The Sheyenne River has a special place in our hearts at Kesselring Vineyards. This river runs through our ranch is the home of many wild grape vines hanging over its banks. These vines are the parents to the vines to our vineyard. So in a sense the river is the mother to our vines….
Last week we saw the buds get bigger and bud break! This time of year always astounds me as to the rapidity of vineyard growth! Hail the spring! http://www.kesselringvineyards.com
The leaves are starting to appear in the vineyard. The warm temperature and sun are definitely welcome!
We took a few more close ups of vines and their buds last Friday. These cute little buggers are read to pop!
Here are some late winter pictures of our Vineyard. We have yet to prune any of the vines other than a haircut here or there.
A series of freezing temps occurred during the night this spring which in turn froze out our primary fruiting buds. Now after a month new leaves and fruit have come forth from the secondary bud. Looking good but unfortunately we will probably get a third of the fruit we would normally get.
The beginning of this saw almost 2 inches of rain but unfortunately we saw night time temps dip below 32 degrees which unfortunately damaged the vines. (See pics below) What this means is that the new shoots from the primary buds will dry up and fall off. What should occur next the secondary buds will…
The week before Mother’s Day saw much progress in the vineyard. Check out those leaves!
The past week saw high temperatures in the 70’s. There has been no rain until this week which was a paltry 1/4 inch on Sunday. No rain predicted for the next week although temps will be 32 degrees F and under at the beginning with it warming up to lows in the 40s. Buds seem to beginning to…
March is seeing record high temps with highs in the 70s. Makes for nice pruning weather! As bud break is supposed to be light induced and not temperature induced in wild grapes as opposed to commercial varieties I’m not too worried about this weather having adverse effects on the vines. This winter the Voles(field mice) where kind to us….
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…