Grapes Growing Areas In Kenya

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!.

Apples Grown in Kenya Subtitled Version

There are several fruits found in our markets , some of which we are not aware where they are grown. Different regions produce different types of fruits depending on the favorable climatic condition. Those fruits which are imported to our country are usually very expensive and many people many not afford to enjoy them. The apple fruit for example is one which is rarely grown in our country, and we rely heavily on imports from South Africa and Israel where the same is grown in huge quantities. However, Peter Wambugu Kago claims he has a solution to this challenge and now our country can equally grow enough apples even for export if only people get seedlings from his orchard that are prepared through his own invention. .Kenya can grow apple fruits even for export better than even the renown producers….

He used to vend fruits sourced from importers. He critically thought of how this fruit could grow in his 1.5 hectares farm. .found in Gichihi Valley between Kinunga and Ihururu hills in Tetu, Nyeri county. . This fruits is very sweet.people says its sweeter than even the fruits from South A frica. What impressed us when we payed him a visit is the productivity per every bush . .and the sweetness which many of us couldn't resist They are truly sweet fruits and also the size is bigger compared to the imported variety of apple. Wambugu was very happy when taking us around his fruit farm .

. full of different fruit varieties many of which are his own grafted varieties. Though he is not trained in plant biotechnology. Wambugu has been able to graft this apple tree and make good money, .something that even the researchers in the country are still struggling with. When the researchers came here for the first time , they enjoyed these fruits. .The next visit, they requested me if we could partner to push this breed. And just like the s says, an apple a day keeps the away. .These fruits are known to be full of Potassium, phosphorous and also sodium elements.

In ancient times, these fruits were used together with honey to cure many cardiac diseases.

Sorghum Nutrition in Kenya Cultivating Hope

00:00:03.00, 00:00:14.00gt;gt; FLORENCE: I come from a family of ten. Many times we went hungry, we went undernourished.We had one cow at home and my mother was determined to sell this cow and take me to school. 00:00:16.00, 00:00:20gt;gt; FLORENCE: She always told me ‘you must come back and change the community where youcome from and help us' 00:00:26.00, 00:00:36.50gt;gt; FLORENCE: Africa Biofortified Sorghum project is a partnership between DuPont Pioneer andAfrica Harvest to improve sorghum. 00:00:37.00, 00:00:43.00gt;gt; FLORENCE: Sorghum is an African indigenous

crop, which is eaten by 300 million peoplein Africa. 00:00:43.50, 00:00:51gt;gt; JUDITH: In Kenya 30% of the children will be malnourished at any given time. 00:00:53.00, 00:00:58.80gt;gt; JUDITH: Most mothers feed their children on sorghum flour porridge. 00:01:02.00, 00:01.14.00gt;gt; JUDITH: The problem is that sorghum is deficient in many of the essential nutrientsthat maintain human health. And they came to DuPont Pioneer to adapt what we know tothe African conditions.

00:01:15.00, 00:01:22.30gt;gt; FLORENCE: They trained many, many African scientists. Training that they can actuallydo in their own country and provide leadership. 00:01.26.00, 00:01:33.00gt;gt; DOMINIC: This is exciting work which is being done in this field now. Our local peoplewill benefit from getting varieties which are more nutritious. 00:01.34.00, 00:01:42.00gt;gt; MARC: We will have a variety of sorghum that will have improved iron and zinc levels.We'll be able to address vitamin A deficiency. 00:01.44.00, 00:01:54.00gt;gt; FLORENCE: To me, hunger malnutrition

– is a person I know. The work we are doingin Africa Biofortified Sorghum is truly a global contribution. We're going to makenot only Africa but a global impact.

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