May 17-18, 2015 Frost Damage

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…

May 3-10, 2015 -Leaves!

The week before Mother’s Day saw much progress in the vineyard. Check out those leaves!

May 1st- bud break

First day of May saw the buds popping open. Fingers crossed that we don’t get any frost!      

Mar 15-21 2015, Pruning continues and the removal of grow tubes

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….

March 5, 2015- beginning to prune vines in Vineyard 1

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.

Feb 19, 2015- sub zero temps and a little snow

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…

Our New Vineyard’s First Winter

Winter has come hard and fast this year for us. Constant subzero temps (as low as -20+ F) and plenty of snow have made for a challenging first winter for our vines. The deer are out in full force though we have only seen one breach of our fish line surrounding the vineyard(photos below) Otherwise…

Sept- Oct. Our new vineyard is growing!

Sept-Oct showed our new vineyard to have had some major growth. Having started as 5 inch cuttings most of the vines finished the season with at least touching the bottom of our trellis system and many of the plants were reaching the top of the trellis system. At the end of the season I lifted…

Aug-Sept Bird Control For Old Vineyard

Aug-Sept saw our first explosion of fruit on the Old Vineyard since replanting it. We decided to try an experiment in bird control using fish line. Using 2 foot poles we strung fish line across the hole of the vineyard in a crisscross pattern. We covered only the two outside rows with netting(as traditionally done)…