Muscadine Grapes Green

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!.

Muscadine Time

Help everyone explorenew worlds and ideas. Support your PBS station. Muscadine grapesare so different than what you wouldget in a grocery store. The skin is reallytart and tannic. And the flesh isso juicy and sweet that you don't even mindteething out the seeds and spitting them

because the rewardis worth it. The Avett Brothers performquot;Will You Returnquot; I'm Vivianand I'm a chef. My husband, Benand I were working for some of the bestchefs in New York City when my parents offered to helpus open our own restaurant. Of course, there was a catch. We had to open this restaurantin Eastern North Carolina,

where I grew up andsaid I would never return. Music plays So this is my life. Raising twins, living inthe house I grew up in, and exploring the south,one ingredient at a time. Music plays I keep lookingaround for containers because the dishwasherdid not come in this morning.

It's his second to last dayso I think he's just decided it was his lastday, yesterday. We have a lot ofstuff happening here today. We are going to, from 5 until 7 give awayfree pizza in the wine shop to try to raise awareness of ournew wood fired pizza menu. We could have 10 peopleor we could have 100 people. We have no idea.

Hopefully it will besomewhere in the middle. We have a new personstarting in the kitchen and I'mthrilled about that because we've been reallystruggling about a month. Very short handed and it's veryhard for us to find people. So every time we bring insomeone new I just want them to kind of understandwhat we're trying to do here. Chef and the Farmer isunlike any other restaurant

in this region. We make everythingfrom scratch. We try to support localfarmers as much as possible and we hold ourselvesto a really high standard. This is like my baby. Okay And so I justwant to know that you are willingto take it seriously

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