Growing Herbs Wine Barrels

Home Vineyard Growing Wine Grapes at Home

Hello and welcome to my home vineyard Let's get a lay of the land. As you can see thisis just a simple side yard it's got about 55 feet of space long twentysix feet of space wide we elected to go with twenty twofoot long rows northsouth facing uh. the rows are spaced about five feet apartto give us ample space for the vines to grow

and for us to manage and walk through we are planting about four plants per row to give it plenty of space to spread out and grow for the rows, we used uh. just simple fenceposts these are eightfoot fence post sunk about threefeet deep we tried to go about two feet deep butit wasn't uh. it just simply wasn't stable enough so we went that extra foot for stability

the wire is fourteen gauge wire uh. we elected to go with the verticaltrellising partly because it was easier and partlybecause uh. the north south facing rows, it allow it to get sun at all hours of the day uh. we have a drip irrigation linesran along the bottom we will be using half gallon per hour drips two per plant that allows us to adjust the water

water flow and manage the irrigation a littleeasier than if we used a heavier flow we'll actually be planting syrah grapes because we tend to be in a warmer, drier climateduring the summer doing something like pinot noirwould require greater cooler temperatures. that sort of thing that's our vineyard. We'll be planting the grapes nextweek and we'll come back then.

Planting 45 Garlic Cloves in a Half Wine Barrel Container Garden

All right! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens ,I have another garden update for you today. We're going to do a couple things. Firstwe're going to talk about what's behind me here. These are all my tomato plants andthere are probably 40 tomato plants in this raze bed here that has been basically frosted.They've got frost damage, hard frost. You can see they're not alive anymore, and alot of my garden looks that way over in this section here. This is the front bed, the Malabarspinach. They got fried; you could probably still harvest the seeds. The gherkins didn'tmake it all, so there's still some gherkins hanging out. But you know what, for me inthe winter time, and after the first frost

is probably one of the busiest times in mygarden. Not any other time, because so many plants just lost their lives. Now they needto be pulled up, composted, and then I need to replant and get things back in the groundas quickly as possible so I can continue to grow more food during the winter time. Whileit's still a little bit more and there's still more sun, as the days get shorter, thesun gets shorter, and it also gets colder. Plants don't tend to grow as well, and it'svery important. This is a critical time to get things going. So I want to share withyou my strategy when there's so much stuff I need to pull out. You know I have a realjob, I work, and I try to come to the garden

at least an hour each day. And by systematicallymaking list of all the things that need to get done and then hitting off one thing ata time and working on it until it's done, it'll then get done and you will get throughall the projects. So as I have been pulling out, I have been replanting. So we've justpulled out all the cucumbers and now we're replanted with the sugar snap peas here alongthe trellis so they can grow upward. And you know it's just hitting at one bed at a timeand not getting overwhelmed with all the things that need to get done. I mean, I got to prunethe pepino melons right there and there's so many different projects. So today's projectis to actually plant some garlic. And you

know, I really encourage people to plant andgrow what they love to eat. And what they eat very often—so I eat a lot of leafy greensin my diet. So I have lots of tree collards and these are getting so amazing, some ofthese leaves are just getting really dark purple. From green to purple. When they getto dark purple they taste really, really good. The sugar, the sweetness comes out duringthe winter time when it gets cold so they're absolutely amazing. I also like to eat somegarlic, sometimes. And some people always ask me, “John, how come you always shoeon garlic or onionsé!â€�, well that's because I don't regularly eat garlic and onions,and if I do I eat such a small quality and

they're relatively inexpensive to buy. Youknow, one little bulb of garlic will cost less than a dollar and it will last me formonths because I really don't eat it that much. I mean, the organic onions I got theother day were 79 cents a pound, so it really doesn't make sense to plant a whole bedof onions when I could buy them for so cheap, and I don't even eat them. Whereas a bunchof greens are like 2, 3 bucks for a bunch, and a bunch is only six leaves and I havethose in mass abundance. But I do like some garlic and it's very difficult sometimesto get some good taste in garlic. So I was inspired the other day when I was at the farmersmarket to get some garlic. So let's go to

that clip and see the garlic that I bought.I'm here at the Berkley's farmer market. We're going to this booth over here. Thisis a sight not often seen at farmers markets. We've got garlic here, its 2 dollars a pound.When you look down though, it's sprouting. So all these little garlic are growing. Idon't know if people would traditionally sprouted garlic, as you don't use sproutedgarlic in culinary uses. But this is perfect stuff to take home and plant. So you couldjust take basically each little bulb off and plant it. I've gone ahead and picked a lotof bulbs out here. I've got about a pounds worth right here on the scale and I'm goingto take that home and plant it in one wine

Harvesting 45 Garlic Bulbs from a Half Wine Barrel Container Garden

This is John Kohler with Growingyourgreens ,another exciting garden update and I'm so happy. Its finally sunny here in Californiawe've been getting actually a weird rain spell here in June but the sun is finallyout its shining and nice and warm and we're ready to work in the garden again today. So what today's episode is gonna be aboutis these guys right here. Once again these are wine barrels sitting in my driveway. Ihave about, I don't know, about twelve of them all lined up in the driveway where Idon't park a car and I have the extra space to grow food.

So I wanna let you know that you can growfood even if you don't have a lawn or have any garden space. Get a wine barrel they'regreat investments depending on where you live, here in my area they're about twenty dollar,depending on where you live it might be around fifty dollars. You could also use whiskeybarrels, if you don't have those, they are nice because they're made out of wood Ilike them a lot. You know you could even go ghetto and you know get steel drums cut themin half, you know I would encourage you to use ones that were used for food grade orhad food in them previously or even plastic drums. You know fifty five or sixty gallondrums, you can cut them in half and basically

make large planters out of them and put thoseover your concrete driveway or put them over a sidewalk, in a patio or wherever you are.So you can grow food where you weren't able to before. So for a long time you guys have known whatI've planted in here, this goes back to December 10th approximately, my December 10thtutorial 2010 was planting fortyfive garlic cloves that were already sprouting in thisvery wine barrel here. Man, time flies when you're having fun! Approximately six monthshave elapsed since that time and you know this garlic literally looks like crap, itsgrowing all these leaves are turning yellow

they're falling over. You know, that'swhen you know something's up. I was walking by the other day I said ‘Hey my garlic lookslike shit, what's going on'. Garlic will tell you when its ready to be harvested basically.This is now ready to be harvested. So what we're going to be doing today iswe're going to dig it up. You know the interesting thing is, I planted this at one point andthen about a month or maybe two later, I planted the garlic over on this side so you can seea real nice comparison between these guys that are turning yellow and falling over toones next to it that aren't quite as old. And once again these are the softstem, theremainly three kinds of garlic out there. There's

the hardstem garlic, a softstem garlic andan elephant garlic which technically isn't a garlic I really don't like the flavorof elephant garlic. And today in this episode we're going to talk specifically about thetype of garlic I'm growing which is the softstem garlic. So besides letting the garlicplant tell you how and when its ready to harvest, because it basically falls over, how elsecan you know when it's ready to harvest. Most garlics are ready, depending on the varietyof course between 90 and 120 days. I have a bug on me blows on arm. So you can tell by the days, so if the numberof days have elapsed, and all of the growing

conditions are right, your garlic should beready. Because if you harvest your garlic too early its not gonna have nice big, bulbslike you want and if you harvest them too late then what's gonna happen is the bulbsare gonna start to separate so its not gonna store as well. That being said, the righttime to harvest the garlic is when you wanna harvest it cause you're gonna grow it andwhen you're growing it you're in control. Maybe you wanna use nice tender young garlicthat's not fully mature as a spring garlic, or maybe you wanna use the scapes or use thegreens as you know garlic greens instead of using the onion chives or something like that.But you know that's the beauty of when you're

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