Alright this is John Kohler with growingyourgreens with the garden update. So you can see here this is, I’m actually standing on my neighbor’sproperty here, on the property line. Actually on his property in the property line is thewood there and we have some things planted, some tomatoes on an earlier segment on hisproperty that he’s allowing us to a plant and share the harvest.Then over here we did we made a raised bed and my soil level’s a bit higher than hisso we put a small retaining wall and what we did was we, I got some what trellis materialwhich was actually in the dumpster outside the local drugstore they were remodeling andthey were throwing this store display rack
out. But guess what, it’s like two inch bytwo inch spacing and it’ll work perfect for trellis. So we did was, we basically screwedit in to the existing fence at two points and then we set the rebar into the groundto secure it and we use some tie wraps, plastic zip ties to secure it upright.Â You can see over here if we go over here, we’ve already planted it out. I had theseare going in the greenhouse. This is actually called chayote squash. If you look in thestore you’ll never see Chayote squash seeds for sale that’s because the fruit in itselfis the seed. So what you’re doing is you will go to an Asian market or Mexican market wherethey often sell Chayote. You will find one
that’s starting to split much like an avocadopit will split. The seed inside the chayote will split and send out a little chute androots out of the chayote and you could easily see this. There’ll be a crack near the topof the fruit were normally the stem would go in and you will see the roots coming outas well as the leaves coming out. Let’s see. They like a tropical climate. Andyou could see we have this vining up here and we have some clips on. They will definitelyextend out their own little, little coils and start wrapping around things very easily.We took this out the greenhouse so we just used some clips to clip them up for now. Butwe’ll come back later and will see this whole
trellis filled with chayote vines.Â Now the reason I’m growing the vines actually is my friend in Hawaii, Ryan introduced meto the chayote plant and he grows it actually for the fruit. So in Hawaii the chayote growsyear around and will fruit, flour and grow in he’ll sell the fruit to his local healthfood store. But the interesting thing is that he told me is that what’s edible on this plantand quite good raw is the tips so let me find a good tip here. So this is the tip here theend of the where the growth is ending. The tip there is you just snap it off so thenI just snapped off the tip there, I see a bad leaf that I’m probably going to peel beforeI actually eat it. So I just peeled that off.
And this will tip here is quite edible andquite good. The benefit is once you snap off the tip basicallythe plant will y off and make actually two more. Â It’ll make a lot more tips. So tipsare actually quite good. Also this year I started them earlier in the season, so hopefullyI’ll get a full growing season and maybe they will also go to fruit too. The fruit by theway can be eaten raw. Not quite my favorite but, definitely something unique and coolto be growing chayote squash.Â We’ll go around to the other side of the houseand I’ll show you some more established chayote that I have growing in a more shady location.This is a more sunny location so maybe it’ll
induce the fruiting and growing more quickly.Â Here you are seeing big chayote squash leaves climbing up a bamboo the trellis on the sideof the house here actually. You could see the chayote squash it starts all the way downhere and it’s next to my extra gas meter. We have some this cool variegated sorrel growinghere, quite good as well. Looks really cool. But the chayote squash if we move some plantsback here, well you can’t really quite see the fruit. The fruit actually rots, the fruitwas down there but the fruit actually rots and then the plant will actually take itsplace. But this vine actually goes up and goes upand goes up and goes up. We had actually one
How To Grow Lots of Grape Vines for FREE
Every year I try to add as many edible plantsto my garden as I can, while spending as little money as possible. Most of my gardening budgetgoes to buying plants. Today, I want to show you a technique that you can use to get alot of grape vines for very little cost, if any cost at all, as long as you or one ofyour neighbors or friends has a existing grape vine. Really, the only three materials you’re goingto need for this project are a knife, a pot with some potting soil or just compost fromyour yard. That what I used. And of course, you’re going to need the grape vine (for thecuttings). It’s best if you try this before
the grape vine starts to leaf out, when it’sin the dormant state during the winter. Alright, so basically every year, you’re probablygoing to prune a little bit of your grape vine, just to keep it in check and make surethe shape is how you want it to be as well as keeping it growing in the direction thatyou want. Well, you can take these cuttingsthese trimmingsfrom your grape vine and if they’reabout three nodes longsee, here’s one node right here, and here’s another node, and anothernodeyou’re going to at least three nodes, if not four to five nodes. What you want to do on the end of your cutting,once you have it off the vine, is take one
end and shave off some of the hard outer barkof the vine, like so. It’s going to expose the kind of fleshy, softer green wood that’son the inside of this cutting. That’s going to make your vine more likely to root by exposingthis tender green area. I forget the exact name of it, but your vine will want to rootafter taking some damage to the outer layer of bark. So once you have your bark exposedthe greenfleshy inner part exposedyou’re going to take your potting soil or compost, whateveryou’re using, and stick it down into the soil. the damaged part of the cutting. And justmake sure it’s nice and firm in the pot. Then
you’re going to water it. Give it a reallygood watering and maybe put some mulch on it to keep it moist through the season. Andyour grape vinethe actual vine in the groundis going to leaf out first, so if it doesn’tstart to leaf out immediately, don’t panic. It’s gonna take a little bit longer for thecutting to actually leaf out because it’s a cutting. it’s not the actual plant. Ithas to develop a root system to feed the leaves before it can actually focus on growing intoa new plant. Just be patient. So then, after a few weeks, you’ll probablynotice your main grape vine leafing out already. You’re gonna see something like this. See,it’s a new little leaf growing out of the
node on one of the cuttings I’ve already made.And it’s gonna keep growing and develop a root system and the leaves will get bigger.And eventually, you’ll have a cutting that’s like THIS. See? It’s forming new leaves oneach of the nodes. And so you just leave it in those pots, and the roots will start toform in the pot. I would recommend leaving it in for at least a whole season, about ayear, before actually transplanting it to the garden, just to make sure it’s well established. If you notice that your grape vine cuttingis starting to leaf out, and it’s well before your last frost date, and you anticipate frost,I would take your cutting inside, because
while the main grape vine may be able to handlethe damage from a late frost, your cutting won’t survive, because it’s so delicate andstill establishing. So if you notice that, I would take the cutting inside. that’swhat I’ve been doing. But other than that, once your vine establishes you’ll have anotherwhole free grape vine to grow anywhere you please in your yard. And you can even givethem away! I’ve had about a 75% success rate with this method and I didn’t spend anything.I put some compost in a pot, cut some of my vine off just from normal yeartoyear pruning,and not I have more grape vines! Well, I hope you found this short guide usefuland if you did, please consider subscribing
How to Grow Kiwi
Hi, I’m Tricia, an organic gardener. Today I’m going to plant a kiwi vine. Kiwis are originally from Asia, but did you know that you can plant one right here in North America in your backyard? One kiwi vine will produce 50 100 pounds of fruit! Site selection is important. You want to put kiwis in full sun, but you don’t want to plant them in any kind of cold microclimate, because even though they’re hardy down to zone 4, which is about 30 degrees below zero, they can get frost damage after they break dormancy.
They must have well drained soil. Dig a hole the same size as the root system. So we’re going to put the kiwi in the hole and we don’t wanna add any fertilizer. These roots can easily be burned bynitrogen. Plant the kiwi to the same level it was planted in the nursery. Don’t mound up the the soil around the trunk, because that can kill the vine. Kiwis are vines and they’re trained and prunedlike the Muscadine grapes, and if you’re only planting one like I am,make sure it’s self pollinating.
Pergolas, or a Tbar trellis, are the twomost popular ways of trellising kiwis, but feel free to experiment. The only requirement is that you’re ableto get to them to prune easily. Prune the vine back to a single cane andthat’s going to be our trunk. Like a grape vine, a kiwi vine should betrained with a nice straight trunk. I’m putting in this bamboo stake to helptrain my little vine. Don’t allow your kiwi to wrap around thestake however. Make sure and give your kiwi fruit a lot of water. I’m installing this Olson sprinkler, which works great.
Your hardy kiwi vine will produce fuzzless fruit a little smaller than what you find in the grocery store, and if you need to protect it from frost after it breaks dormancy, try these Agribon frost blanketsand Grow Organic for Life!.