Growing Grapes in Texas

From the Commercial Vineyard to the Backyard Vine

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Author: Jim Kamas

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623492238

Category: Science

Page: 264

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In this complete and approachable manual on grape growing in Texas, Jim Kamas asks the essential question all potential growers need to answer: Why do you want to plant a vineyard? Outlining the challenges and risks to all who think viticulture is a weekend hobby, Kamas then identifies the state’s current grape growing regions and covers everything the commercial or home producer needs to know in order to have a successful vineyard. Well-illustrated text offers chapters on site choice and design, rootstock and fruiting varieties, pruning and training strategies, canopy and floor management, and disease and pest control. Kamas thoroughly explores grapevine horticulture, including the systematics, morphology, nutrition, and water needs of the genus Vitus. Finally, he addresses the issues of equipment and infrastructure before closing with some advice about vineyard-winery relations. Kamas was trained as a student in the grape growing country of western New York by some of the “best viticultural minds” in the US, and grape and wine lovers from all parts of the country will find this book a valuable resource.

Texas Peach Handbook

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Author: Jim Kamas,Larry A. Stein

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603442669

Category: Gardening

Page: 172

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An up-to-date guide for commercial and residential peach growers . . . With an estimated one million trees producing almost fifty million pounds of fruit per year, Texas is a leading producer of peaches, and several popular seasonal festivals highlight the widespread enjoyment of and interest in this delicious, versatile fruit. In addition, a recent rise of interest in edible gardens and home fruit production has led more people to think about planting a peach tree in the yard—or paying closer attention to the one they already have. Jim Kamas and Larry Stein, drawing from their many years of experience and the best current research, provide authoritative advice for those who want to improve peach production, whether in a large commercial orchard or on a single tree in the back yard. With discussions ranging from site selection to marketing ideas, Texas Peach Handbook covers the basics of peach cultivation—planting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, protecting, thinning, harvesting—and gives both instruction on disease and insect control and advice on the financial aspects of the peach business. The authors also direct readers to other, more detailed or technical sources, for those who want to learn more about a given topic. For its useful information and expert guidance, this how-to handbook will prove indispensable for anyone who grows, or wants to grow, peaches.

The History of Texas Wine

From Spanish Roots to Rising Star

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Author: Katherine Crain,Neil Crain PhD

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625845626

Category: History

Page: 160

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Texas's 350-year wine story is still reaching its savory peak. Spanish colonists may have come to the state to spread Christianity, but under visionary Father Fray Garcia, they stayed and raised grapes. Later immigrants brought their own burgundy tastes of home, creating a unique wine country. When a North American pest threatened European vines, it was Texan scientist T.V. Munson who helped save the industry overseas. When Prohibition loomed stateside, Frank Qualia's Val Verde Winery in Del Rio survived by selling communion wine and is now the longest-operating bonded winery in the state. Today, tourists flock to Texas vineyards, and the state sells more wine every year. Join local experts Kathy and Neil Crain and sample the untold story of Texas's wine industry.

The Wine Roads of Texas

An Essential Guide to Texas Wines and Wineries

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Author: Wes Marshall,Robert Mondavi,Fess Parker

Publisher: Maverick Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781893271432

Category: Cooking

Page: 221

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The Wine Roads of Texas, the inspiration for the three-part PBS special with the same name, in this enlarged second edition gives you maps and directions to 82 Texas wineries, plus the dramatic stories of their origins, survival and growth; tells where to find food, shelter and fun on 22 wine trips through Texas; picks the best Texas wines; and offers tips on how to taste wine. The book has 90 maps and 107 other illustrations. There are explanations of the grapes grown in Texas, a history of Texas wines, definitions of tasting terms and an index.

Restoration Agriculture

Real-world Permaculture for Farmers

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Author: Mark Shepard

Publisher: Acres USA

ISBN: 9781601730350

Category: Gardening

Page: 329

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The Lime

Botany, Production and Uses

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Author: M Mumtaz Khan,Rashid Al-Yahyai,Fahad Al-Said

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1780647840

Category: Science

Page: 235

View: 9286

This book is a comprehensive and up-to-date resource covering the botany, production and uses of limes. The lime is an important fruit crop throughout citrus producing regions of the world, with its own specific benefits, culture and marketplace, but producers face issues affecting successful cultivation and production. Authored by an international team of experts and presented in full colour throughout, this book is an essential resource for academic researchers and specialist extension workers, in addition to growers and producers involved in the citrus industry.

The Texas Tomato Lover's Handbook

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Author: William D. Adams

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603442391

Category: Gardening

Page: 192

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A garden-grown tomato, sliced and laid across a grilled hamburger . . . Sweet, plump cherry tomatoes in a crisp, green salad . . . Sauce made from fresh tomatoes, ladled over a steaming bowl of pasta . . . Spicy tomato salsa . . . Savory tomato soup . . . Is there any single vegetable as mouth-watering as the tomato? And yet, as thousands of people—tired of mushy, half-green, and tasteless tomatoes bought from supermarkets—have discovered, much more is involved in growing your own than simply putting a plant or two in the ground and expecting to harvest luscious tomatoes a few weeks later. William D. Adams draws on more than thirty years’ experience to provide a complete, step-by-step guide to success in the tomato patch. Growing good tomatoes requires a gardener’s attention to a variety of factors, and Adams begins by explaining the basics of soil preparation, planting, feeding, caging, and watering. He also outlines the pros and cons of standard, hybrid, heirloom, and cherry varieties, sharing tips about old favorites and suggesting new varieties. After the tomatoes are chosen, planted, and thriving under his tutelage, Adams prepares growers for the insects, diseases, and other visitors they are likely to encounter, warning that "gardeners are not the only ones that love tomatoes." He ends by offering a few words about “tomato kin folk” (peppers, eggplants, tomatillos, and potatoes), along with a source list of selected suppliers. Liberally sprinkled with the author’s easy humor and illustrated throughout with excellent photographs, The Texas Tomato Lover’s Handbook has everything you’ll need to assure a bumper crop, year after year.

From Vines to Wines, 5th Edition

The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine

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Author: Jeff Cox

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612124399

Category: Cooking

Page: 264

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From planting vines to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox covers every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine. Fully illustrated instructions show you how to choose and prepare a vineyard site; build trellising systems; select, plant, prune, and harvest the right grapes for your climate; press, ferment, and bottle wine; and judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, and taste. With information on making sparkling wines, ice wines, port-style wines, and more, this comprehensive guide is an essential resource for every winemaker.

Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac

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Author: Douglas F. Welsh

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781603442794

Category: Gardening

Page: 512

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Think of Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac as a giant monthly calendar for the entire state—a practical, information-packed, month-by-month guide for gardeners and “yardeners.” This book provides everything you need to know about flowers and garden design; trees, shrubs, and vines; lawns; vegetable, herb, and fruit gardening; and soil, mulch, water, pests, and plant care. It will help you to create beautiful, productive, healthy gardens and have fun doing it. Writer, educator, and broadcaster Doug Welsh gives a wealth of practical gardening advice in this book. Encouraging us to “think like a plant,” Welsh holds pruning school in February, conducts a lawn clinic in April, builds a perennial garden in September, and shows us how to grow fresh vegetables for Thanksgiving. Yet this barely scratches the surface of all that is offered in this comprehensive, fun-to-use guide. With colorful and instructive illustrations and helpful information boxes, plant lists, charts, sidebars, and tips, the book is written in the engaging, conversational style that anyone who has listened to Welsh’s radio show will recognize. Whether your passion is roses or green beans, wildflowers or trees, reading this book is like having a personal garden consultant and friend at your side. Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac will inspire you throughout the year and make you more eager than ever to get out into your garden.

Texas Wildscapes

Gardening for Wildlife

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Author: Kelly Conrad Bender

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781603440851

Category: Gardening

Page: 131

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Whether you have an apartment balcony or a multi-acre ranch, the Texas Wildscapes™ program provides the tools you need to make a home for all the animals that will thrive in the native habitat you create.

The Organic Backyard Vineyard

A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your Own Grapes

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Author: Tom Powers

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604694076

Category: Gardening

Page: 188

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Interest in wine shows no signs of slowing down—wine tours, tastings, and vacations are now common and homeowners often have space dedicated to their collection. The logical next step? Learning to grow and make your own. In The Organic Backyard Vineyard expert Tom Powers walks the small grower through the entire process of growing grapes, with a month-by-month maintenance guide covering all regions of the U.S. and Canada. He explains everything a beginning grape grower needs to know: how to design and build a vineyard, how to select grapes for each region, how to maximize yield using organic maintenance techniques, how to build a trellis, how to harvest at peak flavor, and how to store grapes for winemaking.This edition includes organic growing information and all new photography.

Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening

Plant, Grow, and Eat the Best Edibles for Texas Gardens

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Author: Greg Grant

Publisher: Cool Springs Press

ISBN: 1610582853

Category: Gardening

Page: 256

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This book includes more than 60 fruits, vegetables and herbs suitable for the diverse growing conditions of Texas gardens. Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening addresses the climate, soil, sun, and water conditions that affect growing success. Each plant profile highlights planting, growing, watering, and care information. Helpful charts and graphs assist gardeners in knowing when to plant and harvest.

Herb Gardening for Beginners

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Author: Derek Fell

Publisher: Friedman/Fairfax Pub

ISBN: 9781586630201

Category: Gardening

Page: 120

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" From garden design to cultivation, tips and details abound in this book of picture-perfect herb gardens." -- "Country Almanac," Grow herbs for food, medicinal purposes, or to spruce up your garden. Learn about planning, planting, and site and soil requirements; various themes, from formal parterres to fragrance gardens to container groupings; and pests and diseases.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting and Running a Winery

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Author: Thomas Pellechia

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440653488

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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Making the dream a reality? For many people, owning and running a winery is a dream job. According to Wine Business Monthly, the number of wineries in the U.S. has jumped 26% in less than three years. To carry out this dream, one must understand that wine making involves both science and art. Starting a winery is just like starting any other business and requires planning and a deep understanding of the industry. In The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Starting and Running a Winery, readers will learn: ?How to put together a business plan ?Different varieties of grapes and wines ?How to lay out a floor plan and what equipment is needed ?How to promote wines

The Peach

Botany, Production and Uses

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Author: Desmond R. Layne,Daniele Bassi

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1845933869

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 615

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This book summarizes current state of knowledge in peach botany, production and postharvest management. Specific topics covered consisted of: botany and taxonomy (chapter 1); history of cultivation and trends in China (chapter 2); classical genetics and breeding (chapter 3); genetic engineering and genomics (chapter 4); low-chill cultivar development (chapter 5); fresh market cultivar development (chapter 6); processing peach cultivar development (chapter 7); rootstock development (chapter 8); propagation techniques (chapter 9); carbon assimilation, partitioning and budget modelling (chapter 10); orchard planting systems (chapter 11); crop load management (chapter 12); nutrient and water requirements of peach trees (chapter 13); orchard floor management systems (chapter 14); biology, epidemiology and management of diseases caused by fungi and fungal-like organisms (chapter 15); diseases caused by bacteria and phytoplasmas ['Candidatus Phytoplasma'] (chapter 16); viruses and viroids (chapter 17); insects and mites (chapter 18); nematodes (chapter 19); preharvest factors affecting peach quality (chapter 20); ripening, nutrition and postharvest physiology (chapter 21); and harvesting and postharvest handling of peaches for the fresh market (chapter 22). This book aims to provide research scientists, extension personnel, students, professional fruit growers and others with a vital resource on peach and its culture.

The Bulb Hunter

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Author: Chris Wiesinger,William C. Welch

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623490022

Category: Gardening

Page: 288

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Dubbed the Bulb Hunter in a 2006 New York Times feature story, Chris Wiesinger took his passion for bulbs to vacant lots, abandoned houses, cemeteries, and construction sites throughout the South in search of botanical survivors whose descendants had never seen the inside of a big-box chain store. The vintage specimens Wiesinger sought came from hardy, historic stock, adapted to human neglect and hot climates, reappearing faithfully over decades without care or cultivation. Traveling back roads, speaking to strangers, looking for the telltale color of a remnant iris or lily, Wiesinger started digging, then began trying to grow and share the bulbs he collected. From its humble beginnings on an East Texas sweet potato farm, his Southern Bulb Company has now grown into a full-fledged business known throughout the world, propagating and selling the rare, tough, heritage plants Wiesinger still seeks out and champions. Nicknamed “Flower” by his fellow cadets at Texas A&M University, Wiesinger relates his adventures in bulb hunting, telling stories of the bulbs he has discovered and weaving in his own life story as a student, plantsman, and small business owner. He then teams with veteran horticulturist William C. Welch to provide advice on how to grow and appreciate the bulbs that have been rescued and reintroduced. This “primer” gives gardeners information on what bulbs to grow where, when to plant them and when they bloom, and how to incorporate them with other plants in the landscape. Finally, Welch describes how bulbs have enhanced his personal gardens and brought him and Wiesinger together in the common cause of heirloom gardening. Entertaining, informative, and loaded with beautiful photographs, The Bulb Hunter is sure to be a favorite of gardeners and plant lovers everywhere.

Letters at 3am

reports on endarkenment

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Author: Michael Ventura

Publisher: Spring Pubns

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 247

View: 1921

These hard-hitting, heart-rending pieces, collected from L.A. Weekly, cover the continent's shadow from Brooklyn to Texas to Hollywood - & across to the shores of the Gulf War. More than comments on the 90's scene, they chronicle a civilization in agony. As media conglomerates & 'correct' academic experts dominate American discourse, Ventura's clear, no b.s. language, his ancient Sicilian passion & his courage to speak out have become crucial to the health of the body politic. "Michael Ventura's essays brilliantly diagnose our fin-de-siecle. These concise, elegant & somehow 'final' testimonies are the work of an uncompromising spirit. I was happy to share the wonder of his discoveries & felt the burden & strangeness of our generations peculiar 'job' as the millennium roars to a close."--Andrei Codrescu.

The Climate Conscious Gardener

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Author: Janet Marinelli

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781889538495

Category: Gardening

Page: 119

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This volume provides a step-by-step guide to offsetting climate change through gardens and landscaping. This book includes information, based on the latest climate research, on how to prevent climate change in your garden and beyond. It introduces climate science for gardeners and gives tips on reducing your landscape's climate footprint and even making your garden into a "carbon sink". This work provides strategies for placing trees, shrubs, and vines to reduce the energy needed to heat and cool your home and information about how to design a food garden that minimizes emissions while providing fresh, healthy produce. In addition it includes an overview of community tree-planting, food saving, and citizen science projects.

Children's Gardens for School and Home

A Manual of Cooperative Gardening

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Author: Louise Klein Miller

Publisher: Kolthoff Press

ISBN: 1443709670

Category: Education

Page: 248

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Children's Gardens For School And Home: A Manual Of Cooperative Gardening, By Louise Klein Miller.. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.