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How to Plant Grape Vines

Grape vines either serve as a natural barrier or a source of fruit. They are hardy and you have a wide variety of options to plant. Our concise guide details the things you need to plant grape vines. Need Items You will need the following items to plant grape vines. The very first thing you should consider is looking for a sunny area where to put them. You’ll also need a framework or even a trellis. You should also look for well drained soil and purchase pruning shears. How to Plant Grape Vines You should pick a spot for your grape vines depending on how you want to grow them. If you really want them to bear fruit a good idea would be to plant them where they can get the most sunlight. They will grow a lot of fruit where it is sunny. If they are grown in shaded areas you should expect them not to yield any fruit. Then they will only serve as a natural barrier. If that would be their main function, instead of getting edible fruit, then place them in the shade since they will grow...

How to Plant Cucumbers

Turned into pickles or eaten as it is, planting cucumbers can be done by even novice gardeners. One simply needs to spend time caring for them and making the right preparations. Choosing the Site First consideration is sunlight, as the fruit needs plenty of it. The climate needs to be warm, but not too dry. Allow a few weeks to pass after the last frost to avoid problems. A large garden is necessary as these fruits grow fast. If the area is small, using trellis is recommended to help manage them. Readying the Soil The ideal soil setup is loose and sandy. However other soil types will do provided the drainage is good. If you’re planting cucumbers, take out the stones, sticks and other objects from the soil. Don’t take out the dead grass and small weeds; they’ll provide nutrients for the soil. When it’s ready, dig a hole 7 inches to a foot deep. Fertilizing A cup of 10-10-10 or 10-20-10 fertilizer must be applied for every 10 ft row. Set the fertilizer in place until the ground...

How to Plant Grapes

There’s more to planting grapes than just digging the soil and watering. You need to determine the variant that is suitable for your location. Consult the County Extension service to know the most apt types you can grow. Sunlight Needed The ideal place to grow them is on a north to south axis. This orientation allows the vines to receive maximum sunlight. A majority of the variants have growing seasons of 180 days. Other types have longer seasons, and some much shorter. Soil Requirements The soil must be loamy. It must have very good drainage. The pH level needs to be between 5 and 5.5. When planting grapes, avoid using soil that is too sandy. Keeping the moisture in is critical. But don’t let the soil hold in too much water. Excessive draining should be avoided too. Get rid of the weeds with some mulch or pine needles. Note: you can eliminate the need for more fertilizers by adding a sod walkway. Place this in between the rows. By fertilizing the grass, the vines will also receive...

How to Plant Strawberries

Growing strawberries isn’t a difficult task. To get started you should purchase some healthy strawberry plants. When you have them you can start planting. Choosing the Site Pick a spot that has good drainage. In addition, extensive sun exposure is also necessary. It’s also a good idea to pick a sloping surface. Grow them in raised beds if the drainage is inadequate. Planting Plough the area up to a foot deep. Get rid of all the weeds, grass, stones etc. Add lots of compost. The ph level needs to be 5.5 to 6.5. For every plant, the hole needs to be 5 inches wide. Make it deep enough to set in the roots. For growing strawberries, the plants must be at least 1 ft 6 in apart. It’s necessary to take out the outermost plants along the row ends. This needs to be done after each harvest. You can use a mechanical tiller or just dig it up. You should also take out some of the original plants. This will leave you with the new plants. They will blossom and fruit more proficiently. When the...

How to Plant Raspberries

Planting raspberries means paying attention to the soil as it is crucial. You also need to be aware of how to harvest the fruits so it doesn’t perish. Sun and Soil Requirements This plant requires full sunlight to grow. Also, the soil must have a good draining system. Sandy loam soil is required. Having plenty of organic material is also needed. Don’t plant them in places that remain wet come springtime. Your site choice must be near a good water supply. This will prove helpful during the dry season. Don’t cultivate these plants near potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and eggplants that are grown. These have a root rot (Verticillium) that can infect raspberries. When planting raspberries, the pH level should be 5.6 to 6.2. Planting Considerations In the US, the ideal planting time is late April up to middle of May. You need to make sure there’s no danger of frosting anymore. The depth you plant should be equal to that used in the nursery. Be certain that the soil covering is firmly set. If...