Planting can be a fun and fulfilling activity only when you know what you are doing. Usually, people who dive into this industry are armored and packed with the knowledge on how to handle things around such as information on what type of soil is perfect for which type of plant, how deep should the seed be placed, what are the necessary steps to prepare the ground, the right amount of water for the plants, the climate needed for the plant. There is still more agro-based knowledge that one needs to acquire before going through the world of agriculture.
Growing crops can be both fun and profitable. We all know that food is a staple need to survive therefore you cannot stop people from buying plants whether you have vegetables, fruits or herbs in your backyard. The demand for this type of commodity will never be seasonal and is demand all through the year round. That is why many are interested in getting into the business, but only a few have the courage, passion, and commitment to continue in the industry. Although it may bring good statistical profit, it may take time before one can have the investment back because depending on crops, it takes the time to grow them and proper care must also be given just like when we need to grow our pets or animals.
Blue Grouse Vineyard is blessed enough to have the combination of a perfect soil and an ideal climate to start out a well-performing vineyard. The evergreen trees shield the vine crops from the sharp blow of winds from the mountain and the fresh water streaming from the river gives proper nutrients and freshness to the plants thus making it independent from fertilizers and other plant chemicals – a real 100% flavoring of premium grape.
There are various ways to plant and start growing your grape vineyard. There are steps to consider and important things to remember. We summarized in the shortest possible the simple steps in starting your grape vines.
- Choose the perfect type of grape. Consider what type of soil there is for you and what type of grape seed can match the available resources. These types of grapes those grow better in different places and resulting to different flavors and appearances. There are mainly three types of grapes: American, European, and Muscadine grapes. There are distinctive differences between these varieties that are worthy to note. The American grapes can grow best in warm places. European grapes are mostly common in Europe and Northern parts of the United States. Meanwhile, grapes are commonly grown in Southern US.
- Start preparing for grapevine cuttings. If you have an existing grapevine you can plant form; you can cut from there and plant in a new location. Be sure to cut the sections directly from the vine and that it was recently pruned off.
- Selecting a suitable location. Grapevines can live past beyond human life – between 50 to 100 years. So one must make sure that the place that will be chosen will be permanent and will be for good. Keep in mind that vines grow in sloped and hilly areas. There should also be enough drainage and sunlight.
- Preparing the soil. You should know that grapevines can be picky about their soil conditions. Make use of soil which has a slightly rocky or sandy with a pH just above 7.
- The trellis. Do not forget that your grapevines grow upward, so it needs support for growing. Typically, a wooden structure is made intertwined with the boards which allow the vines to crawl themselves up the support.
- Season to plant. It should be a frost-free day or late in winter. It’s also ideal to plant early in spring. Pruning should also be done around this season.