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We've all bought grapes from the local supermarkets and you'd, be forgiven in thinking that they're a tropical fruit because of the high prices that are charged for them.. But did you know that you can grow grapes in most countries? In this episode? I'm gonna give you an all-inclusive guide to growing grapes so that you can get mouth-watering grapes all summer.

Long.. I'm Tony O'Neill, and this is Simplify Gardening, where I show you how to garden in a simpler way.. If you want a perfect garden to relax in or just want to grow your own nutrient-dense foods then start now by clicking the subscribe button and the bell icon.

, Then click all to be notified each time a release, new content, just like this. Stop before you go And purchase your grapevines, it's, really important to understand what it is. You want from your grapes.

, Because there are over 8,000 varieties. Now, depending on what your grapes requirements are, will depend on the vines that you can grow and its growing conditions. So it's, really important to understand what you want from your grapes.

. They have a multitude of different uses., Whether or not you're eating them as a table grape or whether or not you want to make jams, juice, jellies, oil from the seed., Even eating the leaves there are so many different ways.

You can actually use the grape. Now for me. I use them for various few things which are like eating them.. I eat them as a fruit. I want to make jams, and possibly wine for them., So a dessert grape would be a fantastic grape for me to use for that.

. Now, if you have other ways that you want to use those grapes, then a simple internet search will help you to establish what vine would be best for you.. So what are the grapevines growing conditions? Well grapes? They need six to eight hours worth of really good.

Sunlight per day. They need to be planted in really good, rich fertile soil that is free, draining. Drainage is really important when it comes to grapes. Plant, your plants, six to eight feet apart for dessert and wine grapes.

. But if you're planting muscadines, then look at 12 to 15 feet apart.. They prefer a PH of around 5.5 to 6.5, so it's on the acidic side of the scale.. Now, if you are having problems getting your soils down to that level, you could use Ericaceous compost or even a sulphur dressing, which will help you to bring the PH down so that it is in the requirements that are best for the grapevine itself.

, Avoid using clay Soils if possible, because they really do need that drainage., But if you do have to use clay soils, consider adding in loads of horticultural grit. This will help to loosen up that soil and allow good drainage.

Now. Another good thing for grapes is that you should mulch around the root zone, because this will do two things.. It will keep in moisture because grapes use huge amounts of water., But also it keeps that root zone cool in the summer.

. As you can see here, I've, been mulching around mine with woodchips for the last three years, and the vine is actually pushing out of the ground. So we need to continue to add extra layers to keep this protected.

. As you can see here.. I have a new grape that is on an exterior wall, and this is now getting into having its first shape. So we & # 39. Ve got the first laterals going off.. We've, now got branches forming here and here.

So we can take off the next ones as we go up., But we have our main leader.. This plant was left on my doorstep by a viewer., And it was looking rather sickly in a crappy little pot that was falling apart.

. We planted it here and it did well., But grapes will do much better indoors.. So if you're in a colder climate like the UK, then your grapes will benefit from being grown indoors, but they still need to be planted outside.

Because they benefit from this with cooler root zones and water retention.. But take that vine indoors, then through the actual wall of the greenhouse or the polytunnel like I have here.. This will do a number of things.

As we already know, grapes use huge amounts of water and they send down a deep taproot which will pull up lots of moisture from the ground., But they also have a lot of surface roots which pull moisture in as well, and keeping those cool is really important.

. Now the dormancy period of your grapevines is when your grapevines use this time to actually use the stored energy that it took from the autumn before and it produces more root system and it gets ready into pushing out those new buds early in the spring.

. Now, when the plant goes into dormancy and it's, the perfect time to get it back to that framework. Because if you leave it, then the plant will use that energy and push it out to those extremities that you're gonna cut off.

So it's, just wasted energy., So you're better to prune in the dormancy phase right back to that framework, and then the plant has all that energy to push out new buds for the next season's, growth. And the next phase is bud break now that's when all the carbohydrates that the vines stored in its roots.

It's trunk and all its stems, then this is all stored. But the vine now pushes this up into all the extremities of the vine itself and new buds are formed. And, as they later start to develop, leafs will first come out, and these are the first leaves and it all starts all over again.

Now shoot development. Well, that's when the bud is already broken and they first start to produce their first shoots now. Initially, this is really slow, but after about three or four weeks, then they go into overdrive, and this is at this peak of growth and you & # 39.

Ll, see shoots growing even up to about an inch a day.. It's crazy. How fast it grows at this stage, and this is when photosynthesis occurs, and the plant starts taking on lots. More energy.. Flowering in fruit set is the next stage and over the next few days, these flower clusters will start to be produced.

And when temperatures hit around 68˚F or 20˚C, then these will start to bloom. And the time from bud. Break to blooming is typically around about eight weeks., But it's been such a warm spring here in the UK this year.

It's only taking around about six weeks.. When the timing is right, the flowers will start to bloom, typically lasting about six to ten days from this period. And you'll know as soon as they have bloomed, then the pollen sacks open and they start to pollinate themselves.

. Now grapes are self-fertile. So they can pollinate themselves.. However, if you keep multiple grape varieties together, they will cross-pollinate readily. In about three days after pollination. The seed begins to form, and it happens almost immediately and then around that seed.

The berry forms to protect that seed. Now in seedless grapes. Those seeds stop forming after a couple of hours and the berry forms around them and eventually those seeds disappear, and you end up with a seedless grape.

Berry development. They grow really fast at this stage of their life because of the cell division and enlargement.. Now the berries are green in color and they're hard to the touch and they don't have any sugars in them whatsoever at the moment and instead they are full of organic acids.

. Later on, as the berry reaches upper half its size, then the growth slows and they start to develop their natural colors.. So those grapes that aren't green start to fade and the reds and the blacks come out and if they are green grape, they fade to an almost translucent color.

. And this is where the berries softened - and this is called for. Verasion and it's way, the ripening stage of the fruit starts., The sugars increase and the acidity levels fall., And how long it takes for your grapes to ripen will depend on the temperatures at the time and the light levels.

. So it could be that one place will ripen much quicker than another.. Now, when it comes to harvesting grapes, don't ripen in the bowl. It's really important to allow them to ripen on the vine. And to do this, it's different for everybody, but literally just take a grape every now and then from different parts of the vine and taste it every day.

And when it reaches the sweetness that you desire, then that's, the perfect time to harvest grapes. As all our pallets are different. We all find different sweetnesses better for ourselves over what maybe someone else does.

. So once we find that perfect taste then the time to harvest. Now after harvest, we want to cool those grapes down as quick as possible, because that will prevent them from spoiling, firstly and secondly, from further reducing sugars into more sweetness.

So once you & # 39, ve got it right, then cool those grapes down, and they will last much longer for you. After the harvest. The vines will continue to photosynthesize, and this is when they are storing all the carbohydrates, as we mentioned in the beginning of this video.

. So they are now using that energy and they're, storing it in their roots, in the stems right. The way through every single cell that they could possibly store. Energy., That's. What it's doing now, so don't, go cutting it back just yet.

And as the plant does this, you will notice the leaves starting to turn yellow, as it pulls out the energy out of those leaves and stores it into Its root system. Now, when the first frost comes, then it will drop all its leaves and go into dormancy once again.

And again. This is the perfect time in which you can prune your grapevine right. The way back to the structure that you have made. When pruning off the shoots, don't, throw them all away. You can create new plants, as I have here.

By simply just stripping the leaves away, cutting to a node and placing it into a pot worth of compost. And leave this to grow throughout the season.. You'll end up with a really nice root system on this that you can plant up individually like this and give away to friends.

, Because these make fantastic gifts. When you consider that I only have two vines here.. One of these can really give somebody a lot of fruit for use in their home. And it's totally free. So why wouldn't you do it.

. One question I'm always asked about grapes is: are they good for your animals to eat your cats and your dogs, and the answer to that is no., Because grapes contain a toxin for dogs, especially and it's really bad and It can cause kidney failure.

. Now it's, not okay, to just give them the odd grape. Some people think. Oh, I'll, just give them the odd one as a treat, but the toxin levels for grapes in your pet dogs actually accumulate over time.

So it's not like the body can get rid of it.. So you should never give your dogs any grapes.. Now I have two videos on how I espaliered and prune these grapes, and I'll, put links to that in the description below for you.

, So that you can see how I've grown these vines to a really good thickness and They cover this whole wall of the polytunnel, as well as the cross beams as well.. So we have two vines in this tunnel and pretty much the whole tunnel is covered and believe it or not.

These vines are only just over three years old.. In fact, they starting their fourth year, this season., If you've, got value from this video. You can subscribe here. And when you've done that this is the next video you should watch, because here I show you some essential growing tips for growing your grapes.

At home., I'm Tony O'Neill.. This is Simplify Gardening, where I show you how to garden in a simpler way.. I'll, see you in the next one. Bye bye., with Aalborg grapes from the local supermarkets, and you'd, be forgiven in thinking that they're a tropical fruit because of the high prices that are charged for them.

But did you know that you can grow grapes in most countries? In this episode? I'm gonna give you an all-inclusive guide to growing grapes so that you can get mouth-watering grapes all summer long. I'm Toni o Neill, and this is simplified gardening, where I show you how to garden in a simpler way.

If you want a perfect garden to relax in or just want to grow your own nutrient-dense foods then start now by clicking the subscribe button and the bell icon, then click all to be notified each time a release, new content, just like this stop before you go And purchase your grapevines, it's, really important to understand what it is.

You want from your grapes, because there are over 8,000 varieties now, depending on what your grapes requirements are, will depend on the vines that you can grow and its growing condition. So it's, really important to understand what you want form your grapes.

They have a multitude of different uses, whether or not you're eating them as a table grape or whether or not you want to make jams, juice, jellies, oil from the seed, even eating the leaves there's. So many different ways.

You can actually use the grape now for me, I use them for various few things which is like eating them. I eat them as a fruit. I want to make jams and possibly wine for them. So a dessert grape would be a fantastic great for me to use for that now.

If you have other ways that you want to use those grapes, then a simple internet search will help you to establish what vine would be best for you. So what are the grape vines growing conditions? Well, grapes? They need six to eight hours worth of really good sunlight per day.

They need to be planted in really good, rich fertile soil that is free draining drainage is really important when it comes to grapes plant your plants, six to eight feet apart for dessert and wine grapes.

If you're planting muscadines, then look at 12 to 15 feet apart. They prefer a pH of around five point, five to six point five, so it's on the acidic side of the scale. Now, if you are having problems getting your soles down to that level, you could use ericaceous, compost or even a self addressing which will help you to bring the pH down so that it is in the requirements that are best for the grapevine itself avoid using clay Soils if possible, because they really do need that drainage, but if you do have to use clay soles, consider how adding in loads of horticultural grit.

This will help to loosen up that soil and allow good drainage. Now, and never good thing for grapes is that you should mulch around the root zone, because this will do two things. It will keep in mulcher, because grapes use huge amounts of water, but also it keeps that root zone cool in the summer.

As you can see here, I've, been motoring around mine with woodchips for the last three years, and the vine is actually pushing out of the ground, so we need to continue to add extra layers to keep this protected.

As you can see here, I have a new grape that is on an exterior wall, and this is now getting into having its first shape. So we & # 39. Ve got the first laterals going off. We & # 39, ve, now got branches forming here and here.

So we can take off the next ones as we go out, but we have our main leader and this plant was left on my doorstep by a viewer, and it was looking rather sickly in a crappy little pot that was falling apart.

We planted it here and it did well, but grapes will do much better indoors. So if you're in a colder climate like the UK, then your grapes will benefit from being grown indoors, but they still need to be planted outside because they benefit from this with cooler root zones and water retention.

But take that vine indoors, then through the actual wall of the greenhouse or the poly tenon. Like I have you, this will do a number of things. As we already know, grapes use huge amounts of water and they send down a deep taproot which will pull up lots of moisture from the ground, but they also have a lot of surface roots which pull moisture in as well and keeping those cool is really important.

Now the dormancy period of your grapevines is when your grapevines use this time to actually use the stored energy that it took from the autumn before and it produces more root system and it gets ready into pushing out those new beds early in the spring.

Now, when the plant goes into dormancy and it's, the perfect time to get it back to that framework. Because if you leave it, then the plant will use that energy and push it out to those extremities that you're gonna cut off.

So it's, just wasted energy, so you're better to prune in the dormancy phase right back to that framework, and then the plant has all our energy to push out new buds for the next season's, growth And the next phase is bed brick.

Now that's when all the carbohydrates that the veins stored in its roots, that's trunk and all its stems, then this is all stored. But the vine now pushes this up into all the extremities of the vine itself and new beds are formed and, as they later start to develop, Leafs will first come out, and these are the first leaves and it all starts all over again now suit development.

Well, that's when the bed is already broken and they first start to produce their first shoots now. Initially, this is really slow, but after about three or four weeks, then they go into overdrive, and this is at this peak of growth and you & # 39.

Ll, see shoots growing even up to a Burin intraday. It's, crazy. How fast it grows at this stage, and this is when photosynthesis occurs, and the plant starts, taking on lots. More energy flowering in fruit set is the next stage and over the next few days, these flower clusters will start to be produced and when temperatures hit around sixty eight five, eight or twenty degrees Celsius, then these will start to bloom and the time from bed break.

To blooming is typically around about eight weeks, but it's been such a warm spring here in the UK this year. It's only taking around about six weeks when the timing is right. The flowers will start to bloom, typically lasting about six to ten days from this period, and you'll know as soon as they have bloomed, then the pollen sacks open and they start to pollinate themselves.

Now grapes are self fertile, so they can pollinate themselves. However, if you keep multiple grape varieties together, they will cross pollinate readily in about three days after pollination. This seed begins to form and it happens almost immediately and then around that seed.

The berry forms to protect that seed now in seedless grapes, those seeds stop forming after a couple of hours and the berry forms around them and eventually those seeds disappear, and you end up with a seedless grape berry development.

They grow really fast at this stage of their life because of the cell division and enlargement. Now the berries are green in color and they're hard to the touch and they don't have any sugars in them whatsoever.

At the moment - and instead they are full of organic acids. Later on, as the berry reaches upper half its size, then the growth slows and they start to develop their natural colors. So those grapes that aren't green start to fade and the reds and the blacks come out and if they are great, they fade to an almost translucent color.

And this is where the berries softened and this is called for. Asian and it's way, the ripening stage of the fruit starts, the sugars increase and the acidity levels fall and how long it takes for your grapes to ripen will depend on the temperatures at the time and the light levels.

So it could be that one place will ripen much quicker than another. Now when it comes to harvesting grapes, don't ripen in the bowl. It's really important to allow them to ripen on the vine and to do this, it's different for everybody, but literally just take a grape every now and then from different parts of the vine and taste it every day.

And when it reaches the sweetness that you desire, then that's, the perfect time to harvest grapes as all our pallets are different. We all find different sweetnesses better for ourselves over what maybe someone else does so once we find that perfect taste, then the time to harvest now after harvest, we want to cool those grapes down as quick as possible, because that will prevent them from spoiling, firstly, and Secondly, from further reducing sugars into more sweetness, so once you've got it right, then cool those grapes down, and they will last much longer for you after the harvest.

The vines will continue to photosynthesize, and this is when they are storing all the carbohydrates, as we mentioned in the beginning of this video, so they are now using that energy and they're, storing it in their roots, in the stems right.

The way through every single salad, it could possibly store energy that's. What it's doing now, so don't, go cutting it back just yet, and as the plant does this, you will notice the leaves starting to turn yellow, as it pulls out the energy out of those leaves and stores it into Its root system, now, when the first frost comes, then it will drop all its leaves and go into dormancy.

Once again and again, this is the perfect time in which you can prune your grapevine right. The link back to the structure that you have made when pruning off the shoots don't, throw them all away. You can create new plants, as I have here by simply just stripping the leaves away, cutting to a note and placing it into a pot worth of compost and leave this to grow throughout the season.

You'll end up with a really nice loot system on this that you can plant up individually like this and give away to friends, because these make fantastic gifts. When you consider that I only have two veins here.

One of these can really give somebody a lot of fruit for use in their home and it's totally free. So why wouldn't you do it. One question I'm always asked about grapes is. Are they good for your animals to eat your cats and your dogs, and the answer to that is no, because grapes contain a toxin for dogs, especially and it's really bad and it can cause kidney failure.

Now it's, not okay, to just give them the odd grape. Some people think. Oh, I'll, just give them the odd one as a treat, but the toxin levels for grapes in your pet dogs actually accumulate over time, and so it's not like the body can get rid of it.

So you should never give your dogs any grapes. Now I have two videos on how I espaliered and prune these grapes, and I'll, put links to that in the description below for you, so that you can see how I've grown these vines to a really good thickness and They cover this whole wall of the polytunnel, as well as the cross beams as well.

So we have two vines in this tunnel and pretty much the whole tunnel is covered and believe it or not. These vines are only just over three years old. In back they starting their fourth year this season, if you & # 39, ve got value from this video you can subscribe here and when you've done that this is the next video you should watch because sure I show you some essential growing Tips for growing your grapes at home, I'm Tony O'Neal.

This is simplified gardening, where I show you how to garden in a simpler way. I'll, see you in the next one: bye, bye,

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