Hi, i’m tricia, a california organic gardener and today we’re going to talk about summer maintenance for your table grapes we’ve had an extremely wet season this year and my table grapes have gone bonkers I’m growing four different types of table grapes here and there’s a lot of vegetative growth making for a very dense canopy over the grape vines earlier in the spring, the shoots were thinned when they were about six to twelve inches long.
You should have about six to eight shoots per foot of canopy at the same time as thinning the shoots, I also cut the suckers off at the trunk and i’m going to continue to trim these suckers throughout the season, as necessary you see there’s not enough sunlight getting into this little fruit clusters the sunlight is what helps improve the flavor and the quality of the fruit by having so much foliage around the cluster, I’m also at risk for disease.
The first step is to take these long shoots and tuck them into the trellising and keep them out of the fruiting zone that helped a lot but you can see there’s still a lot of hanging vines I’m going to trim back this shoot that has no clusters on it if you’re going to trim back a shoot that has clusters, be sure and leave about 1517 fullsized leaves before you make your cut.
Cut as little as possible and try to cut at the point where the leaves are half the size of the mature leaves these smaller leaves haven’t started producing food yet so the vine won’t miss them as much as it would miss these larger food producing leaves the grape vines are looking a lot better the cutting is going to stimulate the growth so you don’t want to do this too late in the season if the fruit is just beginning to ripen, it’s too late to cut.
Now that i’ve tamed the vines, it’s time to thin the fruit cluster thin when the fruit has just set and before it gets too big for goodsized table grapes leave one cluster per shoot in order to improve the size of the grapes, snip off the very bottom of the cluster I’m happy to have completed my summer maintenence on my table grape vines now I look forward to grape jam, grape jelly, grape juice, and those frozen grape treats.
How to grow a fig tree from a cutting part 1
Hi, id like to show you how to grow or start growing a fig tree from a dormant fig tree cutting These cuttings are removed from the fig tree during the normal course of pruning You usually prune a fig tree when its dormant You can store these cuttings for a couple of months in the refrigerator You can usually find these cuttings online.
You can find them on the ebay And if you visit some online garden forums Or forums where people who like to grow figs hang out You can maybe buy or get some free trade cuttings And learn about this process Its an interesting plant to grow.
And to be able to eat your own figs Were all familiar with the figs you can find in the grocery store You can find fig newtons and dried figs But when you have your own fresh fig Off of your own fig tree You will find that these really pale in comparison.
So the first step is to get the cuttings Then one of the techniques is to wrap the cutting in damp paper towels Or damp newspaper and place it in a baggie You air out the baggy everyday To exchange some new fresh air Place it in a warm location.
Not a hot location Maybe on top of the refrigerator Out of direct sunlight And if everything goes correctly Youll get roots somewhere along this cutting So lets start.
I like to use newspaper There is some train or line of thought That the ink in newspaper helps prevent mold While youre trying to get to the point Where you would have roots on the cutting Its a race against time.
And also these conditions Sort of promote mold mildew and fungus And youre trying to get roots Before any of that takes hold of your cutting And maybe you lose your cutting to rot or some type of disease So I like to squeeze out the newspaper.
To get all the excess water out So that it is just damp Some people like to keep the ends Of the cuttings sticking out of the newspaper I usually just wrap the whole cutting And just put it into a regular baggie.