Re: [gardeners] Re:veggies

George Shirley (
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 13:33:23 -0500

Allen and Judy Merten wrote:

> Hi Kris,
>     We have 4 acres, two heavily wooded dedicated to wildlife habitat. It is
> entirely native Texas trees, wildflowers, vines, etc. The other two acres are
> where the house and gardens are. I have two garden plots that together equal 1/2
> acre. I also have a gourd patch and a sunflower patch that is about half the size
> of an average lot.
>     I guess I'll surf the net to find the grapvine wreath stuff. I haven't been a
> craft person except for building some lawn furniture and porch swings out of
> bamboo. I'm just a dirt person.
> Allen
> Bastrop Co.
> SE Central Tx.
> wrote:
> > In a message dated 4/24/99 1:34:19 AM, writes:
> >
> > <<    If you are going to container grow cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins you
> > need
> > to find some varieties that are adapted to growing in pots. This family of
> > vegetables have extensive root systems. Some cucurbits have root systems that
> > are
> > 20 to 30 feet long.
> >   >>
> >
> > Thanks Allen. I am going to try the bush variety of cukes and have seed from
> > last year of my mini pumpkins. alls I can do is try and go from there.
> > BTW how much land do you have? Sounds like you have a pretty big place. I
> > just have a basic subdivision lot. Which is fine for me since I can't get my
> > lavy husband to help me. I think I made him mow a total of 2 times and I did
> > the rest. Oh well at least he's handy electronically
> >
> > Kris P
> > z 5  IL

Not much to building grapevine wreaths Allen. My wife makes wreaths out of many
plants including grapevines when she can get them. Make your circular wreath by
semi-braiding green grapevines, ie wrapping them around each other. Pull off all
leaves and side shoots first. Hang them up to air dry somewhere under a roof and then
you either sell them as a wreath base or decorate and sell as a finished wreath. My
wife sells several of them a year, generally as a finished wreath with dried flowers,
etc on them.