Prairie Yard Garden Growing Grapes
(gentle music) Prairie Yard Garden is a production of the University of Minnesota Morris in cooperation with Pioneer Public Television. Closed captioning is provided by Mark and Margaret YackelJuleen in honor of Shalom Hill Farm, a nonprofit rural education retreat center in a beautiful
prairie setting near Windom in southwestern Minnesota. Shalom Hill Farm, shalomhill Did you hear that a new crop is appearing on the prairieé Growing grapes has created an interest among a few individuals who like the challenge of adapting it to our region. Join me on Prairie Yard Garden as we visit a vineyard to learn about the process and challenges
of growing grapes on the prairie. (soft lighthearted music) A new crop has appeared on the prairie: growing grapes And today I have Florian Ledermann with me who's been involved with the process for the last four to five years. Florian welcome to the show and tell me, how did you get interested in growing grapesé ^We got interested actually at the
University of Morris's Horticultural Night. We sat down in a tent and learned that the university just released four new varieties of grapes that are actually coldhardy. And before that, I always kind of figured grapes were the crop that just kind of came up and never really bore and died every winter and died back. So that's what spiked our interest.
And so that very nextspring, we bought five. And they survived and I did a little more research and decided to go with an acre. And a year later, another acre so we ended up with 1,350 vines as a result of that little adventure in Morris. Larry That's interesting. 1,300 vines, how long does it take you
to put all those in the groundé Florian We used family labor. (Florian laughs) So we had, it took us, I think probably when we were planting, it took us about threedays to put one acre in. That would be for the planting. The posts and the trellis system and everything
Gardening Tips Tricks Growing Mandeville Flowers
Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen from vanveenbulbs .In this segment we are going to learn all about the Mandeville plant or Mandevilla orthe Mandeville so it is spelled a lot of different ways too Mandevilla or Mandeville. Eitherway it is a beautiful plant and one of my favorites in my garden. So the Mandevillais a vine so it has got to have something to grab on to. So whether it is wires, oran arch or up against a rose bush or up against a trellis it will grab on to whatever youlet it grab on to. It is not Winter hardy in cold climates. Here in the Northwest Icannot leave it outside. So I leave it in a beautiful pot with a beautiful trellis andthis is a nice metal arch trellis. The best
location for a Mandevilla is actually notin the full hot sun all day. I notice where I had it in the hottest afternoon sun sometimesthey get a little bit sunburned so they don't look as well. If they are in a little bitof that late late afternoon shade, especially under a patio or along a fence or just thatfence shades it out for a couple of hours of the afternoon, they love it there, theylove heat so if you can give them a little bit of shady heat at a patio or the side ofthe fence but still be hot next to rocks or sidewalks it loves it. And you can grow itin some really cold climates. You don't just have to grow tropical plants in the tropics.You can grow them in the Northwest, you can
grow them in the Northeast, you can grow themanywhere where you reach at least 70 degrees in the Summertime and that is pretty muchanywhere. They really like a lot of water when they are growing and that's what I'venoticed I've got to water it all the time and I was just using compost and no fertilizerat all and it did not color up very well so I have used a little bit of fertilizer soI really think to keep it blooming you really need to give it some kind of nutrition soespecially in the Summertime give it just a little bit of fertilizer and then in theWinter when it is going to freeze it is going to die back so I'll just cut it back, takethe stake or take the metal out and then throw
it in the greenhouse and I'm going to putit back out in the Spring. You can do that or you can either throw in the garage or youcan throw it in the basement or even I have thrown it in the kitchen before underneathin the corner where no one bothered to look and just let it dry with a little bit of waterso that the roots don't dry out completely and then put it back out in about May or Junewhenever it is 70 and above consistently for a week that is the rule and it comes backand grows year to year. It is one of my favorite plants and pretty much anyone can grow itand it is a very easy plant to grow.