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Welcome to Drinkable Garden 2011…
… same cast of characters – Lucy, Karl, Big (4) and Little (1)
… same scenery – small patch of urban farm, 4 BART stops from San Francisco
… but a whole new season of drinks, gardening, mishaps, experiments and excapaids
Cheers to 2011!
Being a Kiwi myself (a New Zealander) I fully understand the difference between the kiwi bird and the kiwifruit. While both are small, brown and furry, one is a blind, nocturnal, flightless bird and the other is a yummy fruit packed with vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and fiber (and incidentally named after the bird).
It turns out however that there is a lot I didn’t know about kiwifruits - like almost everything about growing them successfully. Yes, we brought home two plants (the female was mysteriously and hysterically called ‘Vincent’) and have given them shelter from wind, ample sun, correct fertilizer and a good fence to climb up. Here’s what I didn’t know…
- I was meant to prune back the vines so they have one strong trunk, then allowing two branches to grow out either side. The fruit grows on new shoots on these fruiting arms and laterals, so I need to cut back any old wood each winter.
- They have sensitive, shallow roots so we need to be careful with all our other cultivation.
- It could take 3 years until we see our first fruit.
- They fruit in winter. Huh?! How did I not know this?!
While patience is not one of this gardener’s strongest virtues, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a while before sipping on our own kiwifruit juice or wine. At least I can now stop running out each morning to look for fruit!
If we can drink from our garden, its only fair that our slimy buddies do too. We’ve been snail and slug baiting with beer this season, and while it’s not always 100% effective or accurate… it is loads of fun in a gruesome kind of way… and of course organic. It’s also really our only option considering the little hands that pick up and eat dirt around here. Besides… compared to ingesting Sluggo or being squashed under a boot, surely drowning in beer is pretty humane.
It only stands to reason therefore, that when we brew our first Drinkable-Garden-grown-hops-brew, we name it ”Snail Bait“. Using that to protect the very same hops plants from snails is probably an irony lost on the slugs themselves… but is still hilarious to us.