On this week’s episode, the guys discuss muscadine grapes. Muscadines are a staple of the south and are not tolerable of extended cold periods below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Travis shows examples of the four different varieties of muscadines planted on his homestead. He two “bronze” varieties and two purple varieties. The larger bronze variety is called Scuppernong, which is probably the most prevalent variety. The smaller bronze variety grows in huge clusters and is great for making wine. Although the variety is unknown, the larger purple variety appears to resemble the popular “Cowart” variety, while the smaller purple one appears to be similar to the popular “Noble” variety. They discuss how muscadine vines are relatively maintenance free once established, and how they only need routine pruning once a year. Greg talks about the muscadine wine that they make and mentions that too much can cause one to have the “zoomies.”
On the Show & Tell segment this week, they talk about the crops they’ve been planting for fall. Travis has just planted a row of Rattlesnake Beans and Christmas Lima Beans on a panel trellis and they are just starting to emerge from the ground. Greg has a patch of Seminole pumpkins that are doing really well and starting to set small fruit. They also have recently planted fall potatoes for the first time and are very hopeful for that experiment. At their demonstration garden for the Sunbelt Expo, they’ve planted zinnias, cockscomb and okra thus far with much more to come.
On the Q&A segment, they answer questions about drying Indian corn and seed tray planting technique. Greg mentions that he puts his field corn in the greenhouse under a fan to keep the weevils off the corn until it dries completely. Then he’ll put the corn in the freezer which keeps the weevils dormant. Travis answers a question about overcrowding seed trays and he explains that they’ve never had any issues with their heavy-duty seed trays. He has a flat of scarlet kale for demonstration that is beautiful and ready to be transplanted.