As of this morning I was able to remove all the growtubes that we were using to protect the trunks of our grapevines. No vole damage on any of the vines. This was wonderful in contrast to last year where we lost 50-60 vines from voles. The growtubes proved to be the right decision.
Started to begin pruning vines on Vineyard 1. Beginning by untangling cutting shoots from each other and other plants as well as cutting off any dead wood. Temptatures have started to rise into 20s and today into the 30s so it should make for good pruning weather.
The last few weeks have brought about three inches of snow cover replacing what little was there. Last night saw the temperature at -20 below zero for a few hours and the night previous to that -14 below. Cold but nothing like last year although the snow cover last year was much greater. Pictures below all vineyards and our new snow fence.
Southern view of Vineyard 2
Southern View of Vineyard 2
Perimeter of Vineyard 1
Our new snow fence on the west side of Vineyard 1
Snow fence and Vineyard 1
Plant 3 in Row H Vineyard 1
North side of Vineyard 1
This week saw record high temps in the 40s (last year we -20 area for lows)and this in turn has melted most of the snow and created standing water in parts of all our vineyards. Usually water is soaked up rather quickly in our vineyard. The soil is very sandy but since the ground is frozen we are seeing the water stand for days. A small number of plants are now standing on water and with the freezing temps coming this weekend we may say the plants surrounded by ice. See pics below.
Water standing by our snow fence west of Vineyard 1
Water standing in the NW corner of Vineyard 3
Another view from the NW corner of Vineyard 3
NW corner of Vineyard 1
Another shot of the NW corner of Vineyard 1
Another shot of the NW corner of Vineyard 1.
Here are some pictures of the Vineyards as they are right now. You will that we have grow tubes around the base of each vine. This is done to protect from Vole damage. Also poison pellets have been put down to counter the vole problem. Vineyard 2 and 3 have an electric fence around them and is modified slightly with peanut butter and electric tape. This is to keep the deer away which it has proven to do.
East side of vineyard 2
Peanut Butter on electric tape seems to be a great way to train deer to stay away from our electric fence.
Our new electric fence.
Grow tube used to protect from Vole damage
Tube with poison pellet for Voles.
NE corner of Vineyard 1
Row D plant 1 in Vineyard 1.
Vineyard 1 perimeter fence(east side)
January is the time of year where we get vine clippings for expanding our vineyard as well as replacing any vines that may have died during the winter. All clippings are taken from vines in the wild no further than a mile from our vineyard and as close as a 100 yards. Each cutting is 3 to 4 nodes and cut from first year growth.
A picture of some of the clipping before they are cut down to 3 to 4 nodes (roughly 10-12 inches)