Grow Grapes In Florida

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!.

Seeded Banana Edibles You Can Grow in a Tropical South Florida Summer Garden

Alright, this is John Kohler with Growingyourgreens .Today we have another exciting episode for you. I'm on yet another field trip herein West Palm Beach Florida at Mount's Botanical Garden, and I'm here specifically becauseat Mount's today, they have a huge plant sale and orchard show, but also a huge plantsale with a lot of local vendors selling mostly nonedibles, though there are some vendorsthat have some edibles. So the purpose of this show today is to show you guys some ediblesthat you can buy that are going to grow well in South Florida. Now, if you're livinganywhere other than South Florida, take all this with a grain of salt because South Floridahas unique weather and climate here that allows

them to grow tropicals. A lot of the things I'll be talking abouttoday are tropicals, and they're not going to make it in northern climates unless yougrow it in a protected, enclosed environment such as a greenhouse or something like that.These guys will probably grow really well in Hawaii, and some plants may do good insouthern Texas or south California where it doesn't get too cold. Anyways, let's headinto the botanical garden and check out today's plant sale. So now we're walking throughthe Botanic Garden. Botanic gardens are a great place to visit. Most of the plants beinggrown here, and trees, are nonedible, but

they have a small section with the ediblevegetable garden. I always want to encourage you guys to support botanic gardens in yourarea and even become a member so that you can get in free to your local botanic garden,but also they're networked together. So if you're a member of your local one,you could also get in a botanic gardens that are in other states as well. So now we'reat the entrance of the vegetable garden just across the path there. I'm going to sharewith you guys what grows in South Florida at this time, or pretty much at the end ofApril, early May, and they have definitely a lot of vegetables growing. Some people mightthink you can't grow plants or edible food

crops in the summertime because it gets toohot, because most people in South Florida will actually grow vegetables in the winter— what's known as the regular winter, because that's when it's cooler. But that'sabsolutely not true. You can grow edibles year round in South Florida, if you grow theright things. So keep in mind the crops I'm going to showyou now are the crops that are growing right now and maturing now, so you would have wantedto have planted them earlier. If you planted them now, they're probably not going todo well. But later in this episode, I will show you some things that you can plant prettymuch any time of year, and they'll continue

to produce food for you. So besides the vegetablegarden, we're also going to look at some of the fruit trees that they have plantedhere at Mount's Botanical Garden. The entrance to the edible vegetable garden here on thisplague it says a few things, so I want to share with you right quick. It says, “With fluctuating economic situationsand the desire for organic foods, home vegetable garden is becoming increasingly popular. WithFlorida's unique climate, our season to grow harvests the most vegetables, takes placein the winter months. Sowing seeds in November, cultivating the plants through the early springharvest, is a new concept for many newcomers

to the region. This garden explores what willgrow well in South Florida as well as incorporating herbs, tropical fruits, and edible flowers.�So one of my missions is to spread the knowledge that the gardening season, wherever you live,does not have to be confined to the season that they say. Like it says, “With the unique growing season,most vegetables take place in the winter months.� Hogwash. You can grow completely through thesummer here. I mean, look at the nature around you. The grass grows in the summer. The shrubsand trees grow in the summer and winter. The problem is, when people come in from out oftown and they're from the northern climates,

DIY Homemade Hydroponic Vertical Garden and Urban Farm in South Florida

Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens ,today I have a very special treat for you, I'm actually at another YouTuber's house,so you know I've seen his tutorials, some of his tutorials have thousands of views, actuallyeven more than some of my tutorials, and they're really inspiring and amazing to me. And whenI was out in South Florida, I got invited over to his place, so this is a really rareopportunity to check out what he's growing on here in South Florida. His YouTube channelif you want to check it out Artoliva, ARTOLIVA. So let's go inside his backyard urban farmand check it out. So Art has tons of chickens here, he has thestandard urban homestead, he's growing his

food, also got the chickens growing, it'samazing what he's doing here. So here's amazing use of some barrels that Art madethis chicken feeder out of. So let's go ahead and remove the top here, and this top'smade out of sheet metal, and right below the top is a piece of a barrel that he cut down,and this was a big 55 gallon barrel that he cut it up in two to form it to be the rightsize to fit on top of this barrel, which has been cut down into basically a tube. So thiswas a 25 gallon barrel, and then he has a 55 gallon bottom piece, and this bottom piecekeeps all the chicken feed in here, and the 25 gallon is suspended a little bit higherup with these rods. So he puts all the food

in here then puts the top on, then it'sbasically weather proof and rain proof, and he just took a couple of barrels to make that.So I really like how Art reuses and repurposes these barrels to do so many creative thingswith. Next we're going to go into the garden to see how else he's using some of thesebarrels. So we're here at the entrance of Art'sgarden, and before Art's garden he has all these chickens and stuff, so we've got tomake sure we keep his garden fence closed, because if not it could be really disastrous.I walked up here and I thought this was really cool, I mean this is so awesome, you couldtake a look at all these things hanging here,

these are malabar spinach seeds. So actuallyjust recently, they had some frost here in South Florida, so the malabar spinach didn'tmake it. They normally would be growing if they didn't get too cold, but it did gettoo cold so the plant didn't make it, but it has all these seeds, so you could justpull off the seeds and they just drop on the ground. The chickens like to eat them, butalso they've been dropping on the other ground so then they'll basically just regrowand come back, and that's what I call handsoff gardening. These things grow, they grow somuch greens, they also grow the seeds, they drop, then they grow more. The other thingthat a lot of people don't know is you can

literally take these seeds and smoosh it inyour hand and look at that nice purple color. You could eat these – I wouldn't eat thelittle seed here, and this is the little seed, but you could eat the seed pod, and this islike a little fruit, you've got a nice purple color, basically a nondescript flavor, butthis stuff is superrich in antioxidants. Really healthy for you. Anyways, without furtherado let's go into the garden, check out his hanging hydroponic garden.So we're here in Art's garden, and we're going to go over a few of the things he'sdoing here that's really cool. I got the grand tour from Art and he let me come backhere and make a tutorial for you guys to show

you guys what he's doing. So he's usingthe Vertigrow system like you recently saw at the Urban Farmer tutorial I just made, andhe's using the same pots, but he's doing it a little bit differently. He's basicallyjust bought the pots from them and then constructed his own framing to support them all. So righthere behind me he has some lettuce, and he also has things like collards growing, andtomatoes growing and arugula growing, all kinds of different stuff growing in the Vertigrowsystem which we're going to go over in a little bit, but also we're going to talkabout how he starts his seeds and how he waters his starts. It's an ingenious method I'venever seen anywhere else, and I can't wait

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