Prairie Yard Garden Growing Grapes
(gentle music) Prairie Yard Garden is a production of the University of Minnesota Morris in cooperation with Pioneer Public Television. Closed captioning is provided by Mark and Margaret YackelJuleen in honor of Shalom Hill Farm, a nonprofit rural education retreat center in a beautiful.
Prairie setting near Windom in southwestern Minnesota. Shalom Hill Farm, shalomhill Did you hear that a new crop is appearing on the prairie? Growing grapes has created an interest among a few individuals who like the challenge of adapting it to our region. Join me on Prairie Yard Garden as we visit a vineyard to learn about the process and challenges.
Of growing grapes on the prairie. (soft lighthearted music) A new crop has appeared on the prairie: growing grapes And today I have Florian Ledermann with me who’s been involved with the process for the last four to five years. Florian welcome to the show and tell me, how did you get interested in growing grapes? ^We got interested actually at the.
University of Morris’s Horticultural Night. We sat down in a tent and learned that the university just released four new varieties of grapes that are actually coldhardy. And before that, I always kind of figured grapes were the crop that just kind of came up and never really bore and died every winter and died back. So that’s what spiked our interest.
And so that very next spring, we bought five. And they survived and I did a little more research and decided to go with an acre. And a year later, another acre so we ended up with 1,350 vines as a result of that little adventure in Morris. Larry That’s interesting. 1,300 vines, how long does it take you.
To put all those in the ground? Florian We used family labor. (Florian laughs) So we had, it took us, I think probably when we were planting, it took us about three days to put one acre in. That would be for the planting. The posts and the trellis system and everything.
That, of course, took a lot longer than that but we did that piecemeal. But you gotta get the grapes in the ground when they’re ready to plant, and so that’s about what it takes. We dug the holes actually with a power auger system, and then we could go and do it really quickly. Larry And a trellis is a very important part of growing grapes.