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Serving Growing Ohios Grape and Wine Industry

Last January, January 6ththe official day of the polar vortex we experienced really damaging temperatures.Anywhere from around twenty below zero to about sixteen below zerowhere it killed the fruiting buds and it killed actual grape vines.And we've never experienced any damage like this before.And we've never we really didn't know the extentof the damage on the vines until April May in that time frame when we didn't see anybuds developing and even some of thetrunks cracked.

But the impact of that was dramaticwe have no crop at all in our vinifera and we grow varieties like Chardonnay, PinotNoir, Cabernet Franc, Rieslingand without any grapes, we were forced to buya lot of grapes. But it's had a huge impactas far as the grape production not to mention the actual wine losswhich is two or three years spanning. Because in some of the vineyardsthat will have to be replaced from the ground up

with new vines we will not get the first crop is three to four years out.So the impact is just dramatic and millions and millions of dollars.Actually in the viticulture program at Ohio Stateone of our focus of the research is cold hardiness of grapes.So really that's one of my expertise in this fieldof learning more about how grapes cope with freezing with cold in general.After this cold event our growers really needed a lot of help in terms of how to not onlyassess

the damage but also how to deal with the vinesthat are damaged. And we conducted a lot of workshops just toshow them how to prune the vines. Our relationship with Ohio State goes wayback in the 1980'sWe've had a long standing relationship with ongoing research in the wineryand in the vineyards. Currently with Imed Damiour research stems lately from the cold winter vortexwhere we've had a lot of the vines killed and damagedfrom the minus twenty degree temperatures.

Current research is kind of involved tothe extent of the damage to determine the actual damage andto have pruning studies done to see what was the best way to prunethese injured vines. We have not had temperatures that coldsince 1994 here and myself and a lot of the grape growershave not experienced this cold damage. So we need research to help uskind of figure out what's the next step and see what our future is in these vineyards.

How I Harvest Eat My Purple Malabar Spinach Berries

Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens ! Today we have another exciting episode for you. And what I'm going to do today is sharewith you guys what happened in my garden just the other night actually. So as you guys couldsee, my pepper plants don't look too healthy. And that's because we had our first frostof the year. Now I could have tried to protect my plants, cover them, but you know, winteris upon us know and I got to deal with it. So luckily it wasn't too bad of a frost.If it gets way cold way quick, not only the leaves would be damaged but also the fruitswould be damaged. And you know, because it didn't get so cold, you know, the fruitshave higher sugar levels than say the leaves,

so it's a little more protected form thefrosts. That being said, because it was affected,what I'm doing today is actually clear cutting everything down, pulling all the peppers,dehydrating them, processing them today. So I'll have them, you know, to eat duringthe winter time when I don't have fresh peppers. And some of the plants actually,like this guy right here, I mean it looks kind of, you know, like it made it. And sothat's really cool. One of the things when I do get the firstcold frost, you know, most of my basil plants were messed up except like the Thai Basilkind of survived, and actually another basil

that I had in a protected area, and actuallyanother basil i had actually in a totally unprotected area which is just kind of weird.But these are the plants that are more cold tolerant than the others. So I'm pullingup any peppers that are still alive and healthy and I'm going to transplant those in thepots, bring them in the greenhouse for the winter, over winter them. And then you knowstick them back outside come next year, so I'll have a jump on the season. So what I want to do next actually is I'mgoing to harvest one of the berries that I grew this year that's like no other. Andyou know, I'm actually glad that it frosted,

because now I can actually harvest them. BecauseI have been waiting until their peak ripeness. And they're not going to get any riper thanafter they've been frosted. So I'm going to go ahead and walk over there and I'llshow you guys some of the damage that happened to my garden due to the frost. Alright, so as we walk down one of rows here,you could see just the massive amount of damage. So I mean, these guys, these leaves got reallyjacked up. This was donor volunteer eggplant that came up. It was really loving life untilthe frost hit. Then it really is hating life. And yeah all these guys, you know, just notlooking happy. Some of them worse than others

for sure. Yeah the frost really did a numberon my garden. But yeah nonetheless I still have tons of peppers to harvest. Here'sa tomato plant that got kind of jacked up, you know. All the leaves are jacked up. Andthis is going to come down. But what I want to share with you guys isthis bed. No not the peppers that got messed up. Not the okra that's finished. But theseguys. This is my red malabar spinach. This guy also got super jacked up. You could seethe leaves are just droopy. They got frosted, now they're getting dehydrated. And I likethat because we're living in a dry climate here, it's not going to like really mould,it will just dehydrate, like, almost like

freeze drying but not quite. But if you guyslook closely, you could see there are tons of ripe berries, you know. So yesterday Iharvested a bunch of berries and juiced them up, and you know, individually, but I'mlike that takes too long. So I'm going to go ahead and share with you guys my new wayof harvesting the berries. And then also, more importantly, how I'm going to use theseberries to benefit me, besides just saving the seeds and regrowing them. Alright, so as you guys could see, well mymalabar spinach did get jacked up. This is Chayote, a vine actually that I planted fromthe fruit from the Mexican market. And it's

Growing HyacinthLablab Bean In a Container Terrace Garden

Hi Friends and today I am going to speak about Hyacinth or Lablab bean which is locally (Kannada) called as Avarekai LablabHyacinth Or Indian Field Beans is a plant which belongs to Fabaceae family they are perennial plant which is grown mainly for their bean and their laves are used as fodder for Livestock Their flowers are seasonal and usually blossom in winter. A single flower contains bothboth male and female part in it and

It self pollinates and there is no need of external pollinators It grows in any generic soil with good drainage and thrives best in tropical to subtropical climate. The fully grown Lablab bean is used in various Asian cuisines the bean pod is also edible in some varieties. When it comes to growing LablabHyacinth there are two primary types, the Vine and the Bush type what you see here is the bush type

to get this in you potcontainer you just need to sow the healthy bean in the soil and water it regularly It starts to germinate and grow Here I have used a mixture of Garden Soil, Groundnut cakes and Goat manure in the ration of 3:3:4 I used the goat manure as it has slightly higher pH value and the Lablab prefers soil pH in the range of 6.5 8.5 The Lablab also needs a compost with high Phosphorus and Nitrogen contents.

The flowering season is winter and here it usually flowers from November to January. The flower color ranges from shades purple to white and they self pollinates. When it comes to pest control Lablab get affected by quite few pests and diseases some of the major pest anddisease that harms Lablab are borders, leaf eating caterpillar, sucking pest and powdery mildew there are several chemical and natural pesticides for these available in the market

Though my plant got affect by pod borer I did not use any pesticides As I want my garden to be chemical free I just quarantined those pods which got affected Here you can see the Lablab plant grown on Terrace pot In the same PotContainer i have any Alovera plant too This is the Bush type, and has grown quiet well

lets see the bottom of the plant here we have used some dry Basil plants for its support and as you can see it has grown incredibly Bushy This is the starting point of the plant it had initially three branches you can see now plenty of branches have been grown and it has spread out very nicely, here too The plant has grown on Pot on the terrace

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