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.
July 8 Gardening questions answered
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TIENSLIKE FLOUR. IT GIVES YOU BRIGHT COLOR AND LOVES HEAT. YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WATERING IT EVERY DAY. ONCE THE ROOTS TAKE HOLD, THEY WILL GO ALL SUMMER.
I LIKE THAT. MY MYRTLES ARE COVERED WITH APHIDS AND WHITE FLIES, WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO GET RID OF THEMé THERE ARE GOOD SPRAYS OUT THERE. YOU CAN PUT LADYBUGS IN THERE
AND THEY TAKE CARE OF THE APHIDS. SOMETIMES JUST SOAPY WATER. YOU CAN SPRAY THAT AND THAT WILL GET RID OF THEM. I PLANTED A MAGNOLIA TREE ABOUT A MONTH AGO AND THE LEAVES ARE TURNING YELLOW.
YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GOOD DRAINAGE IN THE AREA. WE HAVE HAD HEAVY RAINS THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF DRY IN BETWEEN. WE RECOMMEND THAT PLANTS GET ABOUT ONE INCH OF WATER PER WEEK. TAKE A HOSE ON A SLOW TRICKLE
AND PUT IT BY THE NEWLY PLANTED TREES OR SHRUBS AND STAY ON THEIR OR AN HOUR OR TWO. THE NEXT PERSON HAS A GREAT ROBLIN, I PLANTED THE GRAPE VINE THREE YEARS AGO AND EACH YEAR IT PRODUCES GRAPES BUT THEY TURN BLACK BEAVER THEY CAN BE PICKED.
How to Survive a Venomous Snake Bite How to Use An Extractor to Remove Snake Venom
Hi, I'm Ginger Black. I'm a professional snakehandler with Expert Village. Okay. We have our pseudo snake bite victim here who wasprepared enough to bring his Sawyer extraction kit with him. Inside the kit you have a cheatsheet telling you what you can use this kit for. There are sting relief pads for bee andant stings, things to that effect. Alcohol prep pads. A couple of BandAids. The extractoritself. The tips that belong in it. And a razor. You want to begin by taking one ofyour alcohol prep pads and very gently cleaning the bite location. Your razor. You want tovery gently shave around the bite location to remove any hair there. Remove your extractor.And, choose a tip that is an appropriate size
for the wound. You want something that willcover both punctures from the fangs. If the snake was too large to do with one tip, youmay need two extraction kits. You'll pull the plunger back on the extractor. Put thetip on the end. Place it over the puncture wounds. And push the plunger in. This drawsthe skin up into the tip and will suck blood and venom from the victims skin. You don'twant to leave it on anymore than thirty seconds at a time. To remove it, simply pull the plungerout. Take it off. Clean the site again with a prep pad. Clean the kit. And, replace it.Go through the whole process again. You want to do this as many times as possible withinthe first five minutes after the bite.