How To Grow Vines From Cuttings

Growing Grapes

We have plenty of wild concord grapes on ourproperty. However, the insurance company doesn't approve of our harvesting methods so it'sprobably best to plant some cultivated grapes. When I cleared the land for the greenhouse,it left plenty of area to plant various fruit producing plants which don't need the greenhouseto thrive. Plus why waste the space just growing grassé Taking a look at my 3rd grade drawing skills,I'm going to set three 4x4x10' treated posts 34 feet into the ground and space them 24'apart. This will allow for 8 plants in the space. Then I'll string 12 gauge galvanizedwire starting with the first wire 4246quot; from

the ground, then space the other two 12quot; apart.The plants can be spaced 6' apart and over time the vines can be trained along the 3wires. I had planned to set the posts first in theevent that I hit any large rocks while digging, however I blew a seal on the backhoe and hadto find some parts for it. So I took my chances and put the plants in first. The row shouldgo in a straight line and a 100' tape measure works well for marking out the locations ofeach post and plant. Jamming a piece of survey's tape at each mark does the trick. We're goingoldschool and using a pickaxe and shovel and digging a hole about 1 foot deep. Luckilythere weren't any large rocks in the way just

a few roots and small stones that the pickaxewas able to pluck out. Later, looking at the post holes, you'll see why I didn't dig themby hand. Planting the vines is fairly easy. I got theseseedless concord grapes from Gurney's for half price. I just remove the fiber that'sused for keeping the roots damp, spread out the roots a bit, and set it in the hole sothat all the roots that emerge from the vine will be just below the finished level of thesoil. All the dirt that came out of the hole was hardpan so I filled it with nice organicsoil, then compacted it down, and gave it a really good watering. It also importantto cover the area with mulch to help maintain

the moisture in the soil until the roots canget established. These will get watered every day for a couple of weeks. The actual work of planting the vines is quick.It's the preparation of digging out the rocks that takes all the time. A 30 cent Oring and a day to dismantle andreassemble the valve assembly and the backhoe is running again. I can now install the postsfor the wire arbor. It may not be the fastest backhoe, but it beats digging through therock with a pick and shovel. The holes are dug to about 4 feet which will provide a deepenough anchor to prevent the posts from leaning

from the future weight of the vines. Someof the rocks that I pulled out where bigger than the hole. If I had to dig these by hand,I probably would have only dug down a couple of feet, and then would have to anchor theposts with concrete and guywires. It seems like a really big hole for a post,but without an auger with rock drilling bit, it's probably the easiest way to set a post.A little cleanup at the bottom of the hole and it's ready. I'm using 4x4 treated lumberrated for direct burial. I'm not a fan of using treated lumber, but in order for itto last a long time, it's a necessary evil. I like to add two temporary cleats to thepost to help support it while I'm set it plumb

and backfill the hole. I also like to dropa few rocks around the base to hold it in place when I start to fill it in. I'll fillthe hole several inches at a time and compact it between each layer, then clean up the areawith some more woodchip mulch. The first wire starts roughly 4246 inchesfrom the ground and the second and 3 wires are spaced 12 inches apart. It will be theperfect snacking height for the deer. At each marking I'll drill a 38quot; hole through thepost and then put in a 516quot; eyebolt. The back side has a large fender washer and nut.Having a large washer will help to keep the nut from pulling into the post under the weightof the vines. It's fairly important to make

Gardening Tips How to Grow Ivy

Hi, this is Yolanda Vaveen from vaveenbulbs and we're going to learn all about how to grow ivy. It's a beautiful plant that's beenaround for years but there's a lot of rules that you should follow when you grow ivy.Ivy is a gorgeous plant in the garden, it's so beautiful, cascading from planters or alonga walkway or in a rock garden or in a rock wall. They always remind me of weddings becauseyou always see ivy hanging off of the bride's bouquet, they're just a beautiful plant. Whata lot of people don't realize is that a lot of the ivy's, especially the larger ivy thanthis, this is a smaller ivy, the larger English ivy's are pretty much taking over a lot ofthe forest of the Northwest. What happens,

if I were to plant this ivy in my garden,right into the ground, I would be ok because I would probably take care of it and I'd makesure that it wouldn't grow up the trees and make sure that it wouldn't take over the yardbut that's because I'm taking care of my yard, sometimes. If I were to leave it in my gardenand then move and someone moved in that didn't really take care of their yard very well,what would happen, this ivy would take over my whole entire yard. I would come up thattree, it would climb up this tree and it would eventually kill everything in my yard andthere'd be nothing but ivy left. Ivy's a beautiful plant but use it with care. Nobody wants tohave ivy grow up the fence and eat out the

fence and have nothing left of the fence andthen you have the issue of just ivy everywhere. It does, it grows, it kills trees, it killsall the plants it comes across. So, it's a beautiful plant but you have to make sure,if you do introduce it to your garden, that you're going to be very careful that it doesn'tget into any natural areas or go into the trees or, worst yet, do not let it near yourhouse because it will actually climb up the walls and eat into the walls. I had a neighbor,when I lived in Portland, that it went through the wall and it was all the way inside ofher living room and she didn't do anything about it because she just thought it was apretty plant but, eventually, it did eat the

wall and we had to put a new wall in. So,it is a beautiful plant and I know this segment's on growing ivy and there's beautiful waysto grow it. It grows great from a fence, if you can keep it contained, it's great to useif you're a florist or from bouquets hanging out of the bouquets but it really is a plantthat needs to be cared for. They're easy to transplant and easy to plant, they're justa set of roots. They really don't even need dirt, they will grow in the air, they're aplant that grows off of other things so they'll actually grow onto a tree and just eat thetree away. All you need is the tiny root and once you have a tiny root, it will grow andgrow and grow. It's a beautiful plant but

like other beautiful plants, it can becomeinvasive so just use a little bit of caution. Put it in a full sunny spot, keep it in containers,don't put it near the house. Ivy is a beautiful plant and you should use it in your gardenbecause it is so beautiful and it is so traditional and it makes hanging baskets or it makes containersjust so elegant, with a little bit coming out of it. Use it with care, as you shouldwith many other garden plants because it can become invasive.

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