Episode-1547- Of Blackberries, Muscadines, Cider Apples and Bush Cherries — 17 Comments

  1. Might those holes you’re looking to fill be decent spots for some of the mandarins Bob Wells carries that were Plant of the Week less than two months ago? They’re rated for 8-12 feet but I’ve heard the height of midsize citrus is fairly easy to control with pruning.

  2. Excellent show. I began listening to TSP for the survival/preparedness topics and now I mostly care for the permaculture shows, which I suppose we could label as prepping 201.

  3. I first saw hyssop planting in the vineyard in Israel… when I asked why, I was told that they attract honeybees and butterflies, stimulate production in the grapes (not sure why), and provide a natural insect repellant effect. It has been done since biblical times!

  4. Those bear claws you mentioned for shredding your pork are well worth the small cost. They work great, they cut the time down so much. When you’ve spent 8 to 12 hours smoking some pork shoulder the time it takes to shred it and finish everything is a little annoying. These help a lot.

  5. Try aronia. Grow well in NM. Someone in Mora, NM, harvests their aronia berries and sends them to a local winery.

    • Pretty dang obvious since I am growing them here already and know they do good, DUH! Sometimes we don’t see the bush for the fence line I guess, thanks for pointing that one out.

  6. I had a grapevine for red table grapes. It produced well for a couple of years, but on year 3, it caught something and began shedding the leafs. It almost seemed like autumn arrived in June because the leafs went from green to reddish to dried brown. The sun burned all the grapes on the vine as the foliage fell. I looked up the problem and the closest I could find was a virus name leaf curl. I pruned it back, but next year I had the same problem.

  7. I planted two Muscadines (including a Cowart) last spring and have 5 bush cherries arring on Friday. Can’t wait to see how they do here!

  8. For folks not trying to make a massively productive plant, you probably don’t need any fertilizer at all for your muscadines. They’re so productive at least here in MS) that you have a tough time keeping up with them.

    Propagation is simple, snip off vines in winter, stick them in something that is not air or water. I have a couple of vines that I just tossed in an empty plastic planting pot (from a nursery tree I planted) that had filled up with leaf drop from oaks/pine. I intended them to be trash. Nope… All growing. Transplanting them this year.

  9. Does anyone have a sketch of the way Jack was describing the setup of vines? It may have been my fault for listening while working in the yard but I can’t ‘git’ what he’s verbally drawing.

  10. From what I understand, hyssop (member of the mint family) is planted as a grape companion to stimulate root growth and improve the flavor of the grapes. Bees love it and it is said to give honey a hint of anise flavor. Some varieties are drought and poor soil tolerant and are reported to somewhat self re-seed where mass planted in full sun with good drainage.

    Hyssop has many medicinal uses and herbalists in your area may provide a market.