Growing Grapes in Texas Jim Kamas Central Texas Gardener
I love Tait Moring's sense ofgardening style. Thanks so much for opening your gates for us. Right now we're going to talk aboutgrowing grapes. One of the hottest topics here in Texas because of all the wineries. We have Jim Kamas with us. It's great to have you back on theprogram. Welcome. Thanks, Tom, I appreciate it. Welcome back to Central Texas Gardener. You've just published a great new bookGrowing Grapes in Texas.
Congratulations on that! Thanks a lot. It took a couple years to get done, but I'm I'm pretty happy with it. Well you know, like I said, it's a hottopic. A lot of people are very interested in growing grapes in their backyard. Maybe one ofthose famous table grapes, like Concord or something like that. Well Concord ispretty tough to grow here. Concord likes acid soils which we don'thave. And it's much more adapted a cooler climates. If you wanted to grow Fredonia or some of the other lebrusca types, they'll work, but
Concord is a pretty tough one to grow here. Ok, well your book is filled with tips aboutvarieties and things like that. Let's focus on that home grower. You know , I know for example I go out to hillcountry every now and again to go to Fredericksburg, places around there. And I see wineries springing up like mushrooms now. And it kinda makes me wanna grow grapeshere in town. What does a home gardner need to know to get startedé Well if you're a homeowner and you want to grow enough vines to produce a little bit of wine
my advice is plant what you like. If you're planting a commercial vineyards we're going to have a very different discussion. But if you like Merlot, plant Merlot. If you like Syrah, plant Syrah. For smallscale, you have no big economicinvestment, so plant what you like and go with that. Yeah okay, that makes sense. In terms of the space needs, the sun,
all those kinds of things, grapes arerather particular and disease prone. Yes. So let's give people an idea of whatthe basics are that they would need to have any kind of success. Sure. Commercially our rows are spaced nine to ten feet apart, but in the backyard if you are maintaining the row centers with alawnmower or something, you can place the rows as close as six feet apart.And you can also go as tight as five to six feet between vines. You can put a lot of vines in arelatively small space.
So small space is OK. When we talk about the rows, we are talking about providing structures on which the the vines can grow and supportthemselves. Yes, a lot of times in California you'll see these free standing vines that are called head pruned vines. They don't do very well here because we need to keep our vines up off the ground because it rains here duringthe summer and they are very disease prone as you mentioned.
I5 In Southern California Remains Closed After Flash Floods Mudslides Strands Hundreds Of Vehicles
GRIEGO IS OFF. AND I'M FRANK MALLICOAT MORE FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TODAY. A STRONG STORM YESTERDAY TRIGGERED FLOODS AND MUDFLOWS. STRANDING TRUCKS AND CARS ON INTERSTATE FIVE NORTH OF
LOS ANGELES. IN SOME SPOTS THE MUD IS FIVE FEET DEEP. THIS MORNING ALL LANES OF THE FREEWAY ARE CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. SERENE BRANSON IS IN CASTAIC . WHERE MOTORISTS SAW MUD AND BOULDERS COME DOWN ONTO THE
ROAD. CHYRONS: :00 Tutorial from Dusti Fuson :15 Michael Natoli STRANDED DRIVER 1:05 (quick) Luis Pereira STRANDED PASSENGER Serene BraonsCBS News, Castaic, CA ((SCRIPT)) (HANDOUT VIDEO FROM DUSTI FUSONPROVIDED TO
KBAKCBS) VIDEO SHARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA SHOWS A SUDDEN STORM THAT SENT MUD FLOWING ONTO THE FIVE FREEWAYquot;thequot; MAIN CALIFORNIA NORTHSOUTH ARTERY TRAPPING CARS AND STRANDING DRIVERS. (SOT: Michael NatoliStranded Driver) traffic came to stop sun cam out
mud just started pouring down mountain and engulfed everything still kinda flowing MICHAEL NATOLI AND HIS BANDMATES WERE HEADED SOUTH FROM SAN JOSETHEIR BAND 'TIMESHARES' WAS SET TO PLAY THEIR FIRST LA SHOW TONIGHT WHEN THEY HIT THE WILD WEATHER.
NATS 208 up the mountain mud just rolling down up there VIA FACETIME, THEY SHOWED US THE SCENE WHERE THEY'D BEEN SITTING FOR SEVERAL HOURS. 527 nats there are bulldozers tring to plow boulders out of road (SOT Eric BedellStranded Passenger)
Wind Snow Rain Cause Traffic Nightmare Along The Grapevine
COULD BE HERE WELL INTO THE NIGHT. ANDREA: THANK YOU. RIGHT NOW, THE GRAPEVINE IS OPEN AND TRAFFIC IS MOVING WELL ON INTERSTATE FIVE, BUT THAT COULD CHANGE IF MORE RAIN, SNOW OR HIGH WIND APPEAR LATER TONIGHT.
ERICA HAS THE LATEST ABOUT THE IMPORTANT NORTHSOUTH FREEWAY. IT IS COLD, WINDY AND WET ON THE GRAPEVINE, SO DRIVERS ARE REALLY GOING TO WANT TO WATCH FOR BLACK ICE OVERNIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE MADE THE BEST OF IT,
PULLED OVER AND PLAYED IN THE SNOW. SCREAMS AND LAUGHTER, THE SOUNDS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA KIDS SEEING SNOW FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT'S PRETTY GREAT. WHYé BECAUSE.
BUT IT WASN'T ALL FUN AND GAMES THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE SUNDAY. RAIN WAS COMING DOWN HARD WHEN THIS BIG RIG OVERTURNED ON THE 5 FREEWAY. CALTRANS SAID SEVERAL LANES WERE BLOCKED AT SMOKY BEAR ROAD
BACKING UP TRAFFIC FOR MILES. AFTER THE RAIN, TRUCK DRIVERS STILL WORRIED ABOUT THE WIND. I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS THAT STRONG. FAMILIES ON ROAD TRIPS FELT IT TOO. IT WAS SCARY, ALL WINDY.
THEY BUNDLED UP FOR THE KIND OF COLD WE JUST AREN'T USED TO. IT'S FREEZING BUT IT'S REFRESHING. EVEN THOUGH THERE'S NO SNOW FALLING THE CONCERN IS THE SLICK CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT INTO THE MORNING ESPECIALLY AROUND THE