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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.


Pruning and Training Systems for Grapes

 
Sharpen those pruners because late winter through early spring is the time to prune and train grapes. 

You may want to consider the Cordon system for training grapes. It’s relatively easy to manage and the plants tend to be more productive and the fruit is easier for you to pick.   In this method you establish a main trunk and several permanent side branches known as cordons.

These permanent cordons are periodically renewed throughout the life of the plant. Each year you will need to reposition vertical shoots to a downward position.  Known as combing, this prevents shoots from growing over one another, insuring that light reaches all parts of the plant.
 
Consider the fan system if you are training grapes on walls and fences.  You will train several upright canes on a very short trunk.  Much of the new growth will tend to droop, providing a nice screen. The downside, you may lose some fruit that’s produced near the ground.
 
A bit more information:  Grapes have been grown and wine has been made for over 6,000 years.  Today 71% of the grapes grown throughout the world are used for making wine, 27% eaten fresh and 2% dried, according to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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