Official Gardening/Homesteading thread: Our back yards are our grocery stores

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  1. BayouMafia

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    we have to get started early in this suckass north Texas weather. I'm harvesting tomatoes, squash and zucchini this week and will have canteloupes and eggplant in a couple of weeks as well.
     
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  2. bigred77

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  3. comrade static

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    After 3 years, finally some edible blueberries. I’ve 3 other bushes that I’m hoping will start producing as well.


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  4. billdozer

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    My big blueberry bush is loaded down. My wife let the sheep and goats graze in the yard and the ate the leaves off of the other ones and broke some of the main stalks, so nothing from the rest. Have an electric fence up around them now.
     
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  5. bigred77

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    I planted a grape vine a few years ago but have never gotten any grapes
    I'm guessing I'm not pruning it enough (cause I've barely pruned it), but what am I doing wrong?
     
  6. Funshot Residue

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    Our blueberries are about to collapse under their own weight. We planted 2 more, some strawberries, and thornless blackberries this year.
     
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  7. gritzy

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    thought about putting a plant in this year and found out it takes 3 years for the varieties around me to fruit
     
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  8. AIP

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    Birds?
     
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  9. AIP

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    I have 4 bushes, they are blooming now and it’s cool to just watch the hummingbirds work
     
  10. bigred77

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    Its been like 6 years

    Maybe? But I don't think so since I have never seen even a trace of a grape
     
  11. Funshot Residue

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    Do grapes need pairs (more than one plant) to pollinate? Asking, i don't have a clue.
     
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  12. billdozer

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    Per Clemson's extension:

    Purchasing Plants: Bunch and French hybrid grapes, unlike muscadines, do not require cross-pollination. Therefore, it is not necessary to buy two or more cultivars for pollination. However, several cultivars can extend the harvest season.
     
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  13. AIP

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    bigred77 looks like you have a sausage party for grapes
     
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  14. billdozer

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  15. billdozer

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    Okra has started coming up and have my first zucchini growing. Picked some oregano and basil and dried half in the oven to use in pizza sauce. Put the rest on top of the pizza when it came out.
     
  16. billdozer

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    Honey production slowed this week due to all of the rain, but they've started capping the honey over. I now have about 8 supers full, which is probably around 20 gallons of honey. Also had a swarm move into an empty hive this week so added more free bees. Sold 2 quarts today to bring us in the black overall for bees, and put us over 100 gallons sold total.

    After I got done I took the girls down to our stream where our livestock guardian dog and horses came to visit.

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  17. bigred77

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    I've wondered that, but since I just bought the random grape vine at sams, I have no idea what variety it is
     
  18. Toast

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    Pupper looks so happy.
     
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  19. comrade static

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    I think birds are picking off my blueberries. What is the best way to protect them?
     
  20. billdozer

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    Plastic or cloth netting draped over the bushes or supported on a framework is the only practical control.
     
  21. One Two

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    How much sunlight does it get?
     
  22. bigred77

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    Bout half a day of full sun
     
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  23. One Two

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    Dam. That should be plenty. Do grapes need chill hours? I wonder if you inadvertently bout a variety that won’t fruit in high heat
     
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