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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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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.

Muscadine Grapevine 2011


Pruned

This year in February I pruned my grapevine well.  I noticed as I was watering it and pulling weeds from around the roots.  I kept noticing instead of one main trunk at the base of this grapevine.  I had three steams growing all around each other.  I hadn’t pruned my grapevine in the past as much as I should have.  I begin to realize why my grapevine didn’t seem like it was getting the nutrients as needed.  Last year I never had grapes to get big enough.  I did some research on pruning and caring for  a grapevine.  I found a website that instructed me to have only one root system coming up out of the ground. Techniques at trimming.   I got to noticing mine had not just one but at least three.   So probing around the trunk of the vine I could really feel the root system was all tangled up. Root bound.  I came to find out that I had planted three grapevines together by mistake.  So I dug the grapevines up and separated them.  I had a big mess.  I took the biggest of the three and replanted the biggest and healthiest of them all.  In had  hopes of not killing it.  Being careful to get it back in to the ground as quick as possible.  I fertilized it with blood meal and 10-10-10 fertilizer.  I watered it well that evening and then continued to water it for several days.  Here is a great website to follow on HOW TO PRUNE A GRAPEVINE http://www.ehow.com/how_2082374_prune-grapes.html

Grapevine today 3-22-2011 weeks after pruning. Circled here in the picture. What a sigh of relief for me to see this new growth.

Florida Rainy Days an Da “TBerrys Squash”, are hanging in there!


Photos On  May 24th my Squash seemed to be doing alright considering all the rain for many days.  The sun came out yet the water was still running through my garden.  I dug a small trench to let the water flow away from the vegetables.  I was a tad too late for this one.  When the sun finally came out ot was  more than  this plant could take.  It seemed to be in that ole shock stage.  Yet, look at the next picture below taken on the same day just minuts later a few steps away from this one.  A different set of squash plants next to my grapevine.

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May 24th Squash update

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dsc07077 May 24th squash

Watch what we pray for?


Here in Florida it has been so dry until this last week.  I have prayed and believed for rain to come this way.  And boy that’s exactly what God has sent our way.  I am still not complaining though, because if anyone knows to what he is doing it is the Good Lord himself. For he knows whats best.   I am glad it has been raining for my gardens sake.  And looking back on all the years of our drought conditions here in Florida.  Yes, I thank God for the rains.  Because when the tempertures here in Florida reach into the 90’s with no rain in the forcast everyone suffers. Our lawns start turning brown right after greening up and growing strong.  Right after you get it green it starts parching turning brown and ugly. 

Anyone that has a garden suffers.  For a Gardener it’s not pleasant to stand by to watch your garden wilt and die from lack of rain, after you have put so much of your  time and hard work into it.  Already normally this time of the year Florida tempertures start rising into the 90’s. Gardens and lawns after no rain wilts very quickly.  With no rain the only thing we can do by hand watering ourselves, keeping it alive.  Then being careful not to wet the leaves is the best you can do.  Such as to only water at the base of the  plant.  Because watering the leaves of your veggetables will turn the leaves yellow.  Too much of the chlorine water applied to the plant it will surely die.  I have learned from experience not to touch my veggetables with chlorine water.  Thats my experience to living in the City having to use this (chlorine)city water.  BAD BAD results.   I do my best not to water with this water.  

 I pray and Thank God for the rain.  Even a Flood I must Thank God!   Now  I am starting to wonder when the rain is going to stop.  I must still THANK GOD !!  AND REMEMBER THE RAINBOW …….my heart felt thoughts for today takes me to. 

Gen 9:8-17 (KJV)

 8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.


12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

Gardening in Florida


 

Hypoestes, Polka Dot Plant

DSC06442Many Blessings holds true. Oh How it grows!! Starting with My family as my number one garden. I love my garden and as it grows it changes. I have found out through my past that life is what you make it. Never look back on what you have sowed. It’s how you have sown it. Starting with love, handle it carefully with lots of prayer. God will do the rest if we do our best.

(Jeremiah 31:16,17)

Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.

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2009-almanacI started out using the Grier’s Almanac years ago. I was taught this from my father who through the years had done the same.
My experience now using the Almanac have found it to be my a #1 guidance with all my planting, weeding and fertilizing.
As a child most of my gardening experience was a hands on experience such as helping my father. And now as I look back memories of Dad and I realize those times in our small garden were some of the greatest times we had together. My Dad could grow most anything, some would call him as having a green thumb. Over the years I have taking a lot of tips on Gardening from him. I highly recommend going by and getting yourself a Almanac and give Gardening a try.
Almanac Book planting is using the 12 signs of the the Zodiac and their relation to the body. The moons sign is given on the monthly pages and is used by many for guidance to planting, harvesting and other activities. The Suns Sign is given on a chart at the times indicated.

Now lets get back to TBerry’s garden. I started planting March the 18th. Right away right after I had pulled up my fall garden. Which I haven’t even mentioned it yet, I will put in a few words on it later time. My fall garden turned out to be such a success, such a blessing to me and many of my church friends who loved fresh greens. This was my first fall garden and I enjoyed it more than my spring garden. Mainly because bugs in the fall and winter are not as bad. I had plenty of greens to share with everyone. Fall gardening was such an injoyment. I can’t wait to do another one.

Now lets get back to my spring garden. TBerrysFlorida Garden and on with the planting after pulling up all my collard greens, mustard’s,turnips, and spinach. I started preparing the soil for planting. March 18Th, this year I decided to plant this Spring garden different than all my other gardens, such as instead of planting seeds in raised beds, I planted in a valley bed (a trench). Why did I want to do this after all these years you might ask. Reason is it being Florida and the past years I have had to water lots by hand under almost drought conditions, hot weather with no rain for months. I know from experience. This year I hope this years planting in a valley will help with not having to water as often. Planting in a valley sure helps with my water bill. I do this by place the water hose at the end of a row with the water barely running out of the hose. This gives the water a chance to soak to the roots gradually as it runs along the side of the plants. I let water run down the trenches along the sides of the vegetables and every 2 weeks I fertilize with a slow release fertilizer. This way it doesn’t burn the plants. Burning my garden with fertilizer is has been a bad experience for me and very easy to do when their is no rain in the forecast. So far so good on this method of valley planting. It seems to be much easier than trying to water the sandy hills.

I PLANTED MARCH 18, 2009

  • Blackeyed peas
  • Speckled Butter Beans
  • Okra *cow horn
  • Bell Pepper (plants)
  • Tomato’s (celebrity)
  • March 19, 2009
  • Squash seeds (yellow)
  • Cucumber (seeds)
  • March 20, 2009 (all seeds planted in pots)
  • pepper (dattil) (Cheyenne)
  • cumquat’s, not sure if they will come up.
  • Mary gold flowers
  • Red climbing fern (from a friend) not sure what it will look like.

 

planted in Valley/1 wk later from planting dateThis picture is just one week later. Peas and Okra planted in valley’s Valley planting 03/25/2009
March 25Th
This is a picture I took just weeks later 4/30/2009 TBerrys Black eyed Peas are GROWING SO FAST.
TBerrys Garden Blackeyed Peas04/30/2009Growing Peas in Florida useful information on growing Field Peas, Black eyed peas.