Grapevine I5

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

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)

Large sinkhole shuts down NB I5 traffic near Tracy

DANA: CREWS HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE NOON TEARING UP THE REST OF THE HIGHWAY. TRYING TO GET TO THE ROOT OF THE ISSUE. DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT DELAYS FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. THIS STRETCH OF NORTHBOUND

INTERSTATE 5 WILL CARRY NO CARS FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS BECAUSE OF THIS, A SINK HOLE NOW THE SIZE OF A JACUZZI. gt;gt; WOW. HOW DID SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENé DANA CALTRANS MAINTENANCE CREWS

: STUMBLED ACROSS THE SINKHOLE TUESDAY MORNING. AT THE TIME, IT WAS ONLY A FOOT IN DIAMETER. gt;gt; BECAUSE OF THE SIZE OF IT, A FOOT IN DIAMETER, AND IT STARTED TO EXPAND WE KNEW THAT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE NEEDED TO GET

ON QUICKLY. DAN: THEY'RE CRUSHING CONCRETE AND DIGGING FOR ANSWERS, THE SINK HOLE MAY HAVE DEVELOPED FROM A LEAK IN A WATER LINE. gt;gt; THIS IS THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SO YOU DO HAVE A LOT OF ORCHARDS AND AGRICULTURE HERE

AND THERE WAS AN IRRIGATION PIPE THAT WAS UNDERNEATH AND SO THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE INVESTIGATING. DANA: ONE CHALLENGE FOR CREWS, A SMALL GRASS FIRE SPARKED FROM THEIR EQUIPMENT. THEY WERE ABLE TO PUT IT OUT

WITH DIRT. AS THE WORK CONTINUES, CAL TRANS ADVISES DRIVERS TO TAKE STATE ROUTE 132 EASTBOUND TO STATE ROUTE 33 NORTHBOUND, TO GET BACK ONTO THE FREEWAY. SOME WHO KNOW THE AREA SAY THE DETOUR COULD BE A PROBLEM FOR

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