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.
Track Field Drills The Karaoke Track Field Drill
Hi. I'm Jabari Pride. Welcome back to expertvillage .We are going over some drills. The next drill we are going to do is called karaoke. Thisis a fun one. Keep your hands off to the side. You are going to be skipping to one side so,if I'm going to the left I'm going to be doing the drill mainly with my right leg. As I skipto my left I'm going to step out; twist; step out with my left again; kick over leadingwith my right knee. Once again, hands up step, kick, twist, kick, kick. I'm now going todemonstrate this. This is called karaoke. Doing it to my left side and on the way backI'll do it to the right side. Left side first. That's karaoke going to the left and to theright
Exercises Motion Warm Ups Motion Exercises Karaoke
Now we are going to work on his later movementsso what we are going to do is the karaoke. What it does again is warms up the groin area,a lot of abductors of the body that sometimes get neglected when it comes to warming up.So go ahead and go through it slowly and he is going to twist over and back and twistover and back and twist over and back. Now go ahead and go through it at a regular paceand you can see how he really gets that leg over and what he is doing is it is great footworkit is going to keep him balanced but at the same time it is still a warm up and it isstill part of the work out. Now go ahead and go through a more traditional karaoke andthis goes without necessarily jerking the
foot as high over as he did the first timewhich is a little bit more advanced. Go ahead and come through regular speed and you seehe is really twisting the torso and now he is not cranking and he is not doing it oncold muscles so what he is doing is he is still staying warm, he is still getting himselfready for game time. This is a great pregame warm up because a lot of guys, and he playsin the secondary as a DB it depends on body motion. It depends on twist and core exerciseis a great place that exposes a lot of athletes for being weaker than some others so reallywhat you want to do is keep it strong and keep it flexible.