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
Holiday Appetizer Recipes Easy Christmas Appetizers
â™« howdini: get yourself a guru â™« â�„ Holiday Appetizer Recipes Easy Christmas Appetizers â�„ I'm Tracy Metro from the Kraft Kitchens, and I'm here to help you make lastminute holiday entertaining look effortless. You'd be surprised at just how easy it is to throw together a cocktail do with things you probably already keep on hand like nuts. For a few bowls to set around the living room or mix your nuts with some butter, cumin, and ground red pepper.
Then mix them up really thoroughly, put them on a baking sheet, and pop them in the oven. And here's an easy holiday dip made with canned cranberry sauce, orange marmalade, and just a touch of ground red pepper. That's cream cheese on the bottom. Now you're going to want to make sure that it's softened before you spread it into the pie plate. Then, in a separate bowl, you're going to mix your cranberry sauce, your orange marmalade, and just a touch of red pepper
to give it a little bit of jazzing up. Then spread all of this over your cream cheese. Next, add some slivered almonds on top, and you're ready to serve it. I personally love to serve this appetizer with RitzÂ® crackers. Or you could dazzle the crowd by making your very own crackers. These cheese crisps are not only fast, but they're incredibly easy to make. They're made with shredded Parmesan cheese and rosemary. You just bake them in little mounds.
This time of year, a lot of holiday parties have shrimp on the menu, and here's an easy and an elegant shrimp appetizer like you'd find in a nice restaurant. It's made with toasted coconut and Shake 'N BakeÂ® with curry powder and red pepper. And instead of the usual cocktail sauce, whip up something new like this orangecurry dip. All you do is mix up some Ranch dressing, orange marmalade, a dash of curry powder, and then what I like to do is toss in some hot pepper sauce to jazz it up a bit.
Add one more great flavor to your lastminute cocktail party with some creamy hummus. Now, I always have hummus on hand. It's wonderful to serve with some warm pita bread, or you could even serve it with these beautiful, thin, triangular TriscuitsÂ®. Now, for a smallish cocktail party, three or four choices of appetizers are usually enough. And you want to figure about 12 pieces per person. Now we can't forget the beverages for this cocktail party. It's a good idea to keep a few bottles of wine on hand for impromptu parties
just like this one. But I also like to have a specialty cocktail. This one right here is a doubleberry martini made with Crystal LightÂ® Raspberry, ice, water, light cranberry juice cocktail, and, of course, some vodka. I'm just going to top it off with some club soda, or sparkling water would do, and then pour it in my glasses over a frozen cranberry. Now for those who don't drink, you always want to offer a nonalcoholic option, and what I like to do is serve a sparkling water with a lemon or a lime in a beautiful pitcher. And finally, a cool way to make your winter guests feel special and warm