it grows on a large vine. So Chris do you wanna come in and tell us what this GACfruit is called. Chris: So uh yea here's a perfect ripe Momordicacochinchinensis and uh they change color and get soft. I've eaten a few. Um, they'llfruit within 8 months of planting but you know there's male and female vines and thankfullyI met Joseph Simcoks, who travels the world collecting plants and he knew exactly whatthis was right when he walked up and it was flowering and we started pollinating the everyearly rising sun and uh now we get to enjoy it.John: Look at that man. This stuff looks like