Grapes Growing In Kenya

Growing Grapes

We have plenty of wild concord grapes on ourproperty. However, the insurance company doesn't approve of our harvesting methods so it'sprobably best to plant some cultivated grapes. When I cleared the land for the greenhouse,it left plenty of area to plant various fruit producing plants which don't need the greenhouseto thrive. Plus why waste the space just growing grassé Taking a look at my 3rd grade drawing skills,I'm going to set three 4x4x10' treated posts 34 feet into the ground and space them 24'apart. This will allow for 8 plants in the space. Then I'll string 12 gauge galvanizedwire starting with the first wire 4246quot; from

the ground, then space the other two 12quot; apart.The plants can be spaced 6' apart and over time the vines can be trained along the 3wires. I had planned to set the posts first in theevent that I hit any large rocks while digging, however I blew a seal on the backhoe and hadto find some parts for it. So I took my chances and put the plants in first. The row shouldgo in a straight line and a 100' tape measure works well for marking out the locations ofeach post and plant. Jamming a piece of survey's tape at each mark does the trick. We're goingoldschool and using a pickaxe and shovel and digging a hole about 1 foot deep. Luckilythere weren't any large rocks in the way just

a few roots and small stones that the pickaxewas able to pluck out. Later, looking at the post holes, you'll see why I didn't dig themby hand. Planting the vines is fairly easy. I got theseseedless concord grapes from Gurney's for half price. I just remove the fiber that'sused for keeping the roots damp, spread out the roots a bit, and set it in the hole sothat all the roots that emerge from the vine will be just below the finished level of thesoil. All the dirt that came out of the hole was hardpan so I filled it with nice organicsoil, then compacted it down, and gave it a really good watering. It also importantto cover the area with mulch to help maintain

the moisture in the soil until the roots canget established. These will get watered every day for a couple of weeks. The actual work of planting the vines is quick.It's the preparation of digging out the rocks that takes all the time. A 30 cent Oring and a day to dismantle andreassemble the valve assembly and the backhoe is running again. I can now install the postsfor the wire arbor. It may not be the fastest backhoe, but it beats digging through therock with a pick and shovel. The holes are dug to about 4 feet which will provide a deepenough anchor to prevent the posts from leaning

from the future weight of the vines. Someof the rocks that I pulled out where bigger than the hole. If I had to dig these by hand,I probably would have only dug down a couple of feet, and then would have to anchor theposts with concrete and guywires. It seems like a really big hole for a post,but without an auger with rock drilling bit, it's probably the easiest way to set a post.A little cleanup at the bottom of the hole and it's ready. I'm using 4x4 treated lumberrated for direct burial. I'm not a fan of using treated lumber, but in order for itto last a long time, it's a necessary evil. I like to add two temporary cleats to thepost to help support it while I'm set it plumb

and backfill the hole. I also like to dropa few rocks around the base to hold it in place when I start to fill it in. I'll fillthe hole several inches at a time and compact it between each layer, then clean up the areawith some more woodchip mulch. The first wire starts roughly 4246 inchesfrom the ground and the second and 3 wires are spaced 12 inches apart. It will be theperfect snacking height for the deer. At each marking I'll drill a 38quot; hole through thepost and then put in a 516quot; eyebolt. The back side has a large fender washer and nut.Having a large washer will help to keep the nut from pulling into the post under the weightof the vines. It's fairly important to make

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.

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