Posts Tagged ‘grapes’

Spring is great


2011
05.14

This spring has been wet … not just rain but downpours, not just occasional rather daily …. so why is spring still great? Because everything is alive in the yard and full of potential for the summer to come. Between rain showers, I took a stroll through the yard to capture what we have growing and why I enjoy spring in Ohio.

Here are some pictures ….

Pruning Grapes


2011
02.20

Here is a short video about the basics of pruning grapes and some ideas for propagating them as well.

Maple Sap Update and Pruning Grapes


2011
02.19

There was enough sap today to start collecting it into a bigger container. For that, we have a trash can (new of course) and it works quite well. Last year we nearly filled it with sap so I think we should have no trouble filling it this year. After a week of collecting sap, it’s up to about 7 inches in the bottom of it.

Also, it was time to prune the grapes again. I’ll have a video up in the next couple days but in the mean time here are a few pictures.

I also decided to try my hand a propagating grapes again. Last year I tried starting some inside but they didn’t turn out. So this year I decided to try starting directly in the ground. One vine set roots last year while it was attached to the main vine. So, this year I cut it free from the main plant and we’ll see how it does. Another, I took a cutting from what I removed and stuck it directly into the ground. Again, it’ll be in the video but here is a picture of the grape cutting for propagation a.k.a. a stick in the mud.

Lastly, a few signs of spring started showing up. The strawberries I potted up last fall have starting to come back to life. Also, the first sign of Daffodil bulbs are peaking through the mulch.