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.
Growing Plants Vertically Using A Simple Low Cost DIY Garden Arbor
Hey there everybody, how's it goingé It'sDan from plantabundance . Today I just wanted to share with you guys how I went about putting together this garden arbor with an entry gate to the main part of thegarden. Here we've got some 'Wisteria Sinensis' otherwise known as 'Prolific'. This is anabundant flowering shrubvine. It reflourishes in the months of June and July. And will usuallystarts blooming in the second year, which is what's happened here. We've had them in theground for two years and these are the first blossoms we've had. Moving right along, youcan see we got some of this 'Opo Squash' or 'Bottle Gourd' hanging down from the trellis.Now this is a really cool vegetable. It's
got a nice refreshing mild taste. You harvestthem when there about ten to twelve inches long for eating. People will actually usethem once there dried out to make things like water bottles bird houses and all kinds ofstuff. here we got some dried pole beans.I need to collect the dried beans from those.Here's another shot of the arch of the arbor. Over on the other side here we have a treecollard that's leaning against the arbor and you can see where it's poked through hereand created a little dense cluster where a couple birds have made a nest up there. Nowthese 'Purple Tree collards' are a perennial brassica from the cabbage family. They'rerich in fiber, calcium and contain no oxalic
acid so you can eat as many as you want. Here'ssome more 'Wisteria' poking through. You can see in the back there the structure of thetree collard coming up. It's a really dense and strong structure that's really doing agood job helping to hold this arbor in place. What do we got hereé This bumble bee has cometo say hi. It's a beautiful day out here in the garden. I'm enjoying shooting this tutorialand sharing it with you guys. The construction for this project was very simple and low cost.All that I ended up using was four of these 5' tposts which I then connected tothis 16' piece of cattle panel using just a little bit of tie wire. Other thanthat, a couple 4x4's that are holding the
gate in place also tie wired to the tposts.And the gate itself was just some left over 2x4 boards I had framed out to create a nicelightweight swing gate. So that's it guys. Just wanted to share with you how things aregoing out in the garden around the arbor. I hope you're having a great day and I'llbe talking to you soon.