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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...

How to Plant Watermelons

Few things quench heat better than watermelon. By learning the art of growing watermelons, you can have melon juice or fruit anytime you like. Preparing the Seeds Keep the seeds inside for three weeks prior to planting in the garden. It’s a good idea to plant two or three seeds in the pots. Sometimes the seed won’t germinate, so planting a few is necessary. While they’re in the house, keep the temperature between 80 to 85 F. Apply starter fertilizers above the soil. Water the pots regularly. When the soil is warm, take them outside. Planting These need to be planted in hills or alternatively, rows. Just shape the soil like a small mound to make a hill (at least 2 inches high). When growing watermelons, you need to insert the seed an inch deep in the hill. Seed space should be at least 6 ft. The spacing is also applicable for seedlings. Layer some starter fertilizer on the seeds. It doesn’t have to be very thick. What matters is that it’s uniformly set. Seeded types are also...

How to Plant a Pineapple Stem

Thinking of how to get a juicy pineapple grown in your very own home? Well, it all starts with knowing how to plant a pineapple stem that you can get from a store-bought fruit. Yes, learning how to plant a pineapple stem doesn’t even need to be costly. In fact, if you want to learn how to plant a pineapple stem, you first need to buy a ripe pineapple from the grocery store. And that wouldn’t cost too much since you shouldn’t need to buy a whole bunch. Just one fresh pineapple would do. Now, be sure that you have a ripe fruit and not an overripe one. In learning how to plant a pineapple stem, ripeness is essential. To know how ripe your pineapple, check if the leaves can be easily pulled out or not. If it does, don’t purchase it since it would be too ripe for you to grow in your home garden. After purchasing your pineapple, cut off the leafy top part without leaving any traces of fruit on its bottom part. This would help your pineapple top to root in a proper manner. Another...