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Grapevine 2013


GRAPEVINE  23, 2013

I spotted the beginning of Grapes.  Not many clusters of them though.  But for the record it’s good to see some.  At this stage in the past the birds and insects  have eaten them off the vine. This year now lets see what happens.

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Tomatoes May 17, 2011


TBerrys Tomatoes are growing well.  This morning I saw at least 6 tomatoes hanging on one bush.  I am getting ready to go ahead a pick some of the biggest ones shown here tomorrow.  For Fried Green tomatoes.  I just last week fertilized them with Lime, 10-10-10, and Magnesium Sulphate.  Last week we also had a good rain shower to water it all in well.  Today all the vegetables are looking great.  I can’t wait to taste this big tomato tomorrow.

Picture May 17, 2011 First picking yes!!

Picture May 17, 2011 pictured here are 4 tomatoes hanging together making it at least 6 or more tomatoes on the bush.

Scuppernong Grapevine (Muscadine)


 

This is a borrowed picture of Scuppernong Grapes

The scuppernong is a large variety of muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia). This grape species has the distinction of being the first grape to ever be actively cultivated in the United States. It was declared the state fruit of North Carolina in 2001 The grape was named after the Scuppernong River of North Carolina, where it was first discovered. The word Scuppernong is from the Algonquian Indian word ascopo which means “sweet bay tree.” The fruit grows where temperatures seldom fall below 10  Fahrenheit.

Over 100 years of breeding has resulted in several bronze cultivars such as Carlos, Doreen, Magnolia and Triumph, they are distinguished by being perfectly flowered, which means the vine now produces male and female flowers. Opposed to the Scuppernong variety which only has female flower parts. The oldest cultivated grapevine in the world is the 400 year old scuppernong “Mother Vine” growing on Roanoke Island, NC 

Scuppernong is usually a green or bronze color and is similar in appearance and texture to a white grape, but rounder and about 50% larger. It was first known as the ‘big white grape. The skin is very thick and tart and several small green seeds are found in each grape. The pulp is viscous and sweet and the seeds are bitter – the most desirable part of the scuppernong is the sweet juice. The vine is an exceptionally strong grower, and its wood is the envy of the grape family.

Muscadines have a high tolerance to diseases and pests. There are no insect enemies, or fungus diseases that attack the fruit. Although black rot sometimes attacks the leaves in the spring, but never enough to affect the growth of the vines, or to cause any apparent detriment to a vine when given proper care. The blooms open during the first part of June, and the grapes ripen during September.

As with all grapes, muscadines need full sun with good airflow and proper drainage,  As with all grapes, muscadines need full sun with good airflow and proper drainage.  This grapevine can grow from  60 to 100 feet and should be planted 8 to 11 feet apart. 

It can be rooted so you can have more grapevines.  In rooting Scuppermong  grape vines, the first step is to look over the grapevine in mid-summer and find a cane that is in season.  Bend the cane to the ground and make sure that it is long enough to lie on the ground leaving the tip free.  Then score the stem in four or five places with a sharp knife where the brance touches the ground. Mound soil over the cane, leaving the tip uncovered.  Lay a brick or push down two u-shaped wires to hold the cane against the ground. 

You have to keep the ground moist so that the cane will produce roots.  The sections where you scored the cane  will produce roots.  Severe the cane from the parent in the fall when the grapes become dormant and roots have developed.  Last thing you will do is to dig up the rooted grape and plant it in your desired location.

The properly care of Scuppernong grapes you must fertilize them regularly.  Apply half a pound of 10-10-10 after planting.  Spread the fertilizer on either side of the vines a foot from the bases.  Apply another light sprinkling in late May or early June.  In the second year, apply double the amount.  Each year thereafter, apply 2 pounds of fertilizer in March and half a pound in June.  The scuppernong or muscadine grapevine (Vitis rotundifolia) is a fast-growing deciduous vine that can produce grapes for more than 50 years.  It is used for fruit, wine and shade.

Picture taken May 13, 2011. This picture show lots of new growth. I pruned this grapevine back February.

                                                                                                                                

 Years in the past shows Muscadine shows this same grapevine along with 2 others that I didn’t know were all planted together.  All 3 growing together making it rootbound.  It was very dry and wasn’t producing grapes like it should have.  All the fertilizing that I had done in the past was not helping.  Fertilizer cold never reach the roots.  This year after cutting it all the way back I now have 2 grapevines.  I am hoping that by seperating them that they will be more fruitful.  I’ve fertilized it with 10-10-10.  I have been watering regularly every other day.  Now only time will tell.  So far it is looking very healthy and seems to be growing very fast.   Click here to see grapevine MUSCADINE Grapevine 2009.  This page I had posted when it was growing but badly rootbound.

Blackeyed Peas 4/28/2011


 

First Bloom Peas 4/28/2011

Peas are now in Bloom. Weather is very dry.  Rain is in the forcast. Praying for Rain!!!  Click here to see last years Field Peas 2010 growing

Tomatoes Full Bloom 4/27/2011


Celebrity Tomatoes:  This variety is my favorite again this year. And now in full bloom.  Starting out so far so good. This is the first blooms and tomatoes.  My mouth is watering with just the smell at each touch of the leaves.  Such a wonderful fragrance.  These are the first of my pictures this year.  At this time the weather is great except for it being very dry at the moment.  No rain have we had in over 3 weeks.  Looks to be a dry year again. 

Celebrity Tomatoes Picture here is first of blooms 4/28/2011

Planting:  This year I planted each plant by digging deep whole and placing each tomatoe plant into hole with at least half of the plant covered with soil.  I first removed bottom leaves of each plant only leaving 2 branches of leaves sticking up from the ground.  I was told by a friend that this encourages more strength to the bush and root system. 

  

Fertilize:  I fertilized with 10-10- 10 very little after a week of being planted.  Lime: Tomatoes are lime lovers, and greener upper they absorb quickly so I only put aproxmately 2 tablespoons of lime around each plant  to start out with.  Then as plant gets bigger I monitor each plant according to how green it is.  I also think it keeps down tomatoe plant deseases.  Always watering plant at the base only is another thing I think keeps plant healthy and green.  Everyone may have other tips on growing tomatoes.  Please leave comments as to how your tomatoes are doing such as tips and tricks according to what state you live in is very important. 

Important Note: We can always add lime fertilizer but…remember we can’t take it away once it has been added to the soil.  Many vegetables according to soil by state and lacation varies with applying any kind of fertilizer.

Picture taken 4/28/2011 See here is first tomatoe

 Here is a Website I have found very useful information at growing tomatoes, diseases etc.  Click here   Also info adding  Epsom Salt, Magnesium to your vegetables Click here.

You Mulberry eating Dog!!


You Mulberry eating Dog You!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round and Round the Mulberry bush we go again !!

 

 

“Ooops  Ya dropped one.”

These images you see are for real.  My good Buddy loves them.  I limit him to only a few.  He sits and begs for more, more,more.  I think he would eat them till he was sick if I let him.

I might had better read up on the side effects for dogs.

Mulberry Cobbler/Pie


My Mulberry Tree is loaded with berries right now.  Recipe here is the ideal thing  for using these delicious berries.

things you’ll need:

  • 2 cups mulberries
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup of milk

Hint: At Picking those fresh Mulberries Place a tarp, blanket or cloth under a mulberry tree to collect the mulberries. Secure the tarp with rocks. Shake the limbs with a limb hook or rake, or allow the tarp to rest there for approximately 24 hours. During this time mulberries will fall to the ground. Retrieve any fallen mulberries within a day or two to prevent other debris from collecting on the tarp. When working with the mulberries try not to pick them up individually, this will smash them and leave your fingers purple.

  • 2 Rinse the mulberries with water. You do not need to remove the stems.

  • 3 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 4 In a bowl combine the mulberries with the sugar. Mix well.
  • 5 Melt the butter and pour it into an 8 inch square glass pan. Cover the bottom of the pan with the melted butter.
  • 6 In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Add the milk to the mixture to make batter.
  • 7 Pour the batter evenly into the glass pan. Spoon mulberries evenly over batter.
  • 8 Bake the mulberry cobbler for 20 minutes.
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    Lattice Mulberry Pie Another recipe to try

    Click link to this recipe. Mulberry or Blackberry Pie