Growing Aloe Vera Fruit Trees Grapes and Vegetables in the Nevada Desert
This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens on another field trip. Yes, another subscriber visit, actually these aren’t subscribers, well these are subscribers and friends of mine. We’re out her inÂ Mesquite,Â Nevada, and going to check out what they’re growing, and I also got them a gift. This is the other one I brought too in myÂ carryon luggage, took a lot of space. I got one other gift for them too. Loquats, so these are fresh harvested loquats from California, before I took off and I know they love all kinds of fruit, so I’m bringing them some fresh loquats from California. So let’s go in and check out what they got growing.Â So it just looks like in their front.
Yard here they have a couple stone fruit trees as well as a fig tree.Â So we’re here in Ronnie and Minh’s backyard. One of the things that immediately popped out at me was how many aloe vera plants they have growing. I love aloe vera and I’m growing the Japanese aloe, but they’re growing the king aloe right here. It’s a succulent it grows really well in the dessert and it’s also edible. Many people don’t know that it’s edible. You could cut it and get the juice and squeeze out the juice on sunburns and cuts and things like that, but it’s also really good to take internally. It’s supposed to be really healing and good for you. So Ronnie why don’t you.
Tell me how you guys use this aloe and in what kind of recipes you use in it. I mean, do you just eat the leaves whole? Or do you cut them up and take or what do you do? Minh: We cut them.Â Ronnie: Well Minh will come out and she’ll cut off a leaf, a nice thick one and then she’ll peel it with her little Vietnamese peeling tool and then she’ll take the inside, wash it off, slice it up, put it in a blender with some orange juice and then from there, that’s basically it. When you whip it up it’ll come out like an Orange Julius, you’ll have a little bit of fuzzy and it’s a great drink and you can add some sweetener there if you’re a person that likes sweetener, you can add.
Minh: Sweetener and Ronnie: a mint, almost anything that you wanted to that. But basically it’s just orange juice and aloe vera. I tell you Minh’s been drinking this all her life but when she introduced it to me John, one thing that I found immediately was this is one of those things when you drink it you feel it right away. You can feel something is happening in your stomach and then later on in your body because this stuff goes to work, and you can feel it, it’s powerful.Â The other thing about it is it’s a beautiful plant.Â John: It is.Â Ronnie: Right now it doesn’t have its stalk and it’s flower, but these things will grow beautiful flowers. So you get to look at it,.
It’s medicinal. Out in the dessert this is almost like a staple because if you have any kind of a skin irritation, a bug bite, or a sun burn, you rub the, you break it off and rub the gel right on your skin and it’s the same stuff that you buy in all these packages. But the thing is when you buy something in a package it’ll be telling you it’s made with aloe vera and it is, but usually it’ll be like five percent or three percent aloe vera. When you put the real thing on a cut or a burn, it works, it really has some powerful stuff in there.Â John: Aloe vera for the teeth, oh wow.Â Ronnie: For the gums.Â John: For the gums?.
Ronnie: Actually I researched that because it’s the same thing, it’s antibacterial, that’s why they use it on wounds and things like that. So when you do put it on your gums it’s great if you have any kind of a gum disease or close to it.Â John: Oh wow, I didn’t know that.Â Ronnie: Yeah, it’s very good. This is one of those plants that really requires, basically nothing.Â John: No care? Ronnie: No care.Â John: This is like one of the plants you plant and ignore and then it’s going to do better than if you water it because if you water it you’re going to over water it and it doesn’t.
Like too much water.Â Ronnie: Absolutely.Â Minh: Yeah.Â Ronnie: It’s one of those things that it gives you so much for so little. It gives you beauty, it’s healing, it’s delicious to drink. What can you say? It’s just a fantastic thing. If you research it there’s reference to aloe vera in almost every culture going back to the beginning of written history. Cleopatra used aloe vera on her skin, there’s written accounts of it. This stuff’s been around for a long time.Â John: Wow so aloe vera besides just putting it and fileting it and peeling it and putting it in, and blending it with orange juice,.
Caring for Young Grape Vines
My name is David Handley, I’m with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and we’re here to talk about how to prune and train a young grapevine. This is a vine that was planted last spring. We got it from a dormant plant, or rooted cutting, and you can see the original part of the planting right here. This is what we got from the nursery, with a good root system under it. We planted it, and we had a bud break and some vine growth. This is last year’s growth right here. This was a green shoot. Typically, you may get more than one shoot developing. You may have several buds on here. We want to prune this back to one strong vine, your strongest one. We’re going to arrange for that to be tied.
Up to a trellis, because this particular vine is what’s going to become our permanent trunk, or the permanent part of the plant that’s going to be with us for the life of the planting. We want to make sure it’s the strongest of the vines that we can choose from. Any other one that developed that’s very weak, we can just cut that out, select our best one. The time of year to make these cuts are when the canes are dormant, and this is going to be really any time after the new year, until they bud out in late March, early April. We hope in the first year that we get enough good growth that we can tie it to the lower trellis wire. Typically here in Maine, we’re going to be.
Pruning to either a four arm kniffin training system, or an umbrella kniffin training system. Those trellises consist of two wires, one set at about two and a half feet, and a second wire set at about five feet. We hope in the first year that we’re going to get enough good growth to reach at least the bottom wire, but in order to make sure it’s growing straight, you can see we supported this with a small bamboo pole. Any kind of planting stake will work, and we just tie that vine up as it grows, rather than let it grow along the ground where it can get rot problems, and not develop a nice straight growth like we want. We tie it up, just like you’d tie up a beef steak tomato, get the.
Growth that you want. As I said, we’ve got pretty good buds here, reaching up to the first wire. You can see that I actually make it to the top wire, but you can see the growth up here is very scrawny and spindly, and isn’t really going to lead to a good, strong trunk. I’d rather actually start new growth for reaching to this top wire for next year. What that means is that I’m actually going to cut this off here, rather low, to try to get this bud here to break and give me a much stronger shoot to develop my trunk to the top wire next year. I can just take that there, and then, instead of using the bamboo pole this year, I can just tie it to the wire.
This bud will hopefully break, and give me a good, strong shoot, that I’m going to reach the second wire next year. Of course, these buds lower down will also break, and if this one happens to be weak, I may select one of these. But, if this bud does turn out to be a strong shoot, I’ll be cutting these off next winter and getting my single trunk back up to the top wire. Next year, when this does reach the top wire, eventually what we’ll be doing is taking one year old cane, and either draping it over this top wire and connecting it to the bottom wire in an umbrella kniffin, or we’ll be taking one cane at the top wire on each side, and one cane at the bottom wire on each side,.
To create four arms of one year old growth, for a four\uc0\u8209 arm kniffin system. Both systems work pretty well for concrete type grapes here in a cold climate like Maine.