One of the challenges we face with our new vineyard is keeping deer from eating our vines, since we do not have a fence around vineyard #2 as we do with vineyard #1. In a previous post I referenced that we were using fish line as a deterrent which so far has worked. One thing we wanted to try as well is using old CDs around the vineyard to spook any deer from getting to curious about our vines. What I ended up doing was using a lead line and swivel that you would normally use for fishing and drilling a hole in the cd and connecting the lead line to the cd and the top part of the trellis (see pics below) which allows the cd to spin around in the wind and reflect light erratically which can spook deer and birds.
One of the things we are experimenting in our vineyard is alternate trellising systems for our vines. Most of our vines are on a the double arm kniffen system or the Geneva double curtain which we have for one row. A trellising system is important for maximizing yields and can influence ease of harvest. Some alternate trellising systems we have used are shown in the pics below.
October saw the construction a of snow fence that goes along the whole of the western side of our new vineyard and 2/3 of the northern side.
Since our new vineyard has no fence around it this means we need to find ways of keeping deer out. Throughout the summer we found that deer were nibbling on our vines and since winters are generally harsh around here we expect the deer to be especially interested in our vines. So one of the things we are trying this Fall is to come up with ways to keep the deer away from our vines. The first thing we did was to string fish line around the whole of the vineyard. Starting at the top of the post and going down a foot between each line making for 5 lines of string top to bottom. This was done for the whole of the vineyard. The idea being that the fish line being transparent would set up an invisible boundary that would scare the deer when they tried to enter. The other thing we did was to cut strips of ribbon at length of about 1 to 2 feet and attached them to the wood posts through out the vineyard. The idea with this would be that the flapping of these ribbon would scare the deer away. Both methods were recommended by people who had success with each for their large gardens. See pics below.
Well our old vineyard had its first harvest of grapes this year and it was a small harvest due to bird damage. If you remember my previous posts concerning our fish line experiment you will know that it didn’t work out. So at the end of everything we ended up with enough grapes for a gallon of juice.